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Abigail Kay Chaffins
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Abigail Kay Chaffins is in the eleventh grade at Spring Valley High School in Huntington, West Virginia. Her favorite classes in school are her Project Lead the Way courses – Introduction to Engineering Design and Principles of Engineering. Before she had taken these classes, she had planned to become a high school math teacher. However, once she experienced engineering, she was certain that it was the career for her. Abigail enjoys playing the French horn in her school’s wind ensemble, serving as Field Commander for the Spring Valley marching band, and playing the guitar in the jazz band. She has also been selected to participate in many honor bands, including the West Virginia All-State Band. Abigail plays on the Spring Valley varsity tennis team. She is also an active member in her church youth group and volunteers in her church’s children’s program. Abigail participates in many clubs at her school, such as the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Rotary Interact Club, S.O.A.R. Club, Astronomy Club, Chemistry Club, and Skills USA, among others. She attended the 2014 Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar and is looking forward to representing Spring Valley High School at the 2015 Rhododendron Girls State. In her free time, Abigail enjoys archery, volunteering at the petting zoo at Heritage Farm Museum and Village in Huntington, playing musical instruments, and fishing. As of now, she is planning to enroll in the fall of 2016 at West Virginia Wesleyan College where she will major in Dual-Degree Engineering and Applied Physics. Abigail hopes to eventually become a mechanical engineer.

Ashley Nicole Grace
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Ashley Grace is the daughter of Kenneth and Carolyn Grace, and the oldest of four sisters. She is a junior at East Fairmont High School, where she plays on the varsity tennis team and sings in the women’s choral group, My Fair Ladies. Ashley has also been an active member of the yearbook staff for the past two years. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Key Club, and will be attending the Governor’s Honors Academy this summer. Ashley attends the Baptist Temple church with her family, and regularly volunteers her time there. Her hobbies include tap dancing, baking, listening to music, and photography.

Breaunna Danielle Haynes
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Breaunna Haynes has spent the past 17 years of her life in Parkersburg, WV. She has grown up with a supportive family by her side who have influenced her to be dedicated, humble, and appreciative. She currently attends Parkersburg South High School and is among the top 12% of her class with a 3.95 GPA. Breaunna participates in numerous extracurricular activities such as: playing varsity basketball, representing the junior class in National Honors Society and Student Council, participating as a member of the Academic Advisory Council, and completing various community service projects. She intends to study in either the fields of nursing or accounting because she would like to be able to help those who have medical or financial problems. Breaunna would be honored to receive this scholarship so she can give back to her parents for all of the support and sacrifices they have made for her throughout the years. She believes just like the quote says, “The highest reward for ones toil is not what one gets, it is what one becomes.” – John Ruskin.

Mateah Breian Kittle
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In my young life, I have experienced challenges and hardships that many adults have never seen. I could have decided when I lost my mother at 8 years old that I would become a victim of circumstance…..or I could have decided I wanted to become a victim after watching one of my best friends drown just out of my arm’s reach. Instead, the fires that I have figuratively walked through have tempered and hardened my resolve to overcome any obstacle and challenge. As C.S. Lewis said, “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” I strive daily to develop and achieve my extraordinary destiny. Buckhannon and WVWC are special to me. Growing up in Philippi my family and I would visit the area often to go out to eat, shopping, or sports. I remember all the times that my parents would take me there to enjoy the Strawberry Festival (I participated in a few Festivals as a gymnast), go to the Donut Shop for the best donuts in the world and Dairy King for the largest ice cream cones I have ever seen. But my best memories are from the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan. My mom would get us a picnic lunch and we would go to campus to sit under one of the majestic trees, eat, and laugh at the countless squirrels running by. Buckhannon and WVWC bring me back to the times that I shared with my mother before the Lord called her home. I would love to spend my college years in the city and at the school that make me think of her. My education at Bridgeport High School has been exceptional. Having a 4.0 GPA, at the highest performing high school in the state makes me proud. Also, being an athlete at BHS is something special too. I compete in cross country and track, having the honor to have been on the 2013 track team that earned ‘state runner up’ and the 2014 state championship track team. As a result of my years of high academic rigor and athletic success, I would be blessed to continue my academic and athletic success at West Virginia Wesleyan College. WVWC combines academic rigor and relevance as well as athletic opportunity to play on championship caliber teams. There is no other school in the world that I would rather attend than West Virginia Wesleyan College. It is the only school that combines my desires for excellent academics, athletics, and tremendous memories. I am exciting about combining my past with my present, and together with WVWC we will build my ‘extraordinary destiny’.

Adreanna Nicole LeMasters
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I reside in Wheeling, WV and attend Wheeling Park High School. Recently, I was inducted into the National Honor Society. I participate in the school theater group; Park Players, and several other clubs. My favorite pastime is lounging outside reading a book. I enjoy going on nature walks with friends, traveling to new places, and listening to an eclectic mix of music. I plan to attend West Virginia Wesleyan College in the footsteps of my sister: majoring in Psychology and History. I also have a deep interest in foreign language and European culture.

