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Cottrill, Hoard lead BCHS class of 2018
By Elizabeth “Buffy” Six
The Class of 2018 graduated from Braxton County High School May 25 with Heath Cottrill and KC Hoard leading the class.
The ceremony began with Principal Jessica Pierson welcoming family and friends into the gymnasium.
As the class entered, the processional by the BCHS band, directed by Jon Kimble, rang through the gym and adjoining commons area, where a live feed of the ceremony was being shown for those who could not find seating within the commemoration.
Pierson returned to the podium to introduce the Top Ten seniors. These seniors were recognized for their outstanding performance in and out of the classroom. Each one also had their own job to perform during the ceremony.
Nikki Wayne, number six, gave the invocation, followed by Payton Lockard, number five, to lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Senior band members were then directed to join the band in singing the school’s Alma Mater.
Olivia Wayne, number seven, rose to the stage to introduce the guest speaker, Mrs. Carla Dettman. Olivia spoke about Dettman’s role in shaping the lives of the graduating class through her teaching during the time spent in the middle school, where Dettman teaches eighth grade English.
Dettman began her speech by looking back at the time when she taught the students the ins and outs of public speaking, and telling the class how thankful, but nervous, she was to have been asked to speak. She encouraged students to push hard in their future endeavors and to never say, “I can’t.”
Salutatorian Logan Rose followed Dettman with his address to the class about the past they have experienced together and individually. Rose, and co-valedictorians Hoard and Cottrill, focused their addresses on the past, present, and the future. Rose spoke about how important the four years spent at BCHS were and how they shaped him into the person he had become.
Hoard followed Rose and started his address by making light of his love to talk, and promised the audience to keep it “short and sweet.” Hoard’s address focused on the present the class was in and how every moment mattered. He mentioned the mistakes he had made and how sometimes he regretted those mistakes, but now, he understood how those mistakes led him to the present.
Cottrill took the stage and finished out the trio of speeches by talking about the future of the class. He spoke about all of the different possible outcomes for students, but said there were “five key principles” to being happy and successful, no matter the path each student chose for themselves. Cotrrill said the five principles are “discover your passion, explore the world, enjoy the moment, never stop learning and remember where you started.” With these, Cottrill said any person in any situation can find happiness and be successful.
Following the valedictorians’ address, Sarah Lane, number four, recognized the class of 2018 for their local scholarship honors. Lane said almost $80,000 in scholarships was given to 45 seniors.
At that time, Pierson returned to the stage to present the class of 2018 to Superintendent David Dilly. Vice Principal Flora Cox read the names of the graduates, while Dilly, Mrs. Jill Cooper, Mr. Dave Hoover, Mr. Shane Brown, Mr. Van Carr and Mr. Brad Shingler presented the diplomas to the graduates.
Before the seniors walked across the stage, Pierson called attention to a special box that sat next to the stairs of the stage. In 2013, one student from the class passed away, before even reaching high school. A box was created and stood next to the stage in his honor. Students could drop in donations to the Hunter Lemon Memorial Scholarship or leave behind memories they shared with their classmate. In the sea of green and gold caps and gowns, one chair could be seen that sat empty, aside from a cap and a picture frame, that students and faculty put together to honor Lemon and to give him a place at his graduation.
After all names had been read, Hannah Moore, number eight, performed the turning of the tassel ceremony, signifying the seniors graduating.
Garrett Shingler, number ten, gave the closing remarks. He said high school was “one chapter ending so another one can begin,” and he also spoke about his friend and classmate Lemon.
The final step of graduation was led by Drina Kearns, number nine. She led the hat toss ceremony after giving the history behind it and its meaning to the class. The gym filled with cheers and the pops of confetti canons as the seniors threw their caps into the air.
133 seniors graduated from high school and began the next chapter of their lives.
(See additional photographic coverage of graduation on page 13 of this issue.)
Former county resident named GSC’s Alumnus of the Year
Glenville State College alumni and friends gathered on campus for the 2018 Alumni Banquet on Saturday, April 28 in the Mollohan Campus Community Center Ballroom. Those in attendance enjoyed a dinner buffet and the presentation of the 2018 GSC Alumni Association Awards.
