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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.

35790  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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Baseball:  Fairmont Senior’s baseball team  stayed perfect Monday with a 13-10 victory.  The Polar Bears went up 9-1 and looked like they would win their second game in a row by 10-run mercy rule. But after substituting six sophomores and making a handful of fielding errors, the Polar Bears were sweating it out in the final innings.

Gage Hannah went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI. Austin Norman was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Bailey Mohr went 2-for-3. Ryan Ricer was 1-for-3 with a double. Joyce Riley was 1-for-2 with two RBI. Austin Kuhn added a hit and Johnny Keesling added an RBI.

Keesling also started the game, went three innings, allowed four hits, three runs (two earned), walked two and struck out three.

Ryan Valentine went four innings in relief, allowed seven hits, seven runs (one earned), one walk and four strikeouts.

Tennis:  The Polar Bears, meanwhile, picked up a 4-3 win from its boys’ team. The girls’ team fell by the same score.

Fairmont Senior’s No. 2 Blake Hoke, No. 3 Taylor Campbell and No. 4 Trey Giorcelli all earned singles victories.

The doubles team of Cody Brubaker and Isaac Cutright also picked up a forfeit victory in doubles to secure the victory.

On the girls’ side, No. 3 Morgan Hoke and No. 4 Avery Towns picked up wins.

Lacrosse:  Fairmont Senior’s girls’ lacrosse team started their season out on the right foot this past week. Senior Adrianna Constable led the charge for the Lady Polar Bears.

Constable, who has signed to play lacrosse at West Virginia Wesleyan, netted a team-leading four goals in a 17-4 wallop of Wheeling Park last Thursday to give Fairmont Senior its first win of the regular season. She also posted two assists in the win.

For her strong performance, Constable was voted this week’s I-79 Joe Romeo’s Times West Virginian high school player of the week.

Youthful FSHS boys fall; girls win on road


FAIRMONT— Fairmont Senior’s boys’ lacrosse team found themselves in an unfamiliar position Tuesday night at East-West Stadium.

A quick start by a physical Morgantown team sent the Polar Bears home with a tough loss to the tune of 20-3. Across the county line, the girls’ team brought home a 15-3 win against the Lady Mohigans.

Baseball:  ELKINS — Fairmont Senior’s baseball team had all nine of its starters score a run en route to a 16-7 victory over Elkins on the road, giving coach Steve Naternicola his 500th career win.

Six Polar Bear starters had RBI, led by Austin Norman who had four RBI on a 2-for-4 night. Norman also had two doubles.

Others making the stat sheet for the Polar Bears was Ryan Ricer who went 2-for-3 and scored four runs, Gage Hannah who scored two runs and had an RBI, Johnny Keesling who went 3-for-5 and drove in one, Jayce Riley who went 1-for-5 with 2 RBI, Damon Davis who went 2for-3 with 2 RBI and scored a run, Austin Kuhn who went 1for-3 with a run scored and Trae Hall who scored a run.

Bailey Mohr picked up the win on the mound, pitching 5.1 innings, allowing seven runs (one earned) while walking only four and striking out six. He also went 1-for-3 and drove in a run at the plate.

Norman came in in relief to close the game out, facing just five batters and striking out three. He allowed no hits, no walks and no runs.

Fairmont Senior moves to 3-0 on the year and will be back in action today as it hosts University.

FSHS’s Fisher, NMHS’s Mullenax recognized at 26th Arch Coal ceremony


FAIRMONT — Two Marion County teachers were recognized at the 26th annual Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards ceremony.

Adrin Fisher, from Fairmont Senior High School, and Mary Anne Mullenax, from North Marion High School, traveled to Charleston to accept their awards Monday.

The teachers were nominated by the public and had to complete an application asking about their community service, school involvement and philosophy of teaching.

A panel of past recipients chose the top 12 nominees, who won $3,500 in cash, a trophy and a plaque for their classroom.

Fisher and Mullenax were notified in February that they were one of 12 recipients throughout the state, but they were asked not to tell anyone until an official press release was sent out.

“I was surprised,” said Fisher. “I feel honored that I was chosen.”

Fisher teaches English and theater appreciation and believes in a holistic approach to education, she said.

