Three Named to Wall of Fame

GLEN DALE – The John Marshall High School Wall of Fame committee has announced its new inductees for 2012.

The Wall of Fame program honors individuals who have substantially contributed to the school. Those honored may be graduates who have demonstrated superior achievements in school and beyond or non-graduates who have gone above the call of duty in their service to the institution. Each year a group is selected from nominees and presented for induction at a banquet in their honor.

A permanent display of the wall’s membership is located in the school’s auditorium. The 2012 inductees will be honored at a banquet at the Moundsville Country Club Sept. 22. Reservations and tickets may be obtained by calling WOF Committee Chairman Joseph Komorowski at 304-845-3403. The banquet is open to the public and reservations are due by Sept. 1.

The three individuals selected for the John Marshall High School Wall of Fame 2012 are:

– Amy L. (Blankenship) Bailey, an accomplished high school and college athlete who has been employed for 12 years at TeleTech and is a service delivery manager. Currently, she divides her employment week between the Uniontown and Moundsville TeleTech facilities.

As an honor student at John Marshall, Bailey distinguished herself as a member of the track, cross country and basketball teams. She earned seven varsity letters and was a state champion in the 3200 meters in 1993 and 1994. In 1993 she was the state champion in 1600 meter competition. As an all-state honoree her senior year she led her cross country team to a second place finish in the West Virginia State Meet. During her sophomore year she lettered on the state runner-up basketball team.

Bailey continued her education at the University of Louisville. She was quite successful on the school’s cross country and track teams, and in 1996 the cross country team won the team championship. At the Conference USA track championship meet she was a runner-up in 3000 meter, 5000 meter and 10000 meter events.

Bailey resides in Marshall County with her husband and two children and is a supporter of the American Cancer Society. She utilizes her athletic skills by coaching grade school basketball and middle school track.

– James D. “Jim” Cochran has been a journalist at The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register since 1952. When John Marshall High School opened in 1968, Cochran began to report on the achievements of John Marshall students. He continues to follow the careers of many graduates. Prior to the opening of the consolidated school, he covered many events at Union, Sherrard and Moundsville high schools.

Cochran has photographed and written about events such as essay contests, speech tournaments, Special Olympics, chorus, band, math, science, history and many other school programs. For 20 years, Cochran was in the press box at all home Monarch football games. He also took special interest in the wrestling program at the school and reported on the West Virginia State Wrestling Tournament for 34 consecutive years.

Cochran continues to serve the community with the weekly column “Marshall Memo,” which provides information to the public about current students and graduates of the school.

– Robert Andrew Pastorius was known as the Father of Vocational Education in West Virginia. He began his teaching career in 1942 at Union High School as a machine shop instructor. After teaching the program for 10 years he then assumed the position of teacher-coordinator of the vocational program in Marshall County until 1968. He was named county vocational director when John Marshall opened.

During the planning and construction of John Marshall High School, Pastorius was instrumental in gaining West Virginia Department of Education vocational financial support, which provided for many vocational technical classes to be included in the new school.

He came to the school with a wealth of experience and was one of the personalities that provided a strong foundation for the new school during its infancy.

Pastorius’ vision for outstanding vocational education programs in business, agriculture, health occupations, foods, technical skills and clothing production at John Marshall have helped thousands of students to prepare for careers after graduation.