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May 19, 2013

An eye toward the future

Woodrow senior aspires to writing, politics for her career

Editor’s note: During the next several days, The Register-Herald will run feature stories about graduating seniors from area high schools. The series of stories has been tagged “An Eye Toward The Future.”

We hope you enjoy these in-depth looks at some special young adults.


Woodrow Wilson High School senior Adelina M. Lancianese is well known in Raleigh County and West Virginia for her writing.

She has placed at the state level in the West Virginia Young Writer’s Contest three times, including winning third place in sixth grade and first place twice.

“I love writing, mostly fiction, and I constantly have characters swimming around in my head. But I began storytelling before I could ever actually write,” she recalled.

And her biggest inspiration? West Virginia.

“Everyone you meet in West Virginia is a character. They are interesting and have a history. I like writing pieces that are true to the heritage of West Virginia and true to the people who live here,” she said.

When she sees outsiders depict West Virginia in a narrow way, it is upsetting.

“I think they are very misinformed because every state has a beautiful side and an ugly side, but I think West Virginia’s beautiful side far outweighs its ugly side. We need to have people really see our culture, the area’s beauty and our history,” she shared.

Adelina plans to attend Georgetown University this fall and major in culture and politics.

She hopes to be a campaign manager and work her way up through the ranks in politics.

“I think writing and politics go hand-in-hand,” she said. “I love every career and wish I could do it all, but politics is the catch-all for everything. It is an art, a science, part of the humanities and about helping people. It encompasses all my interests.”

She said she would love to do speech writing for herself or other politicians.

She hopes to follow in the footsteps of some of her political idols, like Hillary Clinton.

“Hillary Clinton proves that women can be strong in, not only politics, but the world. Right out of the gate, at my age, she tried to change the world for the better. In college she would go door-to-door to see if kids were in school. And I think that is such a powerful message that women can be as strong as men in politics.”

Because Adelina has interned for Rep. Nick Rahall and is rooted in West Virginia culture and politics, many people have asked her why she is choosing to leave the state for college.

She wants them to know that she is not snubbing West Virginia’s schools.

“It is just as nice to represent West Virginia nationally as it is to contribute to West Virginia locally, and I hope to make the state proud through my college endeavors and after,” she added.

Adelina is the daughter of Scott and Vickie Lancianese, of Mount Hope, and granddaughter of Victor Phillips, June Scearce and June and Pasco Lancianese.

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