POINT PLEASANT — Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School (PPJSHS) recently honored the Senior Class of 2012 with an awards ceremony where numerous students were recognized and many of whom received scholarships to help them further their education.
PPJSHS Principal William Cottrill began the ceremony by introducing co-valedictorians, Miranda L. Cobb and Jaden P. Rhea, and the salutatorian, James A. Fairchild. Also introduced were senior students receiving the Top of the Mountain Award, which were Meghan J. Bowles, Miranda L. Cobb, James A. Fairchild, Drew R. Foglesong, Ryan S. Gibson, Brandon M. Moore, Jaden P. Rhea. To receive this award, students must have received at least a 27 on their ACT and have at least a 3.5 GPA.
Sean Hill, representing Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, then recognized the PROMISE Scholarship recipients, students who have a 3.0 GPA and an ACT composite score of 22 with 20 on each subtest. Those students were Meghan J. Bowles, Nicholas M. Calandros, Miranda L. Cobb, Anthony C. Darst, Wesley A. Davis, Rebekah A. Donohew, James A. Fairchild, Drew R. Foglesong, Ryan S. Gibson, Robyn M. Gilbert, Jordan C. Hall, Nathan R. Hannum, Amanda L. King, Kathy J. Kirby, Lauren C. Lanier, Jerrod S. Long, Brandon M. Moore, Jaden P. Rhea, Rachel E. Sayre, Linzi J. Smith, Marissa L. Snyder, Taylor M. Somerville, Colten R. Spencer, Montana W. Wamsley, Jennifer B. Westfall, James E. Wilson, Lori B. Wooten, and Harlee D. Ziegler.
Mason County Career Center Director Ruth Caplinger presented the Albert Yanni Scholarship to Wesley Davis and Amanda King. Caplinger also presented the WV FFA Association Kroger Mid-Atlantic Scholarship, and it was also awarded to Davis. David Bodkin from PPJSHS also presented the Holzer Science Award to Miranda Cobb, and PPJSHS Science Professional Learning Community Awards were given to Andy Fairchild, Jaden Rhea, Linzi Smith, and Ryan Gibson.
The following awards were given through the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation in conjunction with the Mason County Area Foundation: The Bob Adkins Memorial Scholarship was presented by Jack Fowler and was awarded to Kayla Thomas. The Jack and Frances (Babs) Fruth Scholarship was presented by Mrs. Frances Fruth and was awarded to Wesley Davis. The AAUW Mary Jo Cochran Memorial Scholarship was presented by Sally Darst and was awarded to Amanda King. The Benjamin E. and Julia D. Snead Scholarship was presented by Mario Liberatore and was awarded to Linzi Smith. The Mason County Scholarship of Promise was presented by Mario Liberatore and was awarded to Jessica Griffith. The Nedra Wilhem Jones Scholarship was presented by Mario Liberatore and was awarded to Kayla Thomas.
Stephen Littlepage presented the Robert and Louise Claflin Foundation Scholarships and they were awarded to Nathan Hannum, Wesley Davis, Miranda Cobb, Kayla Thomas, Colten Spencer, and Nicholas Calandros. Littlepage also presented the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation-Mildred and Gordan Jackson Scholarships to Whitney Regan Cottrill, Chase Nicholson, Jaden Rhea, and Linzi Smith.
PPJSHS Athletic Booster Scholarships were presented by the Athletic Director Kerri Lewis: Baseball to Eric Roberts, Brandon Toler, and Alex Potter; Boys Basketball to Jacob Wamsley; Cheerleading to Taylor Somerville and Evan Wilson; Football to Jerrod Long and Layne Thompson; Girls Soccer to Meghan Bowles, Elizabeth Farley, Amanda King, Jennifer Westfall, and Harlee Zieglar; Boys Soccer to Jordan Hall and Nathan Hannum; and A Good Sportsmanship Award to Evan Wilson.
Mason County Commissioners Bob Baird, Miles Epling, and Rick Handley presented an award to Lori Wooten. Bob Baird of the PPHS Class of 1951 presented another award to Lori Wooten. Handley also presented the PPHS Alumni award to Miranda Cobb, Wesley Davis, and Rogan Park. The WV Soil Conservation award went to Wesley Davis. The Bob Shertzer Art’s Scholarship also went to Kayla Thomas.
The Gandhi Ambassador Award to Wesley Davis given by Patrick Leggett. The Florence J. Paxton Award, sponsored by Brady Paxton, was also given to Davis. The Ohio Valley Bank 4-H Award went to Kayla Thomas. The Rotary Scholarships were given to Nicholas Calandros, Nathan Hannum, Courtney Hatfield, Colten Spencer, Montana Wamsley. The Rotary Good Citizenship Award was given to Drew Foglesong. All were presented by Mario Liberatore.
