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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Senior midfielder Ivey Nucilli was named the state’s player of the year by the coaches association. Nucilli edged out girls that had over 40 goals apiece with her 19-goal, 12-assist season.
Lady Polar Bears earned Sectional and Regional Champions title under Coach Ryann Moore. Congratulatiions! Ivey Nucilli and Maddie Stevenski2013 AA-A Girls’ All-State Team; Kayla DeLorenzo made second team, and Honorable Mention went to Sarah Topardo. Joining Nucilli in the individual awards is senior defender Maddie Stevenski. Stevenski’s defense has been strong all season and the coaches took notice, voting her as co-defender of the year. - See more at: http://www.timeswv.com/sports/x520093358/Coaches-name-Nucilli-player-of-year#sthash.ISLqjLQV.dpuf
Congratulations to the honorees
Named second team All-State in Boys’ Soccer is Ryan Rosier and Honorable Mention is Jared Bartrug.
Furgason named new principal of FSHS
After serving as assistant principal at school last year, Furgason says move is a ‘golden opportunity’
BY JESSICA BORDERS TIMES WEST VIRGINIAN
FAIRMONT — Tyson Furgason looks forward to working with the great staff and students at Fairmont Senior High School as the new principal.
Superintendent of Schools Gary Price recommended Furgason, who served as assistant principal at Fairmont Senior last year, for the position after six eligible applicants were interviewed. Four of the applicants came from within the Marion County school system and two previously worked out of state.
The members of the Marion County Board of Education approved Price’s recommendation by a 5-0 vote during Monday night’s meeting. The move became effective immediately.
Furgason fills the position that became open after Chad Norman, principal of Fairmont Senior for the past nine years, took on the role of administrative assistant of technology for the Central Office earlier this month.
The assistant principal job at Fairmont Senior will be posted today. Price expects to have a replacement in time for the Aug. 5 board meeting, which will be held at the Marion County Public Library in downtown Fairmont.
Prior to becoming Fairmont Senior’s assistant principal, Furgason was assistant principal at Mannington Middle School for a year. He spent a couple years at West Fairmont Middle School teaching social studies classes like West Virginia studies and geography.
His career also included previous work at Fairmont Senior, where he taught history as well as civics and government for three years and was the junior varsity boys’ basketball coach and assistant varsity coach with Coach David Retton.
He said his professional goal has always been to become a principal.
“I first want to thank Superintendent Price and the members of the board of education for the opportunity that they’ve given me and for trusting and believing in me,” Furgason said. “It is a huge honor to go back and be a principal at your alma mater. It’s just a golden opportunity for anybody to be put in this position.”
His dad Bill was principal at Fairmont Senior from 1989 to 2003, and his mom Linda taught elementary school for close to 30 years. Tyson grew up around both the teaching and administrative sides of education and also knows the tradition and history of Fairmont Senior, which gives him a nice insight and unique perspective for his new position, he said.
Furgason thanked Norman, who he said has been an excellent administrative mentor.
“His strength is obviously his youth and excitement that he brings to the position, but at the same time he comes from a rich education background,” Price said of Furgason. “Ty has had the advantage of having seen how the education system works from a lot of different angles. He has seen the example set by his parents, who both have superb reputations as educators in Marion County. He is very anxious to follow in their footsteps.”
From working at several schools in Marion County, Furgason knows there is more than one way and more than one right answer. He also has a large support team of veteran faculty members and other administrators, like Norman, Price said.
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Congratulations to the seventh principal of Fairmont Senior High School, Chad A. Norman, who was named at last night's board of education meeting to Central Office staff. July 1, 2013
BOE approves Chad Norman’s assignment to Central Office staff
BY JESSICA BORDERS TIMES WEST VIRGINIAN
FAIRMONT — Chad Norman is ready for the challenge ahead of him in his new position with Marion County Schools.
Superintendent of Schools Gary Price recommended that Norman, principal of Fairmont Senior High School for the past nine years, be reassigned to the position of administrative assistant of technology for the Central Office. This move, effective today, was approved by members of the Marion County Board of Education during Monday night’s meeting. Price explained that Norman will be in charge of everything related to technology, including the implementation of student and teacher computers, educational programs, the West Virginia Education Information System (WVEIS), phone systems, security systems and more. Price also intends to add more responsibilities outside of technology to Norman’s job. http://http://timeswv.com/local/x1293878980/FSHS-principal-taking-on-new-role
Principal Chad A. Norman accepts the Maple Leaves yearbook which belonged to Eddie Barrett from Carol Amos.
1973=class personified. I enjoyed providing a tour of your alma mater.
See a video of the renovations to East-West Stadium.