Margaret Ann Lohmann
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Maggie Lohmann is a junior honors student at Bridgeport High School. She runs for the cross country team, serves as Student Body publicist, is involved in the journalism program, has performed in multiple school theatre productions, and is a member of the strings program, Thespian Troupe #7549, and National Honor Society. In addition to her involvement with the school orchestra, Maggie was chosen as a violinist for the WV All State Orchestra, WVU Honors Orchestra, and the 2014 WV Governor’s School for the Arts. As a member of the Bridgeport United Methodist Church, she participates in the music program, youth group, and mission activities. She also takes ballet classes at Annabel Timms School of Ballet, writes for Bridgeport’s online news site Connect-Bridgeport.com, and assists as a buddy for Bridgeport Little League’s Challenger Division. Maggie was recently chosen to represent the state at the Al Neuharth Free Spirt and Journalism Conference this June in Washington D.C. She enjoys reading, writing, boating, water skiing, and visiting with family in her free time. Maggie’s life as a Type One diabetic has inspired her to pursue a career in the medical field, specializing in endocrinology.

Khori Paige Lowther
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Khori Paige Lowther is a junior at Lewis County High School. She lives on Bloody Run Road in Jane Lew, WV. She is an honor role student carrying a 4.0 grade point average. She is a varsity cheerleader, member of the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, RAZE, and active in 4-H. She attends Horizon’s Church in Lost Creek. Khori enjoys being outdoors, tumbling, and spending time with friends. She plans to attend college and major in pre-medicine.

Caitlin Eileen Murphy
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Caitlin Murphy is a 17 year old junior at Tygarts Valley High School. She participates in extracurricular activities including varsity basketball and varsity volleyball. She was the captain of both athletic teams as a junior and will also be her senior year. As a junior, she was named All-Potomac Conference in both volleyball and basketball. She intends to play one or both of these sports while getting a college education. Beside from her athletic achievements, she has also excelled in academics. Throughout her high school education, she has always been on the “A” honor roll. As a junior, she has begun to take college courses and has received 10 college credits. Her senior year she plans to earn 17 college credits and end her high school with 27 college credits, including credits in College Biology, College Algebra, College Trig, College Calculus A, College Calculus B, College English, College Civics, and College Earth Science. Caitlin is currently ranked number one in her class and also a member of the National Honor Society. She has been a member of the Junior Honor Society since the 7th grade to the 9th grade and the National Honor Society since the 10th grade. Caitlin has also been selected to attend 2015 Rhododendron Girl’s State the last week of June. She plans to attend West Virginia Wesleyan College to major in chemistry and then apply to the School of Pharmacy at the University of Charleston. She is the daughter of John and Kimberly Murphy. She has two siblings: a brother who is 22 years old and in the United States Navy and a sister who is 19 years old and currently attends West Virginia Wesleyan College where she is on the Dean’s list.

Hayden Lane Nichols
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Hayden Nichols, born and raised in West Virginia, is an AP and honors student at the top of his class at Herbert Hoover High School who is passionate about learning. Hayden is an avid outdoorsman, competitive archer, and dedicated golfer, spending much of his time enjoying nature, setting sights on the bullseye, and teeing off on the course. As a musician and saxophonist, Hayden enjoys volunteering his time providing back-up music for Herbert Hoover High School’s show choir, High Impact. Hayden’s free time is spent building robots, tinkering with electronics, and growing delicious organic vegetables in a homemade hydroponic garden. Hayden plans to become an engineer and help improve the state of West Virginia, one invention at a time.

Katherine Pei Pei Rexroad
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You may call me Pei Pei. I was born in Xiamen, People's Republic of China on October 19, 1997. I was adopted by my mother Stephenie Rexroad and brought to America to settle in our home in Buckhannon, WV on May 15, 1999. I started daycare at the Child Development Center on Wesleyan's Campus then went to the Island Nursery school also in Buckhannon. I completed Kindergarten through 2nd Grade at the Academy Primary School. I attended 3rd through 6th Grade at St. Mary's Central Grade School in Clarksburg, WV, then transitioned to Notre Dame High School where I am presently in the 11th Grade. I am president of my class, Bulletin Editor of my school's Key Club, a member of Clarksburg Mayor's Youth Council, a HOBY Leadership Ambassador, and a member of Notre Dame's swim team. I have been an honor student since junior high school and a 2-year member of the National Honor Society. I have been selected to attend Rhododendron Girl's State this June. I belong to Immaculate Conception Church beside my school. In my free time I enjoy creating art, reading, and spending time with my family and friends. For my undergraduate education I would like to attend a liberal-arts college completing a degree in Accounting, with my future goal of becoming a lawyer.


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