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Welcome Polar Bears to a website commemorating 90 years of exemplary education at the Loop Park campus on Oakwood Road in Fairmont WV.  Free membership.  Join today.

Voices of Fairmont Senior High School

by Carol J. Amos and Linda Orr Morgan

Help the Voices of Fairmont Senior High School authors celebrate a successful signing season.

Please R.S.V.P. on the event site on Carol's Facebook or respond to

a  9 x 12 hardcover book of 160 pages with history and archival pictures, 200+, from over 100 years of Maple Leaves, Hi-Life, submitted materials, books, oral interviews, and extensive research of the history of FSHS. We hope to preserve your heritage of 150 years of education at Fairmont Senior High School and celebrate Fairmont Senior's contributions to alumni, faculty, students, and the Fairmont community.

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

To buy a book $  50.00 Add $5.00 if you want it mailed.   

Send check to FSHS Foundation PO Box 91 Fairmont WV 

26555-0091 along with the following information:  name,

graduation year, address, phone number, and email as well

as the amount paid and if you want an autographed copy (no charge).

**PayPal and Venmo are now available for payment to  If you use PayPal please designate gift so a service

charge will not be collected. 

If you've purchased and are reading the book, please share the stories that it brought back from your experiences. We don't plan to write Volume II but never say never. A myriad of ways exist to celebrate the milestones.

Demonstrate your commitment to Preserve FSHS.  Send check to FSHS Foundation PO Box 91 Fairmont WV  26555-0091.

We hope you enjoy the newspaper coverage of the reveal. The editor apologized for the 100 instead of the 150-year history. Mistakes can happen. They provided a wonderful picture of our authentic surprise reaction and a terrific interview. 



Co-authors pictured above:  Carol J. Amos on left and Linda Orr Morgan. BUY A BOOK: SAVE THE STONE=$50.00 earns a book and a contribution to preserve and protect the engraving.  Please add $5.00 to ship.

"What we do shall be remembered."  Camelot




Seats in the auditorium remain available for sponsorship for $200.00 each.  A plate with three lines of information will commemorate the donation.  See a list of donors by clicking on Auditorium in the left panel of this home page.

Many of you seemed to enjoy the Polar Bear Band music that Mike Nease used for his video.  He digitized this music several years ago using my computer and an old turntable and preamp that I had laying around the house. It's available in "the cloud" for you to download and listen to if you're interested at the following link:   Enjoy the band, under the direction of Ron Wood.  The recording by the same.


 Lincoln Life Membership
The FSHS Foundation recognizes its lifetime members
on a plaque in the main hallway of FSHS.  Please consider becoming a Lincoln Life member, by making a generous $500 donation to support the mission of the Foundation. 

Mr. and Mrs. Ross Maruka
Mr. and Mrs. Edgar O Barrett
Mr. and Mrs. Gary D. Morgan
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Wakefield
Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Conley
Mario J. Roman
Dr. and Mrs. Robert C. Thompson
Orlando and Virginia Meffe
Virginia and Peale Davidson
Nick and Carmella Fantasia
Dr. Mohammad Roidad
Bill and Linda Furgason
Dr. Stanard and Linda Swihart
Janice, Stephanie and Megan Denison
Thomas Bradley Miller
Thomas S. Miller, M.D.
Adam S. Miller
Mrs. Carroll Ramage
William South
Drs. Prasad & Pramada Devabhaktuni
James P. Davidson III
Anne Bomar
Dr. Jack & Mary Ellen Koay
Tom & Lori Kliethermes & family
Diane Hutchinson Parker
Sara Harrold Miller
William Beckers
Jennifer Brumage Tombaugh
Becky Hoult Cassidy
Robert Petres, M.D.
Thomas Llewellyn
Gary, Bonnie, Kerry and Laurie Earp 

Royal and Janice Watts

Dr. Bob and Susan Hawkins

Dr, Thomas and Sharon Dunham 

If you enjoyed dancing to Pee Wee and the Prophets at the Melody Manor or other dance clubs in the area, reminisce with this recording shared on YouTube.

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


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

Fairmont Senior High School Foundation Officers and Board Members

Ginny Davidson, President
Jeff Carpenter, Vice President
Edward Cheslock, Treasurer
Darlene Boyles, Secretary
Matt Delligatti
Gina Ezelle
Karen Finamore, Principal
Tom Kliethermes
Donna Metz
Eddie Parker
Penny Roberts
Vera Sansalone
Rodney Stewart
Mike DeVault
Joanna Ross
Fairmont Senior High School Awards and Recognition

In 2010, Fairmont Senior was named a high-performing, National Blue Ribbon School by the US Department of Education.

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

2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12.


125,826  Can you guess what it's counting?


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


     Fairmont Senior High School
Fairmont, West Virginia

1867 - 2013



Scroll to first announcement below:          

    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 26555-0091

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


FSHS NEWSLETTER FROM CAROL J. AMOS           March 11, 2019


This document is a personal creation and is not an official statement by FSHS. Although I make every effort to verify the facts, mistakes can be made. Please advise me of any errors. I would like the chance to make any corrections. I do not want any misinformation circulating. I’ll correct errors in the next newsletter. If you forward this or any other newsletter to other individuals, please credit the source and send or print the newsletter intact. To see pictures and other special features visit Be sure to put my address in safe email list in address book along with so newsletters and emails go through to inbox. If you don't designate it as safe it will likely go to junk mail. To receive the free monthly newsletter visit the website above and ask for the current temporary password. A profile must be created by each individual so the website administrators know of your interest. Identities are password protected, your privacy is respected, and your information will not be sold or compromised. Contact me with questions or suggestions at


Twenty-six days until THE book will be revealed.  


