Peoples Bank Honors Excellence
MIDDLEBOURNE – Top academic achievers from Tyler County and Paden City schools were honored once again this year at the annual Peoples Bank Academic Awards Ceremony. Events honoring them were held April 12 and 14 at Tyler Consolidated High School.
This marks the 38th year for the program, which recognizes students whose grades place them in the top 15 percent of their classes, and who have straight-A averages.
A highlight of the program is installation of students in the Academic Hall of Fame, which they can enter only by earning recognition at every one of the annual ceremonies for which they are eligible.
This year’s Academic Hall of Fame honorees, all from Tyler Consolidated High School, were Kyle Frum, Scott Gorby, Brannon Jones, Hannah Roberts, Katlyn Seckman, Lacey Seckman and Julian Work.
Of that distinguished group, Frum was the big winner during Thursday’s ceremony. His name was picked in a drawing including all the Hall of Fame winners – and he will receive a $1,000 scholarship from Peoples Bank.
Bank Vice President and Director of Risk Management Ann Helmick presented awards to the Hall of Famers, reminding those at the event the top achievers are “an elite group of students.” She urged them to “always strive to do your very best.”
Helmick added that being part of the event was a special pleasure for her because, while a student herself, she was honored through the program.
“I have had the opportunity to be involved in this event not only as a representative from Peoples Bank, but as a student participant many years ago,” said Helmick, Paden City High School class of 1988. “Now, I am proud to say my own children have the opportunity to participate. I have experienced firsthand the the impact an event like this can have. I want to take this time to congratulate the students and tell you how proud I am of your achievements. I encourage all of you to continue to work hard and always strive for the best.”
Staci Matheny, Peoples Bank’s senior vice president for retail sales and service, praised both students honored in the ceremony for grades 5-8 and the school systems from which they came. “This area continues to have a strong reputation for academic excellence,” she explained.
She urged students being honored to “continue to work hard – continue your passion for learning. “That,” she reminded them, “will provide you with the opportunity to be successful.”
Elysia Taylor, the bank’s vice president and regional manager, was guest speaker for the program honoring students in grades 9-12. She told those at Thursday’s ceremony the bank views as part of its mission “making a meaningful impact” on the communities it serves. She, too, commented on the reputation for excellence in Tyler County and Paden City schools.
“I want to encourage and challenge each student to continue to work hard, continue your passion for learning, strive for the academic hall of fame and for those seniors to seek higher education upon graduation,” Taylor said. “We have all see that hard work and a passion to learn will provide you with the opportunity to be successful.”
Master of ceremonies for both evenings was J. Michael Myer, executive editor of The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register. Myer’s family has roots in Tyler County. Not only did Myer work for the Tyler Star News early in his journalistic career, but he lived in Paden City for a time before moving up the Ohio River to Wheeling. During Thursday’s ceremony, Myer praised the bank’s commitment to the communities.
“They deserve an enormous amount of credit,” he said. “Year after year, this is a tribute to our schools and their desire to make to the communities better.”
Tyler Consolidated and Paden City high schools are ranked consistently as among the best in the state, Myer said. He recognized the parents and grandparents who sometimes don’t have it easy when they have to remind these academic achievers of the importance of homework – the value of which they will appreciate more and more as they get older.
“They do that because they want you (students) to do well,” Myer said.
Invocations for the ceremonies were given by Arthur I. Boreman student Abbi Kimble (5-8 ceremony) and Tyler Consolidated High School student Damara Winfrey (9-12 ceremony).
Entertainment was provided by the Tyler Consolidated High School Choir, under the direction of Bryce Negie; and the school’s Jazz Band, under the direction of Wayne Smith. The Jazz Band performed an upbeat Latin number called “Poca Loca” and a hit from the 70s “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy.”
After the ceremony, Terri Botkins, Peoples Bank branch manager for Sistersville, said it is important that the bank recognize student achievement.
“We want to encourage students to be repeat achievers and recipients of recognition,” she said. “This is how success starts and flourishes.”
Students honored during the Tuesday and Thursday ceremonies included:
Grade 5 – Emily Ebert, Kellen Frank, Garrett Freeland, Christopher Hayes, Trenton Huffman, Gwendolyn Jacenkiw, Abbigail Kimble, Raylynn Roberts, Kaci Shanabarger, Autumn Shepherd, Ashlee Spencer, Ty Walton and Mallory Westbrook.
Grade 5 – Justin Barker, Zachary Crane, Will McGinnis, Courtny Trader, Elijah Wayt and Zane Yeater.
Grade 6 – Alec Chaplin, Audrey Cross, Brandon Hizer, Gavin Lewis and Hallie McDonald.
