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Four County Graduates Win Fitzsimmons Scholarship

By Staff | Jun 15, 2011

Four Wetzel County seniors have been awarded a $1,000 Tad Fitzsimmons Memorial Scholarship for 2011. The awards were presented on Awards Day at their respective schools.

This year’s recipients are Shane Kuhn from Hundred High School and Jason Long, Samuel Shepherd, and Dillon Simmons from Magnolia High School.

Kuhn, the son of Daniel and LeeAnn Kuhn of Burton, has been active in football, basketball, and baseball while attending Hundred High School. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Future Farmers of America, Hunting and Fishing Club, Academic Letterman and has participated in many community activities. Shane will attend West Virginia University this fall.

While attending Magnolia High School, Long has participated in soccer and wrestling. He belonged to the Science and Spanish National Honor Societies, Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honorary, Service Club, Future Farmers of America, and was a Rotary Student of the Month.

Jason has been involved in many community activities including Relay For Life and Young Life. The son of Jaime and Dennis Long of New Martinsville, he plans to attend Marietta College and major in petroleum engineering.

Shepherd played football and was team captain his senior year. While at Magnolia, he participated in Rachel’s Challenge, was a member of Student Government and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

He has been active in many church and community activities, including his church youth group, mission trips to Myrtle Beach and Arizona, flood cleanup, and the Esther Crumbley food drives. Sam plans to attend West Virginia University this fall and major in education. He is the son of Tom and Lisa Shepherd of New Martinsville.

While attending Magnolia High School, Simmons played football and baseball. He was a member of the National Honor Society, Service Club, Rachel’s Challenge, and was a class officer. He participated in Math Field Day and the American Math Competition.

His community and church activities include Open Door Ministries, Helping Hand, Esther Crumbley Food Drive, flood recovery, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Dillon will attend West Virginia University this fall and major in pharmacy. He is the son of JoBeth and Mike Simmons of New Martinsville.

These scholarships are funded from proceeds of the previous years’ Tad Fitzsimmons 5K Run/Walks that were held for eight years in Tad’s honor. And from the generous donations from businesses and friends.

Anyone wanting to be a sponsor for these scholarships may send a donation to Diann Beckman, 155 Glenview Drive, New Martinsville, WV 26155.

Please make checks payable to Tad Fitzsimmons Memorial.