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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Purchase the book at

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.

35988  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             April, 2014

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

HOSPICE CARE RESALE SHOP      now located at 603 Bellview Blvd., Rt. 19 (just below Fair Hills Shopping Plaza in the old Lizzy’s Attic.  New and expanded store hours for your convenience  Monday and Tuesday 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday through Friday 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Saturday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Hospice Care has been transforming its stores into upscale Resale Shops that provides the same great value for the community and to showcase its mission of benefiting the terminally ill.  Please consider donating items to the store.  For more information call Diane Dodrill, Hospice Care Resale Shop Manager or Rick Berry, assistant manager at 304-366-7995. 


Congratulations are in order for two local coaches who have reached milestone victories.

Steve Naternicola chalked up Victory No. 500 last week. We would wager that total eclipses that of 98 percent of the baseball coaches inAmerica. Maybe 99.9 percent. It takes both a lot of coaching talent as well as excellent longevity.

Steve’s been coaching the Polar Bear baseballers since sometime in the 1980s. (Or was it the 1970s?)

Fairmont Senior’s baseball team bounced back from its first loss of the season in extraordinary fashion Thursday night, beating Lincoln, 18-6.

Four Polar Bears homered in the rout to pick up the big win.

Austin Norman, Ryder Skarzinski and BaileyMohr each hit one long ball while Johnny Kesling hit two of his own.

Fairmont Senior now moves to 8-1 on the season and will face crosstown rival East Fairmont tonight at East Fairmont High School.

Students have been on spring break all week.  Good luck to all teams as they continue their seasons during May.


Class of 1964 
The planning committee consists of Randy Spragg, Judy Criss Davisson, Nancy Higinbotham Kincell, Carolyn Tinder Dennison, Sharon Lane Burrows, Linda Cox Gowers, Carl Crandall, and Edgar Jaynes,   We want to ensure that everyone has a fun, fabulous, and unforgettable fiftieth.   
Plans for August 15, 16, and 17, 2014
DATE: August 16, 2014
TIME: 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
PLACE: Fairmont Field Club
A double tour of the beautifully renovated school with Carol Amos and a bus tour of Friendly City landmarks with guide D. D. Meighan will be offered on Saturday morning at 10:00-12:00.  Options for lunch on your own include three Mexican restaurants, Chinese, Italian and the still popular Poky Dot and Say Boys
On Sunday, August 17, 2014 the 17th plan on brunch at a venue soon to be announced.  This is not included in the cost of the reunion, but please gather once more before saying farewell until the 55th.
 Classmates can expect more details soon regarding tour on Saturday morning, as well as Friday and Sunday plans.    
Additionally, information for registration and an address for sending check will be available soon.  Classmates who have not created a profile or to update addresses should visit the class website and the official school website.
Please respond to indicate that you have received the message and give a preliminary response as to your likelihood to attend.
Sincerely, Your Reunion Committee

The Class of 1974 is planning their 40-year reunion. The dates for the reunion are Friday, September 12, 2014 thru Sunday, September 14, 2014. Please mark your calendars and save those dates! Our email address is and our Facebook page is Fairmont Senior High School Class of 1974 40 Year Reunion. Tentative plans include attending the FSHS football game at East-West Stadium on Friday night and continuing the festivities at the Knights of Columbus on Saturday night. Please feel free to contact us with any changes/updates--new addresses, email info, phone numbers, etc.

The Class of 1969 will hold their 45-year reunion on August 1st and 2nd.  Friday evening events include a get together at Heston Farm, followed by a dinner/dance at the Field Club on Saturday. Other events include the traditional golf tournament and a school tour.  Committee includes:  Judy Lampkin Bussey, chair; David Janes, Terry Turner, David Haines, Carol Suggs, Diane Payne Lee, Rosemary Ripoli Glaspell, Judy Mills Sharp, Raymond Alvarez, Bruce Sayre, Jerry Davison, Jan Woodward Heffner and Tom Mainella.  The Class of 69 has a Facebook page to keep everyone informed about the event.  To contact the committee and get on the class email register, email Dave Haines at or contact any committee member.  The Class of 69 always has great reunions, so put this on your calendar.