Spotlight Radio is going to interview me about my art on July 11, 2013, at 11:00 am eastern daylight time. If you like my Rose Parade Float for the West Virginia 150th Anniversary, please tell
a friend, your WV newspaper, or the governor. We have so many famous Mountaineers to put in the convertible. Many people in Los Angeles don't know:
That the Blue Ridge Mountains are in WV too, that the New
River is one of the oldest rivers in the world, and "Country Roads"
was about West Virginia, not western Virginia, and the first
Civil War Battle was near Wheeling, West Virginia, and it has
17 covered bridges.
We have only a few weeks left to get approved by the Pasadena
Tournament of Roses Parade, and the state has not approved
a West Virginia entering a float.
The theme is Dreams Come True--how about a red convertible
on a WV covered bridge? "Wild and Wonderful" The float is
for Jan , 2014. I'll mention it on World Wide Spotlight Radio.
Artist, Mountainer, WVU Fan, http://lorrainestrieby.com/
Congratulations to the Polar Bear Baseball team for their win over Bridgeport in the State semi-final game and finishing their fantastic season as runner-up to Herbert Hoover in AA. Kudoes to Steve Naternicola, Fletcher DeVaul, and Andrew Strand for Big 10 Coach of the Year, Player of the Year, and Pitcher of the Year.
Open House Renovation Reveal on Monday, April 22, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM displays an effort of over two years and incredible support from the community to restore a school "built to last" in 1928.
Visitors to the Fairmont Senior High School Open House Renovation Reveal will want to see 315 new dual paned windows, new HVAC unit, electrical systems, sprinklers and new ceiling in main hall, resurfaced floors in classrooms, and safety features such as an intercom system and the installation of phones in every classroom.
Dignitaries will have a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:00 PM in the focal point of the restoration--the new Media Center, formerly senior court. Be sure to see Judge David Janes, Carol Amos and Linda Morgan for an opportunity to see some rarely displayed archival materials, i.e., a history of FHS presented to E. W. Buckey, principal of 30 years, a compilation of Hi-Life school newspaper, a scrapbook of newspaper clippings from the Times West Virginian created of the fire of 1979 by Librarian Irene Martin, an original dedication program, a paperweight replica of the seal donated by Jeannie Hawkins Caldwell and created by her grandfather Ensel Hawkins in 1922, two place settings of the school china, and many other items of memorabilia.
Principal Chad A. Norman plans to conduct a tour of many areas of the school starting at 6:15. Please register in the main office to indicate your interest in participation. Feel free to explore any area where administrators, teachers, retirees, and Foundation members will remain available to answer questions.
Dennis Hermosilla will provide vintage athletic wear in the old gym with possible 16 mm footage of some Coach Bill Reppert basketball games and where you can also see upgrades to the girls’ locker room and new basketball hoops.
Vera Sansalone invites everyone to have a bit of fun and pose with Abe after selecting a provided prop for a snapshot to appear on website and Facebook slide show.
The original linen blueprints, drawn and signed by William B. Ittner, will be available in the main office with Blackwood Associates Acting President Pam Laswell Wean AIA. The general manager of the project from City Construction Beau Henderson will be in that area with the new drawings.
Explore the elevated access via the new covered walkway from main building to new gym, cafeteria, and freshman building.
View photo documentation of before and after--a metamorphosis of a National Blue Ribbon School. All are welcome to celebrate education in Marion County.
Interior of Fairmont Junior High School 1963
SECTIONAL and REGIONAL SOCCER CHAMPIONS. Runner-ups in state.
submitted by Lina Shone Ingraham
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.
31949 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
Fairmont Senior High School
Fairmont, West Virginia
1867 - 2013
FSHS NEWSLETTER FROM CAROL J. AMOS
November 27, 2013 Special Edition
?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?select Newsletters in the left menu, and choose the newest "issue" in Pages format or select an archived edition. Be sure to put my address (firstname.lastname@example.org) in safe email list in address book along with email@example.com so Newsletters and emails go through to inbox. If you don't designate it as safe it will likely go to junk mail.?
Rick and I give thanks for our blessings rather than allowing distractions to bring us down. For our children and grandchildren, extended family and Polar Bear family, and the medical professionals who have provided such amazing care, we are grateful. For all things we are thankful.
Jennifer (Brumage) Tombaugh '86 emailed me that she loves receiving these newsletters with a thanks you for publishing them.
She sent a special request, “I wondered if you could forward this to any 6th grade classes out there, particularly at Jayenne (or at any grade level I suppose). There is an initiative that the filmmaker Ken Burns is spearheading called http://www.learntheaddress.org/. Take a look at the site. In addition to honoring the 150th anniversary of its recitation, it sprung from a very inspirational story of a school in Putney VT where students--boys who have learning disabilities--must recite this as a requirement in the school's curriculum. It's incredibly challenging for them, and the resulting story is very powerful.