Other scholarships and awards presented during the ceremony include the following:
Deal Funeral Home by David Deal to Devin Kincaid. Wilcoxen Funeral Home by Richard Green to Jordan McCarty and Eric Roberts. Crow-Hussell Funeral Home by Bobby Patterson to Lauren Lanier and Lori Wooten. Kayser, Layne, and Clark, LLC to Brooke Fisher. Mason County Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarship by Edward Lanham to Welsey Davis. Mason County Ministerial Association to Lauren Lanier. Jack E. and Babs Fruth Marshall University presented by Babs Fruth to Rachel Sayre.
Beale Elementary School presented by Ella Schultz to Jordan Moya. Leon Elementary School presented by Melissa Kimberling to Trey Livingston, Amanda King, Joshua Mattox, Rebekah Donohew, and Casey Harper. Roosevelt Elementary School presented by Melissa Deem to Jennifer Westfall, Kayla Thomas, Michelle Gibson, Ryan Gibson, Wesley Davis, Courtney Hatfield, Rachel Sayre, Montana Wamsley, and Nathan Hannum.
The Larry Martin Memorial Scholarship presented by Janie Martin went to Kenneth L. Livingston. The Community Enrichment Outreach Services (CEOS) award presented by Koneda Deverick went to Amanda King. Dr. Kim L. Capehart award presented by Sandra Capehart went to Hristian Lenkov. The Keener Family Memorial award presented by Fran Groves went to Jaden Rhea and Kayla Thomas. The Foodland Scholarship went to Colten Spencer. M & G Polymers Apple Grove Plant award went to Brooke Fisher, Jerrod Long, and Evan Wilson given by Rocky Sturgeon. The Kevin Boyles Memorial award presented by Annette and Kenny Boyles went to Nathan Hannum.
The Wedge Family Memorial award was given to Anthony Darst by Richard Blaine. The William E. Banks Scholarship presented by Joyce Banks went to Nathan Hannum. The Mason County Educational Association award went to Kayla Thomas and the Mason County Service Personnel award went to Kathy Kirby. The Presbyterian Church award in Honor of Joan Huffman presented by John Holland went to Kayla Thomas. The Alpha Delta Sigma Chapter award went to Kayla Thomas. The Susie Anna Matheny Memorial presented by Danny Matheny and Kerri Lewis went to Meghan Bowles. The Fraternal Order of Police and The Mason County Deputy’s Association award went to Nicholas Calandros. The Point Pleasant Junior Senior High Arts/Theater Scholarship went to Amanda King. The VFW Stewart-Johnson Post No. 9926 award went to Jaden Rhea and Regan Cottrill.The Spirit of PPJSHS Pride Coca Cola award went to Evan Wilson. The National Honor Society award went to Ryan Gibson.
The WV Trio Scholarship went to Kathy Kirby. Anonymous Scholarships went to Miranda Cobb, Jaden Rhea, Andy Fairchild, Brandon Moore, Ryan Gibson, Jennifer Westfall, Drew Foglesong, Anthony Darst, Jerrod Long, Hristian Lenkov, Rachel Sayre, and Colten Spencer. The Tobacco King of Mason presented awards to Linzi Smith and Kayla Thomas. The Prudential Spirit of Community Scholarship went to Wesley Davis. The Mildred Fizer 4-H Scholarship went to Linzi Smith. The WV Parent Teacher Association award went to Wesley Davis. The Point Financial award, donated by Mr. and Mrs. Larry Jones, went to Evan Wilson. A plaque was also given to Lauren Lanier for the 2011 US Senate Youth Program, and the WOWK-TV Student of Excellence award was presented to Anthony Darst.
The Toyota Manufacturing Scholarship went to Lauren Lanier. The “Back-In Action” Scholarship sponsored by Dr. Kelly Roush went to Anthony Darst. Plaques were also given to Meghan Bowles and Layne Thompson by WBYG Big County 99 for Knight Line Journalism.
Colleges and universities presenting scholarships were the following:
Concord University to Brandon Toler; Glenville State College to Trey Livingston; Marshall University presented by Adam Jenkins to Jordan Hall, Curtis Hammond, Lauren Lanier, Casey McCallister, Jessica Price, Marissa Snyder, Cody Arnold, Nich Calandros, Anthony Darst, Montana Wamsley, Kathy Kirby, Linzi Smith, Colten Spencer, Jennifer Westfall, and Lori Wooten; West Virginia University by Lorrie Wright to Nich Calandros, Amanda King, Jordan McCarty, Rogan Park, Linzi Smith, Colten Spencer, Evan Wilson, and Harlee Zieglar; Mountain State University to Devin Kincaid and Brandon Russell; Sullivan University to Casey Fink, Alan Patton, and Lindsey Pickens; Slippery Rock University to Regan Cottrill.
Recognition was also given to honor students and WV Higher Education Grant and Pell Grant recipients.