Pats on the Back:

∫ To Wheeling Park High School seniors Abbey Delk, Sarah Ihlenfeld, Katherine Leary, Mary Prather, Paushaly Sau and Fiona Zhang, who have been named finalists in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

∫ To Matt Welsch, owner of the Vagabond Kitchen in Wheeling, for winning a national competition among chefs on the Food Network’s “Guy’s Grocery Games” television show.

∫ To the Cameron High School team that won the right to compete in the West Virginia History Bowl competition April 24 in Charleston. Also placing in the regional event were CHS’s other team, which placed second, and teams from St. Joseph the Worker School and Moundsville Middle School, which were ranked third and fourth, respectively.

∫ To the new Wheeling Park High School Competitive Dance team, which performed recently in the Varsity Jazz Division of the National Dance Alliance Wild Card Classic. The local group was named Grand Champions and won the event’s award for technical excellence.