A sample of Chapter 2 of Voices of Fairmont Senior High School is available. If you like a surprise wait until the Reveal Party on April 6-7, 2019. If you want a sneak peek go to and click on Sample of THE book in the upper left corner of the black toolbar.

A  9 x 12 hardcover book of 160 pages with history and archival pictures from over 100 years of Maple Leaves, Hi-Life, submitted materials, books, oral interviews, and extensive research of the history of FSHS. We hope to preserve your heritage of 150 years of education at Fairmont Senior High School and celebrate Fairmont Senior's contributions to alumni, faculty, students, and the Fairmont community.


Send check to FSHS Foundation PO Box 91 Fairmont WV 26555-0091 along with the following information:  name, graduation year, address, phone number, and email as well as the amount paid and if you want an autographed copy (no charge).

**PayPal and Venmo are available for payment to  If you use PayPal please designate gift so a service

charge will not be collected.

If you bought the book and want it autographed before it’s mailed please send an email to

If it’s a gift for someone please include that individual’s name in the request for an autograph.


You are invited to the Reveal Party in the new media center at FSHS on Saturday, April 6, 2019 starting at 6:00 and on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 2:00.  


After final editing and approval, the books are being printed at Donning Publishers.  We're expecting shipment in a couple of weeks.


Linda and I would like to express appreciation to those who contributed $100.00 for the special option of a name and graduation year written on the vellum dust jacket.  We sold all 100 spots! Polar Bears are AWESOME!


Books remain available until all 1,000 copies of the limited edition issue are sold.  Send $50.00 to FSHS Foundation PO Box 91 Fairmont WV 26555-0091. If using PayPal or Venmo please designate the gift to  Please add $5.00 if you want the book mailed to you.  


Notify us at if you plan to pick up the book at the Reveal Party on Saturday, April 6 starting at 6 in the FSHS media center or Sunday, April 7 starting at 2, also in the media center.  


We shall be at the FSHS Foundation Elimination Dinner on Friday, April 12 at the Knights of Columbus.  We have signing events at White's Fine Jewelry on April 13 from 11-1 and Adams Office Supply on April 15 from 11-2 where books will be available for pick up or purchase.  Additional businesses will host opportunities for meet and greet events are the following: Rider Pharmacy, Hermosilla's Deli, McAteer's Restaurant, Rivesville Community Pharmacy, and Short Story Brewing.


Carol J. Amos and Linda Orr Morgan

Voices Of Fairmont Senior High School

"What we do shall be remembered."  Camelot


The FSHS Foundation annual elimination dinner is Friday, April 12, 2019.  $1,000 grand prize. $50.00 donation per couple. Social hour 6:00 PM and dinner at 7:00 PM at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 1529 Mary Lou Retton Drive.  Please send ticket requests to Ed Cheslock, treasurer, at  Linda and I will be there to sell and sign books.


The sun shines on WV today.  The girls' basketball team wins the state finals competing for the fourth time in five years.  The year of the bear celebrates state championships in cross country, football, and girls' basketball.  Good luck to Coach Retton and the boys' basketball team, winners of the regional competition and aiming for a third trophy in four years.  


Swim News:  Coach Bright coaxed a fourth-place finish out of her team at the state meet despite the fact that the Polar Bears had just four swimmers competing.

The Polar Bears’ Adriana Abruzzino claimed the league’s female swimmer of the year award, while FSHS coach Michelle Bright earned the coaching award.

Abruzzino claimed second and third place finishes at the state meet and was also a member of the team’s two third-place relay teams.

Ella Broadhurst and Mia Abruzzino were accorded first-team status along with Abruzzino.

4th in the medley relay

Adriana 3rd Mia 5th in the 200 free.

Ella 7th in 50 free & 8th in the 100 fly.

Adriana 2nd in the 100 free

Mia 4th in 500

200 free relay 3rd.

First-team all-conference:  Adriana, Mija, and Ella with Savannah on second team

Adriana was Girls’ Swimmer of the year

Boys’ first team:  Court Ciemania and Cam Smith on second team.


Girls’ basketball:  

The Polar Bears scored an impressive, 90-31 road victory over arch-rival East Fairmont.  Jordan scored 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds and 10 more of her teammates reached the scoring column in the big win over the Bees at the Bee Hive.

Washenitz added 13 points and eight assists for the Polar Bears, who also got 11 points from Abby Faulkner and 10 point from Rebekah Jenkins.

Winning in the first challenge of two in sectional semifinal earned the ladies a No. 1 seed after a dominant performance inside the 201st Fairmont Senior High School Field House. FSHS routed No. 5 Weir, 97-30, to advance to the sectional title game on Friday against rival No. 2 North Marion 47-29.

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP:  The Fairmont Senior girls' basketball team capped off their impressive season with a championship Saturday afternoon, winning 51-39 over Wyoming East.

The Polar Bears limited Wyoming East to just 12 points in the second half, and to just 23-percent shooting for the game from the floor, while Corey Hines' defense also forced 19 turnovers.

Anysa Jordan (15) and Abby Faulkner (10) chipped in double-digit scoring performances as well.

Marley Washenitz, just a 9th grader, earned the MVP with 18 points.

Previously winning in 1997 and 2017, the third title accompanies the year of the bear with state championships by the cross country and football teams as well as an individual championship (his third) in state wrestling for Zach Frazier.

Boys’ basketball concludes a phenomenal season with some incredible finishes. Beating the Bees by 80-44 in front of a large crowd gave the bears eleven in a row at that juncture of the season at the Fairmont Senior Field House.

