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•   Rick Ressegger (1963)  12/21
•   David Rogers (1961)  12/21
•   Bradley Alan Fitzgerald (1976)  12/21
•   Christa Renae' Humphreys (Henderson) (1990)  12/21
•   Maureen Elizabeth Ragen (Bennett) (1990)  12/20
•   Lawrence R. Ash (1964)  12/20
•   Darlene Ice (Boyles) (1960)  12/20
•   Karen Lee Doll (Hall) (1963)  12/20
•   Thomas Edward Dreisinger (1965)  12/20
•   Lynda Elizabeth Prickett (Mathews) (1959)  12/20
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•   David Cage (1963)  12/21
•   Carolyn Kay Kramer (Malcolm) (1959)  12/21
•   Lova Oliver (2001)  12/21
•   Lisle Wade (1956)  12/21
•   Candace C. White (Calentine ) (1975)  12/21
•   Brandy Bradley (Batson) (1994)  12/22
•   Carol Clayton (Trippett) (1977)  12/22
•   Linda Jane Kisner (Stoops) (1967)  12/22
•   Lida Chaplin (1965)  12/23
•   Sabrina A Clayton (Workman) (1990)  12/24
•   Daniel P Gallucci (1957)  12/24
•   Susan Shaffer (Lewis) (1974)  12/24
•   Andrea McElroy (1989)  12/25
•   Judith Ann Zeck (Baughman) (1960)  12/25
•   Mary Mallen (Urso) (1977)  12/26
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4 live in Alabama
14 live in Arizona
1 lives in Arkansas
18 live in California
6 live in Colorado
2 live in Connecticut
3 live in Delaware
1 lives in District Of Columbia
84 live in Florida
19 live in Georgia
1 lives in Idaho
14 live in Illinois
8 live in Indiana
3 live in Kansas
12 live in Kentucky
3 live in Louisiana
2 live in Maine
48 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 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
57 live in North Carolina
61 live in Ohio
1 lives in Oklahoma
2 live in Oregon
54 live in Pennsylvania
1 lives in Rhode Island
40 live in South Carolina
16 live in Tennessee
22 live in Texas
1 lives in Vermont
78 live in Virginia
5 live in Washington
433 live in West Virginia
1 lives in Wisconsin
2 live in Wyoming
1 lives in Finland
2 live in Japan
2 live in Spain
1 lives in Switzerland
1 lives in United Kingdom
10,833 location unknown

Rewind for 12/21/14




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

Celebrate LIFE, LOVE, and HOPE! 

Congratulations to the FSHS Madrigals for a very successful feast.

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

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

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




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

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

Class of 1974

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

Congratulations to the 2014 Foundation Scholars

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

Emmalee Faulkner
Austin Norman
Ryan Rosier
Madison Stevenski
Hope Vasicek

Rick and Linda Parker Scholarship

Hope Baublitz

Mandy Cross

Karengton Swann

Fairmont Senior High School Foundation Officers and Board Members

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Purchase the book at

1863 - Episode 1 from Allegheny Image Factory on Vimeo.



