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PROFILE UPDATES


•   David Ice (1990)  7/20
•   Betty Sandy (Smith) (1967)  7/8
•   Jeff Carpenter (1973)  7/1
•   Nanette Michael (Loffler) (1959)  6/28
•   Charles Meredith (1979)  5/21
•   Deborah Lynn Soles (Shaver) (1979)  5/11
•   Joseph Frederick Jernigan (1972)  4/22
•   Don Reed (1961)  4/3
•   Robert Karl (1964)  4/2
•   Anne Elizabeth Bomar (1981)  3/21
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MISSING CLASSMATES


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UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS



•   David Fred Anderson (1970)  7/24
•   Lea Ann Gerkin (1979)  7/24
•   Scott A Humphrey (1992)  7/24
•   Heather M. Donlin (1997)  7/25
•   William Hostutler (1954)  7/26
•   Donna Kyle Bailey (Scott) (1979)  7/27
•   Sonja Audra Black (1992)  7/27
•   Carol Cover (Friend) (1970)  7/27
•   Margo Davis (1957)  7/27
•   John "Skeeter'' Delligatti (1978)  7/27
•   Sandy Fast (Tonkery) (1977)  7/27
•   David Gwynn (1975)  7/27
•   Neil Larry King (1987)  7/27
•   Robert Carlton Hess (1979)  7/28
•   Karen Pflock (Bosley) (1960)  7/29
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WHERE WE LIVE


Who lives where - click links below to find out.

4 live in Alabama
15 live in Arizona
3 live in Arkansas
15 live in California
7 live in Colorado
2 live in Connecticut
3 live in Delaware
1 lives in District Of Columbia
82 live in Florida
19 live in Georgia
1 lives in Idaho
14 live in Illinois
8 live in Indiana
1 lives in Iowa
3 live in Kansas
10 live in Kentucky
3 live in Louisiana
2 live in Maine
47 live in Maryland
6 live in Massachusetts
6 live in Michigan
3 live in Minnesota
1 lives in Mississippi
2 live in Missouri
1 lives in Montana
1 lives in Nebraska
4 live in Nevada
2 live in New Hampshire
6 live in New Jersey
3 live in New Mexico
9 live in New York
56 live in North Carolina
63 live in Ohio
1 lives in Oklahoma
2 live in Oregon
57 live in Pennsylvania
1 lives in Rhode Island
40 live in South Carolina
16 live in Tennessee
24 live in Texas
1 lives in Vermont
81 live in Virginia
4 live in Washington
441 live in West Virginia
1 lives in Wisconsin
2 live in Wyoming
1 lives in Argentina
2 live in Japan
1 lives in Spain
1 lives in Switzerland
1 lives in United Kingdom
11,810 location unknown
1,481 are deceased

 

 

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Girls' Lacrosse Earns State Championship

 

Fairmont Senior High School State Champions

The legacy: 1927, 1939, 1942, 1949, 1996 AND 2016.

 

 

WEST VIRGINIA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR FAIRMONT SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL  All listed in newsletter under announcements below.

 

1.  The address of FSHS Foundation  P.O. Box 91, Fairmont, WV 26555-0091.  Inquiries may be sent by email to FSHSfoundation@gmail.com

2.  Seats in the auditorium remain available for sponsorship for $200.00.  A plate with three lines of information will commemorate the donation.

 Lincoln Life Membership
The FSHS Foundation recognizes
on a plaque in the main hallway of FSHS the generous support of a $500.00 donation to support the mission of the Foundation 

Mr. and Mrs. Ross Maruka

Mr. and Mrs. Edgar O Barrett

Mr. and Mrs. Gary D. Morgan

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Wakefield

Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Conley

Mario J. Roman

Dr. and Mrs. Robert C. Thompson

Orlando and Virginia Meffe

Virginia and Peale Davidson

Nick and Carmella Fantasia

        Dr. Mohammad Roidad         

Bill and Linda Furgason

Dr. Stanard and Linda Swihart

Janice, Stephanie, and Megan Denison

Thomas Bradley Miller

Thomas S. Miller, M.D.

Adam S. Miller

Mrs. Carroll Ramage

William South

Drs. Prasad & Pramada Devabhaktuni

James P. Davidson III

Anne Bomar

Dr. Jack & Mary Ellen Koay

Tom & Lori Kliethermes & family

Diane Hutchinson Parker

Sara Harrold Miller

William Beckers

Jennifer Brumage Tombaugh

Becky Hoult Cassidy

Robert Petres, M.D.

Thomas Llewellyn

Gary, Bonnie, Kerry, and Laurie Earp

Carol Amos and Linda Morgan happily announce the launch of a Facebook page as they continue to research and write a book documenting the history of Fairmont Senior High School.  Join us, won't you?

Submit memories about FSHS, the quintessential school of excellence, which prepares students for the future while preserving the building and its rich history. 

Graduates, faculty, parents, and the community of Fairmont WV are part of the history of Fairmont Senior High School.  As Carol Ballah Amos and Linda Orr Morgan research and write a history of the school, we invite all those interested to share memories and/or pictures for consideration in the publication.

Voices From Fairmont Senior High School
facebook.com/VoicesFromFairmontSeniorHighSchool
email: cjamos@fairmontseniorhighschool.com

We welcome and encourage your comments and ask contributors to maintain dignity and decorum appropriate to the mission of documenting the diverse history of an institution. LOM and cja will moderate comments using these guidelines:

Please keep comments relevant. Irrelevant, inappropriate, or offensive comments may be edited and/or deleted.