Just two days later, the Polar Bears downed Bridgeport, 98-69, with big games from Dobbs (21 points, seven rebounds and eight assists), Jones (24 points) and Bridges (20 points).

They punctuated the season with a Sectional Championship over county rival, North Marion, 68-37.  As Regional Champions with a final score of 89-57 over Keyser, the boys are state bound.  You can listen to the action from the Charleston Coliseum on


"No man is an island, entire of itself...any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."  John Donne

Karen Straight Morris, 74, of Myrtle Beach, S.C. and formerly of Rivesville, WV, went to be with her husband and the angels on Sunday, March 3, 2019. She was born January 1, 1945 in Massillon, OH to the late William Fay Straight and Irene Straight Helman. She and her husband Keith Morris formerly resided in Rivesville, WV for over 42 years.

Karen graduated from Fairmont Senior High School and Fairmont State College. She worked as a secretary for many years at various places, having retired from WVU Hospitals after 20 years of service in the Department of Medicine/ Section of Cardiology as a Senior Administrative Secretary. She also enjoyed cake decorating and teaching others the art.

Karen met and married the love of her life, Walter "Keith" Morris, in 1966 and spent several years with him as they were stationed at several Air Force bases while he completed his military duty. They returned to WV in 1969 and made their home in Rivesville, WV.

She is survived by their children, daughter Tonya Renee and her husband Brian Annino and grandson Robert Jackson of Marietta, GA, and son Daniel Keith and his wife Kristin Morris of Murrells Inlet, SC. Also surviving are her brother William D. Straight (Capt. USN ret.) and his wife Kathleen of Fairfax, VA and their children, and her brother Robert Kevin Straight and his wife Jan of Paige, TX and their children. She is also survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins and many special friends.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband Walter "Keith" Morris and her parents, as well as her step-father John "Jack" Helman.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of her husband Keith to the American Lung Association, 2102 Kanawha Blvd, Charleston, WV, 25311.

Friends and family may visit at the Ford Funeral Home, 201 Columbia Street, Fairmont, on Friday, March 8, 2019 from 4PM until 8PM, and on Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 11AM until 12 noon. The funeral will be held in the funeral home on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 12 noon with Reverend Larry Buckland officiating. Interment will follow at the Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens in Westover, WV. Online condolences may be made at Published on March 4, 2019

John Allen Donaldson, August 07, 1953 - March 04, 2019, passed away on March 4, 2019 at the age of 65. The son of Thomas and Sally Steward Donaldson was born August 7, 1953 in Fairmont, West Virginia. He would later attend Fairmont High School graduating in 1971.

August 20, 1971 John enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served until being honorably discharged on January 17, 1975. He then returned home to West Virginia. There he began attending Fairmont State College. It was during this time that he met Rebekah Maurer. They began dating and would marry on July 23, 1978. The newlywed couple made their home in Morgantown, West Virginia. There he worked at the Physical Plant at West Virginia University. A short time later he took a job working in the telecommunication industry. This eventually led him to work for the Williams Company, which relocated him to Oklahoma. Wanting to keep his family in a smaller rural community, John and his family settled in Inola. In the years to follow John would retire from telecommunication. However not wanting to fully leave the working world, John took a job at Life Touch Photography. There he helped manage the maintenance department. He retired from there in the mid 2000's.

In his spare time John enjoyed hiking, camping and playing board games with his family. He also enjoyed carpentry and working on home improvement projects. He is preceded in death by his father, Thomas; wife, Rebekah; son, Toby and daughter, Sally. Survivors include his mother, Sally Donaldson; sons, Luke Donaldson and wife Jennifer of Tulsa, Paul Donaldson and wife Emily of Broken Arrow, Tim Donaldson of Claremore, Jacob Donaldson of Ames, Iowa, Abe Donaldson and wife Kayla of Broken Arrow and David Donaldson of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; brothers, Tom and Robert Donaldson and sisters, Sandra Clay, and Donna DeOrta. Funeral service for John Donaldson will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Inola First Baptist Church. Burial will follow at the Zion Mennonite Cemetery near Pryor. Published on March 8, 2019

John W. Scheerer, DDS, age 79, passed away February 28, 2019, in Westlake Ohio. John was born June 11, 1939 in Fairmont West Virginia. Beloved son of the late Paul and Ruth Scheerer. Brother of Janice Mulichak, Judy Lepken, Bob Scheerer and the late Phil and Alan Scheerer. John graduated from FSHS in 1957, and from the US Naval Academy in 1961. He served as an officer in the US Air Force for four years and then attended West Virginia University Dental School. He served as a dentist in the US Army for a tour in Alaska. He then moved to South Western Virginia where he practiced dentistry for many years. He moved to Manassas VA where he lived with his brother Alan's family (Alan FSHS 1955). He suffered a stroke and lived in nursing care for many years in Westlake, Ohio near his older sister Janice Mulchak, a retired nurse. (FSHS 1952) . Private interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery Rittman, Ohio.

