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June 9, 2013
Weirton Daily Times

HONORED: Two West Liberty University students were honored with achievement awards during the Alpha Chi National Convention in Nashville, Tenn., recently.

Recognized were:

Saling was among 26 presentation prize winners, out of a field of more than 260 applicants. Meanwhile, Alpha Chi reports only 26 members of Alpha Chi received national fellowships and scholarships and 71 students applied for the one Cline received.

Alpha Chi is a coeducational academic honor society. Since 1922, its purpose has been to promote academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students and to honor those who achieve such distinction.

Membership is limited to the top 10 percent of juniors, seniors, and graduate students at colleges and universities with chapters. For information on West Liberty University, visit or call, toll-free, 1-866-WESTLIB.

ATTENDING: Weir Middle School Assistant Principal Joe Paolo Jr. recently attended the Southern Regional Education Board's Annual Leadership Forum, "Deepening Student Learning Through Teacher-Focused Principal Leadership," held in Atlanta.

Paolo was selected to be part of the West Virginia delegation, which also included George Aulenbacher, principal of George Washington High School, and Ben Cummings, director of the Roane-Jackson Vo-Tech Center.

A former math teacher and leader at the former Weirton Steel Corp., Paolo has been an assistant principal at Weir Middle for five years.

"The topics covered were extremely relevant and provided us with valuable leadership insight as West Virginia transitions into implementation of the Next Generation Standards and a new teacher evaluation system that will support the development of our teachers," he said.

The team is a collaboration between the West Virginia Department of Education, the West Virginia Center for Professional Development and school principals.

The forum brought nationally recognized researchers, practitioners and thought-leaders together to discuss how to prepare, support and strengthen principals' leadership skills in order to enhance student learning.

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