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Work Credits Tyler County Schools for Much of His Success

By Staff | Jan 13, 2016

Julian Work

SISTERSVILLE – Julian Work has put a lot of work into his success as one of Tyler County’s best and brightest.

The young man has a 4.875 grade point average and participates in several extracurricular activities including the Silver Knights’ Marching Band, where he plays trombone and serves as the band’s field commander, TCHS Student Council and National Honor Society, according to the State Journal. He has participated in Math Field Day, Civics Bowl, Science Bowl and Spanish language camp.

Work said he is driven to succeed as a student because of his curiosity.

“From a very early age I remember having a strong curiosity for wanting to know how things work. I’ve always enjoyed learning!” he said.

Work credits Tyler County schools as fostering his desire to learn.

“I’ve always felt that I was in a caring environment where my teachers had very high expectations,” he said. “I appreciate the fact that I was presented with valuable information and was challenged to apply it. As a whole, the school system cares about the students of Tyler County. The Tyler County School system has provided opportunities for growth throughout my entire education.”

Faith, scholarship

and leadership

Work is a devoted Christian who is actively involved with his faith.

“I do things within my church and youth group and want to continue to be involved in those types of activities when I go to college,” he said. “As far as a leadership role, I just try to be a positive role model.”

Work does not think his experiences in the classroom in any way diminish his faith. Nor does he feel that academic curriculum or teachers influence his belief in God.

“I’ve never had a teacher try to influence my belief in God in the classroom,” he said. “However, I’m blessed to live in an area where I’ve been fortunate to be involved in Christian activities/functions with my teachers at church and in the community.”

Work, an Elks club student of the month, has been the recipient of awards including Boys State Samsung Scholarship and Cabin Citizen Award as well as being an active member of church, where he is a Relay for Life team member, and civic activities including serving as a community emergency response team, or CERT, volunteer.

Work won a prestigious EQT Students of Excellence Scholarship in December.

EQT is an energy company with deep roots in Appalachian natural gas production, gathering, transmission and distribution. He is the beneficiary of a four-year scholarship of up to $18,000 per year.

After graduating high school, Work plans to attend WVU and major in petroleum and natural gas Engineering, according to his scholarship application. And he doesn’t plan to give up trombone, but hopes to perform with the Pride of West Virginia Mountaineer Marching Band. He plans to stay civically oriented clubs and activities and take part in campus Christian events and volunteer in the college community.

A place where everyone knows your name

Work said the school system is like a big family where people help others and become part of their lives. He offered a laundry list of teachers who have shared their time with him.

“I really don’t do favorites, I think each of my teachers have encouraged me in different ways,” Work said.

For example, Work said one unique thing about Tyler County Schools is Superintendent Robin Daquilante knows the students’ names.

And in July, Work’s Advanced Placement (AP) biology teacher, Joe Griffith, gave up a summer day to spend it with him in Fairmont at the WV Governor’s Honors Academy.

Or how Silver Knight’s Band Director Wayne Smith has been giving up his time after school to get Work ready for All State Band auditions. Work said he chose the trombone because of Smith’s influence on him as a teacher and mentor.

“Yes, I enjoy playing the trombone even over the piano,” he said. “I was greatly influenced by Mr. Smith to try the trombone, he thought it was a good fit for me, and he was right!”

Or how Matt Jennings has greatly influenced Work’s love of music.

And how retired educator, Barb Maston, who was Work’s 10th grade Honors English teacher, continues to show her support. Work said she came to see me in December perform in the St. Marys Community Concert Band.

Then there’s Becki Ferrebee Wilson who has also given hours of her time to help Work perfect his field commanding.

While Work was attending Tyler County Middle School, Warren Grace went above and beyond being the school’s principal and even took a group of students to Parkersburg to compete in a History Bowl. Then there’s Dena Bran who took Work to Washington, D.C. And Paula Keplinger who challenged him to think more even when he was tired of thinking.

Or how Mrs. Joyce Hagerty encouraged me to be artistic, and my 11th grade English teacher, Patricia Thomas, found the good in everyone.

Work said he has a great AP chemistry and AP physics teacher Jake Myer.. And that he loves his AP calculus and College Algebra classes with Grace Grover.

“I wish I could list all of my teachers since kindergarten because every single one of them have been instrumental in my educational accomplishments,” he said. “Even the kitchen staff, Pam Clark and Trudy Pethtel have given me a ride home after school when practice was over. I am so blessed to attend a school system and live in a community where people care about each other.”

Work is the son of Jeff & Brandy (Glover) Frye and Jimmy Work. His grandparents are Stanley and Pam Glover of Indian Creek, Connie and the late Dean Frye, and Bob and Bonnie Work of New Martinsville. He said Tyler County Schools have prepared him for the future as much as his family has.

“For college yes, but I’m also pretty sure my family gets a lot of credit in that area, too,” the young man said.