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Learn more about our first group of ALEF fellows
by viewing the video "Leading To The Next Level".

Our goal is to graduate 100% of our talented Fellows with either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.  ALEF intends to bring in each year nationally or internationally prominent speakers on leadership to each institution for the benefit of the entire student population, faculty, and citizens of the state.  Our final goal is to establish a recognized symposium each year designed to support concepts of leadership and character development through the publication of an annual periodical.

 

About fifteen West Virginia students each year, will be named Fellows of the foundation established by General Robert “Doc” Foglesong.  The foundation's goal is to identify potential leaders in financial need, fund their college studies, and provide additional training.

 

“We've found the next generation of leaders and our responsibility is to provide the opportunity for leadership and they'll stay with us,” Foglesong said.

 

The foundation has partnered with Concord, Shepherd, and Marshall Universities, and with help from contributors, assures that the recipients’ expenses will be covered at one of those institutions.

 

Through their college careers, the Fellows will be involved in regular meetings and social events as well as completing a leadership development program with a focus on community service.  The foundation will assist them in developing leadership skills and strategies for success.

 

“We want them to be armed with all the tools they need,” Foglesong said.  “I found out very quickly leadership is about people.”  The foundation will mentor the students through their college careers and beyond, he said.  The Fellows will represent the future leaders of West Virginia and the nation.

 

“ALEF is truly a blessing from God that has given me so many opportunities to succeed above and beyond any aspirations I could have set for myself. Being an ALEF Fellow means having a second home, amongst those I can now and always call family.”

Hannah Vass, Concord University, Beta Fellow

 

“ALEF is an opportunity of a life time; they have provided us with everything we need to become a great leader; they have provided us with the best possible training, support, and opportunity to develop into a great leader.  ALEF is a blessing that can’t be put into words; there is no way to describe the impact it has had in my life.  I am so thankful to be able to call myself an ALEF Fellow.”

Gavin Ward, Concord University, The John C. Allen Fellow

 

Success Stories

 

2006 Alpha Class

 

Jeremy Brock

Shepherd University

Dan Ryan Builders Fellow

Jeremy Brock graduated from Berkeley Springs High School. He is a gifted young man who has excelled in the areas of education, community service and sports. Among his accomplishments were WVSSAC Sportsmanship of the Year, Attendance Award, 4-H President and lettered in three sports. His community involvement includes, D.A.R.E., Youth Sports, Energy Express and FCA. Jeremy plans to pursue a degree in Teacher Education.


Katelyn Curry

Concord University

United Bank Fellow

Katelyn Curry graduated  Summa cum Laude (4.01 GPA and above) from Winfield High School, being one of seven to attain this designation out of 172 in her graduating class Katelyn’s academic endeavors were impressive.  Among her leadership accomplishments were Girls State, National Honor Society, recipient of the Superlative Award bestowed by faculty and staff, member of the General Admission Show Choir and Generals Marching Band.  Katelyn participated in many community activities, including working with the Special Olympics.  Katelyn's passion is writing and she wants to help others through expression by pursuing a teaching degree.  Katelyn is the recipient of numerous honors due to her leadership abilities and outstanding work ethic. 


Westley Jenkins

Shepherd University

Charles Town Races and Slots Fellow

Westley Jenkins graduated from Jefferson High School. His uniqueness lies in his two affections, baseball and farming. He graduated with honors and plans to play baseball for Shepherd University. He was a member of 4-H, the Varsity Club, and won the baseball title where he received his graduation diploma on the mound. His work ethic and service to his community is commendable in all areas. Westley will pursue a business degree.
 

Brittany Keys

Concord University

Massey Energy Fellow

Brittany Keys graduated from Greenbrier East High School. She was student body president and a member of the National Honor Society. Also included in her accomplishments were Girl's State and the West Virginia Governors Academy. She was a member of Health Occupation Students of America where she served as a medical volunteer in various community health efforts. She will pursue a medial career at Concord University.


Brittany Kirkpatrick

Shepherd University

Ken Lowe Fellow

Brittany Kirkpatrick graduated Cum Laude from Jefferson High School. Among her many accomplishments were President of Future Business Leaders of America, member and organizer of the system's vocal music programs, and a strong advocate for social issues. She is most impressive in her work ethic, and supporting herself through her senior year. She plans to pursue a career in business and marketing.