No profanity. No spam. No sexually explicit or discriminatory material. No personal attacks.

The responses remain public. All readers can enjoy reminiscing about the high school experience. If your comment is chosen for the publication, editing may be necessary. 

Ask your friends to LIKE the page and join the discussion.

If you are not on Facebook and would like to submit a story or pictures, please send to cjamos64@gmail.com.

 

National Blue Ribbon School  http://nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov/awardwinners/

Fairmont Senior was named as a National Blue Ribbon 

 

Class of 1966 Reunion

Save the Dates:

Class of 1966 will convene at the Fairmont Field Club on September 24, 2016 for their 50th class reunion.  Contact Cecilia Gallucci Price for more details or see updates here.

If you enjoyed dancing to Pee Wee and the Prophets at the Melody Manor or other dance clubs in the area, reminisce with this recording shared on YouTube.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmfdfeTqdnM

Congratulations to the 2015 Foundation Scholars.  Secure an application for 2016 from a counselor or by clicking on the link to the left.

NAMED
Seth Burton Memorial Scholarship-- Bethany Anne McPherson 
Anthony Pizatella Scholarship--Kayla Marie DeLorenzo 
Rex Stalnaker Memorial Scholarship--Steven Matthew Riggleman
South Fairmont Rotary Scholarship--Michael Anthony Shaw
Davidson Family Scholarship--Dalton Alexander Okel
Brogan Raddish Memorial Scholarship--Holly Lynne Bogdanich

Ross and Dolores Maruka Scholarship--Sarah Marie Topardo

GENERAL
Baylee Alexis Abbott  

TingTing Chen

Sarah Emily Cox 

Francisco Misael Guerrero

Sean Michael Riggleman

Halie Kay Rooks

Rick and Linda Parker Scholarship

Landon Paul Owens

Madison Allyssa Schell

Create a profile to receive free monthly newsletter:  Follow directions below to create a profile.  Graduates must verify interest in receiving newsletter email by registering.  Please tell classmates and spread the word.  

Note the box in the upper right.  To register click JOIN HERE.  You will arrive at a restricted page.  (Created to protect everyone’s identity.) 

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Under Classmate Profiles, click your year of graduation. 

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Your registration will satisfy the classcreator requirements and you will receive the free monthly newsletter.  It will also assist classes with planning reunions without expense of mailings.

Don't forget you can log back into your account any time by using the gray login box in the upper right corner of our site's home page at http://www.classcreator.com/Fairmont-WV-Fairmont-Senior-1961

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

REMEMBER WHEN:

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

FOUNDATION BROCHURE:  See the new brochure under announcements below to assist with school projects supported by FSHS Foundation, interested alumni, and the community.

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
Karen Finamore, Interim Principal
Tom Kliethermes
Suellen Lemley
Eddie Parker
Penny Roberts
Vera Sansalone
Rodney Stewart
Leah Welty

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.

 
 RENOVATION SLIDESHOWS:  CLICK ON FOUNDATION Above in left banner

66,511  Can you guess what it's counting?

 

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

 

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

   
     Fairmont Senior High School
Fairmont, West Virginia

1867 - 2013

          

FSHS NEWSLETTER FROM CAROL J. AMOS

Scroll to first announcement below:          

    Fairmont Senior High School Polar Bears group on Facebook

http://www.classcreator.com/Fairmont-WV-Fairmont-Senior-1961

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.

DONATIONS TO SUPPORT SCHOLARSHIPS AND IMPROVEMENTS TO FAIRMONT SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL MAY BE SENT TO:
 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, Interim Principal Karen Finamore, 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. 

 

FSHS NEWSLETTER FROM CAROL J. AMOS             July 19, 2016 

If you do not want to receive the news just respond with Unsubscribe in the Subject Line along with your class year.  Feel free to share with anyone who would like to read this information.  They are invited to register with me and I can send it directly to them.  This document is a personal creation and is not an official statement by FSHS.  Although I make every effort to verify the facts, mistakes can be made.  Please advise me of any errors. I would like the chance to make any corrections.  I do not want any misinformation circulating.  I’ll correct them in the next newsletter. If you forward this or any other newsletter to other individuals, please credit the source and send or print the newsletter intact. To see pictures and other special features visit http://www.classcreator.com/Fairmont-WV-Fairmont-Senior-1961/class_index.cfm   Be sure to put my address cjamos@fairmontseniorhighschool.com in safe email list in address book along with postmaster@classcreator.net so newsletters and emails go through to inbox.  If you don't designate it as safe it will likely go to junk mail. Contact me with questions or suggestions at cjamos@fairmontseniorhighschool.com

The Fairmont Senior High School Foundation, Inc. expresses appreciation to our supporters for their generous donations and participation in the annual fundraising program.  The FSHS Foundation, established in 1992, continues to provide opportunities for Polar Bears through scholarships, teacher mini-grants, programs, and major improvements to the school.  

