School briefs

Student honored: Shepherd University student Gabrielle Bartlett of New Creek is the first recipient of the inaugural Brian Noland Leadership Fellow award. The award was presented to her during the school’s Student Recognition Day April 17. The award is named in honor of Noland, who served as the chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission for five years before becoming the president of East Tennessee State University.

It provides a full tuition scholarship for the recipient’s senior year. The scholarship will rotate each year among Shepherd and other West Virginia public colleges and universities.

“Gabrielle’s involvement in campus activities makes her a worthy recipient of the Noland Fellow award,” Shepherd’s president Suzanne Shipley said.

The selection committee cited Bartlett’s essay as “speaking to Shepherd’s core values of community service, leadership and active learning experiences.”

Jefferson High School Scholarship concert: Jefferson High School’s three audition choirs invite the public to an evening of song and celebration on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the JHS auditorium. All proceeds from the concert will fund scholarships for graduating seniors in the vocal music department. The Vocal Music Department is asking for a minimum $5 donation at the door. Those that cannot attend may send a donation to Karma Wood, c/o Jefferson High School Vocal Music Scholarship Fund, 4141 Flowing Springs Road, Shenandoah Junction, WV 25442.

Show Choir Camp: The Blue Ridge Show Choir Camp will be held from June 18 through June 22 in the Jefferson High School Auditorium. The camp will consist of two sessions: 9 a.m. — noon and 1 — 5 p.m. The cost is $100 for one session and $150 for both sessions. For more information and a registration form,

Youngsters + theater: Shepherdstown’s Full Circle Theater Company is expanding its Young Actors Theater Lab, with special workshops, summer camps in genres ranging from Shakespeare to puppet theater, plus other events designed for children from age 5 through 18. Details may be found at or organizers may be reached by email at

New teaching certification program: American Public University System announced a new online teaching endorsement and certificate program for West Virginia K-12 teachers.

The APUS program, developed in collaboration with the West Virginia Department of Education, is designed to help enhance online instructional competencies and improve student achievement outcomes.

The program adheres to the tenets of the U.S. Department of Education National Education Technology Plan 2010, which calls for personalized learning and learning supported by technology.

In addition to the certificate, West Virginia teachers may enroll in any of the five graduate-level APUS courses individually for professional development, which can be applied toward recertification.

More information on the program is available on APUS’s website.

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