Upshur Stars awarded

Superintendent Dr. Sara Stankus and the BOE present Emily Adams with an Upshur Star Award Tuesday evening.

BUCKHANNON — Tuesday evening at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School, Dr. Debra Harrison announced the Upshur Stars Award winners during their regular session meeting. Each Upshur Star has made their school or community a better place, and for that, they receive this award. 

Educators that received the Upshur Stars award Tuesday evening were Mrs. Bea Burnside, Mrs. Christy Dean, Mrs. Terri Sisk, Mrs. Sarah Wamsley, and bus driver Sam Errett.  Each of these individuals were recognized for working tirelessly to provide the very best services and education to Upshur County students.  

Upshur County Young Writers contest winners were recognized as well.  The winners included Priya Young, Johnny Chen, Olivia Blankenship, Aldora Daugherty, Malia Bowers and Cynthia Hernandez.  

Buckhannon-Upshur High School Swim and Wrestling teams have also had great success this season.  In the 200-medley relay, Dane Ammons, Sam Squires, Preston Bennett and Reis Leonard placed 9th at the state meet.   Sam Squires placed 5th in the 100 free and 4th in the 100 breast.   Placing 4th place in the 200 free and 3rd in the 500 free was Preston Bennett.   Placing 11th in the girl’s 200-medley relay was Emma Reger, Jennifer Williams, Merrody Malone and McKenzie Reynolds.  Cameron Zuliani, Jennifer Williams, Alayna Whitehair and Cadence Vincent placed 5th in the 400 free relay.   B-UHS girls took 1st place in the 200 free relay, which included Cameron Zuliani, McKenzie Reynolds, Alayna Whitehair and Cadence Vincent.   Jennifer Williams also placed 7th in the 100 breast, Alayna Whitehair placed 10th in the 200 IM and 5th in the 100 breast, Cameron Zuliani placed 5th in the 500 free and 3rd in the 100 fly and lastly Cadence Vincent took home 2nd place in the 100 free and an impressive 1st place finish in the 50 free.  

The 2020 wrestling state qualifiers included Aidan Wilson, Nathan Cornett, Luke Bohnsack, Todd Cutlip, and Breagan Pearson.   Alex Bennett finished in 6th place and Tucker Hurst finished in 5th place.  Jack Smithson finished as state runner-up in the 170 lbs. weight class.  Julius Hobbs took the title as state champion for the 126 lbs. weight class.  Both teams finished with an impressive season.  

Other students recognized for their hard work and impressive skillset were Drake Lemansky, Samuel Black and Emily Adams.   Senior Drake Lemansky has completed many CTE clusters and has completed the accounting cluster where he earned certifications in Word, PowerPoint and Excel.   He also has also completed the Information Management, as well as the Coding, App, and Game Design cluster.  Drake also interns in the finance department at the BOE and is involved in many extracurricular activities.  

Senior Samuel Black, similar to Lemansky, will be completing the Information Management Cluster at B-UHS and is involved in many extracurriculars as well.   He is also a Coding, App, and Game Design student where he is partnering with local elementary teacher Mrs. Lamb, to create an educational mathematics game that can be implemented in her classroom.   Samuel and his partner will be creating 3D printed models of their game that will be given to each elementary student.   Samuel will be attending WVU in the fall.  

AP art student and FETC nursing student Emily Adams was also recognized Tuesday evening.   Emily recently presented her artwork to Mrs. Wager’s Art I classes, and also provided valuable information like art techniques to the class.  She attended the 2019 Governor’s School for the Arts at Marshall University and excelled in the St. Joseph’s Hospital Junior Nursing program last year. Emily’s art ability is just one of her many talents – she is also a very talented musician.  

Community members recognized with Upshur Stars were Tim and Kristi Leggett and Brenda Thompson.  


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