The FSHS Foundation granted 19 scholarships to the Class of 2016.  Those graduates receiving scholarships are as follows:  

GENERAL SCHOLARSHIPS

CALEB ANSELENE

JUSTIN ANSELENE

BROOKE ASHCRAFT

JOSEPH LEON

OLIVIA MOROOSE

RYAN RICER

BEN STEWART

BEN TAYLOR

NAMED SCHOLARSHIPS

BRADLEY WYNE            Ross and Dolores Maruka Memorial

HANNAH PETRACCA        Seth Burton Memorial

MADISON UPHOLD        Anthony Pizatella Memorial

  TIMOTHY W. SUDER        Rex Stalnaker Memorial

CLAIRE CRAIG            South Fairmont Rotary

HUNTER SIMS            Davidson Family

JARROD BOSLEY            Brogan Raddish Memorial

MICHAEL NUZUM II        Anthony “Skip” Delligatti Memorial

MICHAELA MOORE                Parker Family

JEREMY LOGAN SHEPPARD        Parker Family

STEVEN SWIGER                Parker Family

FSHS Foundation, during the 2016 school year, provided funds for 10 sewing machines and notions for a Consumer Services class, supplementary textbooks for AP class, and a National Honor Society project.   A request for use of a mobile computer lab in the mathematics department was also supported.  Other student programs for which the Foundation allocates money are Rhododendron Girls State and Project Graduation. 

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, here’s how you can help improve our National Blue Ribbon School.  Donations to support scholarships, programs, and improvements to Fairmont Senior High School may be sent to:

Fairmont Senior High School Foundation, Inc.

Attention: Ed Cheslock, Treasurer

PO Box 91

Fairmont WV 26555-0091

Inquiries may be sent by email to FSHSfoundation @gmail.com

Fairmont Senior Golf Scramble Fundraiser

Fairmont Senior High School’s Golf team will be hosting a Scramble on Saturday, July 30 at the Fairmont Field Club, Split Tee Times — 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Entry fee: $195/$65 per person. Cookout at 12 p.m..

Call Coach Luke Corley @ 304-290-4138 to register your team.

Blood Drive

Fairmont Senior High School Polar Bear Band will be holding a blood drive on Aug. 5, 2016 from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Please call 1-800-REDCROSS or visit redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment.

REUNION TOUR OF EUROPE WITH JAMES CIMINO:  For all of you who went to Fairmont Senior High and participated on one of the 18 trips I organized over the 38 years I taught there, you now have the opportunity to make one last trip with Friends of FSH in May 2017. I am in the process of putting together a tour to Amsterdam, a city we never visited, Brussels, the bilingual capital city we visited once, and of course, Paris. It will take place in late May and run into early June 2017. We shall spend three days in Amsterdam and Paris, and two days in Brussels. More information will be posted on FB in the next few weeks. I hope to see as many of you who went on the trips to come and enjoy a different type of tour than what you experienced in school. And if you never had the chance, but want to make your first alumni trip, please join us on this fabulous tour.  If you are not on Facebook, contact me for more details and I can put you in touch with James

CANDLELIGHT VIGIL  FAIRMONT — TIMES WEST-VIRGINIAN:  A crowd of people gathered in front of Fairmont Senior High School Friday to mourn two lost lives. 

There was a candlelight vigil held at the school in June to remember Printess Winston IV and Alexander “Alex” Harris.

Winston, 16, a rising junior at FSHS, and Harris, 18, a recent graduate of FSHS, both died this week.

Winston was the victim of an accidental shooting at a Cleveland Ave. apartment complex around midnight Monday, police said in several media reports.

Harris was found dead allegedly from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a wooded area of Fairmont’s West Side on Wednesday morning.

The administration at FSHS, student body officers and members of the student council put together the vigil.

Karen Finamore, principal of FSHS, sent out a school messenger notice Thursday to let people know about the vigil, she said.

Candles were passed around to all who attended, and the crowd was invited to write down memories of the two students.

There was a moment of silence during the vigil for Harris and Winston. The crowd was also led in prayer by Jada Bruce, an FSHS student.

Isaiah Payton, a rising senior at FSHS, had known Winston since the seventh grade, he said.

“We weren’t really close, but we hung out every other week,” Payton said. “He was a nice dude. It’s sad that he had to go. He’s so young.”

Tyler Plivelich, a 2016 graduate of FSHS, had known Harris since elementary school.

He heard from his mother that Harris died and he couldn’t believe it happened, he said.

“As long as I’ve know him, he’s been a good kid,” Plivelich said of Harris. “(He was) really nice. Everyone liked him. I’m at a loss for words right now.”

Eviana Barnes, student body vice president at FSHS, spoke at the vigil.

“Both Printess and Alex’s hearts would be touched by the great number of you here this evening to celebrate their lives,” Barnes said. “Printess Winston was upbeat and fun. He always had a smile on his face. He was always there for the people he cared about, especially his younger brother, Knight. They were inseparable. Knight and the Winston family, we are so sorry for you loss.

“Alex Harris was just the same. He was so kind and gentle. Alex has two sisters, Stephanie and Kimmy. As we were growing up, all of us would run and play on the streets of our neighborhood and Kimmy, Stephanie and Alex always looked out for each other. To the Harris family, our hearts go out to you as well.”

Finamore read the Robert Frost Poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” and Psalms 3:5-6 in honor of Winston and Harris.

“I pray in this time of mourning we will take the time for all of us to reach out to friends, family and loved ones to seek support, wisdom and the strength to face the days ahead,” Finamore said to the crowd at the vigil. “We may never understand why such a tragic ending would come to these two lives and to the lives of many friends and family who have gone before.”