Grade 5 – Saleh Al-Janaby, Kashia Brown, Leah Cathers, Bruce Garuccio, Jesse Griffith, Jayden Helmick, Walker Hoover, Leah Loudin, Maeson Maxwell, Mason Nichols and Evan Wise.
Grade 6 – Madeline Cecil, Jude Childers, Layla-Lee Copsey, Jamie Daugherty, Audrey Dennis, Aleeah Fletcher, Kate Gorrell, Emma Grimes, Joshua Guild, Ayden Hoover, Karalyn Lynch, Ashley Brooke Mason, Zachary Morris, Jordyn Potoczny, Ezra Reed
Shauna Riggs, Madeline Tarnecki, Briann Templeton, Ardynn Weekley and Victoria Yost.
Grade 7 – Jenna Brinkmeier, Abigail Ebert, Savannah Ferrell, Alexis Huffman, Madeline Ice, Abigail Kerns, Hailey Lane, Aaron Moore, Sadie Nichols, Hallie Placer, Matthew Riddle, Blake Schwartz, Regan Smith, Sydney Smith, Katelyn Stillwagoner, Abigail Thompson and Kelsi Vandruff.
Grade 8 – Samantha Barnhart , Adonyya Childers, Hailey Cook, Madison DeVaughn, Rachal Hashman, Sarah Hashman, Alexis Helmick, Shawn Jones, Garrett Littell, Katie Miller, Jason Pratt, Braden Rine, James Tanner, Rachel Thomas, Judah Turner and Avery West.
Paden City High School
Grade 7 – Kelsey Michael, Isaac Neff, Presley Pierce, Rachel Price, Hope Weber and Mallory Yeater.
Grade 8 – Cora Anderson, Bradley Baker, Nicholas Clarke, Cameron Dennis, Anya Glover, Walter Joy and Abbe Stackpole.
Grade 9 – Delainey Lantz, Hannah Loy, Matthew Michael an Matthew Rexroad.
Grade 10 – Niko Glover, Levi Goddard, Aubrey Neff, Isaac Price and Shelby Schultheis.
Grade 11 – Alexandria Glover, Aaron Heasley, Hayden Hizer, Rachel Loy and Abigail Means.
Grade 12 – Lindsay Booher, Taylor Cosper, Michelle Doyle, Travis Leonard, Dezirae Middleton, Samuel Price and Aubrey Ritchie.
Grade 9 -Nathan Barker, Haley Fletcher, Nicholas Gorby, Katlyn Griffey, Emily Jackson, Peyton Kocher, Emily Lancaster, Emily Litten, Hattie Murphy, Destry Nelson, Haiden Placer, Katie Pratt, Noah Smith, Sabrina Smith, Alaina Thompson, Marie Vandruff, Jolee Walton and Miranda Weekley.
Grade 10 – Colby Buchanan, Isabella Camerlin, Luke Daugherty, Kamryn Davis, Cheyenne Ferrell, Joshua Frum, Makenzie Kimble, Kyle Mason, Julianna Miller, Remington Miller, Amanda Reynolds, Rosana Smith, Theodore Stackpole, Scotlynn Straight, Donald Weekley, Autumn Wells and Mark Wilson.
Grade 11 – Hannah Ankrom, Jenna Archer, Mindy Bell, Justin Brinkmeier, Makaila Brown, Ali Cooper, Ross Gorby, Shayla Griffey, Courtney Hoder, Lenora Howell, Mya Ingram, Alexis Jenkins, Jarett LeMasters, Macy Long, Jennifer Lynch, Devann McCoy, Kamron Milhoan, Megan Miller, Brooklyn Pittman, John Shepherd, Makayla Shepherd, Kara Smith, Trenton Smith, Davi Stanley, Vanessa Templeton, Taylor Vandruff, Seminole Weekley, Madison West, Simon Wirth and Danielle Yonaley.
Grade 12 – Kia Barnhart, Rebecca Bolin, Adam Cooper, Karalynn Dalrymple, Nathan Eddy, Ariel Fish, Kyle Frum, Sydney Glover, Katelyn Gogan, Scott Gorby, Thomas Jackson, Brannon Jones, Brianna Kurfis, Jasmine Kyle, Colby Lash, Gabriel McClain, Marisha Morris, Federico Perez-Munoz, Baylee Roberts, Hannah Roberts, Katlyn Seckman, Lacey Seckman, Martha Shepherd, Breanna Snyder, Austin Thompson, Amber Watson, Brittany Weekley, Daron Weekley, Hogan Wells, Sydney White, Damara Winfrey, Julian Work and Savannah Wright.