ASHTON — Hannan Junior/Senior High School had a special guest on Monday, West Virginia Secretary of Education and the Arts Gayle Manchin.
Manchin came to the school to talk with students about college and post secondary options, and the importance of student leadership.
Hannan has increased art and music programs over recent years, encouraging students to learn in multiple ways. Hannan received a $5,000 grant for art classes in the fall, two students are currently eligible for the Governor’s School for the Arts program in the summer.
“We are very excited to have Gayle Manchin here, she is a great example for our students” explained Dr. Oldham, principal at Hannan. “It provides them an insight from a local West Virginian who has moved up into leadership.
Oldham added: “Manchin oversees arts in schools, which entails the Governor’s schools and provides opportunities for our students to continue to grow as leaders and come back in the fall ready to lead.”
Oldham also explained that many of the students participating in the summer programs will learn and grow as leaders, which will trickle back into Hannan and improve the school as a whole.
Manchin did speak with the student leaders about good leadership and education after high school, and she also spent some time interacting directly with students and answering questions. Manchin came to Hannan High School six years ago as the First Lady of West Virginia.
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