Renee Maruka LeDonne is still searching for contact information for 1976 grads of Fairmont Senior High.  The reunion is scheduled for this July 29-Aug.1.  Send the info for you or a classmate with whom you remain in touch to Renee at bazookasis3@yahoo.com or message Rick Angeline or Renee through Facebook.

Reunion tours scheduled for 2016 

July 23 at 10:30 for 1996

July 30 at 10:30 for 1976

Sept. 10 at 10:00 for 1971

Sept. 24 at 10:00 for 1966   

Here are very tentative plans for a 50th Reunion for Class of 1967.

August 25, 2017-Friday-BYOB get together at site to be determined

August 26, 2017-Saturday AM-FSHS tour

Saturday lunch--maybe Colasessano's or Muriales--on your own

Saturday evening-dinner etc at Field Club (possible Muriales cater if FFC doesn't have ability to serve food then)

August 27, 2017-Sunday breakfast ???Here are very tentative plans.

Please spread the word and get contact information to me at psnyder127@aol.com, especially emails and/or join Facebook group of Fairmont Senior High School, Class of 1967 50th Reunion.

OBITUARIES

"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

Joyce Metz Waronicki of Stuart, age 64, went to be with the Lord on June 20, 2016. She was born on April 2, 1952 to Don Metz and Ruth Murphy Clayton in Fairmont, West Virginia.

Joyce was a high school sweetheart to her beloved husband Mark and the two were married in 1971 while both attending West Virginia University. After moving to Florida in 1974, they had two children, Brett and Kate, who Joyce loved very much. She is survived by her husband, son Brett (Vicki Knapp), daughter Kate, granddaughter Scarlett Waronicki, her mother, stepfather Dale Clayton, and her brother Don Metz II (Donna Romino).

There are too many qualities and memories of Joyce than can be listed. A resident of Stuart since 1989, her family will always remember her love and the fact she always put others before herself. Her family will cherish her fine restaurant quality meals and the many gatherings at her house where she loved to entertain. Joyce enjoyed traveling the country and the world with her husband. Above all, her immediate and extended family will miss her love and support.

A private gathering will be held by her family. Condolences can be sent to 1704 SW Gregor Way, Stuart, FL 34997.

James "Jim" Andrew Jackson, 70, of Fairmont, passed peacefully to his heavenly home Monday (June 20, 2016).

Jim was born April 27, 1946, to the late Jaspar and Dorothy Jackson.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Dan Jackson; and twin grandsons, Austin and Jeremy Krawiec.

He graduated from Fairmont Senior High School and was a former coal miner. He loved to tell jokes and make people laugh. He never met a stranger. He loved the season of fall and West Virginia football. Jim also enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Those who will miss him the most are his children, Misty Ruiz (Chris) of Fairmont, James (Telissa) Jackson of Fairmont, Gregory (Yvonne) Jackson of Fairmont, Cindy Masters (Bill) of Fairmont and Cheryl Krawiec (Steve) of Fairmont; a special son-in-law, Bill Masters of Fairmont; his brother, Randy Jackson of Fairmont; twin sisters, Dolly Hughes and Dotty Heldreth; his grandchildren, Joshua Jackson, Christopher Jackson, JC Jackson, Matthew Jackson, Cody Jackson, Jake Jackson, Brooklyn Jackson, Zachary Masters, Taylor Masters, Rachel Masters, Bryanna Masters, Matthew Masters, Jonathan Masters, Rick Masters, Khloe Masters, Jona Heflin, Ryan Heflin, Tanner Heflin, Dylan Krawiec and Dakotah Krawiec; and four great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind a very special friend, Paula Kay Baker.

In honoring Jim's wishes, his body will be cremated. The family has entrusted arrangements to Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.fordfuneralhomes.com.

Published in Times West Virginian

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

Voices From Fairmont Senior High School

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Fairmont Senior High School Polar Bears group on Facebook

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FSHS NEWSLETTER FROM CAROL J. AMOS             June 17, 2016

If you do not want to receive the news just respond with Unsubscribe in the Subject Line along with your class year.  Feel free to share with anyone who would like to read this information.  They are invited to register with me and I can send it directly to them.  This document is a personal creation and is not an official statement by FSHS.  Although I make every effort to verify the facts, mistakes can be made.  Please advise me of any errors. I would like the chance to make any corrections.  I do not want any misinformation circulating.  I’ll correct them in the next newsletter. If you forward this or any other newsletter to other individuals, please credit the source and send or print the newsletter intact. To see pictures and other special features visit http://www.classcreator.com/Fairmont-WV-Fairmont-Senior-1961/class_index.cfm   Be sure to put my address cjamos@fairmontseniorhighschool.com in safe email list in address book along with postmaster@classcreator.net so newsletters and emails go through to inbox.  If you don't designate it as safe it will likely go to junk mail. Contact me with questions or suggestions at cjamos@fairmontseniorhighschool.com

I am in the market for a handicapped accessible van.  I would appreciate hearing from anyone who might have one or who could recommend a company that deals with conversion vehicles.  

Renee Maruka LeDonne is still searching for contact information for 1976 grads of Fairmont Senior High.  The reunion is scheduled for this July 29-Aug.1.  Send the info for you or a classmate with whom you remain in touch to Renee at bazookasis3@yahoo.com or message Rick Angeline or Renee through Facebook.

Class of 1966 needs your help in locating the following classmates.  Please advise if you have a recent email or snail mail address.