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





Interior of Fairmont Junior High School  1963


Fairmont Senior High School 

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

National Blue Ribbon School

2007-2010  High School That Work Pacesetter School

Benedum Professional Development School

FSU Professional Development School

West Virginia School of Excellence

PBST Exemplar School

West Virginia Exemplary School

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

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

46776  Can you guess what it's counting?

FSHS Scholarship winners 2013


Cortney Bright

Michael Buonaiuto

Ivan Figueroa

Mattie Kliethermes

Anna Alexandra (Ali) Sansalone

Andrew Strand

Hannah Vasicek

Zela Wyrosdick

Cienna Wright



Ross and Dolores Maruka Scholarship

Jenny Lea Bundy 

Seth Burton Memorial Scholarship

Jared Thomas Burns

Anthony Pizatella Scholarship

Grant S. Holbert 

Rex Stalnaker Memorial Scholarship

Joshua McPherson

South Fairmont Rotary Scholarship

Megan Ashley DeJong

Davidson Family Scholarship

Matthew A. Bartrug

Frank Dimaria Scholarship

Laura Tennant

Brogan Raddish Memorial

Brianna Woodburn

Rick and Linda Parker Scholarship

Gabbriella Conrad

Brina Pinn

Sara N. Simons

Rebekah Valentine


FSHS Scholarship winners 2012

Kallin Closson

Lauren Gower

Amelia Parks

Jacob Richards

Randall Stickley

Linda Summers

Cailey Weaver

Named Scholarships

Daren Wadsworth     Ross and Dolores Maruka

Andrew Shields    Seth Burton Memorial

Marissa Bonasso     Anthony Pizatella

Michelle Tucker     Rex Stalnaker Memorial

Kristen Zirkle     South Fairmont Rotary

Savannah Sims     Davidson family Scholarship

David Haley     Exxon Scholarship 

Allie Fetty     Frank DiMaria Scholarship

Rick and Linda Parker Scholarship

Steven Baublitz

Travis Cramer

Arien Harris

Ashley Perkins

Kailee Pownell

Brittany Sheppard


FSHS Scholarship winners 2011

Lindsay Estel

William C. Harper

Marcus Jacquez

Alex Joseph

Andrew Marra

Resa McGlumphy

Aaron D. Morris

Ronnie Retton

Franklin B. Wilson

Named Scholarships

Ross Dalton     Ross and Dolores Maruka

Victoria Hawkins    Seth Burton Memorial

Tessa Gardner     Anthony Pizatella

Christopher Nestor     Rex Stalnaker Memorial

Lauren Sansalone     South Fairmont Rotary

Joseph Vozniak     Davidson family Scholarship


2011-2012 FSHS Outstanding School Volunteer Award

Mrs. Carol Amos

Mrs. Nancy Bickerstaff

Mr. Ed Cheslock


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

Renovation of FSHS

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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



Fairmont Senior High School, home of the Polar Bears

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

An Exemplary School and School of Excellence

     Tyson Furgason, principal  

     Fairmont Senior High School
Fairmont, West Virginia

1867 - 2013


FSHS NEWSLETTER FROM CAROL J. AMOS       Merry Christmas, 2014        
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Vocal Tapestry, directed by Doug Bunner, will present a program of Christmas music on December 21, 2014 on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.  Many of the songs are a cappella.  Doug plans some wonderful surprises that you won't want to miss.  Joining the Vocal Tapestry group, second grade students from East Dale Elementary School will sing a lovely tribute to the families of those who lost loved ones on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut called "A Million Little Snowflakes", Richard Fischer directing. FSHS Madrigals with Gregory DeVito directing and assisted by his lovely wife, Dani Brake DeVito, will share If Ye Love Me.  The students will join the adults to sing a "Frozen" medley, from the animated Disney movie.  I love my opportunity to provide narration along with Dr. Bob Keefover because it provides the best seat in the house.

Armory renovated by Marion County BOE:  FAIRMONT — Most of the renovations inside the newly christened Woody Williams Armory, now known as the 201st Fairmont Senior High School Field House, are complete, but there is still more to do.
A?committee met Sunday to talk about needs, fundraising and additional projects for their new home.
As of now, the gym floor, bleachers and baskets have all been replaced. Those renovations came via the Board of Education, which purchased the building before it became the new home for Fairmont Senior athletics. Now, the BOE will close off the glass windows, take care of the air conditioning and fix the restrooms.
Fairmont Senior principal Tyson Ferguson and others who were gathered for the meeting couldn’t thank the BOE?and Superintendent Gary Price enough for the efforts to restore the facility and give student-athletes and coaches a place to call home.
While the new upgrades are surely eye-opening, there have already been plans put into motion to continue to improve the facility.
The new upgrades, however, will not come via the BOE as they will turn the building over to Fairmont Senior once its renovations are complete. That means that the funds must come from Fairmont Senior High School.
Ferguson and the rest of the committee are working on fundraisers to complete their upgrades in hopes of providing the best facility to their student-athletes.
Heather Bresh, a Fairmont Senior graduate, has donated $25,000 to the Armory fund already and has agreed to match any funds the group collects up to an additional $25,000, meaning any donation received will basically count as a double donation for the fund.
For those wishing to donate, checks can be made payable to FSHS Foundation (Armory fund in memo) P.O. Box 91 Fairmont, WV 26555.

