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Class Notes: June 2, 2019

St. Albans student wins Innovation Scholarship

Emily Thomas, a St. Albans High School senior, was recently awarded the prestigious Innovation Scholarship from the University of Charleston.

During her high school career, Thomas was very active at her school, participating in Mu Alpha Theta and tutoring students in trigonometry, calculus, and algebra. Outside of school, she was also very involved in her community doing various types of volunteer work.

Thomas plans on majoring in nursing at the University of Charleston. Along with receiving an $80,000 scholarship, as an Innovation Scholar, she will be a part of the University’s Innovation Scholar’s team. The Innovation Scholar’s team participates in and conducts numerous events and projects every year. Some of which include delivering workshops to the university’s students and the community, participating in state and international innovation competitions, earning professional certification credentials, and much more.

National Merit Scholarship winners named

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced this year’s National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners. The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a pool of more than 15,000 outstanding finalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors.

These scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.

NMSC finances most of these single-payment National Merit $2,500 Scholarships. Corporations and company foundations that sponsor awards through NMSC also help underwrite these scholarships with grants they provide in lieu of paying administrative fees. Scholars may use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university.

The following state students were named National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners:

Henry A. Cerbone of Albright, Preston High School, Kingwood. Probable career field: Computer science.

Varun Kukkillaya of Charleston, George Washington High School, Charleston. Probable career field: Radiology.

Catherine R. Stodola of Charleston, Herbert Hoover High School, Elkview. Probable career field: Chemical engineering.

Madeleine C. Swint of Charleston, George Washington High School, Charleston. Probable career field: Environmental engineering.

Olivia M. Ward of Charleston, George Washington High School, Charleston. Probable career field: Applied mathematics.

Victoria Lynn Rose of Hillsboro, Greenbrier East High School, Lewisburg. Probable career field: Science/research.

Ashlyn H. Pechon of Hurricane, Hurricane High School, Hurricane. Probable career field: Psychology.

Lauren C. Paine of Morgantown. Morgantown High School, Morgantown. Probable career field: Environmental science.

Ipsita K. Tingi of Morgantown, Morgantown High School, Morgantown. Probable career field: Chemical engineering.

Andrew S. Winters of Salem. Liberty High School, Clarksburg. Probable career field: Aerospace engineering. Scholarship was underwritten by Textron Charitable Trust.

Kenneth S. Powell of Scott Depot. Winfield High School, Winfield. Probable career field: Mathematics.

Lillian T. Bischof of Wheeling. Wheeling Park High School, Wheeling. Probable career field: Chemical engineering.

Eric M. Dillon of Williamson. Mingo Central Comprehensive High School, Delbarton. Probable career field: Computer science.

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Anderson, Robert - 1 p.m. Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston.

Atkins Jr., Archie - 11 a.m., Fidler & Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Burdette, Davy - 8 p.m., Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Edwards, Dianna - 2 p.m., Montgomery Memorial Park, London.

Loving, Nancy - 1 p.m., Groves Creek Community Church, Harrison.

Meadows, James - 2 p.m., Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston.

Miller, Ruth - 11 a.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Smith, Carl - 11 a.m., Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home, Charleston.

Thornton, Sammie - 1 p.m., Gatens - Harding Funeral Home, Poca.

Vance, Zenda - 11 a.m., Montgomery Memorial Park, London.

Whitson, Grady - 7 p.m., Deal Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

Williams, Mary - 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.