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Jakob Tomarick Baker
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Hello, my name is Jakob Baker and I am junior honors student from Philip Barbour High School. Along with taking Advanced Placement and weighted classes, which has allowed me to achieve a 4.625 GPA this year, I am also active in band and athletics where I am a member of the cross country and track teams. During band competitions, I am found on the podium as a drum major or on the field playing my trombone. My love for performing has lead me to study privately. This study has prepared me to participate in several honor bands, including the West Virginia Wesleyan Honor Band, and helped me earn fourth chair in the WVMEA All State Band this year. My commitment to organizations does not end at school. I am a member of 4-H and Crim Memorial United Methodist Church where I play in the handbell choir and help with childcare. Throughout the year, I do odd jobs and lawn services. I am a highly motivated student who is excited about this opportunity.

Caitlyn Grace Cormack
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Caitlyn Cormack plans to attend West Virginia Wesleyan College in the fall of 2020 to pursue a bachelor's degree in Special Education (Multicategory K-12) and to minor in Christian Education Children’s ministry. At a very young age, she felt God’s calling on her life to work with children. For her, working with children began with helping in her church nursery on Sundays. This made her comfortable enough around children to pursue other opportunities throughout the years. During her junior year, she took a careers in education class at her local careers and technical school, which she feels has begun to prepare her for having her own classroom. First semester, through the simulated workplace program, she taught preschoolers. Second semester, she went out to a local middle school for experience in special education classrooms, which helped her to decide to pursue a degree in special education. Caitlyn works with preschoolers at an afterschool program along with volunteering during summer camps, which continues to provide her with hands-on experience and daily lessons on assisting and teaching children through play. She enjoys her work and each day, she looks forward to educating the children that will be entrusted to her. Her top priority is to receive a Christian education so that she can help others to build the same foundation of faith that has helped her withstand the storms of her life. She finds the inspiration of building a Christian foundation in the Biblical parable from Jesus in Matthew 7:24-29, “Build on the Rock” (NKJV).

Garrett Austin Davis
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My name is Garrett Davis. I attend South Harrison High School. My interests are playing baseball, weightlifting, hunting, fishing, and public speaking. I currently have a 4.05 G.PA. I participate in many clubs in school and out of school. These include 4-H, Student Council, the Natural Helpers Program, National Honor Society, class officers, and the FFA. I am heavily involved within the FFA and enjoy competing in competitions. These include Creed Speaking, in which I placed first in the state, and Agricultural Sales, in which I placed seventh in the nation. Whether it be filling in for my pastor at Pleasant Hill UMC or giving messages at youth events, lay speaking has been a passion of mine since I was twelve years old. It has lead me to pursue a career in youth ministry. My other career choice is pharmaceutical science because of my passion for chemistry.

Rachel Lynn Kazmirski
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Rachel Kazmirski is a junior at Brooke High School in Wellsburg, West Virginia, where she excels in the classroom, community, and on the field. During her three years at Brooke High School, Rachel has maintained a 4.5 GPA and received multiple academic honors, including her Bronze and Silver Academic Pins, Principal’s Honor Roll each semester, and is a current member of the National Honor Society and Honors Program. Ms. Kazmirski is an active member in HOSA, Key Club, Leo Club, and Chemistry Club. She has taken multiple AP and college courses to prepare herself for the rigorous course load as a biochemistry major. With this degree, she plans on attending medical school and becoming an anesthesiologist. Furthermore, Rachel volunteers at Energy Express, which is a summer reading, art, and nutrition program for young children. She also has planned to volunteer over one hundred hours at Weirton Medical Center this summer, where she will be helping nurses and doctors in the Same Day Surgery department. Lastly, Rachel has played competitive softball for the past eight years and has had the opportunity to travel all over the eastern part of the country. Rachel has also been a three year starter for the Brooke Bruins, where she is a pitcher, shortstop, and second baseman. During her sophomore campaign, she received many accolades for her achievements, which include the following: Second Team All-State, First Team All-OVAC, First Team All-TRAC, Offensive Player of the Year, and Pitcher of the Year. During her current junior season, Rachel led her team to their first OVAC final four appearance in thirteen years and was named Player of the Week for her no-hitter against Oak Glen.

Megan Alexa Meyer
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Megan Alexa Meyer was born in Manassas, Virginia, and has been raised in West Virginia since the age of 6, living in Vienna in Wood County and then Martinsburg in Berkeley County. She has two younger siblings and a dog who she adores. Megan is an active member in her community where she volunteers at her church and works for a small business to support the local economy. She is very involved in her school, Hedgesville High School, where she is Vice President of the Junior class and a member of numerous clubs and extracurricular activities. A few of these include marching band, National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Society, Rotary Club, Federation of Christian Athletes, Debate and Speech, and “ACE”, the school’s academic team. Within the Hedgesville athletic program, Miss Meyer has lettered in four varsity sports: basketball, track and field, swim, and tennis. Megan possesses a growing interest in music and has spent the last three years as an active member of her high school’s marching band. Within band, she has held leadership titles the last two years, serving as flute section leader as a sophomore and drum major as a junior. Entering the upcoming football season, Megan will be the second person ever at Hedgesville to serve as drum major for two consecutive years, as both a junior and senior.

