MHS To Enshrine Eight At Life Achievement Banquet
Eight student-athletes from three different decades will be recognized at the 25th annual Magnolia High School Alumni Life Achievement Awards Banquet.
Sponsored by the Magnolia Athletic Boosters, the honorees will be feted at a public banquet on Saturday, Aug. 7 at Magnolia High School in New Martinsville.
The honorees, with graduation class, follow: Burl J. (Skip) Beegle (1951), James W. Yoho (1956), William D. Glover (1962), James E. Morgan (1963), Col. David Antonik (1983), Whitney Glover Clegg (1987), Dr. Christine K. Pastilong (1987), and Gregory M. Newman (1988).
Five of those chosen reside in the Ohio Valley – Yoho, Glover and Clegg in New Martinsville, Beegle in Paden City and Morgan in Steubenville. Antonik resides in Chesapeake, Va., Pastilong lives in Bossier City, La., and Newman in Noblesville, Ind.
Tickets for the banquet will be available at Witschey’s Market or by calling banquet chairman Brent Gamble at 304-455-3234.
Here’s capsule summaries on the eight honorees:
BEEGLE-He was a four-year Blue Eagle football player and co-captain of the 1950 team which recorded a 6-3-1 record. He also was a member of the National Honor Society for two years.
After graduation, he served in the U. S. Navy and earned a rank of Petty Officer.
He is retired after working 37 years at Pittsburgh Plate Glass, mostly as a machinist and chemical operator. He is a lifetime member of the International Chemical Workers of America and earned various work class certifications.
Active in Paden City area community events, including charities and the Parent Teachers Association, he enjoys playing the harmonica and entertaining at local functions and fund-raisers.
YOHO-He was a three-year basketball regular and co-captain, and second leading scorer, on the 17-4 record 1956 team when he earned all-state honorable mention. He scored 754 career points.
He also lettered four years and was a three-year starter in baseball and competed three years in football.
He attended Potomac State College, where he played basketball, and graduated from Salem International U. Yoho worked two years at Olin Rolling Mill Corp., before teaching and coaching, one year at Hundred High and two years at Shadyside High School. In 1966, he joined Conalco/Ormet Corp., where he worked 31 years before retiring.
He has been involved with volunteer work with the New Martinsville Little League, Shriners Hospitals, Moose Lodge and the Mountaineer Athletic Club of West Virginia U.
GLOVER-He was a four-year Blue Eagle football and track athlete and lettered two years in baseball. In football, he was a regular back on a 10-0 record 1961 team and an 8-2 record 1960 team. Both teams won OVAC Class AA titles and the 1961 team ranked No. 3 in W. Va.
He graduated from West Virginia U. with a degree in electrical engineering and received a master’s degree from the University of Virginia. Glover has been employed by PPG Industries since 1967 in various positions and currently is principal project engineer in the engineering department and holds several professional memberships.
He has served as advisor and program director for the New Martinsville Junior Achievement program. Glover also served on the local Planning and Building Commissions.
MORGAN-He was a three-year football and track athlete and also competed one year in basketball. In football, he was a member of the 10-0 record 1961 team and the 7-1-2 record 1962 squad.
He earned a degree from WVU in industrial management before starting his professional career in the Weirton-Steubenville area.
He had various human resources positions with Weirton Steel and is currently Vice President of Administrative Services for Eastern Gateway Community College, the former Jefferson Community College.
He also is a human resources consultant for area small businesses and an adjunct faculty member at Eastern Gateway.
Active in several local community projects, including United Way, Chamber of Commerce and little league baseball and soccer, he developed a youth leadership program for Jefferson County high schools.
ANTONIK-He was a three-year letterman in cross country and two-year track letterman at Magnolia and was a member of the 1981 state cross country title team. He also was All-OVAC in the 3,200-meter run and placed fifth in the W. Va. state meet.
At Glenville State college, he was a two-year track and cross country letterman and was a member of the 1983 West Virginia Conference title team which qualified for the NAIA nationals.
Antonik received a degree in resource management from West Virginia U., a master’s degree from Capitol University plus a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.
A graduate of the U.S. Marine Corps Officers Candidate School, he was commissioned in 1988 with the U.S. Marine Corp and has served combat tours in Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan. He has received four personal decorations for meritorious service.
Promoted to Colonel earlier this year, he is stationed in Norfolk, Va., where he is the head of Regional Operations, Plans and Policy for the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command.
CLEGG-She competed in basketball four years, track two years and volleyball one year as a Blue Eagle while also being a basketball statistician for two years. She received both her bachelor’s degree in finance and her law degree from West Virginia U., and graduated magna cum laude.
A member of the Jackson Kelly law firm, the attorney also has been active in several community organizations and events. She’s served as commissioner of the New Martinsville Parks & Recreation Board and as president of the New Martinsville Rotary Club. She’s also coached youth basketball and softball.
She will be honored for her achievements at the same time as her father, Bill Glover.
PASTILONG-A Blue Eagle track team statistician and four-year Magnolia cheerleader, she has turned to competitive distance running and biking as an adult.
She graduated from West Virginia U. with a chemistry degree and earned her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tenn.
After serving externships in Shreveport, La., and Petersburg, Va., she was a clinical optometrist from 1995-2004 in Shreveport, La., before owning and operating Bossier Family Eye Care in Bossier City. Active in several local organizations, she also is a regular competitor in marathon and long-distance races and bicycle races.
NEWMAN-A 10-letter, four-year football, basketball and baseball competitor, he served as senior captain of the football and basketball teams and was a two-time first team Class AA all-state and All-OVAC selection in baseball.
He received two degrees, both cum laude, from Ohio University – a bachelor’s in hearing and speech sciences and a master’s in audiology. He also plans to start a doctoral program in the next year.
He worked in Toledo, Ohio, before accepting his current position in 2009 as regional operations manager for six states for Righthear Corp.
He is active with youth sports coaching and with community projects like United Way and school-related functions.