The evening’s prestigious Alumna of the Year Award was presented to Dr. Monica (Null) Beane ‘96, a native of Wirt County, and former Gassaway resident. The award is given to a graduate of Glenville State College for outstanding contributions in their chosen field or for outstanding personal accomplishments. Beane joined Educational Testing Service (ETS) as a Client Relations Director in 2017. In this role, she serves as the first line of contact for their clients in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and Washington. Beane has over 20 years of educational experience, including posts as the Executive Director of the Office of Educator Effectiveness and Licensure at the West Virginia Department of Education, an elementary school principal, and multiple teaching positions. In her most recent position as Executive Director of the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission, she was charged with continuing the Commiss-ion’s commitment to equality, implementing the legislatively approved licensure redesign, updating professional practice standards, and overseeing the movement to national accreditation for all Oregon educator preparation programs.
“My advice for the group would be to follow your heart - it’s easy to stay where things are comfortable, but taking a risk and following your heart is worth it in the end. I have always loved the classroom and education and when I traveled around West Virginia in my previous job visiting schools, I could walk into a room and tell who was a Glenville graduate. They were always the most passionate and inspirational teachers in the school. This award isn’t about me, it’s for all of us teachers,” said Beane.
Commission recognizes writing contest winners BCMS student takes first in State
(Front L to R) Vivian Parsons, Executive Director CCAWV, Anthony Godwin, Jesse Flint, Mary Jane Campbell, Lori Dittman. (Back L to R) County Commissioners Lisa Godwin, Ron Facemire and George Skidmore.
The highlight of last Friday’s Braxton County Commission meeting was the recognition of winners from the county and statewide writing contest sponsored by the County Commissioners Association of West Virginia. Vivian Parson, CCAWV Executive Director was on hand to recognize two students who placed in the statewide competition.
Parsons told the audience that more than 200 entries were received pertaining to the subject of “How does my county commission make life better for me?” She added that the judging was very difficult.
Two participants from Braxton County received statewide recognition. Mary Jane Campbell received an honorable mention certificate from Parson for her award winning effort. Anthony Godwin won first place in the state which earned a $500 cash price for himself and his classroom teacher, Lori Dittman.
Following the presentation, Commission President Ron Facemire recognized the local winners. On the local level, Campbell captured third place and a $75 cash award. Jesse Flint brought home second place honors and a $125 prize. Anthony Godwin took first place in the county which resulted in an additional $200 award. All three are 8th grade students at Braxton County Middle School.
Local prize money was provided by the County Commissioners personally and a donation from the Braxton Citizens’ News. Anthony Godwin’s award winning essay can be found on page 3 of this issue.
Laura Wilson, Director of the Braxton Testing/Day Report Center was first to address the Commission. She provided information regarding her agency’s activities during the month of April. Documentation revealed the center had performed 133 drug screenings and that 5 individuals had successfully completed the terms of their home confinement and were released.
Ron Facemire told Wilson that he was shocked to recently find out that her agency was not in compliance with the Department of Corrections guidelines and that funding was being withheld. Wilson stated that all DOC conditions had been addressed except LSMIC training for which she was trying to arrange. She told the Commissioners that she had been unsuccessful in getting in contact with the proper people in Charleston. President Facemire reiterated the Commission’s dissatisfaction in not being notified of the issue prior to the funding being withheld. Commissioner George Skidmore told Wilson, “Too much time has been wasted and this must be corrected today.”
Sheriff Eddie Williams requested permission from the Commission to hire Richard James Clayton, a certified deputy, to replace Luke Johnson who had been called up for active military duty. Sheriff Williams explained that Deputy Johnson would be absent from his post for at least 8 to 16 months. He introduced Clayton who has 11 years’ experience as a deputy. The Sheriff told the Commission that he would be paid $30,000 per year with full county benefits and service a 90 day probationary period. Lisa Godwin made a motion to approve the request.
