Scholarship recipients

Recipients of the 2019 Dana and Ethel Ervin Scholarships presented by the East Bank High School Alumni Association were, seated from left, Dawson Foster, Sydney Johnson, Alexis Buckley, Sierra Greenway, Isaac Taylor, Cheyenne Kees, Colton Nichols, Madison Johnson, Abigail Workman, Courtney O’Neal, Sarrah Thompson, Aman Malhotra, Madison Mallory, Ashley Elswick and Sierra Lawhorn; and standing from left, Karlee Smith, Dylan Clere, Blake Wentz, Cody Blankenship, Cameron Powell, Anna Harless, Molly Garretson, Anita Hudnall, Phoenix Carpenter, Travis Cox, Victoria Martin, Haley Donovan, Madison Russell and Ivy Davis. Honored but not pictured were A’Mya Walker, Garrett Hammitt and Emily Sword.

At the 19th awards ceremony at Riverside High School on May 20, the East Bank High School Alumni Association awarded 31 scholarships in the amount of $4,000 to each graduating recipient.

The 2019 Dana and Ethel Ervin Scholarship Fund awards were presented by the chair of the Scholarship Committee, Sallie Pat Tackett. Committee members present included Debbie Stanley, Allen Tackett, Rosalie King and other members of the association, Nancy Pat Maloney, Bill James and Peggy Linville James.

Each senior applicant at Riverside was interviewed by the Scholarship Committee. Consideration is based on the interview, essay as to “Why he/she should be given the scholarship,” academic achievement, community service, school involvement and the commitment to achieving a college degree.

Students receiving scholarships from the EBHSAA are profiled below in alphabetical order.

Cody Blankenship is the son of Marty Blankenship and Kathryn Hill of Glasgow. He plans to attend WVU Tech majoring in mechanical engineering. Cody graduated with honors.

Alexis Buckley is the daughter of Melissa Cross of Glasgow. She plans to attend Marshall majoring in forensic chemistry. Alexis graduated second in her class with highest honors and received the Promise Scholarship.

Phoenix Carpenter is the son of Lance and Crystal Carpenter of Winfrede. He plans to attend Tulsa Welding School in Florida, becoming a professional welder. Phoenix is the 2019 state champion in welding art/sculpture.

Dylan Clere is the son of the late Jimmy Clere and Paula Clere of Dawes. He plans to attend WVU Tech majoring in engineering.

Travis Cox, the son of Travis Cox of Charleston, plans to attend Marshall majoring in sports medicine.

Ivy Davis is the daughter of Ronald and Amanda Davis of Cabin Creek and plans to attend BridgeValley majoring in civil engineering.

Haley Donovan, the daughter of Chuck Donovan of Tad, plans to attend BridgeValley to major in human services.

Dawson Foster is the son of Donny Foster and the late Tracy Curry of Chelyan. He plans to attend Marshall to major in nursing. Dawson graduated with honors.

Molly Garretson, the daughter of Dennis Garretson and Cindy Shaffer of Cedar Grove, will attend Marshall, majoring in biology/chemistry.

Sierra Greenway is the daughter of Robert and Patricia Greenway of East Bank. She will attend Marshall University and major in business management and marketing. Sierra graduated with honors and received the Promise Scholarship.

Garrett Hammitt, the son of John and Angela Bess of Charleston, will attend WVU Tech to major in civil engineering. Garrett graduated with high honors and received the Promise Scholarship.

Anna Harless is the daughter of Randall and Angie Harless of Marmet and plans to attend West Virginia State University to major in education/primary.

Anita Hudnall, the daughter of Tim and Donna Hudnall of Cedar Grove, plans to attend BridgeValley and Carver Career Center, majoring in veterinary technology. Anita was the 2019 Carver Career Center Student of the Year, graduated with honors and was the first alternate.

Madison Johnson is the granddaughter of Donald and Pauline Lanham of Cedar Grove. She will attend BridgeValley to major in diagnostic medical sonography. Madison graduated with highest honors.

Sydney Johnson, the daughter of Andrew and Christine Johnson of Glasgow, plans to attend Marshall to major in environmental science. Sydney graduated first in her class, receiving highest honors, the Promise Scholarship and was the WSAZ Best of the Class for 2019.

Cheyenne Kees is the daughter of Andrew and Lora Kees of Gallagher and plans to attend WVU Tech to major in biology.

Sierra Lawhorn, who is under the guardianship of Gregory and Melody Pendergrass of Elkview, plans to attend West Virginia Wesleyan College to major in nursing.

Aman Malhotra, the son of Shawn and Deepika Malhotra of Montgomery, plans to attend WVU after a two-year mission trip. He is planning to major in chemistry to become an anesthesiologist. Aman graduated with high honors and received the Promise Scholarship.

Madison Mallory is the daughter of Jared Mallory and Josette Steele of Belle. She will attend Marshall and major in psychology.

Victoria Martin is the daughter of Jessica Martin of Pratt. She plans to attend Marshall University to major in nursing.

Colton Nichols, the son of Jeremy and Amanda Nichols of Charleston, will attend WVU to major in political science/communication studies minoring in leadership studies/international affairs and history. Colton graduated with high honors and received the Promise Scholarship.

Courtney O’Neal, the daughter of Joseph O’Neal of Chesapeake, will attend WVU, majoring in pre-law/political science. Courtney graduated with high honors.

Cameron Powell, the son of Michael and Leah Powell of Belle, will attend Glenville State College to major in business management/biology. Cameron graduated with honors.

Madison Russell is the daughter of Terry and Lori Russell of Marmet. She plans to attend BridgeValley to major in sonography. Madison graduated with highest honors.

Karlee Smith is the daughter of Lee and Jennifer Smith of Marmet. She will attend West Virginia State University to major in nursing/science. Karlee graduated with high honors.

Emily Sword, the daughter of Adam Sword and Staci Jones of Charleston, will attend BridgeValley to major in respiratory therapy.

Isaac Taylor, who graduated with honors, is the son of Jacob and Amy Taylor of Belle. He plans to attend Arizona State University to major in film and media studies.

Sarrah Thompson, the daughter of Dallas and April Thompson of Charleston, plans to attend Marshall to major in nursing. Sarrah graduated with high honors and received the Promise Scholarship.

A’Mya Walker is the daughter of Ernest and Debra Walker of Montgomery. She will attend West Virginia State University where she will major in nursing and minor in art.

Blake Wentz, who graduated with honors, is the son of David and Tina Wentz of Charleston. He plans to attend Glenville State College, majoring in forestry with and emphasis on becoming a game warden.

Abigail Workman is the daughter of Lawrence and Christa Workman of Dry Branch. She plans to attend Marshall University and major in pharmacy. Abigail graduated with high honors and received the Promise Scholarship.

The EBHSAA has many sponsors that support scholarship fund, including Amherst-Madison (Charlie Jones); AT&T; BBL Carlton Bowles-Rice; BrickStreet; Kent Carper; CAMC; City National Bank/Marmet Branch; Cornerstone Interiors, Inc.; Dominion Energy; Gino’s Pizza; In Memory of “Gag” Goode by wife, Bobbie, son, Chris and his wife; James F. Humphreys – Attorney at Law; Hutch’s Wrecker Service; Kanawha County Commission; Pardee Resources; Paul White Chevrolet (Chelyan); Quincy Coal Company (John L. Dickinson Family); the Segal Law Firm; Shonk Land Company; The Tackett Family; Tudor’s Biscuit World; TUMRK Wrecker Service; Walmart (Quincy Store); West Virginia Coal Association; and ZMM Architects & Engineers.

— EBHS Alumni Association

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