The Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce on Friday presented four Ohio County educators with their Teacher of the Year Award and granted a high school senior their annual scholarship.
The awards were presented during the chamber's annual Partner's in Education Luncheon, held at West Virginia Northern Community College. The event brought together local businesses and community schools to celebrate their working relationship during the past school year.
The chamber's Education Committee nominated the teachers. This year's recipients were Theresa Fultz of Wheeling Central Catholic High School, Deborah Haley of Elm Grove Elementary School, Erica Alexander of Bridge Street Middle School and Barbara Randolph of Madison Elementary School.
Photo by Tyler Reynard
The Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce and Williams Lea present their scholarship to Wheeling Park High School senior Cecily Flight, Friday. Pictured, from left, are Chamber President Terry Sterling, Chamber Vice President of Operations Lisa Mullin, Flight, Williams Lea Senior Account Manager Tami Horvath and Chamber Education Committee Chairman John Culler.
Not only did each winner receive a gift certificate from the Teacher's Store and a recognition plaque, but they will also have the honor to serve as grand marshals in this year's Perkins Restaurant and Bakery Fantasy in Lights Parade. Education Committee Chairman John Culler said the local school systems are a key component to the chamber's effort to attract businesses to the area.
Also honored at the luncheon was Wheeling Park High School senior Cecily Flight, who received the $1,000 Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce and Williams Lea Scholarship. The chamber will present a $1,000 check to West Virginia University in the fall to help with Flight's education expenses.
Those in attendance also took in musical performances from Triadelphia Middle School and Our Lady of Peace Parish School students.