Panhandle Nurtures Outstanding Scholars

Congratulations to Wheeling Park High School seniors Adam Craig and Miriam Demasi, who have been chosen West Virginia University Foundation Scholars.

The two are among just five students chosen from throughout the state for the honor. With it for each winner goes $87,000 to cover four years of college costs, plus a $4,500 stipend meant to broaden the student’s horizons.

As we explained in a story about the scholarships, both Demasi and Craig are top-notch students. Both envision careers that will make the world a better place. Craig is the son of Robin and Bob Craig. Demasi is the daughter of Regina and Larry Demasi Jr.

Foundation Scholarships go to just a very select few Mountain State students. They are chosen based on academics, leadership and community service.

Obviously, it is a tribute to our community that two of the five Foundation Scholarship winners this year are WPHS students. But the local distinction goes beyond that.

A list of Foundation Scholars provided to us by WVU shows our area produces them at a rate far beyond what might be expected.

Off the 155 students who have won Foundation Scholarships since the program’s inception in 1987, 25 are from the Northern Panhandle. Given the population of Brooke, Hancock, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel and Tyler counties, the number is nearly twice the state average.

That says much about schools, parents and nurturing communities in our region of the Mountain State.

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