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•   Ronn Cain (1960)  3/20
•   Eleanor Garrett (Pagan) (1957)  3/19
•   Rose Marie Creasy (McMills) (1962)  3/14
•   Adrin Raikes (Fisher)  3/13
•   Frank Wade (1959)  3/11
•   Sharoyn (Sherrie) Lee Bunner (Haller) (1970)  3/1
•   Joseph Manchin IV (1991)  2/19
•   Robert Moses Arnold (1966)  2/1
•   Cecelia Gallucci (Price) (1966)  1/31
•   Carolyn Mae Conrad (Meisel) (1959)  1/26
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•   Pamela Jean Lauzau (O'Connor) (1966)  3/29
•   Chad Nuzum (1994)  3/29
•   Shawn E. Radabaugh (1996)  3/29
•   Kellie Christian (Cook) (1989)  3/30
•   Lacy Kiser (1990)  3/31
•   Don Stevens  3/31
•   Lynn Wilson (Turner) (1967)  3/31
•   Susan Woodward (Haley) (1974)  3/31
•   Lynn A. Falkenstein (Haines) (1997)  4/1
•   Nancy Carol Nestor (McCue) (1957)  4/1
•   Mark Leroy Conrad (1979)  4/2
•   Sharon Marano (Paul) (1976)  4/2
•   Sally Matthews (Anderson) (1974)  4/2
•   Twyla Diane Smith (Smith) (1978)  4/3
•   Ashley Dawne Rich (2003)  4/4
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15 live in Arizona
1 lives in Arkansas
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1 lives in Idaho
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2 live in Oregon
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2 live in Japan
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773 are deceased

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Welcome Polar Bears to a website commemorating 84 years of exemplary education at the Loop Park campus on Oakwood Road in Fairmont WV.  Free membership.  Join today.


1.  The address of FSHS Foundation  P.O. Box 91, Fairmont, WV 26555 

2.  Scholarship Application is available with the counselors and the deadline is April 15

3. Tickets are available for the Elimination Dinner on April 11 to be held at the Knights of Columbus.  Cost of ticket is $50.00  All proceeds from the dinner support student scholarships and teacher mini-grants.

To see highlights of the Polar Bear wins over Mingo and Bridgeport on the way to a state championship final clik on the two wvmetronews links below.

Nuru Week @ Fairmont High School from Nuru International on Vimeo.


Diane Parker was kind, loving, thoughtful, funny (intentionally & unintentionally), gracious, smart & strong. She will be missed but has left a wonderful legacy in her children & grandchildren! Rest in peace, Gammy. Video created by Jill Carpenter Zundell.
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Diane Parker: multi-tasker before it became common

We have been blessed to know many good people in our lifetime.

One of my favorite people passed away last Friday and that makes me very sad.

Two years ago this month, Diane Parker was given three months to live. She had cancer. Last February she was amazed at how many things she had been able to do when the three months she had turned into 12.

She accomplished many things in those 24 months. 

One of the biggest
 things in her life over that period of time was finishing her book, which she concluded near the end of 2013.

The book was entitled 'Daddy's Ledger' and it was about the Hutchinson family, her family and many stories of old-time Fairmont.

It was a most interesting book — one that brought the reader much of the history and times of Fairmont. And the numerous book signings that followed brought her so much happiness. She was a people person and it was so much fun for her to be out in the public meeting everyone.

Many times she told me she didn't know how long she had, but so far she said the cancer wasn't bothering her. She said as long as it didn't bother her she would do all she could to be active. Her friends and family were amazed at all the things she was getting done. 

Many readers probably
 knew her late husband, Paul Parker, who once served as Marion County's prosecuting attorney.

The later years of his life were not the best for him health-wise, but one thing he loved to do was play golf. We actually learned to know Diane better through Paul, and for two or three years we always played golf at least once a week when the weather was good.

On Jan. 1, 2000, Paul and I played golf at the Fairmont Field Club. What a great way to welcome in the new millenium — two good friends playing golf on a beautiful first day of the 2000s. 

For years, Diane
 and Paul would get together with friends to celebrate birthdays and other happy occasions at the Fairmont Field Club, which had been their country club for many years. But, inevitably, many of these friends would either pass on or become homebound. It’s been a good while since one of these events was held.

When the Fairmont Field Club burned down 10 or 12 years ago, Diane was one of the leaders who worked tireless hours to see that the main structure was rebuilt. 

Diane (it's pronounced
 Dee-on rather than Di-anne) loved trees — especially the kind that used to dot Fairmont Avenue. Slowly but surely, all these trees were cut down — the last of them coming down around 10 years ago. The last ones were taken down by the power company as we recall. This really infuriated Diane. So,on behalf of the Green Hills Garden Club, she arranged for Mon Power to plant some replacement trees from 12th Street all the way in to Third or Fourth Street.

Diane went with them all the way to assure the beauty was brought back to Fairmont Avenue. She may have planted several herself.

It certainly wasn't the way it had been in the past but it was better than nothing. 

Diane loved the
 Times West Virginian. She had been a reader all her life.

But she couldn't understand why everyone didn't read their hometown newspaper.

“How do people know when close friends die or what happens in the town if they don't read the Times West Virginian?” she asked me on numerous occasions.

She said she had cut out articles and made many scrapbooks for years from this newspaper. We imagine many of them could probably be found in 'Daddy's Ledger.'

In 2010, Diane was honored as 'Volunteer of the Year' by this newspaper because of the many good deeds she had performed for Fairmont.

That distinction made her quite proud and we were most proud to award it to her. She was one of the best ambassador's for Fairmont. 

It was six
 or seven years ago when yours truly was inducted in the Fairmont State Sports Hall of Fame.

My son came in along with my brother. This was a special occasion. Several local friends were also invited. But we weren't going to have that event pass without having Diane there as well.

We recall her seeing friends at the banquet she hadn't seen in a long while.

It was a fun evening for all of us. 

Paul Parker has
 been in the U.S. Air Force and he helped to get a local group of Air Force veterans together — a group that would meet for dinner once every several months. On one occasion the group even invited Gen. Frank (Pete) Everest in from California as the local group carried his name. On another occasion, a former pilot for Air Force One was the invited guest and we recall this dinner attracted a large crowd to the Fairmont Field Club.

Diane's husband organized this group of veterans and he insisted that yours truly become involved even though our military credentials were from the U.S. Army. Diane did all the behind-the-scenes work on getting this Air Force unit chartered, but now most of the veterans have passed on, as have Diane and Paul. 

Diane was involved
 in several projects before we knew her.

Among other things, she had been a leader in the establishment of the Marion County Rescue Squad in the early 1970s, and she was an active member for the Fairmont Junior League for more than 20 years. 

The Parkers had
 two great children, who have developed into two outstanding adults — Eddie and Sylvia.

Eddie has two grown sons who are outstanding in their own right with Brooks being one of the finest young organists ever to come out of Marion County. They both now live in Nashville. 

A memorial service
 will be held for Diane Hutchinson Parker at Christ Episcopal Church beginning at 3 p.m. on Saturday March 7.  



WFHS-TV of Fairmont Senior High School continues a partnership with the Times West Virginian since 1999.  


FSHS Update: Principal Tyson Furgason kindly responded to my inquiry for news of the flood. He indicated that the fire suppression system triggered an alarm and the fire department responded. They were back in school today along with the rest of Marion County students and had a wonderful day at school all things considered. Contrary to some concerns, they had heat in the building and are only dealing with 3 heavily damaged classrooms. Sounds like a best case scenario to me. While it's unfortunate that 3 classrooms were severely damaged, it could have been so much worse. Proof again that FSHS is a "school built to last."

**Update 2/18/15 The earlier report of 40-50 classrooms by Panhandle Cleaning and Restoration spokesperson is 5 according to Superintendent Gary Price. Furthermore, they are still determining cause of the break.

Cleanup continues after broken sprinkler floods part of FSHS

Posted: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 5:49 pm

By Emily Gallagher Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Crews are continuing to clean up the aftermath at Fairmont Senior High School after water flooded the school late Monday night.

Monica Capps with Panhandle Cleaning and Restoration said a fire sprinkler broke in a janitorial closet on the main floor of the older building at FSHS. She said maintenance crews were able to control the water but not before it flooded the entire floor.

When Panhandle arrived at the school around noon Tuesday, Capps said the water from the main floor had made its way to the bottom floor.

“It affected about 40 or 50 rooms,” she said.

Crews working in a classroom on the bottom floor said the water damage caused ceiling tiles to fall to the floor. They hauled out several trash bags full of wet ceiling tile. One worker picked up a history book and water began to pour out.

Capps said they will continue to work throughout the evening to make sure the school is ready for classes Wednesday.

Gary Price, superintendent of Marion County Schools, said they hope to have classes in some of the classrooms that were affected if there is school Wednesday.

Price was unsure of the amount of damages the break caused.

Read the full story in Wednesday’s Times West Virginian, available at newsstands or through home delivery by calling 304-367-2525 or 304-367-2527.


Do you recognize the students in this picture?  Gary Delligatti posted it on Facebook and informs me that "From my perspective one of two people took this shot. One was my father , Raymond Delligatti some time in the mid to late 40's, the other was my aunt, Mildred "Pucky" Delligatti who graduated in late 50's."


Photo credit to Aaron Naternicola:  December 11, 2014 before home wrestling match

1958-59 -- Mrs. Virginia Mullens -- 4th grade -- Barnes School  Sent to me by Susie Lavenchek Hawkins.  How many classmates can you identify?

