WELLSBURG - Children who created posters promoting school bus safety and a Wellsburg Primary School pupil who was both a local and state winner for an essay inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. were recognized at the March 14 meeting of the Brooke County Board of Education.
Ron Ujcich, Brooke County Schools transportation director; and Debbie Baker, the transportation department's office manager; announced the winners of the department's annual school bus safety poster contest.
Those who placed first, second and third received cash prizes of $25, $15 and $10, respectively, courtesy of the contest's sponsors: Main Street Bank, Dr. Patsy Cipoletti, Hone and Son Trucking of Wellsburg, the Wellsburg NAPA Auto Parts and Parkvale Bank.
PROMOTING?SAFETY — Winners of the Brooke County Schools Transportation Department’s annual bus safety poster contest were recognized by the Brooke County school board. The winners include, from left, front: Ryan Taylor of Colliers Primary School, Jacob Lockhart of Hooverson Heights Primary School, Ava Bolen of Franklin Primary School, Josh McEvoy of Colliers Primary School, Luke Secrist of Hooverson Heights Primary School, Olivia Cipoletti of Franklin Primary School, Marque Williams of Wellsburg Primary School and Logan Gaschler of Franklin Primary School; and back: Ryleigh Moore of Hooverson Heights Primary School, Tony Apesos of Franklin Primary School, Haleigh Sutak, Kirstie Barchiesi and Shyann Parr, all of Wellsburg Middle School; Riley McAllister of Wellsburg Primary School, and Jacob Hunter of Wellsburg Primary School.
The entries were judged by the school district's bus drivers.
Listed by grade, the winners, in order of first, second and third place, were:
Kindergarten: Marque Williams of Wellsburg Primary School and Logan Gaschler and Ava Bolen, both of Franklin Primary School.
First grade: Josh McEvoy of Colliers Primary School; Luke Secrist of Hooverson Heights Primary School; and Tyler Erwin of Lauretta B. Millsop Primary School.
Second grade: Ryan Taylor of Colliers Primary School; Olivia Cipoletti of Franklin Primary School; and Kayla Akers of Lauretta B. Millsop Primary School.
Third grade: Rachael Horstman of Lauretta B. Millsop Primary School; Ryleigh Moore of Hooverson Heights Primary School; and Riley McAllister of Wellsburg Primary School.
Fourth grade: Jacob Lockhart of Hooverson Heights Primary School; Gabrielle Snyder of Jefferson Primary School; and Tony Apesos of Franklin Primary School.
Fifth-grader Baylee Greathouse, sixth-grader Eden Rice, seventh-grader Shyann Parr and eighth-grader Kirstie Barchiesi, all of Wellsburg Middle School, placed first in their respective grades, and Hayleigh Sutak, an eighth-grader at Wellsburg Middle School, placed second for her grade.
Special honors went to Jacob Hunter and Kyle Marker, both of Wellsburg Primary School, who each received $25.
The board also recognized Emily Donley, a fourth-grader at Wellsburg Primary School, placed first among pupils in grades 3-5 and in Brooke, Ohio and Marshall counties competing in the YWCA's 18th Annual Project on Racism Essay Contest and placed second among hundreds of pupils in those grades at the state level of the competition.
She was among hundreds of pupils challenged to write on a quote by Martin Luther King Jr. on the nature of education: "The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education."
Donley elaborated on the idea by drawing upon her experiences at school, including her school's character education program, which aims to impart to pupils the meaning of various virtues.
Donley and other regional winners of the contest were asked to read their essays at a Martin Luther King Day program at West Virginia Northern Community College in Wheeling.
As a state winner, she was presented a certificate and book on King's life at a program in Charleston held by the Martin Luther King Jr. West Virginia Holiday Commission and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History on Jan. 15.
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