Dorsey Abbot 

Rebeca Sue Allard Shirley

Susan Virginia Bartholow

Faith Bassagic

Dale Elizabeth Brown Stewart

Janet Gail Brown Hines

Theresa Harris Brown

Alice Chambers Griffith

Allen Bryant Cromer 

Janet Marie Deem Vincent

Margaret Jean Dent Sabo

Margaret Elizabeth Fenton 

Gilbert Michael Forte

Nila Joy Fritzman

Bradley Dale Glover

Lee Gordon

Vivian Hale

Theresa Harris

Sally Hupp

Connie Johnson

George Johnson

Ronald Keener 

Robert Lee

Gary Lehman

Judy Leedy 

Renee McKinney

Phil McLane

William McWhorter

Paul Richard Miller

Lewis Orr 

Galye Parker

Dane Robinson

Bobby Robinson

John Robinson

Betsy Runner

Carol Shuck

Cindy Spragg

Brenda Smith

Paul Straight

Mike Sypolt

George Taylor

William Thorne

Joyce Townsend

Guy Toothman

Thomas Tucker 

Sharon Marie Whitelock Baumgardner

Diane Winemiller Cutlup

The following is a complete list of the Fairmont Senior High School, Class of 2016 scholarship winners and awards totaling nearly $2 million. The list of scholarship and award winners from East Fairmont High School’s Class of 2016 will be published on Thursday, June 2 in The Fairmont News in print and on Facebook.

Promise Scholarships

Anselene, Caleb; Anselene, Justin; Ashcraft, Brooke; Ayers, Alexandria; Bean, Kaitlyn; Bonasso, Tressa; Bosley, Jarrod; Burkel, Matthew; Craig, Claire; Cochran, Renzy; Davisson, Nicholas; DeSellems, Ryan; Efaw, Brianna; Freeland, Jonah; Guentert, Miranda; Helmick, Levi; Hershberger, Emily; Heston, Rainy; Hornberger, Ciara; Johnson, Jasmine; Kinder, Isaac; Leon, Joseph; Mason, Leah; Michalski, Sydney; Moroose, Olivia; Morris, Laura; Muller, Meghan; Nuzum, Michael; Okel, Justin; Petracca, Hannah; Plivelich, Tyler; Potesta, Robert; Ricer, Ryan; Rider, Gatsby; Rogers, Jordan; Sansalone, Sofia; Shaw, Conner; Sims, Hunter; Stevenski, Samantha; Stewart, Benjamin; Storms, Margaret; Suder, Timothy; Summers, Sarah; Swiger, Steven; Taylor, Ben; Travelstead, Greyson; Uphold, Madison; Urse, Madison; Van Horn, Jakeb; The following is a complete list of the Fairmont Senior High School, Class of 2016 scholarship winners and awards totaling nearly $2 million. The list of scholarship and award winners from East Fairmont High School’s Class of 2016 will be published on Thursday, June 2 in The Fairmont News in print and on Facebook.Wade, Kristina; Wyne, Bradley

Fairmont State University  Promise Beyond: Laura Morris, Caleb Anselene, Ciara Hornberger, Emily Hershberger, Jarrod Bosley, Jordan Rogers, Kaitlyn Bean, Kristina Wade, Michael Nuzum, Miranda Guentert, Sarah Summers and Steven Swiger

FSU Pepsi Scholarship: Kristina Wade

FSU Falcon Scholarship: Kristina Wade

Charles J. Mcclain: Jordan Rogers, Caleb Anselene, Laura Morris

Blanche kinney Merit Scholarship: Sarah Esposito

Rogers’ Family Endowment: Kharon Harrell

Sharon Weaver Messmore Scholarship: Michaela Moore

William White Scholarship: Jeremy Sheppard

Datha Gene Smith Foundation: Jordan Birdsell

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math: Steven Swiger, Kain Lucente and Jordan Rogers

West Virginia University

Shenaddoah Scholarship: Rainy Heston, Nick Davisson, Madison Urse, Sofia Sansalone

Presidential Scholarship: Hunter Sims, Sydney Michalski, Levi Helmick and Connor Shaw

Mountaineer Scholarship: Tressa Bonasso, Justin Anselene, Brooke Ashcraft, Renzy Cochran and Brianna Efaw

WVU Valedictorian: Sydney Michalski

Vandalia Scholarship: Alexandria Ayers, Olivia Moroose, Claire Craig

WVU Mountaineer Parents Club: Olivia Moroose

Engineering Achievement Scholarship: Hunter Sims

Marshall University

Presidential Scholarship: Emily Hershberger, Brooke Ashcraft

A. Perry Scholarship: Hannah Hillberry, Hannah Petracca, Kaitlyn Bean

Board of Governors: Ryan Ricer, Leah Mason

Marshall University Honors College Scholarship: Ryan Ricer and Leah Mason

West Virginia Wesleyan

Presidential Scholarship: Gatsby Rider, Timothy Suder, Benjamin Stewart, Timothy Suder