Archival donations

Harriet Bachman White shared this picture on Facebook of Jayenne 6th Grade.  (teacher Mrs. Meyer, wife of Mayor Meyer).  Recognize anyone? Jimmy Farrell, Paige Neely, Bill Martin, Dick McWhorter, Nancy Spanabel, Carol Olsen, Bob Judy, Barbara Heater, David Joe, Judy Price, Lenny Oliveto, Jimmy Harki, Ray Sloan, Hank Wilt, Janis Bock, Becky Langford and me.

Visit the school website for calendar, forms, and announcements:

See the new brochure under announcements below to assist with school projects supported by FSHS Foundation, interested alums, and the community.
Congratulations to the FSHS Madrigals for a very successful feast.

Pictured above are members of Fairmont Senior High School Class of 1954 at their 60-year reunion. It was held at the Fairmont Elks Lodge. FRONT (from left) — Virginia Riggi, Lucy Ann Dickerson, Norma Pflock, Duane Carder, Ruth Perkins, Carolyn Romino, Patty Hawkins, Patty Day, Carol Conley, Patty Burke and Rex Hamilton. SECOND ROW — Laura Lobuts, Velva Anderson, Billie Flynn, Ann Lucas, Barbara Snider, Charlie Hirt, Patty West, Nancy Aultman, Thomasena Woodyard, Caleb Tarleton, Eddie Patterson, Kitty Lehman, Ted Craft and Betty Jo Price. BACK ROW — George Taylor, Antoinette Mezzanotte, Joe Jenkins, John Hess, Philomena Colasessano, Jim Weihe, John Orlando, Ken Alkire, Ed Davis, Charlie Russell, Tom Stanberry, Jay Early, Larry Amos, Fred DeChristopher, John Hibbs and David Maselli.

Scroll down to the announcements to read the Travelin' Trio Travelogue by Linda Orr Morgan, Fairmont Senior High School class of 1962; Mykie Wilson Reagan, FSHS class of 1963; and Diane Minsker who travel the world each summer.  They share their current adventure with classmates, former students, colleagues, and other interested readers. 

Following the Travelogue, please find a printable copy of the Foundation brochure.




Front row L-R
Karen Lennon, Eleanor Morgan, Marcie Cheslock, Janet Johnson, Peggy Corley, Sally Matthews, Joni Mazurek, Cecilia Raspa, Linda Alvaro, Terry Corwin, Nancy Edwards, Camille Alberico, Patty Bonasso

Middle row L-R
Donnie Metz, Joy Stewart, Elizabeth Deriggi, Mary Jane Curry, Melody Carpenter, Miriam Cimino, Patty Van Gilder, Debbie Adams, Pam Gaston, Patty Linn, Andrea Salvatore, Lettie Ezelle, Barbara Pasquale, Randy Carpenter, Mark Calabrase, Mike Resetar, Bob Elliott
Back row L-R
Frank Stingo, Steve Yerkovich, George Drennen, Richard O'Conner, Marty Utt, Bob Swiger, Rick Wade, Bill Mallamo. Mark Ornowski, Tom Cole, Jimmy Blankenship, Greg Lee, Steve Freeland, Eddie Snider, Cecil Corley, Tom Heck, Mike Lawson, Mark Mallamo, Pete Monell, Herbie Amato, Mike Devericks, Neal Hamilton, Bob Shingleton, John Paknik, Doug Laughlin, Marty VanGilder, Steve Murphy

Class of 1974

First row:   Rick Suplita, Shirley Carder Boggess, Blaine "Ike" Robinson, Anthony Monell, Rick Spragg, Janet Marines Hass, Carol Olsen Clelland, Carl Crandall, Amanda Oakes Shabatura, Bob Rosier, Bonnie Zimmerman Lancaster, Phyllis Monell Branham, Wendy Watkins Betts, Judy DeFilippo Preston, Becky Langford Cross, Karen Costello McDougal, Frances Parrack Loar, David Conant, Kay Springer Mullenax, Michelle Cousins Moore, Jed Smith, Rodney McGinnis, and Bill Martin.
Second row:  Bill Jones, Dianne Webner Wolfe, Sharon Christenburg Tucker.
Third row:  David Manley, Ed Stalnaker, Carol Spencer Williams, and Linda Cox Gowers.
Fourth row:  David Judy, Larry Ash, Linda Satterfield Arbuckle, Marie Whitehair Vandergrift, Sharon Lane Burrows.
Fifth row:  Steve Soles, Edgar Jaynes, Diane Gracy Vester, Janet Lowther Conant, and Larry Rexrode.
Sixth row:  Dan Tonkery, Blake Boggess, Bill Goodwin, Dave Clark.
Seventh row:  Bill Haney, Laura Lee Harry Harki, Gary Gallucci, Paula Inghram Harr, and Andrea Reed Keener.
Back row:  Randy Spragg, Rick Amos, Rick Harter, Jim Harki, Nancy Higinbotham Kincell, Carolyn Tinder Dennison  Judy Criss Davisson , Bill Renner, Jim Varner, Inda Carr, George Michael, Harriet Bachman White, Tom Springer, Frank D'Amico, H. Scott Close.

Congratulations to the 2014 Foundation Scholars

Seth Burton Memorial Scholarship-- Logan Spicer
Anthony Pizatella Scholarship--Sydney Woody
Rex Stalnaker Memorial Scholarship Jared Bartrug
South Fairmont Rotary Scholarship--Ryder Skarzinski
Davidson Family Scholarship--Tori Snyder
Brogan Raddish Memorial Scholarship--Adrianna Constable

Emmalee Faulkner
Austin Norman
Ryan Rosier
Madison Stevenski
Hope Vasicek

Rick and Linda Parker Scholarship

Hope Baublitz

Mandy Cross

Karengton Swann

Fairmont Senior High School Foundation Officers and Board Members

Ginny Davidson, President
Jeff Carpenter, Vice President
Edward Cheslock, Treasurer
Darlene Boyles, Secretary
Matt Delligatti
Gina Ezelle
Tyson Furgason, Principal
Tom Kliethermes
Suellen Lemley
Eddie Parker
Penny Roberts
Vera Sansalone
Rodney Stewart
Leah Welty

As a graduate of Fairmont State still living in the shadow of the College on the Hill, I proudly share this article from the Maroon and White about my son.  Written by Duane Cochran, the article hallmarks the inaugural year of the NCAA Division II Mountain East Conference with my son, Commissioner Reid Amos, providing the leadership.

Scholarship application can be downloaded and printed by clicking on Foundation in the banner to the left.  Contact with questions.

Program of Dedication - 1929  Click on Mission/History

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    Diane Hutchinson Parker, a novice published writer, has maintained her father's mine ledger filled with newspaper articles, (many from The Fairmont Times and The West Virginian as well as state and national publications), family photos, and journals.  The 20" x 15" ledger provides a history of a family's entrepreneurship and the impact on an industry as revealed through meticulous documentation and a daughter's devotion to preserve the family history.  The explosive growth of the coal boom is lead by "Coal Baron" extraordinaire and family patriarch C. E. Hutchinson.

    Mesmerized by the massive book when she first revealed the contents of the ledger, I remain fascinated by the intertwining of the family and the city of Fairmont--inextricably bonded through the economy and community philanthropy.  She writes her recollections as a collection of stories that are sometimes heartwarming, sometimes shocking, but always providing insight to one of the premier families of Fairmont.

    With the birth of Diane and her early years at the castle, the readers experience a glimpse of the golden era at Sonnencroft, an icon of the city on Morgantown Avenue in the Palatine district of the Friendly City designed.  Built to replicate Inverness  Castle in Scotland, the beautiful structure and gorgeous gardens, lost during the Great Depression, was razed in the 1960s with property donated to the Marion County Board of Education.

    Through legend and lore, Mrs. Parker recounts the family traditions and experiences of Clyde E. and Mary Lyda Hutchinson, Papa and Mammam to the family.

    Diane's engrossing stories captivate me; I am convinced they will do the same for her readers.

Purchase the book at

1863 - Episode 1 from Allegheny Image Factory on Vimeo.



Former Principal Chad A. Norman accepts the Maple Leaves yearbook which belonged to Eddie Barrett from Carol Amos.





Interior of Fairmont Junior High School  1963


Fairmont Senior High School 

U.S. Department of Education names Fairmont Senior High School a High Performing

National Blue Ribbon School

2007-2010  High School That Work Pacesetter School

Benedum Professional Development School

FSU Professional Development School

West Virginia School of Excellence

PBST Exemplar School

West Virginia Exemplary School

2004-2005, 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012.

Fairmont does not claim to have nationalized or popularized Father's Day. Spokane Washington under Mrs. Sondra Dodd did. Fairmont is historically the site where the first Fathers Day Service was held on July 5, 1908, nearly two years before any other account.  See the story board by D.D. Meighen on the school website or on Facebook.