Criss Andrew Jimmie, 45, of Center St., Rivesvile, WV, passed away early Monday morning in his residence.   He was born September 24, 1973 in Fairmont, WV, son of Anthony and Stephanie Long Jimmie of Rivesville, WV.   Criss was a Catholic by faith. He was a graduate of Fairmont Senior High School and the West Virginia Police Academy in Institute, WV.   He gave five years of service in the U. S. Army, active with the Military Police. Criss was employed with Milan Pharmaceuticals in Morgantown, WV, and earlier employed with the Marion County Sheriff Dept.   He belonged to the Pipefitters Union, 152, of Morgantown, WV, working in the local area. Criss also served the city of Rivesville, WV as their Chief of Police. He gave over a year of service as security guard for the Alaskan Pipeline, stationed out of Fairbanks, Alaska. Criss had a pleasant personality and was very well liked by his many friends. Additional survivors include his two sons, Easton Andrew Jimmie of Fairmont, WV and Gabriel Andrew Jimmie of Fairmont, WV, their mother and her husband, Renae and Joe Fox of Pittsburgh, PA, two brothers, Josh Jimmie of Rivesville, WV and Jacob Jimmie of Rivesville, WV,  his companion, Tonya Fanire of Rivesville, WV, three grandchildren, Ava Marie, Zayden Andrew, and Zandor Jace Jimmie all of Fairmont, WV, several aunts and uncles, DeEtta and Joe Amoroso of Fairmont, WV, Charlie and Lana Jimmie of Rivesvillle, WV, and Rick and Chriss Boyles of Arizona, and a niece, Gianna Schappa of Rivesville, WV. He was preceded in death by his father, David Boyles, and his grandparents, Patsy and Georgia Long, Charlie and Helen Jimmie, and Richard and Toolie Boyles.  Criss requested cremation services. Family and friends will be greeted Friday, February 22, 2017, at Ford Funeral Home, DeGarmo Chapel, Jasper St., Rivesville, WV from 11am until 2pm. A Memorial Service will be held in the funeral home Friday afternoon at 2 pm, with Rev. Stanley Merrifield and Pastor Eric Wright officiating. Burial will follow at a later date in Mt. Zion Cemetery and Mausoleum in Fairmont, WV.

We shall talk again soon,

Carol J. Amos, FSHS instructor, retired

"What we do shall be remembered." Camelot

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

Fairmont Senior High School--a National Blue Ribbon School

Voices From Fairmont Senior High School

Fairmont Senior High School Polar Bears group on Facebook

FSHS NEWSLETTER FROM CAROL J. AMOS           April 23, 2019


This document is a personal creation and is not an official statement by FSHS. Although I make every effort to verify the facts, mistakes can be made. Please advise me of any errors. I would like the chance to make any corrections. I do not want any misinformation circulating. I’ll correct errors in the next newsletter. If you forward this or any other newsletter to other individuals, please credit the source and send or print the newsletter intact. To see pictures and other special features visit Be sure to put my address in safe email list in address book along with so newsletters and emails go through to inbox. If you don't designate it as safe it will likely go to junk mail. To receive the free monthly newsletter visit the website above and ask for the current temporary password. A profile must be created by each individual so the website administrators know of your interest. Identities are password protected, your privacy is respected, and your information will not be sold or compromised. Contact me with questions or suggestions at


The book reveal celebration was way beyond our wildest expectations.  Confetti and applause punctuated the opening of the first box.  Book #1 went to William O. Goodwin, Class of 1964, the book's benefactor who dedicated the publication to his mother, Helen Goodwin.

If you want to see a sample of the book before you order it go to www.fairmontseniorhighschool.comand click on Sample of THE book in the upper left corner of the black toolbar.

A  9 x 12 hardcover book of 160 pages with history and archival pictures from over 100 years of Maple Leaves, Hi-Life, submitted materials, books, oral interviews, and extensive research of the history of FSHS. We hope to preserve your heritage of 150 years of education at Fairmont Senior High School and celebrate Fairmont Senior's contributions to alumni, faculty, students, and the Fairmont community.  Send $50.00 for a book (add $5.00 if you want it mailed) to FSHS Foundation PO Box 91 Fairmont WV  26555-0091  To use PayPal or Venmo send money to

Thanks to everyone who has supported us by purchasing a book.  We thank you for helping us Preserve FSHS.

Signing Events:

May 3 McAteer’s Restaurant 1316 Locust Avenue 11-2. Tim McAteer/Duane Cochran 304-366-3158

May 8 Hermosilla's Deli 919 Morgantown Avenue 11-2 Ali Hermosilla Gross 304-366-4376

May 10 Jack & Jill-Accessories by Marlena 11-2. Marlena Tatta 304-368-1161

May 11 Marion County Historical Society 210 Adams Street 11-1 AND Feast of the Seven Fishes TBD 304-367-5398 If books remain.

May 18 Morgan Farm. 2146 Corbin Branch Road on the patio noon-4

May 25 Morgan Farm rain date noon - 4

More signing events will be scheduled in June and July if we still have books to sell.

If we haven't sold out by time for reunions, LOM has agreed to attend the following reunions:

August 3 at 10:00 - 1989

August 10 at 10:00 - 1979

August 17 at 10:00 - 1969

August 17 at 12:00 - 1964

August 27 at 12:00 - 1978

September 21 at 10:00 - 1974

September 28 at 10:00 - 1980s


Jalen Bridges has been selected as the 2019 winner of the Bill Evans Award, given annually to the state player of the year, as chosen by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

Bridges is the second straight Fairmont Senior player to win the Bill Evans Award, which is named in honor of former Fairmont Times publisher Bill Evans. Taevon Horton won it last year before committing to West Virginia University as a preferred walk-on.

Alysa Jordan was honored by the West Virginia Sports Writers’ Association with the 2019 Doug Huff Award, which is given to a senior in a team sport whose qualities as a player are not measured solely by numbers on a scoreboard. She will be honored at the Victory Awards Dinner on May 5 at the Embassy Suites in Charleston.  The Exponent Telegram online.

Jake Abbott Named Tommy Nickolich Award Winner

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Since 1991, the Blue & Gold News has sponsored the Tommy Nickolich Memorial Award. The winner, selected each spring by the Mountaineer coaching staff, is given to a walk-on member of the football team who distinguishes himself with his attitude and work ethic. The award is present in memory of Tommy Nickolich, a Fairmont, West Virginia native and former WVU football walk-on (1979-82) who passed away as the result of cancer in 1983.