Class of 1989 plans a 25-year reunion on Saturday, August 2, 2014.


Glenn Mark Vincent, 67, of Fairmont, passed away Sunday (March 23, 2014) at the Louis A. Johnson Veteran Medical Center in Clarksburg. He was born Feb. 21, 1947, in Akron, Ohio, son of the late Glenn and Emma (Morris) Vincent. Glenn was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a former employee of Owens-Illinois Glass Factory and Fisher Auto Parts. Glenn is survived by his half-sister, Janet Moats of Hagerstown, and a good friend, Greg Welch of Baker. Glenn has chosen cremation as his final disposition. Domico Funeral Home in Fairmont is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent online to the family at - See more at:

Marlana Lachelle Linear, 33, of Atlanta, Ga., was called home Monday (March 31, 2014).

She was born Oct. 7, 1980, in Fairmont, the daughter of Vickie Tucker (Jesse) of Morgantown and the late Robert Linear.

She graduated from Fairmont Senior High School in 1999. Marlana attended Morris Brown College. While in college she became a member of Kappa Sweethearts, where she had embarked on many friendships. Marlana was a firm believer in God and had recently joined the Linked Up Church in Atlanta, Ga.

She is survived by her son, Marqez Robert Linear; one sister, Kellie Linear of St. Louis, Mo.; two nieces, Deja and Desiree Davis, both of St. Louis, Mo.; three aunts, Linda Kelley of Morgantown, Johnnie Womack of Fairmont, and Lucille (Herbert) Sanders of Sumpter, S.C.; two uncles, Edgar (Barbara) Williams and Ronald (Annette) Kelley, both of Lorain, Ohio; a godbrother, Charles Echols, and a godsister, Malecia McMullin; many cousins; and a host of friends including a special friend, LaKrisha Taylor.

In addition to her father, maternal and paternal grandparents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Bayleigh Lachelle; eight uncles; and one aunt.

Friends may call at Kingdom Evangelical Methodist Church, 540 Fairmont Road, Westover, from 4-8 p.m. today. Funeral services will be at Kingdom Evangelical Methodist Church at 10 a.m. Saturday with Pastor Melvin Waites officiating. Burial will follow at Beverly Hills Cemetery.

McCulla Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Edwin Brent Snodgrass, 85, passed away Tuesday (April 1, 2014) at his home in Tampa, Fla., surrounded by his family.

A native of West Virginia, Snodgrass graduated from Fairmont Senior High School and Fairmont State University, where he majored in journalism. He was the school’s first sport publicity director and a member of the Tau Beta Iota fraternity. While in college he worked as a reporter for the Times West Virginian. After college he was sports editor of

The Parkersburg News, a wire service reporter for The Associated Press, a magazine editor and a television commentator.

Snodgrass first became active in the public relations profession in 1956 and served as president of the New Jersey Hospital Public Relations Association in the early stages of that organization’s development. At the time he was employed as a public relations professional for Orange Hospital in Orange, N.J. After that he spent 25 years as a public relations and public affairs executive with Bethlehem Steel Corp. in the firm’s Chicago and Baltimore districts.

While in Maryland, he served as president of the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Baltimore Economic Development Commission and the Baltimore Private Industry Council. In addition, he was a trustee of the Council on Economic Education inMaryland, a director of the Baltimore County Police Foundation and a member of the Legislative Committee of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.

After retirement from Bethlehem Steel, he started his own public relations firm in Naples, Fla., and was president of Image Directions Inc. for six years. Professionally, Snodgrass was fully accredited by the Public Relations Society of America and was a member of PRSA’s College of Fellows. He also was a member of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA).

