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Kylee A Casto
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My name is Kylee Casto, I am 17 years old, and I am a junior at Ripley High School. At school, I am a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and hold an accumulative GPA of 3.75. Outside of school, I take part in 4-H and FFA, where I show pigs in our county fair and the West Virginia State Fair. I also compete in state competitions through FFA in Morgantown. For 12 years now, I have danced at Courtney’s Dance Academy where take Ballet, Pointe, Modern and Jazz. I also help student teach the younger dancers and was awarded the Scholarship Dancer in the year 2012-2013. I plan on continuing to dance in college. I am the president of my church youth group at Fisher Chapel United Methodist Church and help with many community activities and fundraisers.

PRESLEY Jeanay FISHER
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My name is Presley Fisher. I am a junior at Ripley High School and live in Ripley, West Virginia. I am very active in my school and community. At my school, I am a member of the Youth Leadership Association where we participate in service projects that better our school in many ways. I am a current member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and Rho Kappa. I also pole vault for the Ripley High track team and am a captain of the varsity soccer and basketball team. Aside from sports, I play the flute in the Ripley High band and am a member of color guard during marching season. I am also very invested in my community. I participate in many community service projects through my youth group at Calvary United Methodist Church. We are active in coat drives, backpack ministries, and Adopt-A-Family. All of these activities have turned me into a respectful young woman with a good sense of time management. I am very talkative and outgoing. I love to travel and try new things in all aspects of my life. The combination of all my qualities make me the perfect fit for West Virginia Wesleyan.

CHLOE AUTUMN HIBBS
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My name is Chloe Hibbs. I am seventeen years old from Hampshire County, and a junior at Hampshire High School. I live in the small town of Springfield, West Virginia with my parents, younger brother and sister and attend the Cumberland Church of Christ. I am enrolled in all honors courses with a cumulative 3.75 grade point average and involved in National Honors Society, student council and our teenage Republican club. I have a passion for sports and was a triple letter athlete my freshman and sophomore years. My junior year, I participate in both soccer and track. Being a two year West Virginia State Track Meet qualifier in hurdles and relay events has been my biggest athletic accomplishment. My dream is to continue my love for track and field at the collegiate level as a member of the track team for the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats. In 2013, I was diagnosed with severe scoliosis and underwent a spinal fusion surgery to straighten my spine. Following this event in my life, I got involved in the Miss West Virginia Scholarship Organization. During both years as an Outstanding Teen titleholder, I was able to be involved in some very rewarding community service including raising money for Children’s Miracle Network, volunteering at WVU Children’s Hospital and holding blanket drives as Chapter Coordinator for SHIFT Scoliosis. As a result of my community service, I was a 2016 Duke of Edinburgh bronze award recipient. My goals for the future are centered on helping others either in medicine or veterinary medicine. My desire is to inspire others to never give up on their dreams despite any obstacles.

Madison Clara Martin
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“Madison (Maddy) Martin is a junior at Winfield High School, located in Winfield, West Virginia. She is a section leader in the Winfield High School Marching Band, a three-year member of the Winfield High School Swim Team, a piano player since 2009, and was recently inducted to the Winfield High School chapter of the National Honor Society. Participation in these activities and clubs takes up a fair amount of Maddy’s time, but she does not let this deter her from her responsibilities as a student. Her scholastic achievement is proven by her nearly perfect grades, present throughout her schooling. Maddy spends any spare moment she has spending time with her beloved friends and family. Her other hobbies include reading, writing, and traveling, during all of which she can explore and seek to understand perspectives of the world that go beyond the boundaries of her own. Maddy seeks admission at West Virginia Wesleyan College because she believes it is the ideal place to mold her hobbies into a successful career. WVWC’s location also entices Maddy; it is in the heart of her home state and is in close proximity to her friends and family. Maddy is committed, ambitious, and intelligent, and she believes admission to WVWC will give her the tools necessary to find a successful career that will provide for a fulfilling life.”

