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Daugherty Earns Adam R. Kelly Memorial Scholarship

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Jamie Daugherty

KIDWELL – Tyler Consolidated High School senior Jamie Daugherty is this year’s recipient of the Adam R. Kelly Memorial Scholarship Award.

The announcement was made during the Class of 2022 commencement exercises held Thursday, May 12. Daugherty is the daughter of Lori and John Daugherty of Paden City. She plans to attend West Liberty University to study nursing.

The $500 scholarship is given annually to a graduating TCHS senior in honor of the late “Country Editor” columnist. It was established in June 1990 in memory of Kelly, who died three months earlier at the age of 65.

Kelly moved to Sistersville in 1954, serving as editor and publisher of the Tyler Star News until 1979. As Editor Emeritus, he continued writing “The Country Editor” column, which appeared in The Intelligencer, the Wheeling News-Register and several other West Virginia publications. Kelly won numerous state and national awards for his pieces.

From 1990 to 1993, two scholarships were given each year to Tyler County graduating seniors. When the two county high schools were consolidated in September 1993, the scholarship committee opted to award one scholarship to a Tyler Consolidated senior.

Applicants must submit a resume along with an essay titled “In Defense of Freedom;” then they are interviewed by a three-member scholarship committee. The students’ applications, essays, academic achievements, extracurricular activities, college plans and financial need are assessed by the committee members during the selection process.

Daugherty focused her studies while at TCHS on honors and AP classes in U.S. government and politics, trigonometry, English, biology and earth science. She was a member of student council, the National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, Youth Leadership Association, Future Farmers of America, and the quilting and sewing club.

She also attended Rhododendron Girls State her junior year and was invited to the Peoples Bank Top 15% banquets throughout all four years of her high school career.

Other past recipients of the Adam R. Kelly Memorial Scholarship Award are: 1990, Shelly Dawn Craven and Ryan Joseph Morgan; 1991, Betsy J. Snyder and Charles “Chip” Hendricks II; 1992, Daniel J. Hanood and Ken Ferrell; 1993, Amanda Diane Myers and Joshua Gurtler; 1994, Jodi Livingston; 1995, Brandice Cherilynne Smith; 1996, Nancy Carolyn Myers; 1997, Luke N. Peters; 1998, Karen Folger; 1999, Catherine E. Peters; 2000, Leann M. Kucharski; 2001, Erin Wilt; 2002, Michael A. Smith; 2003, Brian F. Rohrig; 2004, J. Lance McKeever; 2005, Thomas Andrew “Drew” Carson; 2006, Jessica B. Kisner; 2007, Adam Scott Knowlton; 2008, Linda Bassett; 2009, Zach Perkey; 2010, Emily D. Thomas; 2011, Blaine Rice; 2012, Tara Weese; 2013, Martina M. Parrish; 2014, Amanda Dawson; 2015, Sydney Elizabeth Yoho; 2016, Katlyn O. Seckman; 2017, Courtney Hoder; 2018, Isabella Camerlin; 2019, Emily Lancaster; 2020, Hali Westcott; and 2021, Hallie Danielle Placer

The scholarship fund was endowed through contributions from area businesses, friends, and newspaper journalists from throughout the state. Additionally, an Adam R. Kelly Memorial Golf Tournament was held for three years at the Sistersville Country Club, where Kelly was a member.


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