WHEELING -The West Virginia Super Six high school football championship weekend in Wheeling is not all about football and marching bands.
On Saturday, the Super Six Committee and the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission also recognized the academic accomplishments of the state's finest middle school and high school student-athletes during their annual Academic Achievement Awards brunch held at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack.
Five high school students who each received $1,000 scholarships were Phillip Wilson of Clarksburg Notre Dame, Cassidy Bland of Brooke, Ben McCoy of Wirt County, Danielle Noeman of Wheeling Park and Johnna Akers of Shinnston Lincoln.
Scholarship winners honored at Saturday's West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission Academic Achievement Awards program are, from left, Cassidy Bland of Brooke High School, Ben McCoy of Wirt County High School, Danielle Noeman of Wheeling Park High School and Johnna Akers of Shinnston Lincoln High School. Not pictured is Philip Wilson of Clarksburg Notre Dame High School. -- Fred Connors
Sponsors of the scholarships include the Howard Corcoran Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund, American Electric Power, Mountain River Physical Therapy and West Liberty University.
In addition to the scholarships, teams and individuals from around the state were honored for superior academic achievement. The team awards are based on the computed overall grade point averages for the team sport award and band awards.
Individual awards include male athlete, female athlete, male band member, female band member, and community service at both the high school and middle school levels.
Teams honored included:
High school awards -Team sport, Lincoln High School girls basketball, 3.965 GPA; individual sport, Brooke High School boys tennis, 4.0 GPA; band, Wheeling Park High School, 3.901 GPA.
Middle School/Junior High - Team sport, Wheeling Middle School football, 3.853 GPA; Individual sport, Triadelphia Middle School girls track, 4.0 GPA; band, Bridge Street Middle School, 3.941 GPA.
Students honored on an individual basis included athletes Joseph Folio of Clarksburg Notre Dame Middle School and Elizabeth Brossman of Triadelphia Middle School, and band members William Sellers and Emma Blair, both of Triadelphia Middle School.
Ohio County Board of Education member Christine Carder served as master of ceremonies. Other speakers included Ohio County Schools Superintendent Dianna Vargo, Deputy State Superintendent Chuck Heinlein, WVSSAC Executive Director Gary Ray and Assistant WVSSAC Executive Director Ray Londeree.