The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 18, 2013

Educators, students recognized for promoting college, career readiness

By Sarah Plummer
Register-Herald Reporter

BECKLEY — Two educators from Raleigh County and senior students from Wyoming, Fayette and Raleigh counties were recognized at the College Summit Awards Tuesday for their dedication to promoting college and career-readiness.

College Summit coordinators Kathy Griffith from Shady Spring High School and Michelle Stafford from Woodrow Wilson High School use College Summit Curriculum resources in their classrooms to support student achievement and to encourage students to create a postsecondary plan.

They were presented with Outstanding College Summit Coordinator Awards.

“This program has helped our school build a college-going culture,” said Griffith. “We have a great faculty who works with the students every day. It’s a team effort and I’m proud to be part of this team.”

Stafford noted, “College Summit is truly pushing the students at Woodrow Wilson High School to look forward to college and pay it forward to those who many not be fortunate enough to have the same opportunity.”

Students Sierra Neubert, Shady Spring High School; Ashley Halsey, Westside High School; and Nicole Sheaves, Meadow Bridge High School, were presented with Outstanding Peer Leader Awards.

These students assist their classmates through the college planning and application process and help to build a college-going culture. They mentor at-risk underclassman, organize financial aid events, offer tutoring services for ACT preparation and encourage other students to be prepared for life after high school graduation.

Outstanding Peer Leader Award recipient Sierra Neubert said, “Before College Summit, I was barely an average student and didn’t have any plans on what I wanted to do about furthering my education. College Summit entirely changed those ideas and I have strived since to help anyone I can with college and their grades.”

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