Seven Potomac Highlands graduating high school seniors won scholarships from Eastern WV Community and Technical College that will cover the school’s tuition costs and most student fees for one year.
The recipients include Wardensville’s Shyane Constable, Augusta’s Savannah Jenkins, Parsons’ Andrew Kisamore, Burlington’s Jacob Mellott, Moorefield’s Dillon Ruddle, Petersburg’s Robyn Shirk and Brandywine’s Salena Weese.
Shyane Constable, East Hardy High School
Shyane Constable looks forward to a pre-nursing major at Eastern. Her goal is a career in nursing, ideally at the Winchester Medical Center. “I love to take care of people and help people,” she said.
At East Hardy High School, Constable played percussion and piccolo in the band, and participated with the Shepherd University Honor Band. Also an avid athlete, she played basketball and volleyball, and ran varsity track.
Savannah Jenkins, Hampshire High School
An ‘A’ student at Hampshire High School, and a volunteer with residents at the Hampshire Center (Genesis Healthcare), Savannah Jenkins plans to earn an associate of science degree at Eastern as the first step towards a career as an ultrasound technician. She hopes eventually to complete a master’s degree.
“My passion has always been assisting others and trying to improve their quality of life,” she said, reasoning that a career as a healthcare technician will allow her to do that daily.
“I thank my mom, Kimberly, for her help and support of my goals towards college and a career,” she said, “and I wish to thank Eastern as well.”
Andrew Kisamore, Tucker County High School
Andrew Kisamore plans to study automotive technology at Eastern, to prepare for ASE industry certification and the auto tech job market. Eventually he hopes to own his own business.
“I also intend to use my skills to help those in need,” he said. His past Tucker County community service includes work with the school system, the animal shelter, the ambulance service, two churches and the Limestone Mountain Cemetery.
“Assisting with auto repairs could help someone to keep their job.”
At Tucker County High School, Kisamore played on the golf team, lettered in archery, and belonged to the Skills USA club. As a member of Future Farmers of America, he served as chaplain and assistant vice-president, and earned both a Green Hand Award and a Chapter FFA Degree.
Jacob Mellott, Keyser High School
“By attending Eastern, I will be able to live at home and commute from Burlington,” noted Keyser High School alumnus Jacob Mellott.” Having the support of family and friends while attending college, he said, “will help me succeed.”
A member of Skills USA and HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America), and past member of the KHS Student Council, Mellott attended Boys State last summer. Last fall, the Mineral County Technical Center twice named him student of the month.
At KHS, Mellott served as captain of both the football and wrestling teams, and competed as an all-state wrestler. He currently owns the school’s career record for most wrestling wins.
Dillon Ruddle, Moorefield High School
Dillon Ruddle expects to study computer programming to develop his technical knowledge and skills, with the aim of supporting a writing career.
He earned an ‘A’ average at Moorefield High School, including a two-year skilled pathway in computer and network repair through the South Branch Career and Technical Center.
Ruddle played varsity double tennis for Moorefield and belongs to the Durgon Yankees 4H club.
Believing that “education is a lifelong process,” he plans to deepen his education beyond Eastern, and to write books, he said, favoring the style of J. K. Rowling and C. S. Lewis.
Robyn Shirk, Petersburg High School
At Petersburg High School, Robyn Shirk, a four-year “A” honor roll student, interned with a first grade class during her senior year.
“I loved it,” she said. “I enjoy teaching them new words and math formulas. They’re so eager to learn!” Shirk plans to study elementary education at Eastern to prepare for a career in teaching.
A member of the National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Shirk got a jump start on her college career by taking Psychology and English at Eastern while still in high school.
“Eastern is my dream college,” she said. “It’s close enough to travel and keep my job, and the administrators are very helpful.”
Salena Weese, Pendleton County High School
With a goal of becoming an early childhood teacher or teacher aide, Salena Weese plans to major in early childhood development at Eastern.
“I would like to learn more about working with children,” she said. “I want to be well-prepared, so that I can do a better job for the children I assist.”
A senior year honor roll student at Pendleton County High School, and a member of the Brandywine Bobcats 4-H Club, the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Weese also sang in the school choir.
More Than 66% Of Eastern Students Awarded Aid
Each spring, Eastern invites seniors from every high school in its six-county service district to apply for the one-year scholarship, and chooses one applicant from each school. To keep the scholarship for the spring semester, the student must stay in good standing for attendance and discipline, and complete all credit hours attempted, while earning a minimum 3.0 grade point average during the first semester.
In just the last three years, noted Amanda Sites, Eastern's director of financial aid, the total amount of aid disbursed at Eastern has doubled, and now more than two-thirds of all students receive some type of financial assistance.
For more information about Eastern’s financial aid opportunities, programs of study, workforce training and community education and events, call toll free: 877-982-2322; or check the College’s website: “www.easternwv.edu”.
Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College is a comprehensive and equal opportunity community and technical college that makes educational resources accessible to the families, communities, and employers of Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Mineral, Pendleton and Tucker counties. Eastern is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.