“I am not merely teaching students about literature or sentence construction. I am teaching them to be better human beings,” she said. “My teaching philosophy is simple: Students don’t care what you teach until they know that you care. I strive to make my students know that I care about them as individuals.”

She has 16 years of teaching experience.

Fisher is also the co-adviser of the National Honor Society and has been a part of student activities including ringing bells for the Salvation Army and organizing a “Super Bowl” drive.

She worked with students to end poverty in Kenya and Ethiopia for Nuru International, and the school has raised nearly $8,000 for the cause over the past two years.

Fisher is a FSHS graduate.


The Fairmont Senior High School Foundation, Inc. sponsors an Elimination Dinner to benefit scholarships on Saturday evening, April 12, 2014 at Westchester Village.  Tickets are $50.00 for a couple.   Executive Board members include: Executive Board members:  Virginia Davidson, Ed Cheslock, Tom Kliethermes, Jeff Carpenter, Darlene Boyles, Principal Tyson Furgason, Eddie Parker,  Vera Sansalone, Rodney Stewart, Penny Cousins Roberts, Gina Ezelle, Leah Welty, Matt Delligatti, and Suellen Lemley. Contact for one of the remaining tickets.  You do not have to be present to win the $1,000.00 prize.

Ann Burns, FSHS Science teacher, gave an interesting presentation to the Foundation on the LEGO Mindstorms Robot educational project. The project started in 2010 with 10 students from Jayenne Elementary, placing 8th in state competition to 4 teams in 2013 with one team being state champs. Funding for the project was acquired from various sources including a FSHS Foundation teacher grant. Toyota purchased 8 robots. Ms Burns and her students are excited about the robotic program and looking forward to its expansion with a high school level team in international FTC competition.


Class of 1964 
The planning committee consists of Randy Spragg, Judy Criss Davisson, Nancy Higinbotham Kincell, Carolyn Tinder Dennison, Sharon Lane Burrows, Linda Cox Gowers, and Edgar Jaynes,  We want to ensure that everyone has a fun, fabulous, and unforgettable fiftieth.   
 Plans for August 15, 16, and 17, 2014
DATE: August 16, 2014
TIME: 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
PLACE: Fairmont Field Club
COST:  Approximately $30.00 per INDIVIDUAL and approximately $60.00 per COUPLE
 A double tour of the beautifully renovated school with Carol Amos and a bus tour of Friendly City landmarks with guide D. D. Meighan will be offered on Saturday morning at 10:00-12:00.  Options for lunch on your own include three Mexican restaurants, Chinese, Italian and the still popular Poky Dot and Say Boys
 On Sunday, August 17, 2014 the 17th plan on brunch at a venue soon to be announced.  This is not included in the cost of the reunion, but please gather once more before saying “Adieux” until the 55th.
 Classmates can expect more details soon regarding tour on Saturday morning, as well as Friday and Sunday plans.    
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. 


Patricia Ann West passed away on Thursday, March 27 at Fairmont General Hospital after a courageous three year battle against cancer. She was a Fairmont native, born December 25, 1938 in Norway to Earl Edwin Merrifield and Mildred Mae Salter Merrifield. After graduation from Fairmont Senior High School, she married the later Charles Calvin West of Kingmont on December 15, 1957. Patty was fiercely independent and supported herself and her children by working a variety of jobs in West Virginia, Texas, and North Carolina, She was a firm believer in giving back to the community, volunteering for toy and clothing drives, Meals on Wheels, and offering a helping hand wherever needed. After retirement from Sara Lee Corporation, she returned to the beloved hills of her hometown and became active with TOPS of Burton. Patty is survived by her children, Belinda West of Davidson, NC; Tracy West Zuber of Forney, TX, Greg West of Fuquay-Varina, NC, and her niece, Kerri Merrifield Nayper of Core, WV, who was like a third daughter to her. She is also survived by four grandchildren whom she loved very much: Zane, Zoe, Seth and Aiden; her sisters and brother-in-laws Dottie and Bill Sanson; Nancy and Joe Naternicola; sister-in-law: Betty Ashby Merrifield; and many nephews and nieces: Joe Naternicola; Steve Naternicola; William Z. Merrifield Jr.; Billy Sanson, Beverly Sanson Akers, Brenda Sanson Hovatter; Lynn Merrifield Russell; John Merrifield; as well as many great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Calvin, her parents, her brother, William Z. Merrifield, her youngest sister, Karen Sue Merrifield and her nephew, Jeffrey “Bud” Merrifield. The family requests memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 122 S. High Street, Morgantown, WV 26501. The family will receive friends at Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont, WV 26554, on Sunday, March 30, 2014, from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. and on Monday, March 31, 2014, 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. A memorial service will be held in the funeral home at 11 a.m. with Reverend Thornton Merrifield officiating. A private committal service will be held for the family at a later time. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Raymond Dale “Ray” Michael, 37, of Fairmont, was taken home to our Lord on Sunday (March 30, 2014), after being killed by a hit-and-run driver in the early morning hours.