OES/9-1-1 Director John Hoffman requested permission to advertise to hire a part-time dispatcher. That request was granted on a motion by George Skidmore.
In other action, the Commission approved the short form settlements for the following as submitted by the Fiduciary Supervisor: Treva J. Berry, Robert W. Donaldson, Lewis E. Flint, Lenora Hutchison, David M. Ramsey and Linda Westfall.
George Skidmore made the motion to approve an application for correction of erroneous assessment for Donna Carroll.
Shirlin & Creda Hacker were granted permission to consolidate contiguous tracts of land for tax purposes.
A single purchase order was approved on a motion by Lisa Godwin. That PO authorized General Appliances to put a new 3 ton Air-conditioning unit at the 9-1-1 Center.
Budget revisions were approved as presented by the County Clerk.
Two separate motions, one rescinded a motion from the previous meeting for service and inspection of the elevators in the courthouse complex. The second motion approved a similar contact for a lessor amount with no sale tax added.
Lisa Godwin made a motion to consolidate all pest control of county building with Central West Virginia Pest Control.
The Commission set a work session for June 15 at 10:00 a.m.
Following reviews, separate motion by George Skidmore, authorizes the payment of county and EMS bills and approved the minutes of the Commission’s May 4 meeting.
Being no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 9:42 a.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Braxton County Commission will convene on June 1 beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Grand Jurors summoned; term begins June 5
The following citizens have been selected to serve on the upcoming term of the Grand Jury beginning on June 5 at 8:45 am.
Rondal Earnie Miller of Sutton, James Earl Cayton of Napier, Joshua Paul Wine of Flatwoods, Larry Sheridan Jarvis of Frametown, Karen Eggleton Herbinko of Ireland, Nicolette Marie Bonazzo of Gassaway, Cory Scott Garvin of Little Birch, Lori Ann Walker of Frametown, Rebecca Hope Weese of Gassaway, Lesley B Nottingham of Duck, Lilian Minae Lake of Burnsville, Deborah Jean Jordan of Sutton, Beth A Culverhouse of Heaters, Benjamin Andrew Mussano of Frametown, Eden Spencer Calhoun of Walkersville, and William Joseph Moulton of Sutton.Barbara Lea Lough of Sutton, Donald Ray Demastus of Sutton, Matthew Ray Carpenter of Gassaway, Treva Jean Mick of Frametown, Robert Lee Lockard of Exchange, Carol Chapman of Gassaway, Donald Wayne Wyant of Copen, Crystal Dawn Wilson of Frametown, Iva Catherine Deuly of Gassaway, Kacey Marie Cutlip of Napier, Brenda Kay Mehlbauer of Frametown, Barbara Jean James of Gassaway, Robert Junior Dillon of Sutton, Bruce Allen Cottrill of Frametown, Samantha Jane Lynch of Sutton, Hannah Elizabeth Duffield of Duck, Deanna Lynne Rexroad of Gassaway, and Jeffrey Lynn Kelley of Sutton.
David Eugene Helmick of Copen, Junior Cunningham of Frametown, Maude O’Dessa Geary of Sutton, John Kenneth Carson of Heaters, Lori D Craft of Sutton, Kathy Lynn Cottrill of Gassaway, Jessica Mae Duckworth of Frametown, Robert Lee Miller of Gassaway, Haunani Nakoa Fisher of Exchange, Thomas Michael Jackson of Gassaway, Nichole Alison Trevino of Sutton, Ashley Sue Ann Bickford of Sutton, Daniel Marco Morton Jr of Sutton, Maranda June Cook of Sutton, Wannah Fawn Miller of Gassaway, Harry Edward Miller of Exchange, Debra Jean Lilly of Sutton, and Sherrie Ann Williams of Frametown.
Barbara Ellen Bailes of Sutton, Jeffrey Alan Arden of Flatwoods, Emma Jean Bright of Sutton, Jerry Dell Shaver of Sutton, Quinton Tyler Ice of Duck, Sharon K Jarvis of Elmira, Donald Norman Bragg of Heaters, Justin Robert Knight of Gassaway, Michael James Cassell of Sutton, Delmas Gail Harris of Sutton, Curtis Keven Barnette of Gassaway, William W Thomas of Gassaway, Wilma Jean Nettles of Duck, Sally Ann Hart of Frametown, Phillip Denver Kniceley Jr of Sutton, Frankie Junior Loyd of Sutton, Shelley Denise Lancaster of Gassaway, and Darrel Newman Hoover of Little Birch.