Deans Scholarship: Meghan Muller

Legacy Scholarship: Meghan Muller

Mason Crickard Scholarship: Meghan Muller

Nicholas Hyma Scholarship: Benjamin Stewart

Nellie & Kathryn McLaughlin Scholarship: Benjamin Stewart

Athletic track Scholarship: Benjamin Stewart

Mercer University

Adiel Sherwood Scholarship: Jasmine Johnson

Partners Scholarship: Jasmine Johnson

Point Park University

Conservatory of Performing Arts @ PPU: Kathryn Scarbro

Distinguished Student: Kathryn Scarbro

Student Book Grant: Kathryn Scarbro

Timms Family Scholarship: Kathryn Scarbro

Justice Federal Credit Union: Kathryn Scarbro

University of Miami

Presidential Scholarship: Joseph Leon

West Liberty University

Elbin Scholarship: Margaret Storms

Theatre Scholarship: Margaret Storms

Southern University

DYD Leadership Scholarship: Madison Uphold

University of Rio Grande’

Basketball Scholarship: Tyaira Horton

Greater Fairmont Community

James and Derek Hotsinpiller Scholarship: Ciara Hornberger

J. Jackson Pauley Scholarship: Sofia Sansalone

George W. Bowers Memorial Trust: Levi Helmick

Fairmont Board of Realtors: Sofia Sansalone

Mon General Foundation: Tressa Bonasso

Elks National Foundation: Most Valuable Ryan Ricer

Teen Court Scholarship: Madison Uphold

Dr. Delbert Smith Scholarship: Steven Swiger

Seth Burton Memorial Scholarship: Hannah Petracca

Anthony Pizatella Scholarship: Madison Uphold

Davidson Family Scholarship: Hunter Sims

Fairmont South Rotary Scholarship: Claire Craig

Rex Stalnaker Memorial Scholarship: Tim Suder

Ross and Delores Maruka Scholarship: Bradley Wyne, Brogan Raddish, Jarrod Bosley, Anthony “Skip” Delligatti and Michael Nuzum

Rick and Linda Parker Scholarship: Jeremy Sheppard, Michaela Moore and Steven Swiger

WV Italian Heritage Scholarship

Angelo S and Carolyn Arena Petitto Memorial: Ryan Ricer

WVIHF Board of Directors: Claire Craig

Margaret and Joe Robert Spatafore Scholarship: Justin Anselene

FSHS Foundation

General: Caleb Anselene, Justin Anselene, Brooke Ashcraft, Joseph Leon, Olivia Moroose, Ryan Ricer, Ben Stewart, Ben Taylor

Your Community Foundation, Inc.

William “Will” Charleton Bridges: Caleb Anselene

Seth Burton Memorial Scholarship: Hannah Petracca

Jean and Laurence S. DeLynn Scholarship: Olivia Moroose

Jacob Bower “Bower Power” Memorial: Olivia Moroose, Caleb Anselene and Justin Anselene

Mu Alpha Tetha Scholarship: Tim Suder, Sydney Michalski, Justin Anselene, Emily Hershberger, Laura Morris, Steven Swiger and Miranda Guentert

Baseball:  FAIRMONT — The Big 10 Conference announced its Big 10 baseball team for the 2016 season Thursday and five Marion County baseball players were named to the first team.

From Fairmont Senior infielder Ryan Ricer and pitcher Ryan Valentine were named to the first team.

Representing Marion County on the Big 10 second team are Fairmont Senior's Austin Kuhn.

Earning honorable mention status from Marion County Fairmont Senior's Damien Davis, Vince Sabatino, Ian Fairley, Steven Swiger and Zach Lovejoy.

Philip Barbour's Sean Curtis was named the conference's Player of the Year, while Bridgeport's Hunter Haddix was named Pitcher of the Year and his coach, Robert Shields, was named Coach of the Year.

Here are very tentative plans for a 50th Reunion for Class of 1967.

August 25, 2017-Friday-BYOB get together at site to be determined

August 26, 2017-Saturday AM-FSHS tour

Saturday lunch--maybe Colasessano's or Muriales--on your own

Saturday evening-dinner etc at Field Club (possible Muriales cater if FFC doesn't have ability to serve food then)

August 27, 2017-Sunday breakfast ???Here are very tentative plans.

Please spread the word and get contact information to me at psnyder127@aol.com, especially emails and/or join Facebook group of Fairmont Senior High School, Class of 1967 50th Reunion.

OBITUARIES

"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

Richard Parks Beebe, 69, of Clayton, NC passed away Friday, August 21, 2015. 

Left to cherish his memories are a spouse, Jody B. Beebe, Clayton, NC; a daughter Evalina Beebe, Clayton, NC and sons, Rickie Beebe ( Jennifer), Philadelphia, PA and Garrett Beebe.

The family will receive friends at 555 Southwick Ave., Clayton, NC.

Alexander "Alex" Lee Harris, 18, of Fairmont, passed away Monday (June 13, 2016).

He was born July 8, 1997, in Midwest City, Oklahoma, son of Roger Lee Harris of Fairmont and Angela Rae Starker of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Alex was a 2015 graduate of Fairmont Senior High School. He was formerly employed at McAteers Restaurant and Shop-n-Save in Fairmont.

He was an avid video game player and liked to make videos for YouTube. He also enjoyed camping, fishing and hiking.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Stephanie Nicole Harris and Kimberly Grace Harris, both of Fairmont; his paternal grandparents, Roger and Suzanne Harris of Buckhannon; his maternal grandparents, Ray and Judy Starker of Konawa, Oklahoma; and his paternal great-grandparents, Walt and Susan Knowles of Edgewater, Florida.

Cremation has been chosen as his final disposition. The arrangements are under the care of Domico Funeral Home in Fairmont. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Alex's name to the Marion County Humane Society: P.O. Box 905 Fairmont, WV 26554.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.domicofh.com

Printess Allen Winston IV, 16, of Fairmont, began his going-home journey on the early morning of Monday (June 13, 2016).