50530  Can you guess what it's counting?

FSHS Scholarship winners 2013


Cortney Bright

Michael Buonaiuto

Ivan Figueroa

Mattie Kliethermes

Anna Alexandra (Ali) Sansalone

Andrew Strand

Hannah Vasicek

Zela Wyrosdick

Cienna Wright



Ross and Dolores Maruka Scholarship

Jenny Lea Bundy 

Seth Burton Memorial Scholarship

Jared Thomas Burns

Anthony Pizatella Scholarship

Grant S. Holbert 

Rex Stalnaker Memorial Scholarship

Joshua McPherson

South Fairmont Rotary Scholarship

Megan Ashley DeJong

Davidson Family Scholarship

Matthew A. Bartrug

Frank Dimaria Scholarship

Laura Tennant

Brogan Raddish Memorial

Brianna Woodburn

Rick and Linda Parker Scholarship

Gabbriella Conrad

Brina Pinn

Sara N. Simons

Rebekah Valentine


FSHS Scholarship winners 2012

Kallin Closson

Lauren Gower

Amelia Parks

Jacob Richards

Randall Stickley

Linda Summers

Cailey Weaver

Named Scholarships

Daren Wadsworth     Ross and Dolores Maruka

Andrew Shields    Seth Burton Memorial

Marissa Bonasso     Anthony Pizatella

Michelle Tucker     Rex Stalnaker Memorial

Kristen Zirkle     South Fairmont Rotary

Savannah Sims     Davidson family Scholarship

David Haley     Exxon Scholarship 

Allie Fetty     Frank DiMaria Scholarship

Rick and Linda Parker Scholarship

Steven Baublitz

Travis Cramer

Arien Harris

Ashley Perkins

Kailee Pownell

Brittany Sheppard


FSHS Scholarship winners 2011

Lindsay Estel

William C. Harper

Marcus Jacquez

Alex Joseph

Andrew Marra

Resa McGlumphy

Aaron D. Morris

Ronnie Retton

Franklin B. Wilson

Named Scholarships

Ross Dalton     Ross and Dolores Maruka

Victoria Hawkins    Seth Burton Memorial

Tessa Gardner     Anthony Pizatella

Christopher Nestor     Rex Stalnaker Memorial

Lauren Sansalone     South Fairmont Rotary

Joseph Vozniak     Davidson family Scholarship


2011-2012 FSHS Outstanding School Volunteer Award

Mrs. Carol Amos

Mrs. Nancy Bickerstaff

Mr. Ed Cheslock


Fairmont Senior High School cornerstone recently cleaned with restoration of front facade

Renovation of FSHS

Phase 1  (Current MIP and HVAC projects):  Interior work in main and Freshman Building:
    Ceiling replacement
    Window and exterior door replacement
    Lighting replacement
    HVAC replacement
    Sprinkler installation
    Fire alarm replacement
Phase 2  (Bond funding):  Interior work in main and Freshman Building: 
    Interior doors
    Toilet room upgrades
    Marker/tack boards
    Lab furniture
    Plumbing upgrades
    Electrical/power upgrades
    Intercom upgrades (campus wide)
Phase 3 (Bond funding):  Exterior and courtyard enclosure
    Courtyard enclosure for media center
    Brick masonry cleaning and restoration (both buildings)
    Exterior railings
    Sidewalk repair/replacement
    Covered walkways
    Soffit/fascia on Freshman Building
    Parking lots
    Demo Polar Bear Building and concrete pads

Check Foundation for slideshows from March, June, and August as well as the Photo Gallery to the left for see the metamorphosis in the main building.

WFHS TV NEWS thanks the Times West Virginian for the collaborative partnership since 1999.


Seven schools in the county were named Schools of Excellence, which is the gold standard of educational achievement.

Those schools are Barrackville, East Dale, Fairview, Pleasant Valley and White Hall elementary schools; Fairview Middle School; and Fairmont Senior High School.

Fairmont Senior was also named as a National Blue Ribbon School. They were the only high school in the state to achieve the honor.

Seventy-one schools in the state were named Schools of Excellence, and seven of those were from Marion County.

Fairmont Senior has won the eighth consecutive Exemplary School status from the West Virginia Department of Education. Visit the WV Department of Education for details about the prestigious prize.

 WFHS TV NEWS thanks the Times West Virginian for the collaborative partnership since 1999.



Fairmont Senior High School, home of the Polar Bears

A National Blue Ribbon School as awarded by the U.S. Department of Education

An Exemplary School and School of Excellence

     Tyson Furgason, principal  

     Fairmont Senior High School
Fairmont, West Virginia

1867 - 2013


FSHS NEWSLETTER FROM CAROL J. AMOS       The Ides of March, 2015   

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Fairmont Senior High School Foundation:

The address of FSHS Foundation   P.O. Box 91, Fairmont WV  26555

Scholarship Application is available with the counselors.  The deadline is April 15.

Tickets are available for the Elimination Dinner on April 11 to be held at the Knights of Columbus.  Cost of ticket is $50.00.  All proceeds from the dinner support student scholarships and teacher mini-grants.  Please respond to me at to order tickets.  You do not have to be present to win.

Gary Earp has added pictures of many class of 1963 reunions.  Visit the website and check out Gary’s photo gallery.

Rose Creasy McMills    

author of the Mountain Girl trilogy

  • Mountain Girl
  • Mountain Miracle
  • Mountain Rescue
  • The third book in a middle-grade trilogy is on Barnes and Noble and Amazon, both in print and ebook formats. Mountain Rescue is an adventure set in the West Virginia hills (natch) and the young heroine, now 18, hikes into the mountains after her beloved uncle, who has Asperger's and has mysteriously fled.


1986:  This is our official 30 Year Reunion website!  FSHS Class of '86

Hello! This is the official FaceBook page of the Fairmont Senior High School CLASS OF 1986. We are starting the initial stages of planning our 30th year reunion and are looking at dates in EARLY August, 2016. Please let us know if there is a specific date that does not work for you. We will have a Friday night social and a Saturday night formal get-together, as in the past. Looking forward to seeing all of you there!

Adrian Raikes Fisher announces a project and National Honor Society activities at FSHS for this month.  Nuru International is a humanitarian organization with the goal of ending extreme poverty--that's life on less that $1/day.  Obviously this kind of poverty doesn't happen in the US with all of our social safety nets (from SNAP benefits to local churches to the Salvation Army), so the group has been concentrated in sub-saharan Africa.  Nuru was started by Jake Harriman, a "local" guy who's from Preston County and did his first couple years of college at WVU.  Here's a link to his story.

This year we will be doing three things: cupcake sales ($1 each), a hat day ($1), and a "bucket walk" ($15).  We hope to raise at least $500 for the organization.  

We got involved with Nuru about 4 years ago after I invited an old friend, Billy Williams (of Parkersburg), to speak to my classes about poverty and how we can help.  My students that year launched a Nuru Week of fundraising.  Nothing like this had ever been done before, so Nuru sent a videographer (the same one who did the "Jake's Story" video) to record the week.  Billy believes that our initiative has been directly responsible for many thousands of dollars in subsequent donations.  Here's the link to our video.

NHS sponsored a Pumpkin Drop competition in the fall and donated $250 cash to Nuru and accrued about $250 in additional online donations.  Several area teams competed by dropping pumpkins from the 3rd floor. The goal was to hit the center of a target with an intact pumpkin.  We had a lot of fun!

I would love for our alumni to be aware of this fantastic cause.  Nuru International has received many accolades for its work, and now that it has attained proof of concept, is planning to share its method freely so it can be replicated throughout the developing world.  It's easy to make an online donation, or alumni can send checks made out to FSHS to the school.  I will not be compiling the donations to send in until the middle of April.


FAIRMONT — After suffering its first loss on Tuesday, No. 2 Fairmont Senior bounced back with a 63-48 victory over No. 3 Bridgeport on Thursday. 

After breaking a 14-14 tie in the first quarter, Fairmont Senior never trailed the rest of the way and handed Bridgeport its first loss of the season.

Mike Holloway led all scorers with 18 points and added 11 rebounds for a double-double. Nick Greely led Bridgeport with 16 points. 

The Polar Bear boys are seeded third heading into the AA State Tournament and will play Mingo Central Thursday morning, March 19 at 9:30. Seedings were announced this morning. Bridgeport is second and will play Bluefield. RCB is fifth and will play Westside Thursday night at 9:00.

Regional Champions

FAIRMONT — Fairmont Senior used a strong first quarter to overpower visiting North Marion and rolled to a 78-52 win to claim the Region I Section I championship Friday night. 

The Lady Polar Bears outscored the Lady Huskies, 20-6, in the first eight minutes after FSHS forced 11 turnovers. 

North's first bucket of the game didn't come until the clock showed 3:15 left in the opening quarter but that was after an 11-0 run from Fairmont Senior. 

Emily Stoller led Fairmont Senior with 29 points, seven assists, five rebounds and four steals in the game. Megan Haller led North with 18 points. 

West will host Ritchie County for the Region I title next Wednesday while North Marion will travel to Ravenswood to play. The winner of those two games will advance to the state tournament. 

Class AA No. 2 Fairmont Senior vs. No. 7 Bridgeport

By Matt Welch Times West Virginian

CHARLESTON — It took overtime, but Fairmont Senior pulled out a victory over Bridgeport Thursday in the first round of the WVSSAC Girls' Basketball Tournament. 

Emily Stoller sealed the game at the foul line and powered FSHS to a 66-60 victory. Stoller led all scorers with 32 points.

At the end of regulation, Bridgeport freshman Kaitlyn Smith had a chance to win the game at the line but made just one of two free throws with 0.9 remaining to send the game into overtime. 

The foul shots came just seconds after Emily Stoller gave Fairmont Senior a 53-52 lead with 5.2 ticks remaining. 

With the win, Fairmont Senior advances to play Lincoln on Friday at 11:15 a.m. 

