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1 Gi Volume 100, Number 43 Thursday, October 21, 2004 uh CC Ig. VS ~if gY nd p- ps ,re in 3 m a of er VS ld qe dl ve m ! GCHS'S HOMECOMING ROYAL COURT -- Every high school's Homecoming needs a touch of royalty to make the week's events an extra special time in the lives of these youngsters. Hence, Gilmer County High offers no deviation from this time-honored academic tradition. Members of the 2004 GCHS Royal Court are as follows from left to right: (front row) Allie Garrett and Hunter Self (GCHS's Little Queen and King); (second row) Katie Putnam (Senior Princess), Kenny Raulston (Senior Prince), Chris Weaver (Senior King), Annamodah Tuell (Senior Queen), Titus Robinson (Senior Prince), Jessica Jaffre (Senior Princess); (third row, center) Brittany Weaver (Junior Princess) and Josh Sponaugle (Junior Prince); (fourth row) Kara Meadows (Freshman Princess), Lee Papouschek (Freshman Prince), Steven Parsons (Sophomore Prince), Dana Whitney (Sophomore Princess):, (top row) Jennifer Papouschek (8th Grade Princess), Cody Grogg (8th Grade Prince), Jaimie Saintel (7th Grade Princess) and Josh Burton (7th Grade Prince). Hail to the Royal Court! May their reign be of the highest success! (Staff photo by Dave Corcoran, Jr.) Long-time GCHS teacher, Judy Meads, as Gilmer County's 'Teacher of the named Mrs. Judith A. Meads has been servedasAlumniDirectoratGlenville awarded the 2003-2004 Gilmer State College for a total of thirty-five County Teacher of the Year. years in education. She has taught students for twenty- While at Gilmer County High five years at Gilmer County High Sc h ool.H_~r courses included English 12, communications, theater, and Ap- palachian Literature. Previous to her tenure at Gilmer County High School, Mrs. Meads taught at Walton High School, Ripley High School, and at Moon-Union High School in Coraopolis, PA. In addition, she OUTSTANDING TEACHER OF 2004 JUDY MEADS School, Mrs. Meads served eighteen years on the WV Department of Education's Writing Assessment Scor- ing Team and was Gilmer Countyfs West Virginia Young Writers Coor- dinator. During her tenure, she was responsible for a wide variety of ac- tivities that included drama director for the annual student theatrical pro- ductions; forensic team coach, pro- ducing several state winners; SADD advisor; and Student Council spon- sor. In addition, she was English De- partment Chair, Faculty Senate Sec- retary, and a member of the High Schools That Work and School To Work Site Teams. Cultural enrichment for students has always been important to Mrs. Meads. She implemented numerous trips for students to see theater pro- ductions, concerts, and museums in WV and also took them to New York City and Washington, DC. She notes that: "It was always a pleasure to see students' excitement, wonder, and joy when they were a part of these new experiences." For many years, Mrs. Meads pro- duced the Gilmer Gathering -- a Gilmer County High School creative writing magazine featuring the po- ems, stories, essays, and drawings of students. In addition, she and Ms. Sandra Foster planned and imple- mented a Renaissance Festival which involved all students and faculty at Gilmer County High School. As part of her Appalachian Litera- ture course, Mrs. Meads took students to coal mines, company stores, and coal towns in southern West Virginia. Her classroom has had many resource people who enhanced the student's ap- preciation and understanding of Appa- lachian culture, including Charlie Phares, Mack Samples, Ginny Hawker, Tracy Schwartz, Phyllis Marks, Patrick Gainer, and many WV Humanities Council artists. West Virginia writers who visited and shared their works in her classroom were Denise Giardina, Mary Beth Willis, June Langford Berkley, and Mark DeFoe Mrs. Meads is a member of the National Education Association, West Virginia Education Association, and Gilmer County Education Associa- tion. Currently, she is president of the local Alpha Zeta Chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, an honorary professional education Superintendent Ed Toman #30 Foodland Plaza Gienville, WV 26351 (304) 462-5051 Bruce Fitzwater Fax (304) 462-8215 Branch Manager 230 HOSPITAL PLAZA WESTON, WoVA. 26452 Section B --GCHS Homecoming Special Glenville Democrat lenvil inder Glenville, W. Va. Schedule of Events--- ! ! Forthepastcoupleofweeks, Gilmer at 1:30 p.m. of the area's school children and their County High School has been buzz- The parade co-marshals are a long- parents, are invited to town in order to ing with activities in