Linda Orr Morgan and I met again to continue our plans for an Alumni Association, joined by Tina Shaw.  We are looking for passionate people who love FSHS.  I’ll continue to provide details through future newsletters.  Initial brainstorming for ways to support the school:
    •    •    Celebration of the Arts to include a presentation of a framed Monet print created by the class of 1994 for the 1993 prom.  If you served on the committee or were a class officer, please email if you want to be involved.  If you are an author and would like to present your book to the library, we invite you to make us aware of your interest.  Jenny Staud’s art students will display works.  We’ll contact Greg DeVito and John Schneider (2003) for interest in sharing music for the evening’s reception.
    •    •    Hall of History:  requesting artifacts for loan or donation to depict the history of FSHS.
    •    •    LOM and I plan to write a book about the school we both love.  Please send memories of your high school experience of a page or two.  All vignettes will be considered for publication.
    •    •    Pictures of special school events.
    •    •    Auditorium project:  all seats in the balcony still need sponsorship except front row center, which is named by Deacon Duvall (1934).
    •    •    Establish a speakers’ bureau.  Would you be willing to speak to a class or an assembly?
    •    •    Offer tours to classes or new teachers.
    •    •    Explore grant-writing skills with Raymond Alvarez.
    •    •    Develop FB link to school website.
    •    •    Outreach group
    •    •    Quilt squares designed with significant event to school history.

A Christmas Chaos
A fractured, comedic take on Charles Dickens' classic tale, "A Christmas Carol." Presented by the Fairmont Senior High School Thespian Troupe 2 at the Fairmont Senior Auditorium. Show will be on Friday, December 19th at 7pm and on Saturday, December 20th at 6pm. Tickets for the show are $8.00 or $6.00 with the donation of 3 canned food items to the Soup Opera. Tickets and canned food collection will be available at the door.
Date: 12/19/2014 - 12/20/2014
Location: Fairmont Senior High School Auditorium

Leading the Polar Bear HS wrestlers to a 5-0 day in Hedgesville are the following:
    •    •    106 5-0 Kevin Brewer, 113 5-0 Chris Carvillano, 138 5-0 Danny Booth, 160 5-0 Brad Wyne, 182 5-0 Jake Abbott, 285 5-0 Brent Barber, 170 4-0 Caleb Masters,145 4-1 Quinton Thomas, 152 4-1 Justin Wells, 195 4-1 Spencer Long.

Times West Virginian’s  Player of the Year
BYJOEMITCHIN TIMESWESTVIRGINIAN FAIRMONT - After Fairmont Senior’s defense stopped the mighty Bridgeport offense on downs inside the five yard line on the game’s opening possession, the Polar Bears starred down a long field against the defending state champions.??It took only one play to find the endzone. Fairmont Senior wide receiver Nick Davisson caught a long pass from quarterback Dominic Smith and raced it 95 yards for a touchdown to put the Bears on top early.  It was plays like those that made Davisson turn many heads in 2014 as the junior was quickly became one of the top receivers in the state.   Davisson finished the season with 35 catches for 716 yards and 10 touchdowns and has been named the 2014 Times West Virginian Football Player of the Year.  “I’m happy for him,” Fairmont Senior coach JLAbbott said. “He’s a guy that really stepped up for us towards the end of the year.”  Davisson tallied at least 50 receiving yards in five of FSHS’s 11 games this season, but none were bigger than his week nine performance at Buckhannon.  Smith connected with his top target for four touchdowns in the 35-27 victory.  Davisson finished the night with 227 receiving yards on six catches.  “The Buckhannon game was probably the most memorable game because that was the game that really put us into the playoffs,” Davisson said. It was far and away Davisson’s biggest performance of the season, but it also started a trend. The 5-for-10, 150 pounder seemed to have a knack for stepping up in the big games.  He tallied 114 yards and a score in the Bridgeport game, despite losing to the eventual Class AA champs. Davisson then hauled in nine catches for 138 yards and a score in the Polar Bears’ first round playoff game against Wayne.  He also caught four passes for 71 yards and two scores in Fairmont Senior’s homecoming game against Preston.  However, the aspect of Davisson’s game that sticks out to most to Abbott isn’t his big play ability or route running.  He explained his young receiver sticks out for his toughness with or without the ball in his hands.  “I think the best word to describe Nick is fearless,” Abbott said. “He’s not afraid to go up the middle and certainly not afraid to block. You can look back at some of the big runs we had this year and there was No. 3 up the field laying a big block for us.”  Davisson earned both first team ClassAA all-state honors as well as being named to the first team All- Big 10 team.
Other members of the All-TWV football team include: Dom Smith (QB), Bryson Gilbert (RB), Tristan Riggs (RB), Noah Redmond (FB), Myles Johnson (WR), Hunter Wright (OL), Andrew Smallwood (OL), Hunter Santee (DL), Dante Stills (DL), Darius Stills (DL), Joe Harold (DL), Spencer Long (LB), Jake Abbott (LB), Ryan Earle (LB), Malik Boddy (DB), Tanner King (DB), Ike Childers (K), Sam Tucker (Punter) and Jake Delaney (Utility).

