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Class Notes: Sept. 28, 2013

By Staff reports

Tom Dunn Energy Leadership Academy 

High school students from across the state participated in the inaugural Tom Dunn Energy Leadership Academy July 9-11 at West Virginia Wesleyan College. The Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia founded the academy in August 2012 to honor Dunn, one of its pioneer members and industry leaders, who died of cancer in April of that year.

Academy participants were: 

Cordel Rader, Braxton County HS; Ryan McCulley, Bridgeport HS; Jordan Harlan, Trevor McGowan, Hunter Simms and Michael Yates, Brooke HS; Hunter Samples and Mitchell Williams, Buckhannon Upshur HS; Ryan Mullennex, Elkins HS; Kevin Rhoades, Gilmer County HS;

Emily Brown, Herbert Hoover HS; Kristen Brown, Conner Cunningham, John Fisher, Travis Lavenski, Michael Martino, Evan Robinson, Cody Sanders and Jared Whited, Hurricane HS; Isabella McMillion, International School of Stavanger; Andrew Sayre, Liberty HS; Lloyd McIntyre, Nitro HS; Grant Cunningham and Rachel Rogers, Notre Dame HS;

Charles Schriner, Parkersburg Catholic HS; Christopher Rasnake, Poca HS; Brandon Gleason, Point Pleasant Sr. HS; Morgan Amick, Richwood HS; Austin Hall and Preston Martin, Ripley HS; Zack Norman, Tri County ALC; Marcus Nichols and Brock Yeater, Tyler Consolidated HS.

To learn more about the Tom Dunn Energy Leadership Academy and to download the application, visit

Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Alliance for a Healthier Generation announced that Mataio Swain, 15, of Charleston has been selected to serve on its 2013-2014 Youth Advisory Board. Mataio was chosen for his passion to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by inspiring his peers, schools and communities to live healthier lives.

The alliance, founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation, is one of the nation's largest nonprofit organizations working to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity. The 21-member youth board is one of the only youth-led advisory groups in the country focused on childhood obesity issues.

Mataio is entering his third year of service on the board. Board members serve as thought-leaders on childhood obesity issues, representing the alliance at local and national events, interviewing with journalists and health-education experts, engaging with community leaders and addressing their peers.

Additionally, members are responsible for initiating healthy changes in their own neighborhoods and school districts by engaging in service-learning programs. As a part of his work with the alliance the past two years, Mataio has partnered with the YMCA's Keys for Healthy Kids Program in an effort to find healthier options for his high school's lunch program. In the partnership, he created a presentation that was shown to several community organizations and was invited to speak at the State Capitol.

For more information, visit

Charleston Area Alliance scholarship recipients

The Charleston Area Alliance has awarded its 2013 College Summit Scholarships to three Kanawha Valley high school students: Alyssa Adkins of Sissonville High School, Brooke Harlow of Riverside High School and Katherine Hicks of Capital High School.

Each student received a $2,000 scholarship and a new iPad. In addition, students will receive a gift card to their university bookstores for their sophomore and junior years and one to an alliance member retailer to purchase business attire for job interviews their senior year.

The Maier Foundation provides funding for the scholarship. The Alliance's Scholarship Selection Committee met this summer to review applications and choose the recipients.

The Alliance partners with College Summit to provide scholarship opportunities for students participating in College Summit's peer leader workshop. Students share the information learned in the workshop with peers in their schools. Students must also have a 2.0-3.5 GPA and plan to attend a West Virginia college or university.

Class Notes is a way to recognize the academic accomplishments of area students. We accept news of scholarships, academic awards and other scholastic achievements. We do not accept honor roll lists or news related to sports and extracurricular activities. 

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