We were blessed with his birth on Oct. 8, 1999, in Fairmont, and every day after.

The proud parents are Bonnie Winston and Printess III "Grazhopr" (Tami) Winston, all of Fairmont.

He is survived by his parents; two brothers, Kyle (Ashley) Brown of Morgantown and Knight-Shawn Winston of Fairmont; two sisters, Taylin Dobbs and KaShylin Winston of Fairmont; niece, Avaya Brown of Morgantown; grandmother, Irene Brown of Pennsylvania; grandparents, Printess II and Dellmon Winston of Morgantown, Red and Debbie Hines of Fairmont; aunts and uncles, Dellmon (Joe) Wilcox of Morgantown, Winshel (Donald) Hill of Maryland, Georgia Winston of Maryland (also his godmother) and Nick (Alisha) Hines of Fairmont; godfather, Derric Hill of Maryland; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and family who loved him very much.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, David (Jinks) and Marguerite Cottingham of Cleveland, Ohio, Willie and Clifford Mae Winston of Chaplin; aunt, Nicole Ulrich of Pennsylvania; uncle, Gary Brown of Pennsylvania; and many other family members. Our family has lost too many young family members.

Printess began his athletic career at the age of 4 with the Suncrest youth softball league. Printess continued his athletic career playing basketball for Hoop Dreams in Fairmont and the Cavs of Morgantown. He was a rising junior at Fairmont Senior High School. Setting his sight on one day owning his own custom automotive shop, Printess started this journey alongside his dad and brother at their new family-owned business, Winston Wheels and Tires in Fairmont.

He also enjoyed listening to music, fishing, shooting his bow and just having fun with his family and friends. Printess was well-known for his beautiful smile and hair. He recently got a tattoo in memory of his great-grandfather, Dave, who recently passed away.

Printess touched the hearts of many people, and his life mattered!

Services will be held at Fred L. Jenkins Funeral Home at 10 S. High St., Morgantown. Viewing will be from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday and again from 10 a.m. until the time of funeral services at 11 a.m. Saturday with Gabriel Kinsey officiating. Cremation services will follow.

Condolences may be made at www.fredjenkinsfuneralhome.com.

Allan Lee Williams, 57, of Morgantown, passed away Thursday (June 2, 2016) at Ruby Memorial Hospital.

Allan was born April 23, 1959, in Clarksburg, son of Everett Lee Williams and Virginia Gribble Williams.

He was employed for 37 years at Dominion Hope as a warehouse man. He was a member of Hope Federal Credit Union, enjoyed motorcycles, boating and his dog, Rolo.

In addition to his parents, Allan is survived by his wife, Kathryn Williams; a brother, Randy Williams of Fairmont; a stepson, Ryan Hays and wife Joann of Florida; a granddaughter, Rylan Hays of Florida; a nephew, Shawn Williams and wife Melissa of Morgantown; and a great-niece, Hayden Williams.

Following Allan's wishes, a private family service was held at Domico Funeral Home in Fairmont on Sunday. He will be cremated and buried at Grandview Memorial Gardens.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at domicofh.com

Melissa Merigay Miller

October 30, 1956 - May 22, 2016

Melissa (Kann) Miller, Kokomo, IN, completed her mission in this life and departed from us on May 22, 2016.  She was born in Fairmont, West Virginia on October 30, 1956, to Elmer and Edith Kann who are both deceased.  She was a compassionate, loving, and caring person who will be dearly missed by many.  Her sister Shirley brought her and Preston Miller of Kokomo together in 1973, and in December of that year they married and for more than 42 years they were each other’s universe.  She felt “very blessed in life.”

A spiritually centered person, Melissa was gifted with an artist’s eye for beauty and symmetry; she used her gift to create warmth and beauty in all her surroundings.  Visitors to her home repeatedly commented on how comfortable it made them feel and how they could sense the love that was present.  But her most endearing quality was the intensity with which she loved and cared for her family and friends.  If you were in her orbit, she was your champion.  Her sister, Kim said of Melissa, “She is beautiful in heart, a best friend and confidant, and an example for us all to be kind and generous to others.”  Her niece, Rene, added:  “I feel a deep love for Melissa and am honored to be her niece.  She is the most compassionate, loving, and honest woman I have ever known.  I admire everything about her, especially her strength and courage.”  And from her niece, Beverly, “Melissa is a beautiful, compassionate, and selfless soul that always puts the welfare of others before her own – I love her to the moon and back.”  Melissa’s other passion was reading and expanding her knowledge on a wide range of subjects; this resulted in a considerable personal library that she treasured.

Melissa graduated from Fairmont West-Side High School, in Fairmont, WV as a member of the class of 1974.  She later attended classes at San Antonio College in San Antonio, Texas, where she focused on medical administration.  Her studies led to her becoming a Certified Medical Transcriptionist.  Over the course of her 17-year career, she worked for Hospitals in San Antonio; Fort Walton Beach, Florida; Colorado Springs, CO, and Morgantown, WV.  She retired early to become a caregiver for her Mother that was followed by caring for her Father.  Accustomed to being the one caring for others, Melissa was overwhelmed and humbled by the letters of support she received and by the number of people she learned that were praying for her recovery from cancer.

