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Braxton athletes among those honored by LKC

The Little Kanawha Conference Banquet was held at the Days Hotel and Conference Center on Sunday, May 17. Five Braxton athletes received recognition as first-team All-Conference in their sports.
Those honored include Bryson Dennison, football defensive line and boys’ track; Ben Fincham, football offensive utility player; Seth Backus, boys’ cross country; Josh Skidmore, golf; and Logan Frame, softball and girls’ cross country..
The Little Kanawha Conference is made up of schools in Braxton, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Gilmer, Parkersburg Catholic, Ravenswood, Ritchie, Roane, St. Marys, South Harrison, Tyler Consolidated, Webster, Williamstown, and Wirt.
The athletes were welcomed by Jeff Givens, LKC President from Williamstown. Lynn Stalnaker, Braxton County High Athletic Director, gave the invocation. Danny Tennant , LKC Vice President from Parkersburg Catholic recognized the championship teams and gave individual athlete awards.


BCHS Principal honored by GSC

Glenville State College graduates and friends gathered on campus for the 2015 Alumni Day on Saturday, April 25. A day full of activities culminated with the annual Alumni Banquet in the Mollohan Campus Community Center Ballroom. Those in attendance enjoyed a buffet dinner and the presentation of the 2015 GSC Alumni Association award recipients.
Tony Minney, a 2008 GSC graduate, received the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, which is presented to a male graduate who is less than thirty-six years old who has achieved early and remarkable success in their career.
Minney was involved in many different activities and organizations while at GSC and stated, “Glenville State College was a great experience for me, and I enjoyed every minute of it. During my time at Glenville I held many different leadership positions in the Student Government Association and a few other organizations. Being involved while in college has given me wonderful leadership skills that I use daily in my professional career.”
Following his graduation, Minney has been the Technology Integration Specialist at Gilmer County High School, Principal at Pleasant Hill Elementary School, and is currently serving as Principal at Braxton County High School and is in the last year of his doctoral program. He resides in Coxs Mills with his wife Kyre-Anna (Bartz) Minney ’08 and their two children.
For more information about alumni affairs at Glenville State College, contact Alumni Director Debbie Nagy via e-mail at Debra.Nagy@glenville.edu, by phone locally at (304) 462-4122, or toll-free at (866) 239-0285.

BCHS principal discusses next school term improvements
By Shirley Shuman
Less than a year ago, Tony Minney was beginning his first year as principal at Braxton County High School. Discussing the challenges he faced at that time, including the fact that the high school had been designated a “priority school” by the State Department, he maintained he was ready for the job. Recently, he gave an overview of what he, along with his staff, has accomplished.
Some of those accomplishments cover corrections of mistakes and omissions which had been made at the high school in recent years. Others which Principal Minney named come in preparation for the evaluation which will occur during the early part of the 2015-2016 school term. These include changes which the principal says would be occurring even if the school were not facing the OPEA evaluation.
Minney seemed happy to be able to report, “One of the accomplishments we have made is that, when school is out for the summer, our kids will have their report cards and they will have their schedules for next year.” Here he explained that he has “listened to the teachers [about schedules]” and realizes that they—students and teachers, need their schedules” before summer break begins.
Discussing students’ schedules, he noted that students’ schedules for the next term have been signed by their advisors, their parents, and the counselor. Students’ choices of classes have also been expanded, he said. “We have vastly expanded curriculum offerings,” he said. Minney pointed out the addition of four Advanced Placement classes. Next term’s curriculum will include five new AP classes—AP Physics, AP Chemistry, AP Calculus, AP Civics, and AP Literature and Composition (AP English 12). This past term, the only AP class which the high school offered was AP Language and Composition (AP English 11).
He also emphasized that a cooperative effort has resulted in a school-wide goal to have a STEM cluster and an education cluster, along with “vastly expanded curriculum offerings.” The principal noted that the Board of Education “has helped” and said that the Board has approved the school’s proposed changes.
Another curricular addition which Minney feels will benefit the students is that of work-based experience. “We plan to place interested students throughout the school—with teachers and in the office, lots of different areas. We feel that this will be a good learning experience since they will be getting real-world experience,” he said. Here the principal mentioned that he plans “eventually to bring Co-op back.”
Not all of the additions deal directly with the classroom. In an effort to offer opportunities for students to expand their interests and become more involved, next school term they will meet in clubs every Tuesday. Officers will meet every Friday, he said. Minney and those who have worked with him have also created an awards system. Awards will be given for good behavior and hard work, he said. For one thing, there will once again be a “Student of the Month.” Here, the principal commented that some of what they are doing is “returning what once existed here at the high school.”
Noting that the high school teachers “feel back in control,” Minney said that he expects “to see some changes in {student] attitudes” and a more positive morale with all that has happened and will be happening next school year.
Looking back over his first year at the helm of Braxton County High School, Tony Minney stated, “I’m proud of what we’ve done.” His goal for next year, stated simply, says, “Let’s get back to running a normal school,” and he intends to do just that.


County Resident Honored at GSC

Mischell L. Workman of Burnsville, a member of Glenville State College’s Graduating Class of 2015, has been recognized as an honor graduate with magna cum laude status.
Workman received her ceremonial stole at an Honor Graduates Reception on May 7 at the home of GSC President Peter Barr and his wife Betsy.
Students with grade point averages between 3.70 and 3.84 are recognized as magna cum laude.
She was elligible to participate in GSC’s 141st Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 9 at the school’s Waco Center.



BCMS PTA members
selected for state positions

Braxton County Middle School PTA recently announced that two of its members, who are also local officers, were elected to state offices of the West Virginia PTA. This election occurred at the recent state convention in Parkersburg.
Kathy Parker was chosen President Elect and will become the State PTA President for 2017 through 2019. Missy Jones was elected Vice President and will be the Chair of the By-Laws Committee. “Both of these ladies work very hard at the local and state levels of PTA and we’re proud of them. We wish them well in their new duties,” said BCMS Principal Denver Drake.
Carol Young, another member of the BCMS PTA, received an Honorary Lifetime Membership from the state organization. Carol was awarded a pin and certificate at the May meeting of the local PTA.
“The PTA at all levels does great things for our students. They need our support membership, and more importantly, participation. At the school level, BCMS PTA sponsors several social events for our students and their families. We encourage you to join PTA and become an active participant in your child’s future,” added Mr. Drake




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