Julie May Pennington of Frametown, Patricia L Lunceford of Flatwoods, Salena Brittany Boggs of Sutton, Pamela Jean Landy of Sutton, and Jeremiah Lee Carpenter of Frametown.
How does my county commission make
By Anthony Godwin (Editor’s Note:The following essay was the first place winning entry by Anthony Godwin for both Braxton County and the State Of West Virginia sponsored by the County Commissioners Association of West Virginia. See the front page story regarding recent activites of the Braxton County Commission for more details.) My county commission makes my life better because they support community services. The Braxton County Commission supports our local county park. I have three important reasons why Holly Gray Park holds a special place in my heart.
life better for me?
First, the Braxton County Fair is held at Holly Gray Park. I have attended the Braxton County Fair since I was six weeks old. For 14 years, I have made a lot of memories and friends that I will remember the rest of my life. Without the funding from the county commission, the Braxton County Fair would have a hard time paying their bills.
Second, I have run cross country for the past two years. Holly Gray Park allows us to practice there every day. With a great park to practice at, it gives the team a great chance to compete at cross country meets. Myself and one girl from our Braxton County Middle School team, placed first team all-conference this year. Also, this year Braxton County got to hold their first cross country meet at Holly Gray Park. It was awesome! Our families got to come and watch us race without traveling a long distance. Without the funding from the county commission, Holly GrayPark could not remain open.
Third, I belong to 4-H. A lot of 4-H events are held at Holly Gray Park. 4-H camp is held there each year for one week. Plus, the kids get to show their animals and exhibits during the Braxton County Fair. Kids get to sale livestock at the Fair too.
Other services that my county commission supports are; the fire departments, 911 and EMS centers, county airport, Sutton pool and libraries. The volunteer fire fighters have a huge responsibility. My neighbor lost their home and everything, including their pets. But the most important thing was, no one lost their life. I would like to be a volunteer firefighter when I get older. The EMS does a great job treating people and getting them the help they need. Several times my family had to call 911 to come and take my Grandpa to the hospital. The Sutton Pool is a great place to go in the summer. I’ve been to several birthday parties at the pool plus my Mom had my 6th birthday party there. We have 3 libraries in Braxton County. Some of the schools depend on these libraries to take the kids to during school. I went to Burnsville Elementary and we didn’t have a big library in our school till I was in the 5th grade. I enjoyed going to the Burnsville Library every week to pick out a new book to read.
I thank our Braxton County Commissioners for supporting several community services here in Braxton County that makes life better for me!
Burnsville residents honored by GSC
Glenville State College President Dr. Tracy Pellett honored several employees at the College’s Faculty and Staff Appreciation Awards Luncheon that was held on Tuesday, May 8 in the Mollohan Campus Community Center Ballroom. President Pellett presented certificates of appreciation to sixteen employees for their many years of service at Glenville State College in addition to other awards, citations, and recognition given to individual members of the campus community.
GSC recognizes employees beginning with 15 years of service; subsequent employment milestones are recognized in five year increments.
Recognized for 35 Years of Service: Associate Professor of Mathematics Paul Peck, of Burnsville
Recognized for 30 Years of Service: Physical Plant Administrative Assistant Linda Graff, of Burnsville
Recognized with an Outstanding Staff Award in the Professional, Non-Faculty Category: Public Relations Specialist Dustin Crutchfield, originally of Burnsville
“Any successes you have as individuals are successes for the campus as a whole. Overall, the institution has made miraculous advances this past year and all of the hard work that you’re putting in helps us make those changes,” Pellett told those in attendance. “Your work helps keep us student-focused while ensuring the long-term sustainability of Glenville State. And for that, you have my extreme and sincere gratitude.”