State Finals for the Bears

Posted: Friday, March 13, 2015 12:07 pm

By Matt Welch Times West Virginian

CHARLESTON - Emily Stoller scored 16 first-quarter points and gave Fairmont Senior a 65-35 victory over Lincoln in the semifinal game of the WVSSAC Girls' State Basketball Tournament.

The win sends the Lady Polar Bears to Saturday's 2 p.m. state championship for the first time in coach Corey Hines' five-year career.

FSHS picked up right where it left off on Thursday and came out of the gate hot. 

After Erica Bowles drained a game-opening 3-pointer, Emily Stoller took the game into her own hands. The senior scored seven-straight points and 16 of Fairmont Senior's 22 points to take a 22-7 lead into the second quarter.

From there, it was all about defense and maintaining the lead. 


FSHS boys’ team takes third at state swim meet
For a slideshow of photos from the state swim meet, log on to

MORGANTOWN— Fairmont Senior’s boys’ swim team came out of the pool at the West Virginia University Natatorium Friday with their heads held high, chlorine-soaked deep into each of their pores from a long two days of swimming.

What the Polar Bears walked away with was a third-place finish at the West Virginia state swim meet, scoring 136 total points behind George Washington’s 237 and Notre Dame’s 178 and ahead of Parkersburg South’s 124.

The Fairmont Senior boys battled stiff competition all day but had several swimmers entrenched into both the medal round and the consolation round of Friday’s action.

The Polar Bears’ best finish came in the form of a second-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay, an event they were favored to win heading into the two-day event.

Fairmont Senior missed setting a school record by .17 second, finishing in 1:31.82 behind Parkersburg’s 1:31.01.

FSHS also took fourth in the 200 medley and fifth in the 400 freestyle relays. 

Individually, senior Taylor Campbell and junior Ben Stewart notched top-five performances. 

Campbell finished third in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle, breaking his own school record in the 100 with a time of 47.67. 

Stewart finished fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke, an event in which he’s dropped over eight seconds off his time from the beginning of the year. 

Jeremy Sheppard finished seventh in the 50, Isaac Kinder finished seventh in the 100 and ninth in the 200, Ben Stewart finished eighth in the 50, Brandon Ralston finished eighth in the backstroke, Austin Joseph finished 11th in the 100, and Aydan Hansen finished 11th in the butterfly. 

As a group, Fairmont Senior rallied together, most of the Polar Bear swimmers tallying personal bests in the waters of the state meet, a big confidence booster for those that will return next season. 

Hours after the boys had exited the pool, the girls took to the waters. Fairmont Senior had a lone swimmer still competing on day two as freshman Kelsie Drennen swam her final two races of the season.  She took 10th in both the 50yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly. George Washington won the girls’ state championship as a team. 

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Posted: Monday, February 23, 2015 3:50 am

Swimming Bll-Big 10

By Matt Welch Times WestVirginian

Six from FSHS selected to 1st team All-Big 10

FAIRMONT— If you were to take a look across the Big 10 conference at the swimming talent, you don’t have to look very far to find some of the best.

That’s evident when examining the first- and second-team selections made by the conference’s swim coaches.

Six from Fairmont Senior were named to the first team and three were named to the second team while Taylor Campbell took Swimmer of the Year and coach Dion Bright took Coach of the Year.

Of the 10 first-team honorees on the boys’ side, five came from Fairmont Senior. Campbell, Ben Stewart, Brandon Ralston, Isaac Kinder and Jeremy Sheppard were all named atop the conference’s best.


Posted: Monday, March 16, 2015 12:44 pm

By Matt Welch Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Two teams in Marion County will begin the 2015 baseball season ranked inside the Top 10 of the preseason Charleston Daily Mail prep baseball poll, as voted on by sportswriters from across the state. 

Fairmont Senior begins the season ranked third in Class AA while East Fairmont begins the year at No. 8.

The Polar Bears are coming off of a trip to the state tournament, finishing 22-9, while East Fairmont fell to West in the sectional round and finished 15-10 last year. 

Topping the Class AA poll is defending state champion Bridgeport, which received four first-place votes. 

Rounding out Class AA is No. 2 Chapmanville, No. 4 Herbert Hoover, No. 5 PikeView, No. 6 Independene and No. 7 Sissonville. Wayne and Wyoming East tied for the final spot while Ravenswood, Petersburg, Liberty (Raleigh), Keyser, Ritchie County, Frankfort, Poca and River View all received votes. 

Hurricane topped the Class AAA poll while Notre Dame topped Class A. 

County wrestlers compete at regionals

Fairmont Senior also had seven semifinalists including Spencer Long, Brent Barber, Danny Booth, Caleb Masters, Kevin Brewer, Chris Carvillano and Khaleb Fazenbaker.

Along with the eight champions, 16 more placed inside the top four of a weight class to earn berths to Huntington. In all, all three schools will each have eight representatives at states. Fairmont Senior will send 106-pound Kevin Brewer after he finished in third, Khaleb Fazenbaker after his fourth place finish at 126, 138’s Danny Booth who finished fourth, Caleb Masters for another fourth place finish at 160, Jake Abbott at 182 for his third place and Chris Carvillano who finished second at 120. The Huskies finished second as a team in the regional, tallying 200 points, six less than champion Oak Glen. Fairmont Senior scored 161.5 points to finish third while East Fairmont came in fourth with 158 points. 

County sends 24 wrestlers to states

FAIRMONT — Marion County sent 24 wrestlers to the state wrestling tournament after Saturday’s conclusion of the Class A/AA regional tournament at Oak Glen High School.
The county saw eight individual champions representing all three schools.
Fairmont Senior’s Spencer Long won the 195-pound class and did so by defeating returning state runner-up in St. Mary’s Jeremy Pratt.
The Polar Bears also saw heavyweight Brent Barber top No. 1-ranked Noah Mills of Oak Glen. It was two monster victories for FSHS who prepared very hard for the event.  

MARCH 2015 TV19 SCHEDULE: All programs can be viewed on web at http://gfcc.peg. Program descriptions can be read about on web at

      Time                    Program                                     Taped              Length

  7:00             PIERPONT PRIDE CELEBRATION   01/23/15   1:30:47           

  8:30              WOUNDED WARRIOR PLUNGE     01/24/15      23:48

  8:54              2014 UNITED WAY REPORT        01/27/15      31:36

  9:26              2 ads @ 1:20 each                          01/25/15        2:40

  9:30              TURNER MAKEOVER: 7 YRS.       02/01/15      24:25

  9:54              EXTREME HOME MAKEOVER     11/30/07   2:05:21

12:00             COUNTY COMMISSION                01/21/15      38:31

12:38             COUNTY COMMISSION                01/28/15      15:25

12:53             FAIRMONT CITY COUNCIL           01/27/15      50:47

  1:44              DEPUTY RALPH WRIGHT              01/25/15      58:23

  2:43              COUNTY COMMISSION                02/04/15      22:47

  3:05              FAIRMONT CITY COUNCIL           02/11/15      31:05

  3:36              CONSUMER 196:                            01/12/15      19:17

  4:00              GFFC MEETING WITH FRMC        01/22/15      11:31

  4:11              MOODY, SHANER, & WILSON    10/24/14      10:39

  4:22              ROTARY: ED HAWKINS                 10/27/15      30:09

  4:52              STATE OFFICE TOUR                      01/30/15      27:09

  5:19              EXcelerator                                      02/06/15      23:30

  5:42              COUNTY COMMISSION                02/11/15      33:24

  6:16              Samantha Crookshanks                02/11/15      06:04

  6:22              3 Ads  & 1 TV19 Ad                        02/15/15      04:00


"No man is an island, entire of itself...any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."  John Donne



Be well, Polar Bears!  

We shall talk again soon.

Carol J. Amos, FSHS instructor, retired

"What we do shall be remembered." Camelot

“No day shall erase you from 

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"No man is an island, entire of itself...any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."  John Donne

