New River Community & Technical College is planning an Information Technology Summit on Friday, April 29th, from 1-4pm at their Raleigh County campus in Beaver. Juniors and seniors who are interested in pursuing a career in Computer Science or Cyber Security are invited to attend. See the guidance office for more information.
Youth in Government 2016
This year James Monroe High School attended the 2016 Youth in Government conference at the state capitol in Charleston, WV on April 22nd -24th. A total of thirty six students representing the James Monroe Youth Leadership Association were in attendance. Nine students participated in the judicial program, twenty-two students were legislatures, one student was a member of the press, one student was a lobbyist, and four students were officers.
Opening ceremony included guest speaker Justice Allen Loughry II, and representatives from the office of Natalie Tennant, Secretary of State, and Governor Tomblin. As soon as the ceremony commended the students went straight to work. The judicial presented their briefs to a panel of their peers, and the legislators begin working in committees debating bills. Bills and Briefs are composed, submitted, and rated before the program begins.
Hannah Pence and Ethan McKlarney authored a bill for child care for working low income families in West Virginia. The Bill passed through committee, the House, but did not receive the governor’s signature. Three James Monroe students were elected to hold elected positions for the 2017 program. Matthew Meadows will serve as the Youth Governor, Samuel Womack as the Youth President of the Senate, and Austin Toney as the Chaplain of the House. Antonella Blanco was chosen to serve on the Governor’s Cabinet and Samantha Frazier was chosen to serve as an Associate Justice; both will serve in those positions at next year’s program. Whitney Hunt and Brady Davis were chosen as committee chairs for next year’s legislative committees.
Youth in Government is a great program because it builds strong leaders and also shows the West Virginia’s youth a first-hand look at state government. In an interview with Natalie Tennant she said, “They (the students) will leave here inspired and empowered to be leaders among their peer.”
Not only does it secure a strong future form our country, but it allows kids from all around the state to meet and build strong bonds they will keep for the rest of their lives. As the Youth in Government program continues it appears that Monroe County will be well represented by a group of very inspiring you adults.
On Monday, April 18th the state and county scholars for the Class of 2016 were recognized. The Class of 2017 had 27 student scholars. State and county scholars earn their status through GPA, attendance, ACT score and course load. We are very proud of these students and their achievements both inside and outside of the classroom.
The JMHS Coburn Chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 26 new members in to the prestigious organization on Monday, May 18th. Students are inducted based on character, leadership, scholarship (3.72 GPA) and service. Family and friends were invited to share in this special occasion. A short reception was held in the library at JMHS following the ceremony.
Every year students from around the state attend the Youth Leadership Association Youth in Government program in Charleston, WV. This year James Monroe student, Whitney Hunt, was appointed as Associate Justice for the program. On February 23rd, Whitney Hunt, along with the three other justices from across the state, was offered the opportunity shadow Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry. The schools Youth Leadership Association offers as wide range of opportunities, such as this one, to its members. Justice Loughry was involved in the Youth in Government program through his high school's YLA as a young man. He tries to offer his support to the organization as much as possible. The students started the day by meeting Justice Loughry, and getting a personal tour of the justice’s chambers. He then invited them into his office where they spent time discussing his involvement in YG, and about the work he does as a Supreme Court Justice. They were able to meet the members of his office, and he took time to answer any questions the students had concerning him and his job. Justice Loughry says the program inspired him to be involved in our states government, and he emphasized that anyone has the ability to be involved even in the simplest ways. The students ended the day by sitting in on five court cases that were being presented. This day gave them a chance to see how the real positions work that they will be presiding in this April. Whitney is currently running for the Chief Justice position for the 2017 program.
The Peterstown United Methodist Church will be hosting its annual Blessed Dressed event on Saturday, April 16th. Any female students who are in need of a dress for prom are welcome to attend the event. The church has collected prom dresses from community members, and they will be giving those dresses to students. Please see Mrs. Dillon for more information.
All WV high school students are invited to submit an original piece in any genre that best reflects the life and values of Pearl S. Buck. The winner will be eligible for $250 and a scholarship to the WVU English Department's Summer Scholars Program. The application deadline is April 15, 2016. See the guidance office for details.
The STEM Summary Academy for Girls is a one-week summer program that shows you what STEM is really all about. Students will take classes in topics such as computer science, information systems, biology, chemistry, math, and engineering fields. Students will also take field trips, participate in projects and hear from female guest speakers who work in STEM professions. Students will experience life in a college campus atmosphere, as WVU Tech counselors lead activities. The applications deadline for this great opportunity is April 15th. See the counseling office for more information.
Camp STEM is a week long exploration of careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The camp will be held on the campus of WVU Tech in Montgomery, WV. Students will attend courses in a variety of STEM fields such as computer science, chemistry, automotive engineering, electrical engineering and forensic science as WVU Tech professors guide them through experiments, provide lectures and give demonstrations. Outside the classroom, students will work in teams on a week-long robotics project, attend guest lectures by STEM professionals and embark on field trips. This camp is a great opportunitiy for students interested in pursuing a career in the STEM field. The application deadline is April 15th.
The Maverick band performed on Friday, April 15th at Ratings in Princeton, West Virginia at the Chuck Mathena Performing Arts Center. Our young band did very well, earning ratings of 1,2 & 2. We are very proud of these students, and we are excited to see the Maverick band rapidly growing. Great job Mavs!