Fairmont Senior’s boys’ basketball team is executing nearly to perfection and have a 2-0 clip to show for it after a weekend against two Class AAA opponents, including one ranked in the top five in the state. The Polar Bears are averaging 84.5 points per game this season as a unit.
The squad has three players averaging double-digits through its first two games — Tavon Horton (11 points per game), Darhius Nunn (14) and Ike Childers (14). All three have one thing in common: They’re shooting over 60 percent or better from the floor.  They won the first game 82-44 and the second 88-62.

The No. 1-ranked Fairmont Senior Lady Polar Bears used their pressure defense and got big days from two sophomores to soar past visiting Bridgeport, 75-49, inside the Woody Williams Armory Saturday.
    •    Sophomores Erica Bowles and Abby Stoller led the charge for Fairmont Senior, scoring 21 and 14, respectively. Bowles added eight rebounds while Stoller chipped in four. Stoller was a perfect 6-of-6 from the floor including 2-of-2 from 3-point land. Bowles was also 3-of-3 from behind the arc.
    •    Senior Emily Stoller also did her thing, scoring 18 points while dishing out five assists and pulling down three rebounds to go with two steals.
    •    Fairmont Senior is now 2-2 on the year.
    •    Find the full story in Sunday's Times West Virginian, available at newsstands or through home delivery by calling 304-367-2525 or 304-367-2527.

[PR Newswire] FirstEnergy Corp. (FE) has awarded Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education grants to two teachers located in its Mon Power utility service area. The grants will be used for a variety of hands-on projects, workshops and teacher development programs throughout the school year. The grant winners, their schools and project descriptions are:   Ann Burns, Fairmont Senior High School, Fairmont – Robot-building competition Barbara Pill, East Fairmont Middle School STEM, Fairmont – Design and build model rockets capable of safely transporting a raw egg “FirstEnergy has long supported educational activities in our communities, particularly those that encourage students to pursue careers in the critical fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said Holly Kauffman, president of FirstEnergy’s West Virginia operations. “We are pleased to provide assistance to several STEM projects this year that support our students, schools and educators as they continue to help build a strong workforce for the future.”
?Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.domicofh. com

Fairmont teen nominated to service academies
WASHINGTON — A Fairmont teen is one of 15 West Virginia students nominated by Rep. David B. McKinley (R-W.Va.) to United States service academies, including the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S Military Academy and the Merchant Marine Academy.  Issac “Ike” Childers (Fairmont) attends Fairmont Senior High School. He is active in student government and is a member of the National Honor Society. Childers was named First Team All-State in soccer and plays basketball. He was nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy.