This year’s winner, the 29th in the history of the award, is another Fairmont native, Jake Abbott.

A two-time Class AA all-state selection at Fairmont Senior High School, Abbott capped his prep career by winning the 2016 Chuck Howley Award, which is presented to the best prep linebacker in the state of West Virginia. He was also the USA Today state defensive player of the year. He played quarterback and linebacker for the Polar Bears before walking on to West Virginia’s program as a linebacker in 2017.

Abbott follows in footsteps of award's namesake

The Nickolich Award, which is chosen by WVU’s coaches, was first presented in 1991, and since then there have now been 29 walk-ons earn the honor. A number of them have been from north-central West Virginia, and a couple even from Marion County, where Fairmont is located. But Abbott is the first to share the same high school alma mater as Nicholich — Fairmont Senior.

“When I walked on, one of my goals was to win that award,” Abbott continued. “All through high school I’ve heard the story about (Nickolich) playing for the Blue & White (of Fairmont Senior) and then getting to put on the old gold and blue jersey along with him, that’s pretty cool.”

WVU head coach Neal Brown noted that Abbott has been garnering notice from the coaching staff, and that he is making a strong push for a role on the field this year.

“First of all, (he’s) very deserving. You talk about Jake and you talk about a guy that’s all in. He’s all in on being a Mountaineer,” said WVU’s first-year head coach. “He’s a guy that has great effort (and) great attitude every single day. We do a game changer of the day for special teams. He’s won that multiple times this spring. Here’s the deal – I’ll tell you right now, he’s going to be a factor on defense. He will be a factor for us in the fall on defense. (He had a) great winter, (and) carried that into a great spring. I think he’s got a chance to be a really plus player for us on special teams. He’s continuing to grow and his role’s going to increase on defense, and I think as he goes through his career, he’ll be a leader for us as well.”

Fairmont Senior and Chapmanville, Chapmanville and Fairmont Senior

Class AA boys basketball has belonged to those two schools, in whatever order, for the past three seasons, with the Tigers winning the last two of their best-of-three-years series in the state championship game.  So it makes complete sense that they would snare half of the eight spots on the all-state first team, announced by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association on Thursday.

The Polar Bears’ Jalen Bridges is the team captain after averaging 22.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 2 blocks and 1.9 steals per game heading into the state tournament for the 26-2 Big 10 Conference champions.

He is joined on the first team by fellow senior teammate Zyon Dobbs, who put in 16.8 points a game to go with 5.5 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 2.0 steals per contest.  The Exponent Telegram by Michael Minnich  

Madrigals:  ORLANDO — After countless hours of preparation and practice, the Fairmont Senior High School Madrigals and choir topped themselves last week during the WorldStrides OnStage competition in Orlando.

The group, led by choral director Greg DeVito, traveled to the competition in the Sunshine State earlier this month, at which each of the three ensembles placed in the top three of their respective groups, although DeVito said it was more of a competition against themselves.

“When we go to a competition, we’re competing against ourselves,” DeVito said. “We have a goal that we want to achieve. In the competitions we go to, that’s classified as a gold rating.”

Two of the school’s three choral groups attained the coveted gold rating: the Madrigals (who competed unopposed) and the women’s ensemble (which placed third overall). The men’s ensemble attained a silver rating, placing second overall.

RACHEL — Fairmont Senior boys captured the Marion County track titles on Tuesday in decisive fashion scoring 89 points, North Marion 57 and East Fairmont 30.

The NM girls tallied 86 points as a team to out-distance Fairmont Senior (51) and East Fairmont (44).

CONGRATULATIONS to Polar Bears Jalen Bridges and Zyon Dobbs on your USA Today All WV team selection!

Taevon Horton, a walk-on member of West Virginia’s men’s basketball team, will not return to the program next season, an official from WVU confirmed to

A true freshman from Fairmont, West Virginia, Horton played in 11 games for the Mountaineers this past season and scored a total of 10 points. The 6-foot-1 guard was a two-time first-team Class AA all-state performer at Fairmont Senior High School.

Reportedly Horton plans to submit his name into the NCAA’s transfer portal but has not done so yet. Once he enters the transfer portal, other college and university coaches will be able to contact Horton and discuss his transfer options.

Polar Bear Baseball:  FSHS resurrects bats in14-4 victory

One night after suffering a shutout loss on the road, Fairmont Senior reclaimed its swing at the plate, racking up 11 hits in a 14-4 mercy-rule victory over Robert C. Byrd in five innings on Tuesday.

First baseman Connor Neal was 3-for-4 with three RBIs for the Polar Bears, while second baseman Breeden Gilbert went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

Tony Wolfe Times-West Virginian

Fairmont Senior High senior Stosh Apanowicz’s RBI single through the gap brought a premature end to a game neither team will be splicing into their season-long highlight reel as FSHS defeated South Harrison 11-1 in six innings on Tuesday at Mary Lou Retton Park.

Hines was joined in the multiple-hit club on the day by a trio of teammates as Saunders and the Posey brothers each recorded a pair of knocks as well. Exavier Posey led the team with three RBIs, as he coupled his aforementioned RBI triple with a two-run double to center in the fifth. Both of Saunders’ hits were RBI singles, while Elijah Posey had a single in the second and the RBI double during FSHS’s six-run third.

Edwards earned the win on the mound, while Hoskinson picked up the save as he pitched the final two innings, throwing 28 pitches and allowing one hit.