He was born in Fairmont, on Jan. 17, 1977, a son of Joyce Andrews Michael of Fairmont.

Raymond attended Fairmont Senior High School. He loved sports and participated in baseball, softball, basketball and fishing during his teenage years, and continued to love fishing and took his children fishing right up until his death.

He was a beautifully talented artist, something few ever got to see, and a great cook. He was an accomplished carpenter and builder who loved working with his hands and being part of the physically strenuous and creative process, before a severe back injury made that no longer possible.

Despite his injury, he kept going, and his tenacity and will to dream was something he hoped to pass on to his children. He made friends easily and will be missed by many. He was very loyal to his family. He was a loving, patient father, who was never happier than when he was spending time with his children.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his maternal grandmother, Betty F. Andrews of Fairmont; and three children, Krystiauna Lynn Gillespie (12), Nathanial Cade Michael (11) and Ozzmond Ray Michael (2), all of Fairmont.

Also surviving are three sisters, Judith Dawn Michael of Fairmont, Erica Lynn Michael of Morgantown, and Elizabeth (Michael) Hicks and her husband and their two children of Ingram, Pa.; a half-sister, Patricia Mary Michael of Morgantown; and a half-brother, John Burton Michael of Monongah.

He will be greeted in heaven by his maternal grandfather, Donald Raymond Andrews, and his paternal grandparents, Dale and Helen Michael.

Family and friends may call at Carpenter and Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant St., Fairmont, from 1-8 p.m. Thursday and from 10-11 a.m. Friday. The funeral service will be held in the funeral home at 11 a.m. Friday, with the Rev. Clyde W. Beard officiating.

In keeping with Raymond’s wishes, his body will be cremated following the funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice in Raymond’s memory.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

GRAZIANI, Betty Jane, 89, passed away Thursday, March 27, 2014, at Fairmont General Hospital.

She was born February 17, 1925, in Fairmont, WV, daughter of the late John and Sarah Spadafore.

Betty was a graduate of West Fairmont High School and Fairmont State College. She loved teaching in various Marion County Schools over the years. She also enjoyed flower gardening and being a homemaker.

Betty is survived by her husband, Paul Graziani of Fairmont, WV; three sons, Dr. P. Ronald Graziani and wife, Cheryl of Fairmont, Donald J. Graziani and wife, Rebecca of Fairmont, Robert Graziani and wife, Cheryl of Bentonville, AR; ten grandchildren, Stephen Graziani, Dr. Caroline Graziani Labritz, Briena Graziani, Caitlin Graziani, Erin Graziani, Jessica Graziani, Alex Graziani, Ryan Graziani, Nicholas Graziani, and Zachary Graziani. She is also survived by a sister, Mary Izzi of Marion, OH; numerous nieces and nephews; and her two wonderful caregivers, Pam Proctor and Holllis Cook.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Dr. Anthony Spadafore of Wheeling, WV; and a sister, Helen Diamond of LaVale, MD.

Cremation has been chosen as Betty's final disposition.

Family and friends may call at Domico Funeral Home, 414 Gaston Ave., in Fairmont from 1-7 p.m. Sunday and 10-11 a.m. Monday. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 31, in the funeral home with Deacon David Lester officiating. Condolences may be sent online to the family at

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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

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.

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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

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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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