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Yoho Receives Adam R. Kelly Scholarship

By Staff | Jun 3, 2015

KIDWELL – Tyler Consolidated High School senior Sydney Elizabeth Yoho is this year’s recipient of the Adam R. Kelly Memorial Scholarship Award.

The announcement was made during the Class of 2015 commencement exercises held Thursday, May 21.

She is the daughter of Linda and Kent Yoho of Sistersville. She plans to attend Marshall University to study communication disorders and earn a degree in speech pathology.

The $500 scholarship is given annually to a graduating senior from TCHS in honor of the late “Country Editor” columnist. It was established in June 1990 in memory of Kelly, who died three months earlier at the age of 65.

Kelly moved to Sistersville in 1954 and remained there until the time of his death, serving as editor and publisher of the Tyler Star News until 1979. He then began writing “The Country Editor” column, which appeared in the Wheeling Intelligencer and News-Register, and several other West Virginia publications. Kelly won numerous state and national awards for his pieces.

From 1990 to 1993, two scholarships were given each year to Tyler County graduating seniors.

The scholarship committee considered candidates from both Sistersville and Tyler County high schools, selecting one recipient each year from each school.

When the two county high schools were consolidated in September 1993, the scholarship committee opted to award one scholarship to a Tyler Consolidated senior.

Applicants must submit a resume along with an essay titled “In Defense of Freedom.”

They are also interviewed by the scholarship committee. The students’ applications, essays, academic achievements, extracurricular activities, college plans and financial need are assessed by the committee members during the selection process.

Yoho was valedictorian of her class with a 4.6 cumulative grade point average. While a student at Tyler Consolidated, she was an Advance Placement Scholar her junior year for earning a score of 4 or higher on a minimum of three Advance Placement exams.

She served as president of the National Honor Society her junior and senior years, and was president of the Technology Student Association for four years. She also belonged to the Spanish Club and Future Business Leaders of America. She was a

People’s Bank Top 15 percent Award recipient in grades five through 12.

Yoho was captain of the girls’ basketball and volleyball teams each year she attended TCHS. Her senior year she was named to the West Virginia Class A All-State Volleyball team. She also was a member of the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Leadership Committee.

As a member of TSA, she won first place honors her senior year at the state conference for Essays on Technology, Architectural Renovation and Children’s Stories.

Other past recipients of the Adam R. Kelly Memorial Scholarship Award are: 1990, Shelly Dawn Craven and Ryan Joseph Morgan; 1991, Betsy J. Snyder and Charles “Chip” Hendricks II; 1992, Daniel J. Hanood and Ken Ferrell; 1993, Amanda Diane Myers and Joshua Gurtler; 1994, Jodi Livingston; 1995, Brandice Cherilynne Smith; 1996, Nancy Carolyn Myers; 1997, Luke N. Peters; 1998, Karen Folger; 1999, Catherine E. Peters; 2000, Leann M. Kucharski; 2001, Erin Wilt; 2002, Michael A. Smith; 2003, Brian F. Rohrig; 2004, J. Lance McKeever; 2005, Thomas Andrew “Drew” Carson; 2006, Jessica B. Kisner; 2007, Adam Scott Knowlton; Linda Bassett, 2008; Zach Perkey, 2009; and Emily D. Thomas, 2010; Blaine Rice, 2011; Tara Weese, 2012; Martina M. Parrish, 2013; and Amanda Dawson, 2014.

The scholarship fund was endowed through contributions from area businesses, friends, and newspaper journalists from throughout the state. Additionally, an Adam R. Kelly Memorial Golf Tournament was held for three years at the Sistersville Country Club, where Kelly was a member.