Diane Hutchinson Parker, 82, of Fairmont, died at Ruby Memorial Hospital on Feb. 20, 2015, with family at her side, after battling lung cancer for more than two years.
Diane was a lifelong resident and proud supporter of her beloved Fairmont.
Upon graduating from Fairmont Senior High School in 1950, she continued her education at Fairmont State College, earning a degree in elementary education, and later teaching first grade at White School from 1954-55.
While at Fairmont State, she was elected president of her freshman class and was active in professor L.A. Wallman’s Drama Department, performing in FSC Masquer’s productions from second grade throughout her college career. Because of this, she was elected to the national honorary drama fraternity, Alpha Psi Omega, at a very early age. She also remained a member of Gamma Chi Chi social sorority until her death.
She was a lifetime member of the FSHS Foundation, serving six years on its board of directors. Diane was the chairman of the FSHS Class of 1950 reunion and organized the class’ 60th in 2010. After that, she and other classmates got together regularly at the Fairmont Field Club to stay connected.
Diane was an active member of the Junior League of Fairmont, Inc. for more than 20 years and served as its president from 1970-72. While president, she was instrumental in getting the Marion County Rescue Squad started for Fairmont.
Diane actively supported Fairmont General Hospital. Diane’s grandmother, Mrs. Clyde E. Hutchinson, started the first Woman’s Auxiliary at Cook Hospital in 1916 and served as its first president. Fifty years later, Diane was elected to serve two, two-year terms as president of the Fairmont General Hospital Volunteer Association. The volunteers were then 500 strong and contributed thousands of dollars to the new (1970) Fairmont General Hospital through the lunchroom and gift shop business that the volunteer association had operated on the premises since 1939.
Diane served three, two-year terms as president of the Green Hills Garden Club, following her mother who had served as president in 1935. Founded in 1929, it is the oldest garden club in the State of West Virginia. She also wrote a history of the organization which includes many names of old Fairmont and all the projects the club completed in the past 83 years.
In the 1930s, the club planted a mile of sycamore trees extending out Locust Avenue to beautify the newly paved road to the new Fairmont State Teachers College. Many years later in 2006, Diane persuaded Allegheny Power Co. to plant $5,000 worth of a variety of trees along Fairmont Avenue.
After the death of her husband, longtime local attorney Paul Edward Parker Jr., she realized the need for a restoration of the cemetery where five generations of her family are buried. She founded and served as chairman of the Woodlawn Cemetery Preservation Society in 2001 and after three years was successful in placing the cemetery and the old chapel building on the State and National Historic Registers, making it possible to receive state and federal grants for its upkeep and preservation.
Along with her husband, she established the General Frank K. (Pete) Everest Chapter of the American Air Force Association (AAA). Among its missions, the chapter provides scholarships to Junior ROTC cadets. After Paul’s death in 2000, Diane continued as historian and treasurer for 11 years.
In March of 2010, Diane was elected as Volunteer of the Year by the editorial board of the Fairmont Times West Virginian. In accepting this honor, Diane said, “I have worked all these years for my beloved Fairmont and its people to make this a good, safe and pleasant place to live and to raise our children; I have loved every minute of it.”
In 2013, Diane published her book, “Daddy’s Ledger” (, which details the history and times of Fairmont, the beginnings of the coal industry and West Virginia. She was most proud of this accomplishment and relished her many book signings around town.
Surviving are her son, Paul Edward Parker III, and his wife Jan, of Fairmont; daughter, Sylvia Elaine Parker of Morgantown; grandsons, Brooks Parker and his fiancé Chelsea Smith, and Brett Parker and his wife Aubree, all of Nashville, Tennessee; and sister, Sylvia Hutchinson Derby of Honolulu, Hawaii.
Also surviving are Kristen Heiser, Cynthia Woodward, Elaine Pollock, Dina Sampson Wysner, the Ireland family, and too many other wonderful souls to list.
Diane was preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband, Paul Edward Parker Jr, and her sister, Elaine Hutchinson Peed of Ft. Pierce, Florida.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation in Diane Hutchinson Parker’s memory to the Marion County Humane Society, P.O. Box 905, Fairmont, WV 26554 and/or the Woodlawn Cemetery Preservation Society, P.O. Box 765, Fairmont, WV 26554.
A memorial service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 824 Fairmont Ave., Fairmont, beginning at 3 p.m., on Saturday, March 7, the Rev. John Kevern presiding.

Judith K. Scharle

Norfolk - Judith Kay Scharle, 71, passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2015 in a Virginia Beach hospital. She was an educator, professor, writer, author, and world traveler over her life. Born in Fairmont, West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Eleanor Estelle Pugh Allen and Arthur Ray Allen, Sr.

Judy was a graduate of Fairmont State University with a bachelor's degree in English and business. Furthering her education, she obtained her Master's Degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and studied at U.V.A. Following college, she traveled extensively in Europe and Scandinavia, visiting or living in 23 countries. During her high school teaching years, she taught at Parkersburg High School in West Virginia, the Department of Defense in Goose Bay Labrador, Kellam High School in Virginia Beach, and for 26 years at Maury High School in Norfolk. She also was an Adjunct Professor at Tidewater Community College and University of Phoenix. She was a writer for The Wall Street Journal, and most recently was a Senior Editor for The Downtowner magazine in Norfolk. In 1980 she was listed in the "Who's Who in Vocational Education in America".

Left to cherish her memory is her beloved daughter, Jennifer A. Phipps (Kenneth) and their son, Connor of Chesapeake; her brother, Ray Allen (Judy) of Dover, DE; her partner, William "Buddy" B. Jones of Norfolk and his daughter Elizabeth Dudley (Mike); a niece, Diane Allen; and nephews, Robert Allen (Tammy) and David Allen (Beth).

A funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 in the Norfolk Chapel of H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts. with Rev. Sara Wastella officiating. The family will receive friends at the chapel one (1) hour before the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Autism Society of America, 5291 Greenwich Road, Suite 1, Virginia Beach, VA 23462. Online condolences may be offered to the family Published in The Virginian Pilot on Mar. 15, 2015

David Allen Doll of Fairmont passed away on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at his home. He was born in Fairmont on July 24, 1942 a son of the late Arnold H. Doll and Agnes L. (West) Doll. David had worked at the Owens Illinois Glass Plant in Fairmont until it closed. He then worked as a truck driver for Reiss Viking Corp. for several years. He retired as a truck driver from Waste Management. He was an avid sportsman. He was a past member of the B.T.D. Sportsman Club and a past member of the Moose Lodge of Fairmont. He had been a member of the Central Christian Church. David is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Shirley Boyce Doll; his son, Mark Allen Doll; his sister Karen Hall and her husband Richard of Fairmont; two brothers-in-law, Cecil Boyce and his wife Laura of Morgantown and Charles Boyce and his wife Janet of Texas; nephews, Jason L. Hall and his wife Chrissy of Beverly, and Greg Boyce and his wife Chris of Pennsylvania; nieces, Kimberly Boyce of Texas, Jill Boyce of New York and Tammy Miolie and her husband Melo of Idaho and a great nephew Zachary Jordan and great niece Sydni Jordan of Fairmont. In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his daughter, Tracy Lynn Doll and a niece, Kendra L. Jordan. 

Richard (Rick) Glenn Marino, age 67, of Lancaster Pennsylvania, joined his heavenly Father on February 13, 2015. Rick was born in Mineola, NY on August 22, 1947 the eldest son of Pasquale Marino and Virginia (Pitrolo) Marino.

He sadly and too quickly leaves behind a brother, Ronald (Rock) Marino; two sisters Patty (Marino) Deutsch, and Marge Marino. He is also survived by the love of his life, Terri (Martino) Marino. They were married May 20, 1967 and enjoyed 47 years of marriage while raising four children, Richard Marino Jr. and wife Laura of Raleigh, NC, Michael Marino and wife Lisa of Fairmont, WV, Brian Marino of Winston-Salem, NC, Christina (Marino) McLaughlin and husband Joe of Lancaster, PA. Rick was the loving grandfather of Logan and Tristan Marino of Fairmont, WV, Ginny Wilson of Winston-Salem, NC, Noah and Alex Marino of Raleigh, NC. Rick is also survived by his Uncle George Marino, of Delray Beach, FL.

Rick graduated in 1965 from Fairmont Senior High School and attended Fairmont State College. As a young boy, he enjoyed working with his grandfather in the Pitrolo family grocery stores. As an entrepreneur, Rick owned and operated Marino’s Restaurant for nearly 30 years. Upon retirement, he moved to his favorite family vacation spot, Lancaster County, PA. After a short time, he returned to his grocery store roots to demonstrate foods and share his recipes and experiences with the customers at Stauffers of Kissel Hill in Lancaster, PA. Rick loved and enjoyed his dogs Mattie and Sir Ryley and his cat Oscar.

Rick has left a legacy of strength, optimism, creativity, and love for his family and friends. He was a man who was always teaching and giving. He was simultaneously firm and tender. As a man, father, grandfather, husband and businessman – he asked a lot but gave more in return. His faith, hope and love led him to victory, seated with his Lord and Savior.

Those who wish to pay tribute to Rick’s life may visit with his family from 11am-8 pm on Friday, February 20th and 9 am-Noon on Saturday, February 21st at Domico Funeral Home, 414 Gaston Ave, Fairmont, WV. A Christian funeral service will be officiated by Rick’s son in law, Reverend Joe McLaughlin, at Domico Funeral Home on Saturday, February 21st at Noon. Rick will then be committed to his loving Heavenly Father at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Rick’s memory may be made to the Kidney Cancer Association at Condolences may be sent online to the family at

Robert Clay “Bob” Wilson, 69, of Frederick County, Virginia, died Saturday (Feb. 28, 2015) at Winchester Medical Center. Mr. Wilson was born in 1946 in Grafton, the son of the late Clay and Georgia R. Wilson. He was a graduate of Fairmont Senior High School, Class of 1964, and West Virginia University, receiving a bachelor’s degree. Mr. Wilson was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy. He was employed by FEMA as an engineer. He was an active member of Heritage Baptist Church, and served the Lord in every capacity in and out of church. He will be forever remembered for his love of family and friends, especially traveling to Texas to see his children. Bob was a loving husband, father and friend to many and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He married Linda Carol Dunaway on Sept. 14, 1974, in Dunbar, Pennsylvania. He is survived by his wife and two sons, Jason R. Wilson and wife Kristi of Pearland, Texas, and Josh L. Wilson of Richmond, Texas; brother, Ron Wilson of Stanley, Virginia; sisters, Mary Agostinelli and husband Joe of Niceville, Florida, and Shirley Fike and husband Gary of DeFunick Springs, Florida; sister-in-laws, Ellie Wilson of Akron, Ohio, and Dixie Wilson of Stanley, Virginia; as well as many nieces, nephews and close friends. The family will receive friends from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday at Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel. A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday at Heritage Baptist Church, 2040 Martinsburg Pike, Winchester, with Pastor Jerry Walkowiak, Pastor Jim Robinson and Pastor Jackie Battles officiating. Interment will be in Mount Olive Cemetery, Hayfield, Virginia. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 4301 N. Fairfax Pike, Suite 530, Arlington, VA 22203; or Heritage Baptist Church, 2040 Martinsburg Pike, Winchester, VA 22603.