A devoted Christian, Snodgrass and his wife, the former Betty Jean Olson of Hayward, Wis., who survives, were married onAug. 2, 1953, at First Methodist Church in Fairmont.

Their children are Mary Solheim (John) of Naples, the Rev. Jeffrey Snodgrass of Boca Raton, Fla., and Dana Chacon (Ralph) of Bishop, Ga. In addition, there are six grandchildren: Kelly Carlson (John) of Tampa, Fla., Kara Knight (Keith) of Lakeland, Fla., Molly Murrow of Tampa, Fla., and Cali, Kati and Micaiah Chacon, all of Bishop, Ga.. The great-grandchildren are David, Michael and Naiya Carlson of Tampa, Fla.

Snodgrass was a veteran and served 32 months as a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 26, at First Baptist Church of Naples, Fla., with the Rev. Jeffrey Snodgrass officiating.

Loretta E. Taylor, 65, of Mt. Lebanon, PA, took heavenly flight to the Lord on Monday, April 14, 2014, in St. Clair Hospital, Mt. Lebanon, PA. She was born May 2, 1948, in North Charleroi, PA, a daughter of the late William H. and Kathryn Eloise Jefferson. Mrs. Taylor was a 1966 graduate of Bentworth High School and a 1969 graduate of California University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish. She also received a Master's of Science Degree from West Virginia University and additional credits toward her Ph.D. She was employed as a teacher from 1972 to 1976 at the John F. Kennedy Youth Center, Bureau of Federal Prisons. From 1976 to 1988, she worked as a Spanish Teacher for the Marion County, West Virginia School District and from 1992 to 2011 in the North Hills School District until retirement. She held a professional teaching certification in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. She had a great passion for education and love of children. Mrs. Taylor was a member of PSEA-R, American Association Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, American Council of Teaching Foreign Language, North Hills Retired Teachers Group, Mt. Lebanon Library Spanish Conversation Group and the Black Association of South Hills. She was a full member of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Bentleyville, affiliated member of Warren United Methodist Church, Pittsburgh, attended the Bethel United Methodist Church, Lower Burrell, where her husband is pastor. She was a long time Sunday School teacher. Mrs. Taylor enjoyed reading, needlepoint, sewing, traveling, and the performing arts. On August 4, 1973, in Bentleyville, PA, she became the beloved wife of Rev. Paul D. Taylor who survives. Surviving in addition to her husband is a daughter, Christina D. Taylor of Laurel, MD; and son, Paul D. Taylor II of Chicago, IL; three sisters, Katherine Jones of White Lake, MI, Joyce White (Ossie) of Bowie, MD, and Linda Washington, Green Tree, PA; three godchildren, Catherine Tate, Monique Washington, and Gabrielle Washington; and a host of nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by three sisters, Patricia Ikard, Betty Finch, and Rosemarie Franklin; one brother, William H. Jefferson, Jr.; two nieces, Cheryl and Lois Ikard. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the GREENLEE FUNERAL HOME, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville, PA and Saturday, April 19, 2014, from 10 to 11:00 a.m., the hour of services, in the Grace United Methodist Church, Coal Center, PA with Rev. William Meekins, Jr. and Rev. Kathy Barnhart of the United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will follow in Beallsville Cemetery, Beallsville, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Children's Sickle Cell Foundation, Inc. of Pittsburgh, Gove Business Center, 226 Hall Street, Suite 102, Pittsburgh, PA 15211 or Light of Life Rescue Mission, 10 East North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Online guestbook and personal condolences may be accessed at:
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Apr. 17 to Apr. 18, 2014 - See more at:


