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Jefferson County BOE Recognizes Student, Staff Accomplishments 

 

 

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. (April 30, 2018) — During its regular board meeting on April 23, the Jefferson County Board of Education recognized students and staff members who have earned outstanding accomplishments—both in and out of the classroom.

 

At the meeting, the BOE presented 32 students—some receiving multiple honors—and two staff members with certificates of recognition. 

 

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Donnie Hawkins, a student at Harpers Ferry Middle, standing, is shown with board members after being recognized during the April 23 Jefferson County Board of Education meeting for being named the grand prize winner during the 2018 Apollo Talent Extravaganza. 

 

The board honored Donnie Hawkins, a student at Harpers Ferry Middle, for winning the grand prize during the 2018 Apollo Talent Show Extravaganza. Hawkins earned the award by singing the song “Perfect” by recording artist Pink. Hawkins will also compete in the 2018 Car Credit Nation “Apple Blossom’s Got Talent!” finals on May 2 during the 2018 Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester, Virginia.  

 

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Wildwood Middle student Joss Poteet, standing left, and Harpers Ferry Middle student Ethan Fisher, standing right, are shown with board members after being recognized during the April 23 Jefferson County Board of Education meeting for placing in the 2018 West Virginia State Geography Bee. Poteet placed first and will go on to compete in the National Championship in Washington, D.C. Fisher placed third in the competition.

 

Joss Poteet, a student at Wildwood Middle, was recognized for being named the 2018 West Virginia State Geography Bee winner. Poteet will now go on to compete in the 2018 National Geography Bee Championship in Washington, D.C., from May 20-23. Along with Poteet, Harpers Ferry Middle student Ethan Fisher was recognized for placing third in the state-wide Geography Bee. 

 

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During the April 23 Jefferson County Board of Education meeting, several students from Jefferson High were recognized for placing in the 2018 West Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair. Those students honored were, from left, Joey Gentile, first place in Physics; Adam and Sharice Hawthorne, first place in Biochemistry; and Katie Liang, Crystal Liang and Georgiette Naupac, first place in Animal Sciences. Not present at the meeting was Matthew Spiker, second place in Engineering.

 

Seven students from Jefferson High were recognized for placing in the 2018 West Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair. Those students who were honored were: 

Joey Gentile, first place Physics

Adam Hawthorne and Sharice Hawthorne, first place Biochemistry

Katie Liang, Crystal Liang and Georgiette Naupac, first place Animal Sciences

Matthew Spiker, second place Engineering

 

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Members of the Wildwood Middle Science Bowl team are shown with board members after being recognized during the April 23 Jefferson County Board of Education meeting. Those students shown are, from left, Rowen Davis, Alex Harris, Felix Flipski and Ethan Thompson. Not present at the meeting was Harris Kester.

 

Five students from Wildwood Middle were recognized for placing third and the 2018 West Virginia Science Bowl competition. Those students were:

Rowen Davis

Alex Harris

Harris Kester

Felix Flipski

Ethan Thompson

 

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During the April 23 Jefferson County Board of Education meeting, several theater students from Washington High were recognized for receiving honors at WV ThesFest 2018. Those students shown are, from left, Ben Baltzell; Jordan Brigman; Sixto Gamez; Trevor Gauckler; Bri Reno; and Samantha Shiflett. Also shown, at right, is Washington High theater teacher Robert Cummings. Not present at the meeting were Washington High students Jason Garrard, Kassidy Kavanaugh, Julia Mills and Imone Velez. Also not present at the meeting was Jefferson High student Jordan Phillips.

 

Two Jefferson County students were honored for receiving scholarships from the West Virginia Thespians during WV ThesFest 2018. Jordan Brigman, from Washington High, received the David R. Sindledecker Memorial Scholarship. Jordan Phillips, from Jefferson High, received the Steven Glendenning Memorial Scholarship. 

 

In addition to the scholarship winners, students from Washington High also received honors at WV ThesFest 2018. Those students were:

Jason Garrard, second place in Short Film

Bri Reno and Samantha Shiflett, third place in Duet Acting

Tech Rodeo Team took third place

Jordan Brigman

Sixto Gamez

Jason Garrard

Trevor Gauckler

Kassidy Kavanaugh

Julia Mills

Imone Velez

 

Among those Washington High honors at the festival, two students will go on to compete in the International Thespian Society’s (ITS) International Thespian Festival, to be held June 25-30 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, in Lincoln, Neb. Those students are Ben Baltzell and Jason Garrard. 

 

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GianCarlo Rose, a student at Ranson Elementary, standing, is shown with board members after being recognized during the April 23 Jefferson County Board of Education meeting for participating in the 2018 West Virginia State Math Field Day Competition.

 

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Megan Brady, a student at South Jefferson Elementary, standing, is shown with board members after being recognized during the April 23 Jefferson County Board of Education meeting for participating in the 2018 West Virginia State Math Field Day Competition.

 

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Shepherdstown Middle student Collin Guedel, standing left, and Jefferson High student Ross Elkon, standing right, are shown with board members after being recognized during the April 23 Jefferson County Board of Education meeting for participating in the 2018 West Virginia State Math Field Day Competition.

 

Six students from across Jefferson County were also recognized for being selected to participate in the 2018 West Virginia State Math Field Day Competition. Those students were:

GianCarlo Rose – Ranson Elementary

Megan Brady – South Jefferson Elementary

Collin Guedel – Shepherdstown Middle

Kyle deNobel – Shepherdstown Middle

Ross Elkon – Jefferson High

Nicholas Kowalski – Washington High

 

Each month, Jefferson County Schools recognizes a professional staff person and serviceperson as a Spirit of Jefferson award winner. These nominations are gathered from colleagues, parents and other members of the community.

 

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T.A. Lowery Elementary special education teacher Kathy Magaha, standing right, is shown with Principal Kristen Martin, standing left, and board members after being recognized during the April 23 Jefferson County Board of Education meeting as the April Spirit of Jefferson – Professional Award recipient. Not present at the meeting was bus operator Heather Pindell, who received the April Spirit of Jefferson – Serviceperson Award.

 

Heather Pindell, a bus operator with the JCS Transportation Department, was this month’s serviceperson recipient, and Kathy Magaha, a special education teacher at T.A. Lowery Elementary, was selected as the professional recipient. Pindell and Magaha were both presented with certificates of appreciation, as well as a $100 check. Checks are provided each month to Spirit of Jefferson recipients by an anonymous donor. 

 

About Jefferson County Schools

 

The mission of Jefferson County Schools is: “Through excellence in teaching and learning, Jefferson County Schools will ensure that all students value themselves and others, contribute to their community and succeed in a global society.” Jefferson County Schools represents one of the top academic districts in the state of West Virginia. The school district employs more than 1,100 staff members and enrolls more than 9,000 students. The 2017 West Virginia Teacher of the Year is a Jefferson County Schools teacher and we proudly support our outstanding professional and service staff.