Be well, Polar Bears!  

We shall talk again soon.

Carol J. Amos, FSHS instructor, retired

"What we do shall be remembered." Camelot

“No day shall erase you from the memory of time.”  Virgil

Fairmont Senior High School--a National Blue Ribbon School

Fairmont Senior High School Polar Bears group on Facebook

Fairmont Senior High School Polar Bears group on Facebook


FSHS Foundation, Inc. expresses appreciation to our Fairmont neighbors and supporters of Fairmont Senior High School.  The FSHS Foundation, established in 1992, continues to provide opportunities for Polar Bears through scholarships, teacher grants, and major improvements such as the $350,000.00 restoration of the auditorium.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, here’s how you can help improve our school.

Fairmont Senior High School Foundation, Inc.
Attention: Ed Cheslock, Treasurer
PO Box 91
Fairmont WV 26555-0091

Executive Board members:  Virginia Davidson, Ed Cheslock, Tom Kliethermes, Jeff Carpenter,  Darlene Boyles, Principal Tyson Furgason, Eddie Parker, 
Vera Sansalone, Rodney Stewart, Penny Cousins Roberts, Gina Ezelle, Leah Welty, Matt Delligatti, and Suellen Lemley.  Vera, Rodney, Darlene, and Eddie have profiles on Facebook. 

   o Let's go, Polar Bears!


Partners in Education


Fairmont Senior High School Foundation, Inc.
Attention: Ed Cheslock, treasurer
PO Box 91
Fairmont WV  26555-0091



Class of 1931

The Class of 1931 included 119 graduates – 64 women, and 55 men.  These graduates faced a challenging world, to be sure.  During their lifetimes, the “war to end all wars” had been fought in Europe – some lost fathers, uncles, grandfathers in service to their country.  All too soon, these alumni would also be asked to serve.

As their junior year began, the Class of ’31 witnessed the stock market crash.  Economic anxieties that would be known as the Great Depression had begun to take a toll.  The country was rocked by bank failures, rising unemployment and loss of confidence in President Hoover.

Given these troubles, motion pictures were popular diversions.  Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights and Bela Lugosi, as Dracula, entertained movie audiences that spring.  Babe Ruth dominated the sports pages.  The Star Spangled Banner became the country’s official National Anthem.  Just before their Commencement, the Empire State Building was completed.  

The lives of several 1931 alumni were cut tragically short.  John Brandt died of illness in June, 1931; Hascall Thompson was killed in a car crash in November, 1932.  Kenneth Connor died in May, 1933.  Childbirth and the war took several classmates during the next decade; but most members of the Class of 1931 went on to pursue education, careers, homes and family.
These alumni served as coal miners, glass workers, bookkeepers and sales clerks.  Quite a few class members continued their education – primarily at Fairmont State Teachers’ College and West Virginia University.  They became accountants, engineers and teachers.  George Randall joined the WV State Police.  Mason Reger managed apple orchards, applying his graduate degree in horticulture.  And the Class of 1931 boasts at least three physicians:  Honor S. Forte, Seigle W. Parks and Bliss K. Shafer.

At least 85 members of the Class (72%) became married.  The records show that in two cases, both the husband and wife were members of the Class of 1931.  Jack Fear and Lucile Rice wed in 1936, in Fairmont; Floyd Patton and Sarah (Sally) Prickett also married.

At least 17 members of the Class of 1931 engaged in military service, responding to the call for enlistment during World War II.  The service of First Lieutenant John Comuntzis ended in tragedy in the South Pacific; he was among prisoners killed by the Japanese upon the sinking of the Shinyo Maru in September, 1944.  James Romano earned a Bronze Star for his service, and rose to the rank of Colonel in the Army Reserve.  William Higinbotham retired as a Lieutenant Colonel at the end of his military career, and is interred at Arlington Cemetery.  

Many 1931 graduates continued to live in Fairmont and other parts of West Virginia.  Half a dozen each made their way to Florida, to Texas, to Virginia.  A few relocated across the country:  to the Mid-Atlantic, the Northeast, the Midwest – even to the West Coast.

In spite of the challenging circumstances that the Class of 1931 encountered as they graduated from FSHS – or perhaps, because of them – these alumni forged productive, engaging lives.  You can read more about their stories through the Class Profile page on this site.  Some alumni have been more difficult to track.  We welcome your insights!  If you have information to share about any alumnus of the Class of 1931, please contact Carol Amos at

Researched and written by Anne Bomar

Travelin' Trio Travelogue

September 17, 2014 at 11:14pm
Linda Orr Morgan, Fairmont Senior High School class of 1962; Mykie Wilson Reagan, FSHS class of 1963; and Diane Minsker travel the world each summer.  They share their current adventure with classmates, former students, colleagues, and other interested readers.

Day 1
We are here in Istanbul! There are no terrorists dressed in black lurking behind the Blue Mosque or the Aya Sophia.  Istanbul is very clean, not crowded, and full of history.  Our guide, Tayfun, kept us walking and learning for 9 hours.  Thank God we had no quiz!  
Our walk began at 9:00 A.M. thru the park built over the Hippodrome, which is where the chariot races were held.  Think Ben Hur.  Then it was on to the Aya Sophia which is the greatest work of Byzantine architecture, built in 537 A.D.   At the time, it was the largest church in the world, which eventually became a mosque.
Our next stop was Topkapi, the showplace of the Sultans.  It was the residence of the Ottoman rulers from the 15th century to the 19th century. We were lucky enough to see the 86 carat Spoonmaker's Diamond, which was featured in the 1960s film, "Topkapi."
Another site in the film, "From Russia With Love,"  is the Basilica Cistern, which at one time provided water for all of Istanbul.  Now as a museum, it is supported by 336 columns, all place geometrically with lights underwater providing drama.
Aside from the tourist attractions and the fascinating sights, we learned about the cultural aspects of Istanbul from our guide who corrected our misconceptions about Turkey.
Turkish women do not wear burkas and the women who we did see wearing them were from other countries, most likely Afghanistan. There is a stronger European influence in Istanbul than an Asian one, even tho the country of Turkey is in both continents, separated by the Bosphorus Sea, on which we are going to sail tomorrow.
Tomorrow, after our boat ride, we will visit the Grand Bazaar and see how proficient Mykie is at bargaining.  We will also put on our scarves, and visit the Blue Mosque, again with Tayfun (pronounced typhoon.)
Our day will end with a performance by Whirling Dervishes, mystics who believe that ritual spinning will bring them closer to God.  We definitely need to spin more!
We are impressed with the city, the culture, the architecture.  Because it's been inhabited by so many cultures thru the centuries, the sites and people reveal numerous influences. 
We are happy to be here and happy to share our experiences with you! We are going to bed now so that we will be ready at 4:30 when we will hear the call to prayer throughout the city.  
Gule Gule,
Diane, Linda and Mykie
Day 2

If you can picture  New York City, day or night, then you know what it's like to be in Istanbul.  Instead of seeing the Empire State Building, we are awed by the hundreds of minarets that rise to the sky.  From the minarets, the call to prayer comes five times a day which is determined by the placement of the sun.

Our entire day was overwhelmed by people, tourists from cruise ships.  Most all of the 2500 people from the ships were in line to see the Blue Mosque.  We delayed our visit and headed straight to the Grand Bazaar with its 4,000 shops covering 65 streets. Then, we spent time and $$$$$ in the Spice Market.  Together, Linda and I spent $300 on tea and spices, and Linda doesn't even like tea!  It's a long story.

Our afternoon was spent under a bright blue sky aboard the Turyol ferry cruising the Bosphorus Sea.  Since Turkey lies in both Europe and Asia, we saw two continents in one afternoon.  Our guide Tayfun was with us again for the entire day sharing more about the people, the landmarks, and religion.

In a very personal way, he spoke about how he grew up a devout Muslim.  He explained the history of the Shi'a and Sunni Muslims.  In some key countries, the government is Shi'a and the population is Sunni which is a source of conflict.  Turkey is now a democracy with a President and Prime Minister.

Instead of going dancing on the rooftops, we went to a Whirlig Dervish performance.  Boooooring!  We gave the music a 4 because we thought it was hard to dance to but the four male dervishes spun around and around and around for an hour and they didn't throw up. How is that possible?