Sydney Jane Maxwell
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My name is Sydney Maxwell and I currently attend Buckhannon-Upshur High School. Not only do I care about my academics, but I am also concerned with being involved in extracurricular activities and my community. I currently hold a grade point average of 4.25. I am a member of the B-UHS Varsity Volleyball Team and have been a member of the B-UHS Girls Track Team. I was recently inducted as a member of the National Honor Society and have been a three-year member of the Youth Leadership Association. I was also named the new Senior Class Treasurer for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. I have attended South Buckhannon Mission Church my entire life, but I have recently taken a new role as I teach Children's Church and lead a group each summer for Vacation Bible School. During the summer of 2016, I went on a mission trip to McDowell County, West Virginia, through an organization known as Upshur Helping Hands. These opportunities have given me the ability to grow as a person and realize that what I do matters. By helping with these children and families in McDowell County, I have been shown what I am capable of and how I can impact society around me.

Madisen Mecala Miles
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Madisen Miles is a junior at Robert C. Byrd High School where she excels not only academically, but also in the leadership positions she holds. Madisen works hard to maintain a 4.2 GPA while taking several AP, WVU, and Fairmont State courses. She is most enveloped in her math and science courses with plans to study biochemistry during her post-secondary education. Upon becoming a pediatric surgeon, Miles would like to travel overseas to provide those left without healthcare the medical aid that they deserve. Outside of school, Miles serves as President for the West Virginia Association of Student Councils. This position, although stressful, has opened many doors allowing her to experience the process of leading a lower scale mock government. Every chance she gets, Madisen gets out into the community whether she is is attending her younger brother’s sporting events or volunteering at the local middle and elementary schools. She is also a member of Young Life, Eagle Cabinet,Vincent Memorial United Methodist Church, and her school’s soccer team. Miles focuses on making the most of everyday and making people smile. She lives by the quote, “Despite the barriers that divide us, we all smile in the same language.”

Uriah Dalton Myers
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Uriah Myers is a Junior at Richwood High School. In high school, Uriah’s activities are many. He has played on the baseball team for 3 years, played on the basketball team for 2 years and ran on the cross country team for 2 years. He is currently the starting short stop/center fielder for the baseball team. His current GPA is 3.8271. He has been named as a high school Super Scholar member. He is a member of the National Honor Society and RAZE club. He has been a participant in the Regional Social Studies Fair. He is a member of Mt Zion United Methodist Church. Outside of school, he enjoys being active in the community by volunteering at his church, helping neighbors with manual labor and cleaning for his disabled aunt several times a month. He has also been a volunteer referee for grade school basketball games. This experience has given him a greater appreciation for the referees and umpires who have governed over all of his games. His daily goal is to be a contributor. He never forgets the words his father tells him each day as he leaves for work; “Help someone today”.

River Paul Myers
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River Myers is a Junior at Richwood High School. In high school, River’s activities are many. He has played on the baseball team for 3 years, played on the basketball team for 2 years and ran on the cross country team for 2 years. His role models have been all of his coaches, including his dad who coached him on this grade school and middle school teams. Coaches are hardworking and dedicated. He strives to be a team member they are proud of. He is currently the starting catcher for the baseball team. His current GPA is 4.0493. He has been a participant in the Regional Social Studies Fair and Math Field Day. He has been named as a high school Super Scholar member. He is currently the Student Body Historian and Junior Class Treasurer. He is a member of the National Honor Society, RAZE club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is a member of Mt Zion United Methodist Church. Outside of school, he enjoys being active in the community by volunteering at his church, helping neighbors with manual labor and cleaning for his disabled aunt several times a month. He has also been a volunteer referee for grade school basketball games.

Christopher MacKenzie Neil
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My name is Christopher Neil. I am a Junior at Ripley High School, and I am involved in many different activities. I’m a member of the Ripley High School Band Drum Line, Varsity Soccer Team and the Youth Leadership Association. I also participate in Robotics Competitions as well as the Academic, History, and Science Bowl A Teams. In my community I’m involved in 4-H, and I am a proud member of the Calvary United Methodist Church. In my free time you may find me on a soccer field, hanging out with friends, playing video games or reading. I hope to attend West Virginia Wesleyan college and pursue a degree in Biology. Upon completing my degree in Biology, I plan to attend medical school to become a cardiologist. I will work hard every day to achieve this goal.

Baylee Nicole Senator
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My name is Baylee Senator. I am a junior at Chapmanville Regional High School. I am a 4.0 g.p.a. student taking honors and AP courses. My favorite subject is math and I am an avid reader. I take part in my church's drama group by helping run the sound system and making props. I am a member of the National Honor Society and the CRHS and Logan County math field day teams. I participated in a community clean-up day this past fall. I plan to double major in applied physics and mathematics at West Virginia Wesleyan College.


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