preparation for time dynamic teaching duo for many see this annual parade's gala line-up this year's 2004 Annual Homecom- years at the high school. They are: of entries -- traditionally beautiful ing at the school and in this county. Judy (Mrs. Jim) M~ads, Gilmerfloats, walking units and colorfully- 'The One For Me!' County'sTeacheroftheYearfor2004, decorated vehicles. The annual Pai'ade and and Mary (Mrs. Dean) Bland Homecoming Dance Homecoming's theme is "The One Strickland, the High School's Teacher That night the Homecoming Game For Me." of the Years for many years prior to will pit the Titans against Meadow Cook-Out/Bonfire her retirement last year. Bridge High School. The kick-off is This week's Titan HomecomingParticipating parade units -- civic at7:30p.m.intheI.L.andSueMorris events begin on Wed., Oct. 20 at 6 clubs, businesses, politicalcandidates, Stadium at Glenville State College on p.m. with a Cook-Out and Bonfire at youth groups, schools and bands -- Mineral Road. the High School's Rohrbough Field. should begin lining up in the down- Thefina12004GilmerCountyHigh This social opener will be followed at town area at 12:30 p.m. on Friday. School Homecoming event will be 8:45 p.m. by the Coronation Cer- The Gilmer County Veterans Flag the Saturday evening dance in the emony of the Homecoming King and Detachment will meet at the Pizza School's Gym. Pictures of the partici- Queen in the High School's Damon Hut's parking lot, while the rest of the pants will be taken from 7-9 p.m., and West Gymnasium. entries should check-in at Stalnaker the Homecoming Dance itself will School's Pep Rally Gas&OilCompany'slotonSycamorecommence at 9 p.m. and last until At 2:30 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 21, the Run Road. mid-night. school's Pep Rally will begin at the At the 1:30 p.m. Friday parade, the Conclusion High School. All students are encour- participating units in the Gilmer Principal John Bennett extends his aged to participate in it. County High School Homecomingappreciation to all of the faculty, stu- 2004 Parade line-up of well-wishers will begin dents, parents and community orga- On this Fri., Oct. 22, the Home- marching down East Main Street at nizations and people who helped to coming Day will begin with the pa- Go-Mart-Sub-Express in Glenville. make this 2004 Homecoming a suc- rade in downtown Glenville starting The general public, along with all cess. GCHS CHEERLEADERS -- All during this 2004 Gilmer County High School football season, the Titan Cheerleaders could be counted on to cheer on Head Coach Steve Shuff's football team. Although the Season has been a tough one on the gridiron for GCHS, these lovely and enthusiastic cheerleaders have clone their best to cheer up and to cheer on the Titan team, especially when they fell behind in close games. "Go Titans, Beat Meadow Bridge," they'll chant at this Friday evening's annual Homecoming game at GSC's Morris Stadium. organization, featuring old-time music, arts, his- Strickland, who also retired in June. Mrs. Meads and her husband, Jim, tory, dance, and Appalachian writers. In reflecting upon her retirement, ProfessorEmeritusofGlenville State Shecreditsherhometownrootsin the Mrs. Meads says: "I have always College, have been married thirty- WV State Folk Festival for her inter- striven to respect students as unique seven years. They have two daugh- est in Appalachian culture. Sarah individuals who need me to listen. ters, bothGilmerCountyHighSchool MeadsDodsonisadoctoralstudentin share, and laugh with them as we graduates. Rachael Meads and her micro-medical biology at the Medi- learn together. It is through these husband John Meeker and daughter cal College at West Virginia Univer- means of promoting a positive class- Flora live in Shepherdstown, WV. sity. She and her husband, Jeff, also room environment that students have Rachael is Director of Student Life have a home in Charleston, S.C. enriched my life, just as I hope that I and also Director of the Performing Mrs. Meads is also being honored have enriched theirs. As I reflect back Arts Series. In addition, she co- this week as Gilmer County High over my years ofteaching, Iwouldbe founded the Appalachian Festival, School's Homecoming Parade Co- very pleased to hear from formerstu- now in its tenth year at Shepherd, Marshal along with Mrs. MaryBland dentsandwouldwelcometheirnotes." A Division of Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center, Inc. Glenville iiii i Alpha Zeta Chapter Delta Kappa Gamma 3 miles east of Glenville on Rt. 33 lU Drawer 57 317 West Main St., Glenville