October Students of the Month Announced

Four Spring Valley High School students have been recognized as students of the month. Students were nominated for various reasons, recognized by teachers for leadership qualities, classroom performance, and outstanding citizenship. Nominated students were invited to join the Kenova Rotary Club for lunch and a recognition ceremony.

* Sam Holbrook, a freshman, was nominated by Ms. Dials. Ms. Dials said that Sam is respectful and always helping other students. His peers look up to him, and he is a joy to be around. He can be counted on to rally his classmates.

* Sunnie Hensley, a sophomore, was nominated by Mr. Totten. He credits Sunnie’s service to the school for her nomination. She has put in over 50 hours to assist with the school’s technology. She has a great attitude and is very helpful.

* Syerra Wilson, a junior, was nominated by Sgt. Layne. She is a member of the JROTC Raider, Rifle, and Drill teams, and she is captain of the Leadership Quiz Bowl Team. She manages to maintain a 3.75 GPA while volunteering at the VA hospital and for the Messages of Hope suicide prevention program.

* Mandie Ronk, a senior, was nominated by Mr. Caudill. He says she is truly a great person. She takes all classes seriously. She balances her school work with a job at Giovonni’s. She manages to set an excellent example for her peers, and she makes teaching a truly rewarding endeavor.

JROTC Wins Riverside Raider Competition

Congratulations to the Spring Valley High School JROTC Raider Team “A” for winning 1st Place Overall out of 13 teams at the Riverside Raider Competition this past weekend.  The “A” Team took 1st Place in the 5K run, One-Rope bridge, obstacle course, litter carry relay, knot tying relay events and 2nd place in the physical team test and logistics relay.  Individual honors go to Syerra Wilson for finishing 1st place female and Cesar Ventura for finishing 2nd place male in the Ultimate Warrior Competition.

raider team

National Award Earned by SkillsUSA State Officer

As secretary for SkillsUSA West Virginia, Shyanna Hatten attended the SkillsUSA Washington Leadership Training Institute (WLTI).  WLTI was held in Washington, D.C. on September 19th through 23rd.

WLTI focuses on leadership training for state SkillsUSA officers.  In addition to training sessions, WLTI included opportunities for tours of various monuments and memorials, including the Vietnam and Korean War Memorials, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Pentagon 911 Memorial.  The West Virginia delegation also toured the Holocaust Museum and took a tour of the U.S. Capitol.  Recreation activities included a picnic at the SkillsUSA national headquarters in Leesburg, Virginia, as well as a dance and social event on the last night.

SkillsUSA WLTI participants had the honor of participating in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.   This experience included observing the honored ceremony of the Changing of the Guard.

The highlight of the event was the opportunity for SkillsUSA West Virginia officers to speak to Senator Joe Manchin and his staff, as well as Senator Shelly Moore Capito’s staff.  State officers discussed funding, support for Career and Technical Student Organizations, and other areas of concern for Career and Technical Education.   Senator Manchin also posed questions to students, including asking their position on the minimum wage.

The capstone for WLTI is the coveted WLTI Statesman Award.  Shyanna, as well as the other six state officers, demonstrated the necessary leadership skills and completed the required activities to achieve their WLTI Statesman Award.  The award ceremony concluded the WLTI event on the morning of September 23rd.

The leadership skills from WLTI will be put to work by the state officer team as they lead the SkillsUSA West Virginia Fall Leadership Conference (FLC) at Cedar Lakes on October 21st through 22nd.   Career and Technical students who are interested in attending joining SkillsUSA or attending the FLC need to contact Mr. Roberts.   SkillsUSA holds regular meetings during club time on Tuesdays.