High School Juniors Honored at Concord
Athens, W.Va. - "We’re in the company of people who share our values here at Concord," stated President Jerry Beasley at the 5th Annual Concord College Book Awards. You take your studies seriously, you are active in your high school community, and–you have parents who support and encourage you," he continued to the group of 80 students and parents attending the ceremony.
The Concord College Book Awards are held annually on the College campus to reward high school juniors who are interested in attending college. This is the 5th year for the awards to be given by the College. Michael Curry, vice president for admissions and financial aid, selected People’s History of the United States, by Professor Howard Zinn, to award to the students. "I chose a book that will challenge you to think differently, and also challenge your commitment as a citizen," stated Curry. "We, as citizens, can’t wait for great leaders to solve problems. We have to do that ourselves. Individuals do make a difference."
The award ceremony began at 1:00 p.m. in the State Room of the College Center and included a tour of the College campus led by student ambassadors Laura Benjamin from Hollywood, Md., and Yanique Campbell from Jamaica. Next, Concord College Alumnus Samuel G. Hill, vice president with Investment Planning Consultants, Inc., in Bluefield; Susana Duarte, presidential scholar; and James Huffman, director of admissions, encouraged the high school juniors to follow their dreams and continue their education.
Later in the afternoon, the students participated in an outing to Pipestem State Park followed by the book award ceremony as part of a banquet.
High school juniors receiving the book award included:
ATHENS, Amy Lilly,
BALLARD, Dan Upton,
Summers County High
BANCROFT, Melody Dye,
BECKLEY, Andrea Bradford, Woodrow Wilson High
BLUEFIELD, Sarah Arnold,
CAMERON, Nora Shalaway, Cameron High
CANNELTON, Jena Jeffery,
CHARLESTON, Jason Fleck, Sissonville High
CHAUNCEY, Randal Vance,
Beth Haven Christian School
CLARKSBURG, Shannon Gaskins, Notre Dame High
CLEAR FORK, Russell P. Stewart, Oceana High
DANESE, Christal Blevins,
Meadow Bridge High
DAVIN, Alicia Saunders, Man High
DOROTHY, Shaela Persinger,
Marsh Fork High
ELBERT, Tabitha Haun,
Mount View High
FAYETTEVILLE, Megan Zimm, Fayetteville High
GARY, Candace Daniel,
Mount View High
HANOVER, Ashley Thompson, Baileysville High
LETART, Hillary Fields,
LINDSIDE, Tonya Hazelwood, James Monroe High
LOCHGELLY, Stephanie Woodson, Oak Hill High
MARLINTON, Elizabeth Young, Pocahontas County High
MIDDLEBOURNE, Erin Wilt,
Tyler Consolidated High
MT. HOPE, Jason Smith,
Mount Hope High
PRINCETON, Marcy Gibbs, Princeton Senior High
RIPLEY, Jared Landis, Ripley High
ROCK CREEK, Joseph Williams, Liberty High
ROCK, Brandi Pigg, Montcalm High
RONCEVERTE, Scott Honaker, Greenbrier East High
SCOTT DEPOT, Amie King, Winfield High
WHITE OAK, Amy Bair,
Shady Spring High
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Concord College Notes: More than 75% of the student population receives some sort of financial aid (scholarships and need-based federal financial aid); $9.7 million was awarded in the 98/99 school year and $12.2 million in 99/00, an increase of 26%.
Front Row: Amy Bair, Shaela Persinger, Jena Jeffrey, Marcy Gibbs, Jason Fleck, Candace Daniel, Tabitha Haun, Alicia Saunders, Shannon Gaskins; Second Row: Tonya Hazelwood, Christal Blevis, Sarah Arnold, Scott Honaker, Andrea Bradford, Erin Wilt, Amie King, Stephanie Woodson, Nora Shalaway, Melody Dye, Brandi Pigg; Third Row: Amy Lilly, Dan Upton, Elizabeth Young, Ashley Thompson, Hillary Fields, Megan Zimm; Last Row: Russel Stewart, Randall Vance, Jason Smith, Jared Landis, Joseph Williams
Susana Duarte, presidential scholar speaks at Concord's Book Award Ceremony.
Alumnus Samuel G. Hill, vice president with Investment Planning Consultants, Inc. speaks to high school students.