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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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.
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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 http://www.dianehutchinsonparker.com
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.
35790 Can you guess what it's counting?
FSHS Scholarship winners 2013
Anna Alexandra (Ali) Sansalone
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
South Fairmont Rotary Scholarship
Megan Ashley DeJong
Davidson Family Scholarship
Matthew A. Bartrug
Frank Dimaria Scholarship
Brogan Raddish Memorial
Rick and Linda Parker Scholarship
Sara N. Simons
FSHS Scholarship winners 2012
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
FSHS Scholarship winners 2011
William C. Harper
Aaron D. Morris
Franklin B. Wilson
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:
Window and exterior door replacement
Fire alarm replacement
Phase 2 (Bond funding): Interior work in main and Freshman Building:
Toilet room 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)
Soffit/fascia on Freshman Building
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.
SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE
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. http://wvde.state.wv.us/news/1790/ 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
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Fairmont, West Virginia
1867 - 2013
FSHS NEWSLETTER FROM CAROL J. AMOS April, 2014
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IN THE LOOP
Baseball: Fairmont Senior’s baseball team stayed perfect Monday with a 13-10 victory. The Polar Bears went up 9-1 and looked like they would win their second game in a row by 10-run mercy rule. But after substituting six sophomores and making a handful of fielding errors, the Polar Bears were sweating it out in the final innings.
Gage Hannah went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI. Austin Norman was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Bailey Mohr went 2-for-3. Ryan Ricer was 1-for-3 with a double. Joyce Riley was 1-for-2 with two RBI. Austin Kuhn added a hit and Johnny Keesling added an RBI.
Keesling also started the game, went three innings, allowed four hits, three runs (two earned), walked two and struck out three.
Ryan Valentine went four innings in relief, allowed seven hits, seven runs (one earned), one walk and four strikeouts.
Tennis: The Polar Bears, meanwhile, picked up a 4-3 win from its boys’ team. The girls’ team fell by the same score.
Fairmont Senior’s No. 2 Blake Hoke, No. 3 Taylor Campbell and No. 4 Trey Giorcelli all earned singles victories.
The doubles team of Cody Brubaker and Isaac Cutright also picked up a forfeit victory in doubles to secure the victory.
On the girls’ side, No. 3 Morgan Hoke and No. 4 Avery Towns picked up wins.
Lacrosse: Fairmont Senior’s girls’ lacrosse team started their season out on the right foot this past week. Senior Adrianna Constable led the charge for the Lady Polar Bears.
Constable, who has signed to play lacrosse at West Virginia Wesleyan, netted a team-leading four goals in a 17-4 wallop of Wheeling Park last Thursday to give Fairmont Senior its first win of the regular season. She also posted two assists in the win.
For her strong performance, Constable was voted this week’s I-79 Joe Romeo’s Times West Virginian high school player of the week.
Youthful FSHS boys fall; girls win on road
BY MATT WELCH TIMES WEST VIRGINIAN
FAIRMONT— Fairmont Senior’s boys’ lacrosse team found themselves in an unfamiliar position Tuesday night at East-West Stadium.
A quick start by a physical Morgantown team sent the Polar Bears home with a tough loss to the tune of 20-3. Across the county line, the girls’ team brought home a 15-3 win against the Lady Mohigans.
Baseball: ELKINS — Fairmont Senior’s baseball team had all nine of its starters score a run en route to a 16-7 victory over Elkins on the road, giving coach Steve Naternicola his 500th career win.
Six Polar Bear starters had RBI, led by Austin Norman who had four RBI on a 2-for-4 night. Norman also had two doubles.
Others making the stat sheet for the Polar Bears was Ryan Ricer who went 2-for-3 and scored four runs, Gage Hannah who scored two runs and had an RBI, Johnny Keesling who went 3-for-5 and drove in one, Jayce Riley who went 1-for-5 with 2 RBI, Damon Davis who went 2for-3 with 2 RBI and scored a run, Austin Kuhn who went 1for-3 with a run scored and Trae Hall who scored a run.
Bailey Mohr picked up the win on the mound, pitching 5.1 innings, allowing seven runs (one earned) while walking only four and striking out six. He also went 1-for-3 and drove in a run at the plate.
Norman came in in relief to close the game out, facing just five batters and striking out three. He allowed no hits, no walks and no runs.
Fairmont Senior moves to 3-0 on the year and will be back in action today as it hosts University.
FSHS’s Fisher, NMHS’s Mullenax recognized at 26th Arch Coal ceremony
BY CHELSI BAKER TIMES WESTVIRGINIAN
FAIRMONT — Two Marion County teachers were recognized at the 26th annual Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards ceremony.
Adrin Fisher, from Fairmont Senior High School, and Mary Anne Mullenax, from North Marion High School, traveled to Charleston to accept their awards Monday.
The teachers were nominated by the public and had to complete an application asking about their community service, school involvement and philosophy of teaching.