Joseph Paul (JP) Guido II, 61, of Fairmont WV. passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown after a short battle with lung cancer. JP was born on October 7, 1952 son of Therése Patricia (Pat) Oles Guido and the late Dr. Joseph Paul Guido. He is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years Elizabeth “Bunny” Leggett Guido, his son, Craig Harrison Guido, and daughter-in-law Allison Quinn Guido, his grandsons Giovanni Quinn and Miles Benjamin Guido all of Hanson, Ma., and his beloved pet Paisley. He is also survived by his siblings: Dr. Bruce P. Guido of Ashtabula, OH; Gregory L. Guido of Eglon, WV; Patricia L. Sell and Mark of Bluefield, VA, John M. Guido and Katherine of Hurricane, WV, Mimi Jane Leggett of Fairmont, Keith Leggett and Jeannine of Fairmont, and Rick Leggett and Marilyn of Niceville, Fla. And survived by his nieces and nephews: Frank Sell, Tess (Blake) Jeans, Christin Sell, Sophie (Ben) Bishop, Laura Guido, Bruce Guido, John Mich ael Guido, Christopher Guido, Scott Leggett and Josilyn Guido. He was preceded in death by his father Dr. Joseph Paul Guido and his In-laws William Randall Leggett and Betty Ann Bickers Leggett. JP went to grade school at St. Peter's Catholic School and graduated from Fairmont Senior High in 1970. He attended Fairmont State College majoring in History. JP worked for First Energy/Monongalia Power for over 30 years starting at Rivesville Power Station and finishing his career at Harrison Power Station. He loved golfing, baseball, and WVU football. He was an avid homebrewer a member of the National Homebrewers Association. He was a devoted father and grandfather, and was happiest spending time with family. The family requests memorial donations be made to Marion Country Relay for Life A.B.E. Lincoln Together For a Cure team. Please go to to make a donation. The family will receive friends at Ford Funeral Home, R.C. Jones Chapel, 1410 Country Club Road, Fairmont, WV 26554, on Monday, April 21, 2014, from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. and on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. A vigil service will be held in the funeral home on Monday, April 21, 2014 at 7 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the funeral home on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at 10 a.m. A committal service will follow at Bridgeport Cemetery in Bridgeport, WV. Online condolences may be made to the family at


?Be well, Polar Bears!  

We shall talk again soon.

Carol J. Amos, FSHS instructor, retired

"What we do shall be remembered." Camelot

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

Fairmont Senior High School--a National Blue Ribbon School

Fairmont Senior High School Polar Bears group on Facebook


Fairmont Senior High School Polar Bears group on Facebook


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

Fairmont Senior High School Foundation, Inc.
Attention: Ed Cheslock, Treasurer
PO Box 91
Fairmont WV 26554-0091

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

   o Let's go, Polar Bears!


Partners in Education


Nationwide Insurance

  Astro Buick Oldsmobile


 Fairmont Rotary Club

Mountaineer Insurance Group






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



The Class of 1974 is planning their 40-year reunion. The dates for the reunion are Friday, September 12, 2014 thru Sunday, September 14, 2014. Please mark your calendars and save those dates! Our email address is and our Facebook page is Fairmont Senior High School Class of 1974 40 Year Reunion. Tentative plans include attending the FSHS football game at East-West Stadium on Friday night and continuing the festivities at the Knights of Columbus on Saturday night. Please feel free to contact us with any changes/updates--new addresses, email info, phone numbers, etc.

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A National Blue Ribbon School

 A West Virginia Exemplary School









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

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:

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:


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

Submit 5 copies to senior counselor by deadline listed on website

PLEASE READ DIRECTIONS AND REQUIREMENTS ON PAGES 3 AND 4 then complete the following pages. Type or use black ink. The completed application must be submitted to the senior counselor by deadline listed on the website at http://


COLLEGE PREFERENCE                Applied (Date)    Accepted (Date)
1st choice___________________________ __________________________

2nd choice___________________________ _________________________

Intended Major_________________________________________________

List scholarships, grants, financial aid, and amounts for which you have been notified

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.

I verify that the information I have provided is accurate and current to the best of my knowledge.
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Relevant information from senior counselor if unable to attend selection meeting.

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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