On our WALK back to the hotel in the dark of night, we saw no men in black hoods carrying swords.  In fact, we have LOVED Istanbul.  The people are very kind, very helpful and everyone speaks English!  Good thing for us because we have not learned one word of Turkish because it's too hard.  Example:  Thank You = Tesekkur ederim.  (Try it:  t-sugar-eh-dream)  
Eiyigeceler  (Good Night)
Day 4

A guard was called at 8:22 A.M . to the Blue Mosque to escort 3 women who pleaded not guilty to the accusation that they had entered the mosque prior the official opening at 8:30 A.M.  Tho their cameras were not confiscated and their shoes were returned, they were thrown out for entering before the designated time.  The smallest woman attempted to hide behind the 17' wide pillar as she was taking the 47th photo of the blue tiles.  When questioned, the 3 ladies explained that they had sneaked in to avoid waiting in a 3 hour long line.  They left peacefully.
Fortunately, our flight to Cappaddocia was less stressful than our Blue Mosque experience, but we reluctantly left Istanbul and its gracious people.  After a one hour flight and a one hour drive we arrived at our oasis, the Esbelli Evi, a 15 suite hotel built into the caves formed long ago by volcanoes.  Our 3 day home has 4 rooms and 2 BRs, a living room, a kitchen, 2 baths, and a fabulous view from the terrace.
We have spent a leisurely evening on the terrace chatting with Aussies and other Americans who were also impressed with the ambience. We will close now because we will be awakened at 5:00 A.M. and will be driven to the launch site for our hot air balloon ride. We will break no rules because we don't want to be thrown out of the balloon basket.   (Please forward to any one who might enjoy traveling with us.)
'Til tomorrow,
Diane, Linda, and Mykie

Day 5

Using calm and varied winds, Captain Mike lifted our wicker basket that held 16 passengers. We soared 3000 ft. in the air for one hour and 40 minutes over the Cappadoccia region along with 100 other balloons.  We saw rock carved houses, fairy chimneys, and phallic looking monuments of soft volcanic ash which had been sculpted by nature:  erosion, wind, and water.  These eruptions ceased 200 years B.C. The early Christians used this environment for cave churches to escape persecution.  This almost spiritual experience earned us a flight certificate, strawberries,  and a glass of champagne.  
The old city of Urgup is within walking distance of our hotel, the Esbelli Evi, which features luxurious cave bedrooms.  (We don't do Holiday Inns.)  
Don't worry folks, we're safe and sound and appreciating all your responses. 
Gorusuruz, Insalah  (We'll see each other again, God willing.)

Balloon ascension

Champagne toast after the balloon flight.

Day 6
Hello, Friends!
One of the best views of Cappadoccia (Cap-uh-dough-kee-uh) has been from our hot air balloon at 3,000 ft.  The ride was smooth and tranquil, and when we landed, we toasted our accomplishments with champagne and strawberries.  

100 balloons at 3000 feet

We found the balloons to  be much more colorful than the rock formations that we toured for 8 hours today with our seasoned, perky guide, Gonje (Rose).

On our visit to the Goreme Open Air Museum in the Cappadoccia Region, we  entered cave churches, monks cells, and family dwellings.   Dating from the Hittites who lived in the region 4,000 years ago, these rock formations were used for protection from the elements and from warring tribes.  The early Christian church made use of these early dwellings for their religious practices.  Many of the walls featured frescoes that had been desecrated by later civilizations.

Dating from the Hittites who lived in the region 4,000 years ago, these rock formations were used for protection from the elements and from warring tribes
Our guide asked us to use our imaginations to name the formations, but we were both trying to protect LOM on some of the more obvious shapes.  You can use your own imaginations to determine what you think the shapes resemble. 

Over a hundred of you asked about how we like Turkish food.  We have eaten lots of kababs either lamb, beef, or chicken.  We also have enjoyed a dish called "Testi" (pronounced TESH-TE) which is beef or lamb or chicken cooked in a terracotta pot and delivered flaming to the table and served over rice.  Turkish ice cream tastes gummy and flat.  

LOM purchases ice cream.
We've also dined on "mezti" which is similar to Spanish tapas or American hors d'oeuvres.   At least we have not resorted to eating pizza because we've liked the Turkish food that we've had.

Tomorrow is a travel day.  We are off to Croatia via Istanbul, Zagreb, and Dubrovnik.  It will be a long, boring, yet welcome day.  We look forward to chatting with you on Friday from Dubrovnik.

(Sidebar:  these travelogues are composed by all three of the travelers.)
Polis cagrin (Call the police!)
and Hosca Kalin (Good bye)

Wow, wow, and wow!  Dubrovnik should be on everyone's bucket list.  As a UNESCO Heritage Site, this 14th century walled city is probably the most magnificent single destination we have visited in our 32 years of traveling together.
After another tranquil breakfast on the Esbelli Evi terrace we flew from Cappadoccia to Istanbul (4 security checks at the airport) to Zagreb, Croatia and finally to Dubrovnik, arriving at 10:00 p.m.  We are fortunate that our hotel is one of 3 within Stari Grad (Old Town), so yesterday, we were able to stroll the narrow cobblestone streets.  This morning we walked the 1.5 mile wall that surrounds the city just before we toured with Marina, our private guide.
Last night we enjoyed sitting and drinking wine on the terrace at Buza, a bar which hangs on the cliffs beneath the wall.  We were overlooking the Adriatic Sea and the daring swimmers who were diving from the rocks.  We were awed by the sunset.  Our day ended with a casual meal on the plaka as we people watched and anticipated today's adventure.
Tomorrow we will board a "gulet" (wooden sailboat) with 10 other passengers to visit the islands of Mljet, Korcula, Hvar, ending in Split.  We may not be in touch since well be sailing on the Adriatic Sea.  This trip has been a dream come true for all of us.
Bok!  (Good bye)
Diane, Linda, Mykie

Day 8
We are writing you from the small island of Sipan in the Adriatic Sea.  Our small gulet (wooden boat) holds 9 passengers and 3 crew members which makes for some very close quarters.  We are the only Americans and are joined by Aussies and Germans.

While sitting and having white wine and watching the fishing boats come in the harbor, we were forced to take cover in front of a computer in a hotel bibliotheque.
We are surrounded by pomegranate, lemon, and oleander trees. This must be a destination wedding  island because we have been observing a wedding celebration of a lovely young lady and a husband with a rather large schnoz.  
We have found Croatians to be very friendly, even the cats who gravitate toward Linda.  No terrorists here!
Tonight we dine on the Gulet Andi, and tomorrow we set sail for Mjlet, another quaint Dalmatian island.
Do Videnja  (Good bye)
Diane, Linda & Mykie
Day 9
We have been held hostage by 3 handsome men who cook, clean, and captain a sailboat - the Gulet Andi.

No Croatian pirates, just smiling young men who aim to please.  You have not heard from us because we have been sailing on the aqua blue waters of the Adriatic Sea with no internet connection.

It has not been all smooth sailing.  Even tho we were moored at Kor?hula, we were awakened by a strong ''buro'' (a storm out of the southeast).  We downed the Dramamine, but weathered the storm even tho the boat listed from side to side.  The storm resulted in a leaky ceiling which forced us to bunk together.  We have become even better friends!

After the storm lifted, we appreciated even more the beauty of the 29 mile long island of Kor?hula 

where legend has it Marco Polo was born.  We realized the beauty of the area after we climbed 60 pie - shaped steps that took us to the top of St. Mark Church where we enjoyed the panoramic view of the walled city. 

Like Dubrovnik, we strolled and found narrow, quaint alleys, looking for jewelry, such as coral, finding the perfect ice cream cone, and finding an outdoor cafe to enjoy a glass of wine while we listened to a trio playing American music. 

The only catastrophe occurred when Mykie tried on a ring of olive wood which she could not remove.  Word spread in the market quickly with remedies offered, short of cutting off her finger.  Although we had to buy the ring, we were able to return it when it finally came off, money refunded.

Das Vadonya!  Diane, Linda, and Mykie

# 10  Travelin Trio Travelogue

We think that it is now appropriate to describe our accommodations.  The Gulet Andi is home to 9 passengers and 3 crew members, all of whom we've grown very fond.  With all of the time we've had together the past 6 days, we better understand the politics and culture from the German and Aussie viewpoints.  We now realize our limited, small view of the world.  They know more American history than we do!  The more wine we drink, the smarter we feel, and the more laughs we have.

We can even laugh about the showering process.  One must first go into a 4X3 ft. bathroom that has only a toilet and a sink.  To shower, we hold the sink faucet which is attached to a metal hose, like our kitchen sink faucets.  The generator has to be running or we don't have hot water.  Try doing that while the boat is riding the angry waves!  Consequently, we haven,t washed our hair in days, and we have serious bed heads.

Our lazy days are filled with delicious meals prepared by Chef Ivan, a 6'4'' twenty four year old, a culinary school graduate.  We've given him A+ on every meal.  First Mate Robert takes care of our every need from wine to toilet paper.

The highlight of our time on the gulet has been the daily briefings by Captain Ivi?a, a 33 year old flirt, who details the daily itinerary on a map laid out on a big table.  We listen, but we don't always understand his broken English.  The real problem is we are distracted by his good looks, charming smile, and mischievous wink.

Our boat docked in the sleepy Stari Grad (Old Town) of Hvar, one of the most visited islands of the Adriatic Sea.  Thanks to Adam Reagan, the 3 of us decided, after a short visit in Stari Grad, to take a scenic taxi ride to the ''cool'' side of the island in Hvar Town, which has the feel of the French Riviera.  Beautiful people, upscale restaurants, huge yachts, and lots of money.

Fortunately, when we visit these towns, we do not have to worry at ALL about the weather . . . or hooded terrorists.  Why are we writing you right now?  Because we are in another UNESCO town, Trogir, and we have tracked down an internet cafe.  We may be missing some of the sights, but we don't want you to miss any of the details of our journey.  Let us know if you receive this email.

Dos Vadonya, 

Diane, Linda & Mykie

As our 19 day adventure ends, we have concluded that this has been a spectacular vacation.  We hope you agree and recognize that there was no reason for us to fear traveling to Turkey and Croatia.  