A panel of past recipients chose the top 12 nominees, who won $3,500 in cash, a trophy and a plaque for their classroom.
Fisher and Mullenax were notified in February that they were one of 12 recipients throughout the state, but they were asked not to tell anyone until an official press release was sent out.
“I was surprised,” said Fisher. “I feel honored that I was chosen.”
Fisher teaches English and theater appreciation and believes in a holistic approach to education, she said.
“I am not merely teaching students about literature or sentence construction. I am teaching them to be better human beings,” she said. “My teaching philosophy is simple: Students don’t care what you teach until they know that you care. I strive to make my students know that I care about them as individuals.”
She has 16 years of teaching experience.
Fisher is also the co-adviser of the National Honor Society and has been a part of student activities including ringing bells for the Salvation Army and organizing a “Super Bowl” drive.
She worked with students to end poverty in Kenya and Ethiopia for Nuru International, and the school has raised nearly $8,000 for the cause over the past two years.
Fisher is a FSHS graduate.
The Fairmont Senior High School Foundation, Inc. sponsors an Elimination Dinner to benefit scholarships on Saturday evening, April 12, 2014 at Westchester Village. Tickets are $50.00 for a couple. Executive Board members include: 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. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for one of the remaining tickets. You do not have to be present to win the $1,000.00 prize.
Ann Burns, FSHS Science teacher, gave an interesting presentation to the Foundation on the LEGO Mindstorms Robot educational project. The project started in 2010 with 10 students from Jayenne Elementary, placing 8th in state competition to 4 teams in 2013 with one team being state champs. Funding for the project was acquired from various sources including a FSHS Foundation teacher grant. Toyota purchased 8 robots. Ms Burns and her students are excited about the robotic program and looking forward to its expansion with a high school level team in international FTC competition.
Class of 1964
The planning committee consists of Randy Spragg, Judy Criss Davisson, Nancy Higinbotham Kincell, Carolyn Tinder Dennison, Sharon Lane Burrows, Linda Cox Gowers, and Edgar Jaynes, We want to ensure that everyone has a fun, fabulous, and unforgettable fiftieth.
Plans for August 15, 16, and 17, 2014
DATE: August 16, 2014
TIME: 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
PLACE: Fairmont Field Club
COST: Approximately $30.00 per INDIVIDUAL and approximately $60.00 per COUPLE
A double tour of the beautifully renovated school with Carol Amos and a bus tour of Friendly City landmarks with guide D. D. Meighan will be offered on Saturday morning at 10:00-12:00. Options for lunch on your own include three Mexican restaurants, Chinese, Italian and the still popular Poky Dot and Say Boys
On Sunday, August 17, 2014 the 17th plan on brunch at a venue soon to be announced. This is not included in the cost of the reunion, but please gather once more before saying “Adieux” until the 55th.
Classmates can expect more details soon regarding tour on Saturday morning, as well as Friday and Sunday plans.
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Sincerely, Your Reunion Committee
The Class of 1974 is planning their 40-year reunion. The dates for the reunion are Friday, September 12, 2014 thru Sunday, September 14, 2014. Please mark your calendars and save those dates! Our email address is email@example.com and our Facebook page is Fairmont Senior High School Class of 1974 40 Year Reunion. Tentative plans include attending the FSHS football game at East-West Stadium on Friday night and continuing the festivities at the Knights of Columbus on Saturday night. Please feel free to contact us with any changes/updates--new addresses, email info, phone numbers, etc.
The Class of 1969 will hold their 45-year reunion on August 1st and 2nd. Friday evening events include a get together at Heston Farm, followed by a dinner/dance at the Field Club on Saturday. Other events include the traditional golf tournament and a school tour. Committee includes: Judy Lampkin Bussey, chair; David Janes, Terry Turner, David Haines, Carol Suggs, Diane Payne Lee, Rosemary Ripoli Glaspell, Judy Mills Sharp, Raymond Alvarez, Bruce Sayre, Jerry Davison, Jan Woodward Heffner and Tom Mainella. The Class of 69 has a Facebook page to keep everyone informed about the event. To contact the committee and get on the class email register, email Dave Haines at DHaines@ma.rr.com or contact any committee member. The Class of 69 always has great reunions, so put this on your calendar.
Class of 1989 plans a 25-year reunion on Saturday, August 2, 2014.