I vividly recall standing in front of Ms. Clinton's 6th grade class at Jayenne, ready to pass out, reciting the address. I remember it still today. If you look at the website, only Senator Rockefeller is represented on the site from West Virginia. Ken's mom was born in Clarksburg, and so I thought we certainly ought to have more presence overall. All anyone needs to do is record the recitation and upload to the site. Super easy, very cool to see so many others already there (ours is under Tauck in the State of CT. I'm the second person speaking).
Please pass this along and get West Virginians to recite the address--after all, it was our desire to be part of the Union that created the great state of WV!”
VOCAL TAPESTRY CHRISTMAS CONCERT
On Sunday, December 1, at 3:00 PM, Vocal Tapestry will welcome the holiday season with its annual Christmas concert. The choir invites the community to join them in the sanctuary of The First Presbyterian Church on Jackson Street for a wide variety of Advent and holiday music. Mrs. Carol Amos and Dr. Robert Keefover will narrate the program, which will conclude with an audience sing-a-long of traditional holiday favorites that remind us of childhood and the magic of Christmas.
DIANE HUTCHINSON PARKER PUBLISHES DADDY’S LEDGER
Castles & coal, love & murder, fortunes & loss, the never-ending love of family and community...
“Diane Hutchinson Parker's father kept a huge, cloth covered coal ledger filled, not with statements of profit and losses, but rather stuffed to over-flowing with local newspaper articles and pictures that he found interesting: the scandals, obituaries, and gossip starting in 1864.
"Daddy's Ledger" details those meticulously saved stories and is the springboard from whence pictorials blossom, spanning generations. These tales hold tidbits for everyone: from castles and love stories; from murder and the beginnings of a coal business; from the ruins of a family fortune to the discovery that the love of family prevails over all struggles.”
BUY THE BOOK HERE: www.DaddysLedger.com
Book Signing: Daddy's Ledger Book Signing
December 6 at 11:00am
For details about Diane, signing events, Fairmont facts and view photo gallery and a video trailer. “Packed with interesting stories and engaging historical information, “Daddy’s Ledger” let’s you experience the lives of some of Fairmont’s most well-known families.
Along the way, you will discover what life was like through generations and learn much about Fairmont that has been forgotten through the decades...all told in Diane’s engaging style.”
RAYMOND ALVAREZ CONTINUES HIS EXPLORATION OF LOCAL HISTORY
Raymond plans a program Sat. Dec. 14th at the Woman's Club.with informal discussions and displays. Also, a 36 page publication will be available on the lives of the two men, researched and written by yours truly, for a small donation, proceeds to support ongoing restoration efforts by the Woman's Club. It contains 56 photographs of historic buildings, schools and grand homes of Fairmont as well as a collection of portraits by Stoker. Both men had an interesting 'twist of fate' that is revealed if you come to the show. From mid December thru January, the artwork and displays will be in the new gallery area of the Marion County Public Library. It is interesting to note that Ray Stoker became 'the official photographer' for Maple Leaves when the Loop Park campus opened. His portraits of the graduating seniors in 1930 and the juniors that year are dramatic and fashionable, especially the junior girls... considering that, after all, it was in the midst of the Great Depression and Fairmont had been mired in an economic downturn of the coal market that had started around 1926, according to editor/journalist C.E. Smith, but that's another great story waiting to happen. This project was funded through the WV Humanities .
"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
John Duane Gorman II of Southport died December 10, 2011, at home with family.
Mr. Gorman was born November 11, 1943, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to John Duane Gorman and Catharine Wilson Gorman. He was raised in Fairmont, West Virginia, and attended Fairmont Senior High School, where he graduated in 1961. He attended West Virginia University, and graduated from Salem College with a degree in accounting in 1965.
Mr. Gorman moved to Charlotte and met his current wife, BJ Gorman. Together they lived a very outdoor lifestyle, including skiing, sailing and enjoying each other’s company.
In 1989 they moved to Southport and became heavily involved in the wonderful community. John and his wife, with close friends, bought and restored historic homes to their original beauty. He started the “Provision Company” after seeing a need for basic items for the local fishermen and tourists. John was an avid outdoorsman, who loved to hunt and fish with his “buddies.” He also collected and restored cars for his personal pleasure.
He was preceded in death by both of his parents.
John is survived by his wife, BJ, from Southport; a daughter, Anne Gorman-Jacobs, and son-in-law Robert L Jacobs from Denver, Colorado; a sister, Elizabeth (“Libet”) Grimes from Southport; four grandchildren, Zach Gorman and wife Laura from Baltimore, Maryland, Sarah Flaming from Rockford, Illinois, Max and Anna Jacobs from Denver, Colorado; one great-grandchild, Aiden Gorman from Baltimore, Maryland; two nephews, Andrew Grimes from Charlotte and Morgan Grimes from Boston, Massachusetts.
