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High School Juniors Honored at Concord

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,
PikeView High

BALLARD, Dan Upton,
Summers County High

BANCROFT, Melody Dye,
Poca High

BECKLEY, Andrea Bradford, Woodrow Wilson High

BLUEFIELD, Sarah Arnold,
Bluefield High

CAMERON, Nora Shalaway, Cameron High

CANNELTON, Jena Jeffery,
Valley High

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,
Wahama High

LINDSIDE, Tonya Hazelwood, James Monroe High

LOCHGELLY, Stephanie Woodson, Oak Hill High

MARLINTON, Elizabeth Young, Pocahontas County High

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%.


Photo #1:

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

Photo #2:

Susana Duarte, presidential scholar speaks at Concord's Book Award Ceremony.

Photo #3:

Alumnus Samuel G. Hill, vice president with Investment Planning Consultants, Inc. speaks to high school students.