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Marshall Memo: Super Kids Soap Box Derby Coming to Moundsville on May 22

There will be two Soap Box Derby events in Marshall County this summer, both officially sanctioned.

A first-year attraction will be the Ohio Valley Super Kids Derby which will take place on May 22 in Moundsville. It is open to special needs youngsters aged 7-16 from Belmont, Marshall, Ohio and Wetzel counties.

A sanctioned derby in its sixth year will be held on June 5 on Fourth Street in Glen Dale.

Since this will be the first Super Kids Derby, here is information related to the event:

Super Kids is a National Organization that Governs Soap Box Derby Races for special needs children who will be partnered with an experienced Soap Box Derby driver.

The race will be on Henrietta Avenue, from 7th Street to 8th Street, in a bracketed format. Those taking part in the event will have their own steering control to “help” keep the car on course.

Philip Remke, who has been working with Shane VanScyoc and Rev. Steve Jumper in arranging the Super Kids race, said, “The entire day will be about special youths getting to do something exceptional. They will be the shining stars of this event.”

“The only thing parents need to provide is their child and an application with the doctor’s physical release.”

The first and second place winners will compete in the nationals in Akron, Ohio.

For those with questions about entering their child they can contact Remke at 304-280-8974 or via email at philipremke@comcast.net

John Marshall High School senior Zara Zervos is now one of about 625 students qualified as a semifinalist of the prestigious United States Presidential Scholar’s Program.

The next stop is for the Commission of Presidential Scholars to review the applications of all semifinalists based on academic achievement, personal characteristics, leadership service, extra curriculum activities, and an essay.

This committee will select up to 161 finalists for 2021 with the names of these students to be announced by the United States Secretary of Education in May.

In honoring U.S. Presidential Scholars, the President of the United States symbolically honors all graduating high school seniors of high potential. The scholars will be invited to Washington in June to receive the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion during a ceremony sponsored by the White House.

Brochures pertaining to the Moundsville High School Homecoming Celebration have been sent to persons who attended the school which closed its doors in 1968.

This year will be the 10th annual event. They typically are held every five years, although this year it will have been six years since the last homecoming as COVID-19 resulted in the postponement of last year’s event.

This year’s gathering will take place from Sept. 3-5.

The majority of the activities will take place at the Moundsville Center inside of the former West Virginia Penitentiary. In addition to activities planned by the committee, several classes have made arrangements for a get-together on the morning of Sept. 4.

Among the attractions will be:

Sept. 3

Exhibits at the Moundsville Center.

There will be a Homecoming Parade at 6 p.m., followed by a football game at which John Marshal will be hosting Weir High.

For those not attending the football game there will be a hospitality room from 7-10 p.m. at the Training Center.

Sept. 4

There will be window displays throughout the area, many of which will be those of class pictures.

A sports luncheon will be held at 2 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church. The speaker will be Bob Hummel.

There will be a social hour at 6 p.m. at the Moundsville Center, followed at 7 p.m. by a catered dinner. Music will be provided from 8-10 p.m.

Sept. 5

The showing of “Fool’s Parade” will take place at 1 p.m., at the Strand Theatre, followed by a tour of the facility. There will be a family picnic at 3 p.m., at the Moundsville Center at which food may be purchased, or families may bring their own food. The three-day event will conclude at 6 p.m., with a Vesper Service at the Center.

Among class get-togethers on Sept. 3 will be:

Class of 1948 at the Guest House; Class of 1952 at Perkins Restaurant; Class of 1953 at Perkins Restaurant; Class of 1955 at Moundsville Country Club; Class of 1956 the location to be named; Class of 1957 at Perkins Restaurant; Class of 1958 at Guest House Restaurant; Class of 1959 at Perkins Restaurant; Class of 1960 at Harley’s across from Riverfront Park; Class of 1962 at Calvary Methodist Church; Class of 1963 at First Presbyterian Church; Class of 1964 at First Christian Church; Class of 1966 at large shelter at Grand Vue Park.

Additional information will be available when the committee holds its next meeting.

Kasey Connor, Reading and English teacher at Cameron Middle School, will receive the Rita Takach Reading Teacher of the Year Award for 2020, given by Marshall County Literacy Council, at the Council’s Spring Banquet on Monday.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, Connor has had to wait a full year to receive her award.

She will now complete an application for West Virginia Association’s Eddie C. Kennedy Award which will be given in November.

Connor, who promotes literacy through many activities, started a Cameron Middle School Book Club; she had a children’s author talk with students about the writing process; her 8th grade students have corresponded with World War II Veterans; and she incorporates reader’s theater pieces into lessons and has a “Best Actor” award.

As a result of Connor’s efforts, middle school test scores have been steadily improving.

She is known for her friendly personality and she works willingly with others to make the school and community successful.

There will be 12 Covid-19 testings in Marshall County during the month of May.

Eight are set at the Marshall County Health Department in Moundsville, two in Benwood (City Building) and two in Cameron (City Building).

The dates and times at the MCHD are:

– May 4 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

– May 6 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

– May 10 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

– May 12 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

– May 18 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

– May 20 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

– May 24 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

– May 26 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The Mobile testings will take place at the following:

– May 7 and May 21 in Benwood both from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

– May 14 and May 28 in Cameron both from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

As for vaccinations there will be one on May 6 at the Marshall County Fairgrounds and after that they will be held at the Marshall County Health Department at 513 Sixth St., Moundsville.

Anyone wishing to sign-up for a vaccination can phone the MCHS at 845-304-7840.

The Marshall County Board of Education this past Tuesday set the levy for the 2020-21 year. The MCBE’s operating figure for 2021-22 will be 86 percent which is the lowest in the Northern Panhandle.

Also, the board approved a firm to do a study pertaining to the Sand Hill Elementary School Campus. Currently the campus consists of four structures.


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