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"No man is an island, entire of itself...any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."  John Donne

FAIRMONT — Jean Ann Littleton, 63, Class of 1973, of Fairmont, passed away at her home on Thursday, March 14, 2019, after an extended illness. She was born on September 14, 1955, in Fairmont, a daughter of Carlene McCray Jarvis and the late Wiley “Tobe” Jarvis.

Ann graduated from Fairmont Senior High School and later went on to work in surgical scheduling in the orthopedic department at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital. She was a member of The Baptist Temple and attended South Ridge Church. Ann will be remembered for her love of family, friends and animals, but most importantly, as being a loving mother.

In addition to her mother, Ann is survived by son Austin Littleton of Florida; daughter Rachel Littleton of Michigan; brothers: Thomas (Gail) Jarvis of Fairmont, Mike (Pam) Jarvis of Rivesville and John (Crystal) Jarvis of Fairmont; as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

In keeping with Ann’s wishes, she will be cremated, with a private memorial service taking place at a later date.

Linda E. Villinger, 74, passed away (Aug. 11, 2018) in St. Petersburg, Florida. Born Dec. 12, 1943, in Fairmont, Linda attended Fairmont High School and continued her education at Fairmont State College, graduating with a B.A. in art, in addition to post-graduate studies in art in Kent State and West Virginia universities.

Linda worked as an art teacher in the Ohio school system and lived in various places, including Honolulu, Hawaii, where she was an interior decorator. Linda moved to St. Petersburg in 1973 and worked at GTE, Haslam's Bookstore, and the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times), before retiring from the newspaper's library as a database editor. Naturally curious, Linda enjoyed learning about the world through reading and traveling. She was also an artistic person who engaged in many creative pursuits, especially sewing and quilting.

Linda was predeceased by her parents, Ralph W. and Eloise Byrd Villinger, and is survived by her brother, Rev. Fredric W. Villinger and his wife, Dr. Elizabeth Allen-Villinger; niece, Binti Villinger; and nephew, Douglass Villinger, his wife, Naoko Villinger and their son, Kaito Villinger.

The family wishes to express its appreciation to the staff at Westminster Suncoast Retirement Community, where Linda happily spent the last decade of her life. There will be a Celebration of Life at Westminster Suncoast, 1095 Pinellas Point Dr. S., St. Petersburg, at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24 in the main building (the mid-rise). In lieu of flowers, Linda requested that friends and family honor her memory by supporting their favorite charity, or with a donation to the Suncoast Hospice Foundation or the Westminster Suncoast Foundation. Linda will be greatly missed by all who knew her.  Published on September 16, 2018

Linda Ann Bell, 78, of Fairmont, passed away on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, at her home. She was born June 18, 1940 in Fairmont, daughter of the late Chester F. Rogers and Madge Triplett Rogers.

Linda was a 1958 graduate of Fairmont Senior High School and a graduate of St. Mary’s School of Nursing (1962). She received a B.A. degree in Education from West Virginia Tech and M.A. degree in Education from West Virginia University.

Linda was retired, having most recently served as Director of Nursing at the Marion County Health Department in Fairmont. She, also, had worked as an RN in public health in Monongalia and Fayette Counties, and as an RN Nursing Instructor at West Virginia Tech.

Linda is survived by her son, Thomas B. Bell, Jr. of Fairmont; granddaughters, Sara Cordie of Richmond, VA and Shiloh Smiles of Marietta, GA; brothers, David G. Rogers (Constance) of Arlington, TX, John M. Rogers (Ruth) of West Columbia, SC and James M. Rogers (Christine) of Cameron, WV; sister-in-law, Donna Rogers of Fort Valley, VA; five nieces and one nephew.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, F. Michael Rogers and special cousin, J. Joseph Belt.

The family will receive friends at Ford Funeral Home, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont, WV 26554, on Monday, July 9, 2018, from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. A memorial service will be held in the funeral home on Monday, July 9, 2018, at 2 p.m. with Reverend John M. Rogers officiating. A committal service will follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Fairmont. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fairmont State Foundation, 1300 Locust Ave., Fairmont, WV 26554, designated for the Madge Rogers Memorial Endowed Scholarship. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Amanda Sue Towns, 25, of Morgantown, passed away suddenly on Saturday, April 6, 2019.

She was born on July 8, 1993, in Fairmont, a daughter of Eric Towns of Fairmont and Melinda (Casey) Neel of Grafton.

After graduating from Fairmont Senior High School, Amanda worked as a model and a coal miner. She will be remembered for her love of nature, Egyptian history, and travel, but most of all, her friends and family, especially her children.

Amanda is survived by her children, Carrina Jones and Solomon Alhadhrami; brothers, Allen Moats of Bridgeport and Michael Neel Jr. of Grafton; sisters, Erica Towns, of Newburg, Eva Jean Tichnell and husband Chris of Newburg, Jasmine Towns of Fairmont and Victoria Neel of Grafton; nieces and nephews, Christopher Tichnell and Tyler Worthington; grandparents, Wanda Casey of South Carolina and Rose and Fay Towns of Rivesville; stepmother, Tia Towns, of Fairmont; and stepfather, Michael Neel of Grafton.

Amanda was preceded in death by grandparents and great-grandparents, Kenneth Huffman Sr. and wife Barbara, Frankie Casey, Clara Casey, James Stacy, Francis “Frank” Towns, Ethel Towns, Sanford Corley and Ruby Corley.

Flowers are welcome, but the family also requests donations be made to Carpenter and Ford Funeral Home to offset the funeral expenses.

Carol Jean Harris, 73, of Fairmont passed away Monday (Dec. 5, 2016) at the Pierpont Center at Fairmont Campus.

She was born Sept. 18, 1943 in Fairmont, daughter of the late Frank and Mary Jo (Renner) Lencek.

