School briefs

Fair winners

Jessica Ballard and Chad Wall, Jefferson High School, were awarded first place in the state Social Studies Fair. They swept each of the divisions in this year’s Fair. Hunter Palmer and Cole Resitrup, of Harpers Ferry Middle School, Won second place in the state Social Fair Division Two, the largest division at the State competition.

Good reading

The Woman’s Club of Harpers Ferry helped raise $250 for books at C.W. Shipley Elementary School’s library as part of an effort to fulfill a challenge by the West Virginia Board of Education that students read 25 books a year. The Woman’s Club raised the money to top off a grant from Ecolab of Martinsburg. In addition to supporting a concert to raise the funds, club members also read to kindergarten to third-grade students at the school during two weeks in April. Another club member, Nena Stowell, is an art teacher at Shipley, worked with students on an art project with the help of a monetary donation from the club.

Open house

C.W. Shipley Elementary will be hosting an open house for retiring principal Mark Osbourn on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. All past students and employees are welcome to attend.

Hess receives scholarship: Youth volunteer Christiana Hess of the Martinsburg VA Medical Center was selected as the $20,000 scholarship winner of the Jesse Brown Memorial Youth Scholarship Program. Named in memory of the second Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the Disabled American Veterans’ scholarship program recognizes outstanding young men and women who volunteer their time and encourages youth volunteers to play active roles in the Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service programs.

Rude Mechanicals to hold auditions: Shepherd University’s Rude Mechanicals Medieval and Renaissance Players will hold auditions for Euripides’ The Trojan Women on June 6 and 7 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Reynolds Hall. Male and female actors, dancers, musicians, and costume and set designers are needed. For questions, contact Betty Ellzey at 304-876-5208 or

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 morning session is for 6th – 12th grade students and the afternoon session is for 9th — 12th grade students. The cost is $100 for one session and $150 for both sessions. For more information and a registration form,

Elementary students donate money: Students from Shepherdstown Elementary School recently held a fund raiser to support the First Books For Babies Program at WVU Hospitals-East Jefferson Memorial Hospital. In March, the school hosted a week long Roadrunner Read-a-thon where students solicited donations for every minute they read outside of school between March 5 and 11. Over $1850 was raised by the students as a result of the read-a-thon.

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