WVU announces the opportunity for high school students to earn college credit through online classes at reduced rates. Classes offered are: Digital Photography, Introduction to Mass Media, Engineering Problem Solving 1, Engineering in History, Landmarks of World Art Media & Society, 20th Century American Pop Music, & Intro: Native American Studies. For more information, please go to http://k12.wvu.edu/Access/Apply/ or stop by the school counseling office!
Dabney S. Lancaster Community College will be hosting its spring Dabney Day for high school students on April 29. This event gives students an opportunity to tour the main campus, learn more about specific programs of interest, and participate in the Spring Picnic. The experience would serve as a valuable experience to those upperclassmen that might be interested in attending Dabney in the future. We are looking at students arriving at around 9:00am and wrapping up the event at 12:45- 1pm. See the guidance office if you would like to attend.
James Monroe High School’s Youth Leadership Association attended the 2015 Youth in Government conference at the state capital on 24-26 April. A total of twenty-eight students represented James Monroe: fourteen in Judicial, ten in legislative, two in the press, and one lobbyist. Also in attendance were Blaize Fergeuson, from Peterstown Middle School, and Brady Davis, from Mountain View Middle School who served as pages. Right from the beginning things were very interesting. The opening ceremony had many guest speakers like Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, Senator Darrell McBeath, Delegate Micheal Oliverio, and Justice McKinna Polling. Not long after the ceremony students went straight to work. Two James Monroe students were elected to hold office positions this year. Matthew Meadows is the newly elected Chaplain of the Senate and Sam Womack is the newly elected Clerk of the House. Each year students create bills and present them in front of councils. From James Monroe Shana Brant and Carter Bonds presented their Bill to legalize cross-bow hunting in West Virginia. Their bill passed through committee and the House, and received the signature of the Governor. Youth in Government is a great organization, because it builds strong leaders and also better informs the next generation on how regular government procedures work. In an interview with Natalie Tennant she said, “They (the members) will leave here inspired and empowered to be leaders among their peers.” Not only does it secure a strong future for 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. So as the organization of Youth in Government continues to grow it appears that Monroe County will be well represented by a group of very inspiring young adults.
Post written by JMHS 9th grade student Whitney Hunt.
Click here to view a student produced newsletter covering the event and highlighting a few of our Maverick students.
The James Monroe High School/Monroe County Technical Center (JMHS/MCTC) Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corp (JROTC) Battalion hosted a welcome home ceremony for Vietnam Veterans on 17 April 2015 at the JMHS football stadium. The West Virginia Council of the Vietnam Veterans of America set up its mobile Memorial Wall at the event, and the Maverick Battalion conducted a formal military review. The Wall remained set up all day, and cadets from the Maverick Battalion provided an honor guard for it. Approximately fifty Vietnam Veterans and their families attended the ceremony and viewed the wall to pay tribute to those who displayed an uncommon degree of selfless service to our country. In addition, several hundred members of the JMHS student body were present. The West Virginia Council of the Vietnam Veterans of America generously gave the proceeds from their donation box to support Operation Maverick Stampede, the JMHS/MCTC JROTC trip to Normandy, France to march in the Memorial D-Day Parade. The Maverick Battalion hopes to make this an annual event.
On April 23,2015, the James Monroe High School Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) of the Monroe County Technical Center (MCTC) hosted an Adventure Competition titled "Maverick Madness." In the competition, cadets participated in a Modified Physical Fitness Test, a Litter Carry, Tug of War, a Tire Flip Relay, and a Tire Balance Relay. At the end of the day, in competition with Greenbrier East and Fayette Institute of Technology, the Maverick Battalion came home with a third place trophy in Litter Carry, Tire Balance Relay, and Tug of War. The Mavericks took second place in the Tire Flip Relay, and achieved third place overall.
On 22 April 2015 the American Legion Rowe-Jones Post 145 of Peterstown, WV donated $1,000 to the James Monroe High School/Monroe County Technical Center (JMHS/MCTC) Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) Battalion in honor of American Legion members and World War II veterans William S. Broyles and James C. Maness. Roy P. Reese, Post Commander, presented the check to Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Garcia at a brief ceremony. Also present were Post Adjutant Danny G. Lively and Post Historian Bobby R. Brown. After the ceremony Mr. Broyles and Mr. Maness were generous enough to answer questions about their experiences in World War II from the cadets.
World War II Veterans William S. Broyles and James C. Maness
join Cadet Lieutenant Joseph T. Garcia in a hand salute.
The JMHS/MCTC FBLA club competed today at the FLBA state leadership conference. We are proud to report that once again, we had several students place. The awards received are listed below. Great job Mavs! Special thanks goes to FBLA sponsor, Malory McPherson, for her continued hard work with these students.
Sydney Ballard - 3rd place in Intro to Business Communications
Dillon Bradley - 4th place in Agribusiness & 4th place in Personal Finance
Dominque Cuccaro - 2nd place in Economics
Timmy Frazier - 3rd place in Networking Concepts
Kameron Hall - 4th place in Business Procedures
Joe Womack - 2nd place in Impromptu Speaking
On April 17, 2015, the James Monroe High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) hosted the fourth Annual Military Ball. Ms. Betty Farmer was gracious to let the program hold the event at her home, the Salt Sulphur Resort just outside of Union. The activities that evening consisted of a color guard posting the colors, distinguished guest speakers, dinner, toasts, the famed punch bowl ceremony, and an awards ceremony. Later that evening, cadets enjoyed taking part in dancing inside the resort. At the end of the evening, several cadets assisted in clean up of the resort and the outside grounds.
On Friday, April 17, 2015, The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall www.travelingwall.us will be set up on the football field for the students and public to view. There will be a parade starting at 10am honoring veterans that are in attendance. The JMHS family of staff and students are grateful for all veterans who have served our country proudly.
This Traveling Memorial stands as a reminder of the great sacrifices made during the Vietnam War. It was made for the purpose of helping heal and rekindle friendships and to allow people the opportunity to visit loved ones in their home town who otherwise may not be able to make the trip to Washington.
Thank you to the JROTC program for hosting this event.
On 16 April 2015 the members of James Monroe High School’s Teen Community Emergency Response Team (Teen CERT) picked up trash along U.S. Route 219. The Mavericks collected twenty-two bags of trash and several large pieces of debris along the stretch of highway it adopted last year. It used the opportunity to use the same organization and leadership it would if called on to help Monroe County’s emergency response personnel respond to a community emergency. While the Mavericks were glad to do their part to keep Monroe County clean, they noted that most of the trash was obviously thrown out of vehicles and largely consisted of food and beverage containers. Eliminating garbage in our lovely community is as easy as the three R’s: reduce the amount of garbage you create, reuse what you can, and recycle as much material as possible.
JMHS Teen CERT members Lytha Kast, Hannah Johnson, Charles “JR” Weikle, Levi Waldron, Jacob Hinkle, and Austin Waddell doing their part to keep Monroe County clean.