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Wetzel County Seniors Earn Scholarships

By Staff | Jun 17, 2015

Soren Shade

Four Wetzel County seniors have been awarded a $1,000 Tad Fitzsimmons Memorial Scholarship for 2015. The awards were presented on Awards Day at their high schools.

This year’s recipients are James D. Morris from Valley High School, and Spencer Campbell, Kelsey Newman, and Soren Shade of Magnolia High School.

Morris is the son of David and Jami Morris of Reader. He was an active member of the Future Farmers of America holding several offices and winning many awards. He was a member of the National Honor Society and was class president. Morris was on the Wetzel County Parent Advisory Council, a School Ambassador for Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership, and participated in Math Field Day. He has been an active member of his church and 4-H. Morris maintained a 4.0 GPA while attending Valley High School. He will attend West Virginia University this fall and pursue a degree in Agricultural Education.

While attending Magnolia High School, Spencer Campbell participated in basketball and was a member of the state-A championship team. He was a member of the National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Drug Free Clubs of America and “Don’t Text and Drive” campaign. While participating in his many activities, he maintained a 3.5 GPA. Spencer is the son of Sharon and Jeff Campbell of New Martinsville. He will attend West Virginia Northern Community College in the Nursing Program.

Kelsey Newman, the daughter of Dean and Debbie Newman of New Martinsville, maintained a 3.9 GPA while attending Magnolia High School. She was a member of the Science Nation Honor Society, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Service Club, Jazz Band, and Student Council. She was a varsity cheerleader and captain of the color guard. Kelsey has been involved in many community and church activities, including Salvation Army bell ringing, Young Ladies Union, and Community Relay For Life. She was a representative at Rhododendron Girls State. She will attend West Liberty University this fall to major in Nursing.

Spencer Campbell

Soren Shade, the son of Jeff and Jill Shade of New Martinsville, will attend Columbia University this fall and major in Cognitive Science and pursue a medical degree. While attending Magnolia High School, he has been a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and Science National Honor Society. He participated in soccer and track. He was active in many community activities. Soren has maintained a 4.1 GPA.

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

Anyone wanting to be a sponsor for these scholarships, may send their donation to Diann Beckman, 115 Glenview Drive, New Martinsville, WV 26155. Please make your checks payable to Tad Fitzsimmons Memorial.

JD Morris

Kelsey Newman