The smiles that you see on our 3 crew members are representative of the hospitality extended to us by the Turks and Croatians. (Due to numerous requests we have included a picture of Captain Ivi?a, Chef Ivan, and First Mate Robert, who was actually named after Robert Kennedy.)
Captain Ivi?a, Chef Ivan, and First Mate Robert, who was actually named after Robert KennedyCaptain Ivi?a, Chef Ivan, and First Mate Robert, who was actually named after Robert Kennedy
The way to see Croatia is to travel by sea.  We have observed row boats, motor boats, gulets, private yachts, ferries, and cruise ships. 
Row boats, motor boats, gulets, private yachts, ferries, and cruise ships.Row boats, motor boats, gulets, private yachts, ferries, and cruise ships.
We could have traveled the 135 miles from Dubrovnik to Split by car, but we recommend taking a week long water route from island to island which took us 6 days.
One of the jewels of the Dalmatian Coast is the walled town of Trogir.  A world heritage site, Trogir boasts small alleyways and surprises around every corner, including large public areas and religious monuments.  We climbed 122 steps of the bell tower of the St. Lawrence Cathedrale to be awed by the birds eye view of this fortified, seaside town.  (Photo 3)
After saying goodbye to all of our new best friends abord boat, we disembarked the Gulet Andi, and traveled a short distance by car to Split, Croatia.  It is the second largest city in Croatia and one of the best preserved cities left from the Roman Empire.  Our hotel sits in the interior courtyard of the 7th century palace of Diocletian, the first Roman Emperor from Croatia.
The star of Split is Diocletian's Palace which fills the fortified city.  We visited one of the 22 churches within the walls where we saw the tomb of St. Lawrence, a bishop from the 11th century.  Tomorrow, we will climb the bell tower of the Cathedral of St. Dominius before we say goodbye to Split.
Istanbul, Cappadoccia, Dubrovnik, Sipan, Mjlet, Kor?hula, Hvar, Trogir, and Split It's been a pleasure having you along with us as we visited these destinations thru Turkey and Croatia.  (Photo 5)  When we get home, we would love to show you our scrapbooks, slide shows, videos, and 1500 or more pictures.  We will arrive home on Monday.
We appreciate the opportunity to experience the beauty of other cultures, other lands, and other people.  Our travels, however, remind us just how proud we are to be Americans. 
Ja sam yah sahm Amerikanac.
Diane, Linda, and Mykie

How proud we three are to be Americans.How proud we three are to be Americans.

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Renovations at Fairmont Senior about to be unveiled

FAIRMONT — After more than two years of extensive, ongoing renovations, Fairmont Senior High School is almost ready to unveil its improvements.

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Renovations at Fairmont Senior about to be unveiled

FAIRMONT — After more than two years of extensive, ongoing renovations, Fairmont Senior High School is almost ready to unveil its improvements.

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US News and World Report has ranked Fairmont Senior High School as the # 3 high school out of 128 high schools in the state. See article at

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List community service activities in which you have participated such as church work, community centers, and youth groups. These activities may be included on the school activities resume additional page or on as many pages as necessary.

On a separate sheet of paper with your name and address on the top prepare an essay on “Leadership and What It Means to Me”. The essay must be 500 words or less and typed or neatly written in black ink.

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Foundation scholarships range from $500 to $1,000 and are presented each year at the Senior Recognition Assembly. Scholarships may be used for tuition, room/board, books, and related educational expenses. Check will be written to student upon presentation of a receipt for paid tuition. Specific details will be included in the envelope presented to each awardee. Student applicant must list any financial aid, scholarships, or grants for which he/ she has been notified. Preference is given to students who have not received any financial assistance. Please keep this in mind when submitting an application for a Foundation Scholarship. This helps the Foundation reach a broader base of students who are in need of financial assistance for college.
To be eligible for consideration of a Foundation scholarship, general or named, the applicant must: Be a graduating senior from Fairmont Senior High. Attend the Senior Recognition Assembly unless excused for a school event or activity. Be accepted at an accredited two or four-year college or university or a two-year technical school and use the award in the school year immediately following graduation.
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1) A list of school activities: 2)  A list of community service activities; 3) An essay on the topic "Leadership ad What It Means to Me"; 4)Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater; and 5)Two endorsement signatures from any two of the following 1)teacher or coach, and 2)community or church leader. A letter of recommendation would be helpful but not required. Parent or guardian must sign the application but is not considered as an appropriate endorser. Several of our scholarships are dedicated for specific purposes. Please indicate your declared major if you are applying for a named scholarship. The named scholarships are:

    TENDERA MEFFE SCHOLARSHIP was established in 1993 by her friends broom the FSHS Class of 1970 for creativity. No longer available but recognized here as the first Foundation named award.
    ROSS AND DOLORES MARUKA SCHOLARSHIP shall be given annually to a senior who has demonstrated leadership within our community through volunteer, charitable, public service, or athletic activities with the likelihood of being an agent of progress in our society. This student shall write an essay of no more than one page explaining such satisfying experiences that meet the criteria while they have been in high school. The essay shall outline an intended path of study and include professional goals beyond their higher education. Established in 1995, the Dolores Maruka Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Mrs. Maruka by her family, now designated as the Ross and Dolores Maruka Memorial Scholarship. Ross was a charter member of the FSHS Foundation, Inc.
    SETH BURTON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP for leadership and/or a cross- country participant.
    ANTHONY PIZATELLA SCHOLARSHIP for a career in social work, counseling or other related therapy field. This scholarship was funded in 2000 by family and friends of Anthony Pizatella, a member of the class of 1973.
    REX STALNAKER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP for technology training was established in 2003 by his loving family for the 1998 FSHS graduate.
    BOB "BIG D" DeLORENZO SCHOLARSHIP for scholar athlete attending WVU. Application available through his family at
    DAVIDSON FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP shall be made available to seniors who have declared their intended college major to be a branch of engineering leading to a four year (or greater) bachelor of science degree in electrical, mechanical, industrial or computer engineering from an accredited college or school of engineering. Secondary consideration shall be given to seniors who have declared their intended college major to be in a business related field leading to a four year (or greater) bachelor of science degree in business administration, marketing, management, economics, accounting, or finance from an accredited college or school of business.
    POSHADEL SCHOLARSHIP for an outstanding math student is no longer available but recognized here for former donation by Poshadel family.
    FRANK DIMARIA SCHOLARSHIP is for a student studying English, foreign language, or guidance counseling.
    RICK AND LINDA PARKER RIVESVILLE SCHOLARSHIP is a $1,000 award to selected Rivesville/Fairmont Senior student commencing 2011-2012 school year. Worthy student will be identified via criteria established (top grades, character, school involvement). Annual scholarship may not be awarded if there is no qualified recipient.
    BROGAN RADDISH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP, established 2013, which would have been her year of graduation, shall be awarded to an applicant majoring in a medical field.

FSU, FSHS partner for new initiative

Promise Beyond Scholarship funded


FAIRMONT — Less than a mile apart, Fairmont State University and Fairmont Senior High School have formed a partnership toward a great cause, and guests at the North Marion and FSHS basketball game on Wednesday night had a sneak preview of what is to come.

A number of FSHS students attending FSU in the fall will be receiving funding toward their tuition costs through the Promise Beyond Scholarship initiative.

FSU will offer up to $100,000 in scholarships, and both institutions are encouraging parents to attend a special Financial Aid Information night at FSHS at 5:40 p.m. Monday. Information will also be posted on their Edline website, and phone calls will be made to every home with a FSHS student to inform them of the opportunity.

As a Fairmont State and FSHS graduate, principal Chad Norman is more than appreciative for this opportunity for his high school seniors.
“Nothing could please me more than to see this partnership, these two fine institutions, work together for the betterment of our local youth,” Norman said. “We have an opportunity. We have the greatest resource here in this county with a fine university, a National Blue Ribbon school, working together collectively.”

The Promise Beyond Scholarship initiative caters to those students who just missed the qualifications for the Promise Scholarship. Students must have maintained at least a 2.5 GPA and scored an 18 on their ACT.

Candy Byerley and Denise Temple, both FSHS counselors, have been in the process of determining which students would fall into that category. Applications will be presented to those identified students. FSU plans to distribute these scholar­ships to those qualified students in the near future.

After seeing the enthusiasm from the FSHS staff, Dr. Quentin Johnson, senior vice president of enrollment and student services, was even more optimistic that this initiative would be a success. “It’s really a win-win situa­tion,” he said. “We’re excited and very, very proud that FSHS is taking the lead to say, ‘Let’s do this.’ This one, I think, is going to make a difference and get people talking and get some synergy going up at Fairmont that we haven’t had in a while, so we’re excited.”

For Dr. Maria Rose, interim president, this is a great opportu­nity for FSHS students and one that she and her staff are anxious to eventually bring to other high schools throughout Marion, Harrison, and Monongalia coun­ties.

“It means absolutely every­thing to us because we certainly recruit heavily from the local three-county region of Marion, Harrison and Monongalia coun­ties,” she said. “We’re hoping this will make the difference, and will encourage them to come to our institution.”

With all of the hidden resources available for these stu­dents, including their instructors and average class size, FSU admissions counselor Michael Ross has confidence that these students will fare well.

“I think those are types of things that if we can show a stu­dent that we still are concerned about you and we still want you to be successful at our school by offering that scholarship to do that, I think it’s going to be a good way to help them see that the community and the schools around here, we care about them,” Ross said.

Giving them encouragement and reason to believe in their potential, FSU is proud of its local students.

“We’re just really proud of our local students,” Lori Schoonmaker, interim associate director of admissions and recruitment, said. “We want to work with them, and with the help of FSHS we’ve been able to provide some assistance to those students and I’m really excited about that.”



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