Carol was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, William Harris; her son, Erik Harris and wife Barbara of Harpers Ferry; and a grandson, Matthew Harris of Morgantown. She also leaves behind her dog, Mitzy and her cat, Skipper.

Carol was formerly employed as a title clerk for I-79 Honda and a trip planner for AAA in Fairmont. She was a member of St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Fairmont Elks Club.

The family will receive friends from 3-8 p.m. today at Domico Funeral Home, 414 Gaston Ave. in Fairmont. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with Deacon David Lester and Father Tim Grassi officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Thomas.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Published on December 6, 2016

Calloway "JC" Chambers Jr., passed away at 1 a.m. Saturday, March 19, 2016, at Union Hospital. JC's parents are Mary Z. Moore Chambers and Calloway Chambers Sr.

Surviving is his wife, Rose Kalili Chambers; sister, Alice Pat Chambers; daughter, Ramona Chambers Brantley; sons, Tony ("TBONE") Chambers and Emmanuel Chambers; nine grandkids; four great-grandkids; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was a U.S. Marine veteran. He was a member of the Islamic Temple on 6th Street in Terre Haute. JC was the first black police officer to be hired in Fairmount, W.Va., a faithful Harley bike rider for the Magnificent Souls in Fairmount. He was a member of the American Legion in Terre Haute and Masonic Mason of Prince Hall in Terre Haute.

Funeral services at noon with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 1915 Buckeye St., Terre Haute. Russell Funeral Home assisted with arrangements.

Published on March 25, 2016

Margarett Elizabeth (Libby) Fenton Collins, age 70, of Cary, North Carolina passed away on Thursday, February 7, 2019 after a long illness. Libby was born on July 1, 1948 at Fairmont General Hospital, daughter of the late Linden Stanley Fenton and Margaret Mae Reed Fenton.

Libby is survived by her two loving daughters and their families, Tracy Robinson and husband, Justin, along with their children Mark, Rebecca, and Heather of North Carolina and Michelle Williams and her husband, Aaron, along with their children Brody and Grace of Tennessee. Libby is also survived by her sister Joan Thorne of Flint, Michigan, her brother Linden Fenton of Jacksonville, Florida and several nieces and nephews.

Libby graduated from Fairmont Senior High in 1966. After attending Fairmont State College, Libby became a middle school teacher in New Jersey but she found her real passion when she returned to West Virginia and became a social worker. Later she became an advocate for people with intellectual disabilities, a job in which she loved.

Libby requested to be cremated. Her ashes will be spread by her daughters and their families this summer at the beach.  Published on February 11, 2019



Referred to as FHS

Class sponsor Mr. Everett Blaine Moore has given this Class his devoted attention.

Mr. Moore came to Fairmont in 1904 and entered the engineering department of the Fairmont Coal Company.  Through successive promotions, in August, 1909, he became chief engineer of the Consolidation Coal Company’s West Virginia division.  However, he resigned that position on March the first, 1915, to become Assistant General Manager of the Monongahela Valley Traction Company.  In December of the same year he was elected General Manager of that Company, which position he now holds.

The Board of Education consists of Mr. George M. Alexander, President; Mr. C. E. Smith and Mr. J. Walter Barnes.  A new Member, Mr. J. Clyde Morris, will assume his position in July.  **Editor’s note:  Mr. Morris is the man for whom Morris Park is named.

Superintendent Otis G. Wilson started in 1915 after graduating from Wesleyan College, West Virginia University and completing graduate work at the Chicago University and at Columbia University.  In 1912 he was appointed by Governor Glasscock a member of the State Textbook Commission and in 1914 he was elected President of the West Virginia Education Association.

Principal George H. Colebank received his first training in the West Liberty Normal and at the West Virginia University.  His first position was at Grafton High School and then Mannington before coming to Fairmont.

Faculty included Miss Marjory Chriswell who taught Domestic Art and Miss Wilhelmina Dorothea Cockayne, English teacher and Adviser of Maple Leaves and Y. W. C. A.  Mr. Ensel Hawkins taught Manual Training while Miss Pearl Hodges taught Debating and English as well as serving as

Director of Expression.  Mr. E. M. Musgrave taught Biology and Agriculture while Mr. Thomas C. Moore and Miss Cora Kincaid taught Arithmetic.  Interestingly, Mr. Moore Managed the Motion Picture Fund and the Bookstore.  Mr. C. J. Ramsey taught Survey of Vocations which demonstrates an early interest in the subject included in the curriculum.

Highlight of the year:  an outing at Jackson’s Mill, in the first week in June.  Three special interurban cars were chartered and Mr. Moore furnished an excellent picnic dinner.

Drama: The Juniors made a great success of the play, “The Blossoming of Mary Anne”, which its members presented on the night of April thirteenth.  The cast was composed of the following:  Mary Anne, Marie Shuttleworth; William Barkley, Paul Stevens; Elaine Jewett, Catheryn Riggleman; Trella Jewett, Pearl Francis; Patty Cloverleaf, Louise Rock; Teddy Farnum, Joseph Greer; Mrs. John Simmons, Edith Eckles; Mrs. Henry T. Kirkland, Lucille Hamilton; Betsy Scroggins, Mary Creighton; Lloyd Henderson, Raymond Salivate; Felice, a maid, Ida Smith; Charles Mason, James Anwyll.

Excerpts from an article written by Lucille Hamilton

Sophomore Class events recorded by Mildred Robinson, ‘19

1919 The C. E. Hutchinson basket ball team have been doing some very fine work.  This was proved by their taking the championship at the tournament held at the Miller School gymnasium.