There will be a service for family and friends at a later date, with an announcement to follow.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice & Life Care Center, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, North Carolina 28403.
You may sign the online guestbook at www.peacocknewnamwhite.com.
Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport.
Ronald E. Carpenter, 41, of Fairmont, passed away Monday (Nov. 4, 2013) at his home.
He was born Oct. 29, 1972, to the late Melanie S. Carpenter Phillips and the late Ronald E. Johnson.
Ron was a 1990 graduate of Fairmont Senior High School, where he was an accomplished athlete. He was a three-sport letterman participating in football, wrestling and track. In football, Ron earned postseason honors: first team All-North Central Athletic Conference, honorable mention All-State football and played in the North-South All-Star Game as a senior. In wrestling, Ron won the regional championship twice and qualified for the West Virginia State Championships both years. In track, Ron held the Fairmont Senior High school record in shot put for many years and qualified for the West Virginia state finals twice. Ron finished two years in West Virginia’s top five, in both wrestling and shot put. Ron also attended Marshall University. He was a cook and chef by trade, having worked for several restaurants (Fairmont Field Club, Susi-Q’s and others), as well as being on the culinary staff of professional sports organizations while living in Charlotte, N.C. Ron was a former member of Highland Avenue U.M. Church in Bellview.
He was a very loving and kindhearted person, and was an avid sports fan. The Washington Redskins and the Carolina Panthers were among his favorites, along with other West Virginia teams.
Ronald is survived by his half-sister, Veronica E. Cirella of Long Island, N.Y.; a great-aunt, Esther G. Moore; an uncle, Alan R. Carpenter and his wife JoAnn; a great-uncle, Van Johnson and his wife Sherry; cousins, Samantha Hinton, Christopher Carpenter and Jenna Carpenter; a great-aunt, Roby Page of Core; and a great-aunt, Cora Cross of Fairmont.
Ronald had a host of extended family and friends, including his stepmother, Annie E. Little, and her daughter Stefanie; and a special friend, Tracey Kennedy.
“Little Ronnie,” as he was affectionately known by his family, will be missed by everyone who knew him and encountered his kindness and gracious smile.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant brother, Donald; his paternal grandfather, James O. Carpenter Jr.; his paternal grandmother, Leevone P. Boggs; and his maternal grandmother, Dorothy Cosby. Ron loved and cared for both of them dearly. He was also preceded in death by an aunt, Joyce Johnson; and a niece, Julie Cirella.
The Ronald E. Carpenter Memorial Fund has been established at WesBanco Bank, and contributions may be made at any WesBanco Bank branch.
A service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Westover.
Condolences may be sent online to the family at www.domicofh.com. - See more at: http://www.timeswv.com/obituaries/x1050748555/Ronald-Carpenter#sthash.L3DSdMW7.dpuf
November 27, 2013
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
GILLOOLY, Robert B., 90, passed away peacefully on November 23, 2013 in Winter Park, Florida.
He was born in Clarksburg, West Virginia, on June 17, 1923, the son of Thomas J. and Irene Fallon Gillooly.
He was a graduate of Fairmont West High School and of West Virginia University, where he played football. Bob was a World War II veteran and served in the 3rd Army. He was a regional sales manager for Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel for 33 years, as well an Executive Vice President of Sales for McJunkin Corp. in Charleston, W.Va.
Bob is survived by his daughter, Kitty Landauer, son, Dennis (Anne), and grandchildren Tim, Michael, Sean, Clare, Patrick and Kevin. He also is survived by his brother Jack (Ursula), sister-in-law Louise Gillooly and sister-in-law Ginny O'Brien.
Bob is preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Katherine (Kate) Carroll Gillooly (of Wheeling), his son Timothy Patrick, and his brother Tom Gillooly.
The funeral will be held at 9:30 a.m. on November 30 at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, located at 526 North Park Ave., Winter Park, Fla. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on November 29 at Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home, located at 7520 Aloma Ave., Winter Park. Burial will follow at a date to be determined in Clarksburg, W.Va. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project (support.woundedwarriorproject.org/) or to the Cornerstone Hospice Foundation (donate.cshospice.org/).
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Attention: Carol J. Amos, Executive Secretary
PO Box 91
Fairmont WV 26554-0091
Executive Board members: Virginia Davidson, Ed Cheslock, Tom Kliethermes, Jeff Carpenter, Darlene Boyles, Principal Chad A. Norman, Eddie Parker, Vera Sansalone, Rodney Stewart, Penny Cousins Roberts, Gina Ezelle, Leah Welty, and Carol Amos. Ryan, Vera, Rodney, and cja have profiles on Facebook.
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