By David Corcoran, Jr.,
At 5:03 p.m. on Thurs., Sept. 12, 2019, a special meeting of the Gilmer County Board of Education was convened to discuss the possible expulsion of a GCHS student.
Present were Superintendent Patricia Lowther; BOE President Doug Cottrill; Vice-President Devin Shackleford; and Board Members Dave Ramezan and Robert Minigh. Board Member Tammy Huffman was absent. After the official roll call, the Pledge of Allegiance was said and the meeting got down to business.
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GSC Student with Hearing Loss Awarded Scholarship from EarQ & the NFL Players Association's PAF
Jacob Hartman, an incoming freshman at Glenville State College, was one of five recipients of the nationwide student-athlete scholarship from EarQ and the NFL Players Association's Professional Athletes Foundation.
EarQ and the NFLPA have been tackling issues surrounding hearing loss since the partnership began in 2011. The scholarship program was born in 2015 in an effort to inspire a new generation of athletes who have overcome challenges surrounding their hearing loss and are pursuing higher education.
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In competition with 1,400 other entries, the Glenville Democrat and Glenville Pathfinder were able to nail down several awards in a West Virginia Press AssociationÕs Better Newspaper Contest, judged by the New Jersey association.
David Corcoran, Sr. won a 1st Place for the Best Newspaper Column writing. The NJ judges noted that the column contained a lot of good community information in it and was folksy. Additionally, in the same category, Myra Chico took the 2nd Place prize plaque for mainly her touching memories of her Christmas dog, “Oslo.”
Corcoran, Sr. also took a 3rd Place in the Best Editorial competition, and Myra Chico landed a 2nd Place for being a Best News Columnist.
In the Advertising category, David Corcoran, Jr. garnered a 2nd Place for a Half Page ad with Best Spot Color. In addition, he was complemented with another 2nd Place for a Photo Essay of the Mysti-Con, a Fantasy Club Convention.
And, the entire News Staff was honored for its coverage of several local government issues.
Finally, both the Democrat & Pathfinder was honored by its efforts at Community Service with a 2nd Place for sponsoring the Annual Veterans Parade & Program and the Community Easter Egg Hunt.
Corcoran Sr. states, “We were most gratified to win so many awards as individuals, but the true mark for a successful newspaper is what it does for its community. We, consequently, treasure our service award the most.”
A MOUNTAINEER BOYS STATE COMMENDATION - John Harper (r), along with three other GCHS seniors (not pictured), got congratulated at this summer's Mountaineer Boys State by U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV). The weeklong citizenship camp, sponsored by the American Legion, takes place at Jackson's Mill, Lewis County annually. Young John Harper states, "It was a great learning experience." Hence, John Harper, as well as his classmates Ty Haley, Zane Cogar, and Andrew Liu, are all to be commended for achieving this noble distinction all Boys State graduates and in Gilmer County, "Folks Who Shine!" David H. Corcoran, Sr., Publisher-Sr. Editor