Michael Patrick Offutt
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My name is Michael Offutt, a Junior at Hedgesville High school in Berkeley County West Virginia. My Mother and Father both attended Hedgesville High, along with my older sister, who now teaches there. I've lived in Hedgesville my entire life, living in the same house for over seventeen years. I began playing sports at four doing karate and playing baseball. From there I continued playing sports including wrestling, lacrosse, basketball, and swimming. Whenever I’m not swimming or at a school function, you can find me outdoors, skiing, fishing, hiking or biking with my friends or family. As of this past summer I had the opportunity to get a job, working at Tomahawk MX, where I remain today working part time throughout the week and on weekends. In high school I began to take a larger role in student government, working on prom and homecoming decorations as well as fundraisers, with plans to run for office my senior year. Currently I'm involved with the creation of two clubs one being Ultimate Frisbee Club as well as an Environmental club, with the hopes of making them permanent installments in Hedgesville High School.

Bethanny Lauren Prascik
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Bethanny Prascik is a 17 year old junior at Notre Dame High School in Clarksburg. She maintains a 4.3 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society and Key Club. This year she was elected as Bulletin Editor of Key Club. She’s been a part of Student Council for two years as her class treasurer. She has participated in the school play, ran track and also played tennis. She’s been dancing since the age of four, and currently dances with Morgantown Dance Studio. She was previously a member of the Morgantown Ballet Company and performed the last four years at the West Virginia State Dance Festival under the direction of Ashley Manzo, Dan Karasik, and Mollie Mock Kaufman. She’s performed the last three years at West Virginia Wesleyan’s Dance Works under the direction of Gretchen Hurd. Her favorite roles to date in MDS shows have been the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz and The White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland. She’s also been a student of Carla Engle for 14 years, first in Kindermusik and currently at the Piano Studio. She has enjoyed attending leadership camps like RYLA, and is looking forward to attending Girl’s State in the summer. She also enjoys working a summer job at Ace Hardware in Fairmont. She hopes to pursue degrees in Environmental Science and World History, and eventually attend Law School, specializing in Environmental Law.

Sara Katherine Snyder
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Sara Snyder is a junior at Musselman High School. She maintains a 4.1 GPA while balancing school work and a multitude of afterschool activities. Sara has achieved the highest academic honors at Musselman High School by being inducted into both the National Honors Society as well as Social Studies National Honors Society. While working to excel in her studies, Sara has been awarded the Golden Apple honor each year of high school. Caring deeply about others, Sara volunteers with the Meals on Wheels program through her high school Rotary club. Sara also plays her violin at various locations such as local nursing homes during the holidays as to spread some holiday cheer. Sara plans on carrying out this passion of helping others through her studies of environmental science/ecology to help benefit West Virginia and most importantly, the earth.

Sofia Frances Triplett
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I am Sofia Frances Triplett. I was born in Annapolis, MD on April 9, 2002 and moved with my family to my father's hometown of Elkins in 2004. I have a brother (19) and a sister (14). I am a member of the Catholic Church and was confirmed in 2018. I have a diverse ethnic background; I am 50% Spanish, 25% Italian and 25% Scotch-Irish. I speak Spanish fluently. I enjoy competing in sports; I play soccer and run track. I am involved in student government and debate at Elkins High School. I enjoy art. I have a part-time job, working as a shift manager at a local fitness center. In the summer, I like to travel with my family to Spain to visit my mother's family. Staying physically fit is important to me. I want to go to a college that makes sense for me, in terms of quality, location and cost, and pursue a pre-med track. My long-term goal is to finish medical school and become a surgeon in West Virginia.

Camron Michael Wayne
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Camron Michael Wayne, 16, abides in Gassaway, WV with his parents, JC and Kelley Wayne and sister, Olivia, a current student at WVU. He attends Braxton County High School where he is a varsity member of the football team. He has taken honors, AP and college courses throughout his high school career. He has participated in Math Field Day all three years, with regional eligibility the past two. Camron was a member of the Science Bowl Team, participating at the state level. He is a member of Student Council and SADD. Camron is a student board member for the Braxton County Board of Education and recently was appointed to the Selection Committee for the hiring of the new County Superintendent. He will be attending the American Legion Boys State Camp in June of this year. Camron enjoys being a participant in Powerlifting/Strongman competitions where he currently holds two state records in his weight class: Deadlift and Mouser Block Press. He will be defending his 1st place win at the High School Power Combine on May 11th and his 3rd place win at Teen Nationals in July. Camron volunteers his time at the local animal shelter during the summer and at various times throughout the year at his home church, Old German Community Church. He also is a regular blood donator to the American Red Cross. Camron’s future plans include obtaining his undergraduate degree in Biology followed by a medical degree focusing on Trauma Surgery at WVU.


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