Patricia Ann West passed away on Thursday, March 27 at Fairmont General Hospital after a courageous three year battle against cancer. She was a Fairmont native, born December 25, 1938 in Norway to Earl Edwin Merrifield and Mildred Mae Salter Merrifield. After graduation from Fairmont Senior High School, she married the later Charles Calvin West of Kingmont on December 15, 1957. Patty was fiercely independent and supported herself and her children by working a variety of jobs in West Virginia, Texas, and North Carolina, She was a firm believer in giving back to the community, volunteering for toy and clothing drives, Meals on Wheels, and offering a helping hand wherever needed. After retirement from Sara Lee Corporation, she returned to the beloved hills of her hometown and became active with TOPS of Burton. Patty is survived by her children, Belinda West of Davidson, NC; Tracy West Zuber of Forney, TX, Greg West of Fuquay-Varina, NC, and her niece, Kerri Merrifield Nayper of Core, WV, who was like a third daughter to her. She is also survived by four grandchildren whom she loved very much: Zane, Zoe, Seth and Aiden; her sisters and brother-in-laws Dottie and Bill Sanson; Nancy and Joe Naternicola; sister-in-law: Betty Ashby Merrifield; and many nephews and nieces: Joe Naternicola; Steve Naternicola; William Z. Merrifield Jr.; Billy Sanson, Beverly Sanson Akers, Brenda Sanson Hovatter; Lynn Merrifield Russell; John Merrifield; as well as many great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Calvin, her parents, her brother, William Z. Merrifield, her youngest sister, Karen Sue Merrifield and her nephew, Jeffrey “Bud” Merrifield. The family requests memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 122 S. High Street, Morgantown, WV 26501. The family will receive friends at Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont, WV 26554, on Sunday, March 30, 2014, from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. and on Monday, March 31, 2014, 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. A memorial service will be held in the funeral home at 11 a.m. with Reverend Thornton Merrifield officiating. A private committal service will be held for the family at a later time. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.FORDFUNERALHOMES.com
Raymond Dale “Ray” Michael, 37, of Fairmont, was taken home to our Lord on Sunday (March 30, 2014), after being killed by a hit-and-run driver in the early morning hours.
He was born in Fairmont, on Jan. 17, 1977, a son of Joyce Andrews Michael of Fairmont.
Raymond attended Fairmont Senior High School. He loved sports and participated in baseball, softball, basketball and fishing during his teenage years, and continued to love fishing and took his children fishing right up until his death.
He was a beautifully talented artist, something few ever got to see, and a great cook. He was an accomplished carpenter and builder who loved working with his hands and being part of the physically strenuous and creative process, before a severe back injury made that no longer possible.
Despite his injury, he kept going, and his tenacity and will to dream was something he hoped to pass on to his children. He made friends easily and will be missed by many. He was very loyal to his family. He was a loving, patient father, who was never happier than when he was spending time with his children.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his maternal grandmother, Betty F. Andrews of Fairmont; and three children, Krystiauna Lynn Gillespie (12), Nathanial Cade Michael (11) and Ozzmond Ray Michael (2), all of Fairmont.
Also surviving are three sisters, Judith Dawn Michael of Fairmont, Erica Lynn Michael of Morgantown, and Elizabeth (Michael) Hicks and her husband and their two children of Ingram, Pa.; a half-sister, Patricia Mary Michael of Morgantown; and a half-brother, John Burton Michael of Monongah.
He will be greeted in heaven by his maternal grandfather, Donald Raymond Andrews, and his paternal grandparents, Dale and Helen Michael.
Family and friends may call at Carpenter and Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant St., Fairmont, from 1-8 p.m. Thursday and from 10-11 a.m. Friday. The funeral service will be held in the funeral home at 11 a.m. Friday, with the Rev. Clyde W. Beard officiating.
In keeping with Raymond’s wishes, his body will be cremated following the funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice in Raymond’s memory.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.carpenterandford.com.
GRAZIANI, Betty Jane, 89, passed away Thursday, March 27, 2014, at Fairmont General Hospital.
She was born February 17, 1925, in Fairmont, WV, daughter of the late John and Sarah Spadafore.
Betty was a graduate of West Fairmont High School and Fairmont State College. She loved teaching in various Marion County Schools over the years. She also enjoyed flower gardening and being a homemaker.
Betty is survived by her husband, Paul Graziani of Fairmont, WV; three sons, Dr. P. Ronald Graziani and wife, Cheryl of Fairmont, Donald J. Graziani and wife, Rebecca of Fairmont, Robert Graziani and wife, Cheryl of Bentonville, AR; ten grandchildren, Stephen Graziani, Dr. Caroline Graziani Labritz, Briena Graziani, Caitlin Graziani, Erin Graziani, Jessica Graziani, Alex Graziani, Ryan Graziani, Nicholas Graziani, and Zachary Graziani. She is also survived by a sister, Mary Izzi of Marion, OH; numerous nieces and nephews; and her two wonderful caregivers, Pam Proctor and Holllis Cook.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Dr. Anthony Spadafore of Wheeling, WV; and a sister, Helen Diamond of LaVale, MD.
Cremation has been chosen as Betty's final disposition.
Family and friends may call at Domico Funeral Home, 414 Gaston Ave., in Fairmont from 1-7 p.m. Sunday and 10-11 a.m. Monday. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 31, in the funeral home with Deacon David Lester officiating. Condolences may be sent online to the family at www.domicofh.com.
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
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Fairmont Senior High School Foundation, Inc.
Attention: Ed Cheslock, Treasurer
PO Box 91
Fairmont WV 26554-0091
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.
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