Plans were made for a party on January 12, 1917.  But owing to the outbreak of infantile paralysis, the party was postponed until March 2, 1917.  Mr. and Mrs. Hutchinson were the honor guests.

1920 On September twenty-fifth, nineteen hundred and sixteen, two hundred and one boys and girls entered the Fairmont High School as Freshmen.  The first meeting of the Freshman Class was held in the auditorium for the purpose of electing the officers of the Class.  The election resulted as follows:  President, Fern Snider; Vice President, George Arnett; Secretary, Virginia Wilson; Treasurer, Karl Andre.  The election not completed until at another meeting Leah Gilkeson and Paul Fleming were elected members of the Student Council; Margaret Smith was elected Historian; and Roy Yost, our representative on the Athletic Board.  Later, we elected Sylvanus Watson, Treasurer.  Our former Treasurer had left school.  When Sylvanus, however, left the city for the winter, Albert Knight was elected to succeed him.  We also chose for our colors, old rose and silver; and for our flower, the sweet pea.

Excerpts in Maple Leaves, 1918 by Margaret Ruth Smith, ’20

More than half of the yearbook published creative writing submitted by the students.

The Friendly City quiz developed by Mark L Summers, FHS class of 58.  Click on AUDITORIUM at left and check your answers

·      Complete this simple numerical sequence.... 19/73/___

·       What's the new name for Beverly Road and Fox Hill Rd?

·       1950 was the year of the ___  _____.

·       Where is still the best place to hear a marching band play the FJHS fight song?

·       Who was the fastest man alive? (not Speedy Gonzales)?

·       Walking toward FHS from Virginia Ave. on eighth St. what streets do you cross on the way?  Fill in the blanks.

 Virginia Ave. _________ Fairmont Ave., ________, ________, Coleman

·       Name the former Biz Dawson running back who later became the World Record holder in the pole vault.

·       What was special about Veterans Day?

·       Who was the Voice of the Mountaineers?

·       What did a baseball team starring Pete Zeck and Mike Hall do in 1951?

·       What sport did Don Eddy play and what special title did they give him in Morgantown?

·       East West Stadium was at 12th St.  What 2 other recreational venues were at 12th St.?

  • West Virginia without West is _____  __________.
  • In 1954 two high schools played against each other at East-West Stadium for the first (and only) time.  What was the final score?
  • What are the call-letters of the radio stations at 920 and 1490 on the AM dial?
  • Who was our Congressman from the first district who later served 2 terms as W.Va. governor and in 1990 was made an offer that he could not refuse.  He was awarded over 2 years of free room and board.
  • One man was both our youngest and our oldest governor ever.  His name is the same as a classic typewriter brand.

Class of 1931

The Class of 1931 included 119 graduates – 64 women, and 55 men.  These graduates faced a challenging world, to be sure.  During their lifetimes, the “war to end all wars” had been fought in Europe – some lost fathers, uncles, grandfathers in service to their country.  All too soon, these alumni would also be asked to serve.

As their junior year began, the Class of ’31 witnessed the stock market crash.  Economic anxieties that would be known as the Great Depression had begun to take a toll.  The country was rocked by bank failures, rising unemployment and loss of confidence in President Hoover.

Given these troubles, motion pictures were popular diversions.  Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights and Bela Lugosi, as Dracula, entertained movie audiences that spring.  Babe Ruth dominated the sports pages.  The Star Spangled Banner became the country’s official National Anthem.  Just before their Commencement, the Empire State Building was completed.  

The lives of several 1931 alumni were cut tragically short.  John Brandt died of illness in June, 1931; Hascall Thompson was killed in a car crash in November, 1932.  Kenneth Connor died in May, 1933.  Childbirth and the war took several classmates during the next decade; but most members of the Class of 1931 went on to pursue education, careers, homes and family.
These alumni served as coal miners, glass workers, bookkeepers and sales clerks.  Quite a few class members continued their education – primarily at Fairmont State Teachers’ College and West Virginia University.  They became accountants, engineers and teachers.  George Randall joined the WV State Police.  Mason Reger managed apple orchards, applying his graduate degree in horticulture.  And the Class of 1931 boasts at least three physicians:  Honor S. Forte, Seigle W. Parks and Bliss K. Shafer.

At least 85 members of the Class (72%) became married.  The records show that in two cases, both the husband and wife were members of the Class of 1931.  Jack Fear and Lucile Rice wed in 1936, in Fairmont; Floyd Patton and Sarah (Sally) Prickett also married.

At least 17 members of the Class of 1931 engaged in military service, responding to the call for enlistment during World War II.  The service of First Lieutenant John Comuntzis ended in tragedy in the South Pacific; he was among prisoners killed by the Japanese upon the sinking of the Shinyo Maru in September, 1944.  James Romano earned a Bronze Star for his service, and rose to the rank of Colonel in the Army Reserve.  William Higinbotham retired as a Lieutenant Colonel at the end of his military career, and is interred at Arlington Cemetery.  

Many 1931 graduates continued to live in Fairmont and other parts of West Virginia.  Half a dozen each made their way to Florida, to Texas, to Virginia.  A few relocated across the country:  to the Mid-Atlantic, the Northeast, the Midwest – even to the West Coast.

In spite of the challenging circumstances that the Class of 1931 encountered as they graduated from FSHS – or perhaps, because of them – these alumni forged productive, engaging lives.  You can read more about their stories through the Class Profile page on this site.  Some alumni have been more difficult to track.  We welcome your insights!  If you have information to share about any alumnus of the Class of 1931, please contact Carol Amos at

Researched and written by Anne Bomar; January 2016.

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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

FSHS awarded a Silver ranking by USNews



Fairmont Senior High School Fight Song