The Delta Record | Students excel, receive Upshur Star awards
BUCKHANNON – Several students received Upshur Star awards at the Upshur County School Board meeting held at Buckhannon-Upshur High School on Tuesday, April 5.
Kayla Yocum, Technology and Communications Specialist for Upshur County Schools, said, “Thank you all for gathering here tonight as we honor these great people who help make the county ‘Upshur what it really is, as they exemplify the greatness that comes with schools in Upshur County. Tonight, I have the pleasure of inviting Mrs. Christy Dean, teacher at Buckhannon-Upshur High School, as she honors her student leaders.
Dean spoke and explained that it was a pleasure to have the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) in class. Dean noted that many students also participate in various clubs, sports and activities outside of school. FBLA members competed at the state level, representing Upshur County very well, and the winners will move on to compete at the national level in June.
Jordan Brown and Makenzi Cutright were present, while Ian Donnen and Bryce Cayton were absent. Brown took first place in cybersecurity and fourth place in insurance and risk management, while Cutright took third place in healthcare administration, Donnen took second place in business calculations and Cayton took fourth place. in organizational leadership.
Next, Educators Rising was recognized by B-UHS Advisor Dee Golden. “Educators Rising is a student-led organization. This is a recruitment process to help young men and women get interested in the field of education. I’m very proud of them,” Golden said. She also noted that many students competed in state-level competitions and many received first and second place prizes. Those in attendance included Roseline Shackleford, Elayna Propst, Caleb Ryan, Alexa Davis, Angelica Black, Savanna Smith, Hannah Robinson, Kadie Daugherty and Kamri Ratliff. Students Brandon Eskew and Jadyn Reed were also recognized but were not present at the meeting.
Davis, a B-UHS senior, was also credited with writing and publishing a book titled “Perfectly Flawed.” Davis said, “I wrote a children’s literature book for Pre-K. It is a deaf boy. I work at a daycare and there was a boy with hearing loss who had cochlear implants. I got to know him. This book is about a boy and his dad thinks he’s different and wants to get his ears fixed, but in the end he realizes he’s no different. Upshur County School Board Chairperson Dr. Tammy Samples noted the purchase of the book which will be placed in Upshur County preschools.
Eighth-grade student Bryce Thanh Nguyen excelled in spelling and math bees. Nguyen won the Upshur County Spelling Bee, the Regional Spelling Bee, as well as Math Field Day for the county and regional levels.
In addition to various awards and presentations, the board voted on agenda items. The board approved the minutes of the meetings held on Tuesday March 22 and Friday March 25 with corrections. The financial statements were also approved as presented. The board approved the renewal of the Affiliation Agreement between Upshur County Schools and Marshall University for Counselor Supervised Field Experience and the Memorandum of Understanding between Marshall University College of Education and the Upshur County Schools for Psychology Internships. The Upshur County Board of Education Member Self-Assessment was tabled for the next meeting following absent members Dr. Greenbrier Almond and Mr. Patrick Long.
The consent agenda was approved and consisted of a field trip request for Union Elementary School’s second year at the Carnegie Science Center on Friday, May 6, approval of Union Elementary School chaperones. French Creek, Tennerton Elementary School sophomore field trip request to attend the Spring House Market in Washington, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, April 20, Elementary School Year One Field Trip Request from Tennerton to visit the Pittsburg Zoo on Friday, May 13, Salem University Clinical Affiliation Agreement Renewal, Washington District Elementary School sophomore field trip request to attend Carnegie Science Center on Friday, April 29, Washington District Elementary School Chaperone Endorsement for Carnegie Science Center and French Creek Elementary School Second Grade Chaperone Endorsement.
The 2023 Therapy Animal Policy was also approved following a policy update. Approved staff and correspondence, including letter of support from the Apprenticeship Building America (ABA) grant program and letter of support from the Community Care of West Virginia grant. Public delegations were made by Upshur County School Board candidate Buck Edwards, who summed up his delight in presenting the awards to students and faculty.
However, Edwards then spoke, “I’m not a political person, but I’m a person who really cares. A few weeks ago at your last board meeting you dismissed a staffing issue, the whole staffing list and that really upset me. I don’t know the whole story, but I’m here to talk about what it looks like to the public. On the surface it stank really bad. People are concerned about the school system and the economic development of the county. What the school board does means a lot. When we threw away this whole list of staff, how many votes did it cost you? I’m all about trying to develop this county and get a new school built for this county. But when we do things like that, it sends the wrong message to people in the county. I want people to come see what I saw here tonight. The public knows what they read in the newspapers or heard on the street and what they heard afterwards was not good. I appreciate what you do for the students and the time to talk with you.
Following public comments, board members made brief comments on tonight’s student awards and noted that they were very proud. There were no student disciplines on the agenda and the board voted to adjourn the meeting. A Board of Education budget workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 12 at 7:30 a.m. in the Second Floor Conference Room at 5 W. Main Street.
The reconvened March 22 meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 19 at 7 p.m., with the next regular meeting following immediately at Buckhannon-Upshur High School.