Christopher Merchant Dorsey III, of Fairmont, was born July 8, 1958, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Marion Lee Merchant and the late Christopher E. Dorsey Jr. God called him home on May 25, 2014, at Fairmont General Hospital.
He was raised in Fairmont with his mother and maternal grandparents, the late Rush Sr. and Katherine Merchant.
Chris was baptized at Fellowship Baptist Church in 1969 and later became a member. He graduated from Fairmont Senior High School in 1976, then, shortly thereafter, moved to California and “loved it.” While there he earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Long Beach City College. His passion for traveling led him to his 20-year career as a customer service representative with Delta-Northwest Airlines. Chris retired from Delta a few years ago due to illness.
Chris valued relationships and was very supportive of family and friends and believed in showing up to support his family members in good times and times of stress. He was super-close to his mother. She was his world and he hers. Chris made his mother’s dream of international travel a reality by taking her to Ireland and Holland. Chris was passionate about travel, both domestic and international. In fact, traveling was a huge part of who he was. Internationally, he visited 60 countries.
Other passions include music/attending concerts and baking. His favorite female vocalist was the late Donna Summers. His signature dessert was spice cake for the holidays.
Chris was preceded in death by his father, Christopher E. Dorsey Jr.; maternal grandparents, Rush and Katherine Merchant; and paternal grandparents, Christopher, Sr. and Frances Dorsey.
Chris will be loved and missed by his mother, Marion Merchant of Fairmont; a sister, Sharon Ramsey of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, whom he was especially close to; four other siblings, Frances, Crystal, Chris and Mark; cousins whom he was raised with in Fairmont include Marilyn Glass, Katherine Glass Smith, Pamela Glass Clark, James Glass and Bruce Glass (preceded him in death); a favorite younger cousin, Lauren Turner of Charleston; and other loving relatives, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, a host of cousins and many caring friends and neighbors.
Friends may call at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 135 Maple Ave., Saturday from 1-2 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the church at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Mario Randell Williams officiating and the Rev. Herman James as eulogist. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.
The JG Lampkin Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Heather Nicholas Hartley, 66, wife of 39 years to Ed Hartley, passed away on Wednesday Dec. 3, 2014, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.
Mrs. Hartley was born on June 15, 1948, in Fairmont, W.Va. to the late Ruth and Sam Nicholas. Mrs. Hartley held a master’s degree in guidance counseling and a bachelor’s degree in music from West Virginia University. She was a guidance counselor at Notre Dame High School in Clarksburg, W.Va. for several years. She was also a homemaker and a member of First United Methodist Church in Winchester, Kentucky.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two children, Tim (Kate) Hartley of Winchester, Andrew (Heather Martin) Hartley of Georgetown; one granddaughter, Bryn Elena Hartley; one sister, Krista Gisler of Virginia; one brother, Bruce Nicholas of Illinois; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, at First United Methodist Church.
Family members will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Scobee Funeral Home. Burial will be in Winchester Cemetery.
Family request in lieu of flowers donations be made to Hospice East, 407 Shoppers Drive, Winchester, KY 40391 or the VFW Post 2720 (for homeless veterans), 116 Sterling St., Winchester KY 40391.

Erick Kevin Frieson, 58, of Fairmont, passed away Wednesday (Nov. 26, 2014) at the Genesis Fairmont Campus Pierpont Center.
Kevin was born Nov. 14, 1956, a son of the late Thomas Edward Frieson Jr. and Weeder Frieson.
He was a graduate of Fairmont Senior High School and also attended college in Fairmont for a short time. Kevin’s former employers were Fairmont General Hospital, Leer Mining and West Virginia University. As a former jazz musician, he played with several local and professional jazz artists as well as being a band leader.
He leaves to mourn: one brother, Rueben Larry Frieson of New Mexico; godbrother, Morris Morrison of North Carolina; aunts, Ann and Ethel of Maryland, and Mattie B. of Alabama; cousins, Tracey of Maryland; Robin, Leroy Jr., Mark and Rodney Frieson of New Jersey, and Ann and Nina of Michigan; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services will be held privately at Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont. Online condolences may be made to the family at
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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
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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.

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Executive Board members:  Virginia Davidson, Ed Cheslock, Tom Kliethermes, Jeff Carpenter,  Darlene Boyles, Principal Tyson Furgason, Eddie Parker, 
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Travelin' Trio Travelogue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Day 5

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

Balloon ascension

Champagne toast after the balloon flight.

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

100 balloons at 3000 feet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Das Vadonya!  Diane, Linda, and Mykie

# 10  Travelin Trio Travelogue

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dos Vadonya, 

Diane, Linda & Mykie

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

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

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

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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 least for me.


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

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.

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Renovations at Fairmont Senior about to be unveiled

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

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

FSHS awarded a Silver ranking by USNews

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On a separate sheet of unlined paper with your name and address on the top, list school activities in which you have participated such as clubs, sports, student council, honor societies, or special projects and attach to the back of this application. Please include the years of involvement as well as the sponsor, advisor, or adult supervisor.

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

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

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

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

FSU, FSHS partner for new initiative

Promise Beyond Scholarship funded


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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