Camp attendees, athletes recognized at BOE meeting

TENNERTON — Multiple camp attendees and athletes recognized at the Upshur County Board of Education meeting that was held on Wednesday, July 6.

Several Buckhannon-Upshur High School students participated in ART2620l’s week-long Young Storytellers Camp. The camp, held is late June, focused on the traditional Appalachian art of storytelling. Instructors at the camp included Doug Van Gundy, Jason A. Young and Jamie Froemel. Upshur County Schools also helped to sponsor the camp and were proud of students taking the opportunity to engage in the exciting experience. Participants Lila Wright, Ella McNeish, Haley Butcher, Evan Linger, Jessie Sanberg, Lyryk Jefferson, Autumn Carpenter, Harlee Gillum, Addison Tenney and Avery (Tyler) Brown were awarded Upshur Stars.

West Virginia Ambassadors Camp Attendees were also recognized and presented with Upshur Stars. Wilson Harvey introduced camp attendees, including Sammy Shay, Mary Ellen Adams and Rosie Shackleford. Shay and Adams were not present in person to collect their Upshur Star award. It was noted that in addition to the normal eighth-grade camp held every year, a camp for ninth-grade students and a camp for tenth-grade students were held to make up for the camps that students were not able to attend due to COVID-19. The camp for ninth graders was held on June 23 through 26, 2022. The camp for tenth graders was held June 27 through 30, 2022, both in Charleston, W.Va. Ambassadors Camp is known to provide participants with opportunities to learn more about the state with programs at the State Capitol. Participants also learn about college life while they stay in University of Charleston dorms. “West Virginia Ambassador Camp is completely funded and operated through grants from the Department of Arts, Culture and History, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the West Virginia Department of Education. Because of this support, camp is entirely free for participants,” as stated by W.Va. Ambassadors Camp.

Student athletes were also awarded Upshur Stars. Upshur County Schools said, “Student athletes demonstrate excellence, perseverance and teamwork through their academic performances and games. Based on their dedication and athletic efforts, the West Virginia Sports Writer’s Association voted two students as Class AAA All-State Baseball players. Zach Calef-Boring and Cam Tenney represented Upshur County and Buckhannon-Upshur High School on the 2022 All-State Team and it is with great pleasure that we recognize them for their dedication and diligence in receiving this honor.”

Calef-Boring and Tenney were not present to accept their award in person, as they were competing in a game.


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