In addition to her husband Preston, she is survived by two brothers and three sisters:  Shirley Miller, Russiaville, IN; Elbert (Mo) Moran, Kokomo, IN; Barbara Rowe, Fairmont, WV; Elmer Kann, Kokomo, IN; Kimberly (William) Thompson, Fairmont, WV, as well as a number of nieces and nephews.  Melissa shared special bonds with her sister Kimberly; her niece, Rene Sterling of Kokomo, IN; and her niece, Beverly Yates of Charleston, WV.  She had a special place in her heart for her nephew, Tim Hill of Kokomo and her great niece, Jessica Yates of Charleston, WV.  Melissa was also proud of her brother-in-law, William Thompson, for the loving care he gives to the residents of the Fairmont Arbors nursing home where he works, and for his devotion to her sister Kimberly.

No services are planned, but family and friends – old and new – are welcomed to visit at Ellers Mortuary on 725 South Main Street to share their memories of Melissa on Thursday, May 26, 2016, during the hours of 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  In lieu of flowers, Melissa would be deeply honored if donations were made in her name to one of her three favorite charities in Fairmont, WV:  the Union Mission, the Sobrania Soup Opera, or the Marion County Humane Society.  Melissa was very grateful for the love, friendship, and care she received from Julie Maggart and Debbie Zent of the St. Joseph Hospice.

Mark Allen Kisner, 46, of Fairmont passed away on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at United Hospital Center following a short illness. 

He was born in Marion County on September 10, 1969 a son of Wanda (Fisher) Kisner of Fairmont and the late Donald Kisner. 

He is survived by his loving wife, Rebecca (Boore) Kisner. 

Mark graduated from Fairmont Senior High School in 1987. He was currently employed at the Murray Energy Loveridge Mine in Fairview as a Miner. He was a proud member of the United Mine Workers of America. Mark attended the First Church of the Nazarene. His many interests included hunting, fishing, riding his Harley, being outdoors and his collection of Trans Am cars. Special to him, were his loving Dogs, Boots, Maddie, Harley and Bella. Most of all, Mark loved spending time with his family and many friends. 

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by his brother, Donald Bradley "Brad" Kisner and a close friend, C.J. Fazio of Fairmont; Father-in-law and Mother-in-law Richard and Karen Boore of Fairmont; and sister-in-law Amy Boore of Fairmont. 

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ray and Edna Kisner and Oliver and Agnes Fisher. 

Friends and Family may call at the Carpenter & Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant Street Fairmont on Thursday from 4pm to8 pm, on Friday from 1pm to8 pm and on Saturday 11am to 1pm. The funeral Service will be at 1pm on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at the funeral home with Pastor Michael VanZant of the First Church of the Nazarene in Fairmont officiating. Interment will follow at Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens in Westover. 

Condolences may be left at www.carpenterandford.com

    
The Class of 1931          12 January 2016
 
The Fairmont Senior High School Class of 1931 included 120 graduates.  There were 64 
 
women, and 56 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 World War II took several classmates during the next decade; 
 
but most members of the Class of 1931 went on to pursue education, careers, homes and family.  
 
Of the 91% of classmates that have been located, Nelle Boggess (Hawkins) lived in West 
 
Virginia until 2014; at her passing, Mrs. Hawkins was over 100 years old.
 
  
 
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 100 members of the Class (83%) became married.  In four cases, both the 
 
husband and wife were members of the Class of 1931.  Ed Shroyer and Jane Morris married just 
 
after graduation, in Fairmont.  Jack Fear and Lucile Rice wed in 1936, also in Fairmont.  Floyd 
 
Patton and Sally Prickett married, as did Ross Talbott and Mildred Wright.
 
At least 20 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 around the 
 
country:  to the Mid-Atlantic, the Northeast, the Midwest – even to the West Coast.
 
The Class of 1931          12 January 2016
 
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 them 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 this 
 
link:  cjamos@fairmontseniorhighschool.com

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's book, Daddy's Ledger, is reviwed below and remains available for sale.

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

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 cjamos@fairmontseniorhighschool.com

Researched and written by Anne Bomar

I have now published the book, "life in small bites - moments in time," and it can be found on Amazon.com in both soft cover and Kindle edition.

To find the e-book edition, you need to look search under the 'Kindle' tab on Amazon. This book is a collection of 50 or so entries that I thought provided life lessons...at least for me.

 

A National Blue Ribbon School

 A West Virginia Exemplary School

2005-2006

2006-2007

2007-2008

2008-2009

2009-2010

2010-2011

2011-2012

2012-2013

A West Virginia School of Excellence

A Benedum Professional Development School

A 2007-2010 HSTW Pacesetter School

A 2008-2009 SWPBS "Exemplar" School

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 http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/west-virginia

http://timeswv.com/local/x986699416/-Massive-undertaking-PHOTOS

Fairmont Senior High School invites the community to visit the school on Monday, April 22, 2013 for an open house from 5-7.

 

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.

- See more at: http://timeswv.com/local/x986699416/-Massive-undertaking-PHOTOS#sthash.UdqVUy57.dpuf

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.

- See more at: http://timeswv.com/local/x986699416/-Massive-undertaking-PHOTOS#sthash.UdqVUy57.dpuf

 

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 http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/west-virginia

FSHS awarded a Silver ranking by USNews http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/west-virginia/districts/marion-county-schools/fairmont-senior-high-school-21382

 

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Fairmont Senior High School Fight Song