 


Alex Lemley

Shepherd University

The Douglas V. Reynolds Fellow

Alex Lemley graduated from Huntington High School. Her unusual zest for life is apparent in all she aspires to achieve. Her accomplishments were Cum Laude-National Latin Exam, Young Republicans, National Honor Society, and Yearbook Editor and Chief. Alex is an avid softball player and was co-captain for her high school softball team. She has been an advocate for her community and the manager of her local ice cream shop. She will pursue a career in mass communications.
 

Jonathan Lester

Concord University

James H. "Buck" Harless Fellow

Jonathan Lester graduated from Gilbert High School. His accomplishments range from community service leader, football player, and an Advanced Placement Honors recipient just to name a few. Jonathan has an impeccable work ethic including a range of responsibilities. He has been accepted into the pre-med program at Concord University.

 

 

Robert McDonough

Shepherd University

United Bank Fellow

Robert McDonough graduated from Jefferson High School. He is to be commended for his admirable work ethic, working full time throughout his high school years. He was chosen as the esteemed First in Your Family Education Scholarship Program and was a member of the HI-Y program. He led the 30 hour famine activity during his high school years to raise money and awareness for the plight of the undernourished. He will pursue a teacher education degree at Shepherd University.

 

"ALEF and everyone who is part of it, is number one! Looking forward to a lifetime of ALEF; not just 4 years." Robert McDonough, ALEF Fellow Shepherd University.


John Meadows

Concord University

The Carter Family Foundation Fellow

John Meadows graduated from Independence High School and was a member of the National Honor Society, first place winner of the E-Management Contest at WV DECA Conference, and a member of the National Technical Honor Society. He is an avid sportsman participating in cross country, track, soccer, wrestling and is a marathon runner. He has over 103 hours of community service with HI-Y Camp of West Virginia.

 

Monica Oglesby

Concord University

Jackson Kelly PLLC Fellow

Monica Oglesby graduated from Independence High School. She is an accomplished young woman with a strong commitment towards education. She was a member of the National Honor Society, Who's Who Among America’s High School Students, Young Democrats of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Project Graduation. Monica is a gifted artist and an impassioned athlete. Her work in the community has been a beacon to others. She has been accepted to the pre-law program at Concord University.

 

Brittany Salmons

Concord University

Kapourales Properties Fellow

Brittany Salmons graduated from Wyoming East High School and was a member of the National Honor Society of High School Scholars and Youth in Government. She was a member of HI-Y, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and West Virginia Youth Action Council. She was selected to be a Bonner Scholar due to her impeccable community service accomplishments. Ms. Salmons plans to pursue a career and will be majoring in teacher education and pre-law at Concord University. Brittany recently graduated from Concord a year early and is attending West Virginia University graduate school.


Aaron Stepp

Concord University

Massey Energy Fellow

Aaron Stepp graduated from Westside High School and is an exemplary young man with a superb work ethic. His many accolades include, National Honor Society, High School Citizenship Award, Faculty Award, President of the Student Council, United States Achievement Academy, Member of Outstanding Students of America and heads his own lawn business. Aaron also leads the Fellowship of Christian Athletes as president and recently went to Ecuador as a team member to build a church. His community has benefited from his extreme activism and service-before-self attitude. He is member of the Samaritan Heart Food Pantry which delivers to the needy and elderly. He has received numerous honors from Concord University where he plans to study biology.


Luke Stevens

Concord University

Dan Moore Fellow

Luke Stevens graduated from Wyoming County East High School. His accomplishments include captain of the football and baseball team where he was an Academic Letterman, Student Government Representative, recipient of the prestigious Order of the Arrow Award from Boy Scouts of America, and the National Honor Society. He has an impeccable work ethic and exhibits service-before-self in all endeavors. Luke will pursue a teaching degree and be a member of the Concord University football team.
 

Gavin Ward

Concord University

The John C. Allen Fellow

Gavin Ward graduated from Independence High School. He was on the Highest Honor Roll throughout his high school years, a member of the BETA Club, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. His accomplishments were the AP Chemistry Award, National Honor Society and Vice President of the Young Democrats where he expanded the organization to one of the largest chapters in the State. Amid his sustainable efforts are those to the Beckley Renaissance where his leadership skills enhanced a variety of constructive causes for the betterment of his community.


Jeffrey Yeager

Concord University

United Coal Company Fellow

Jeffrey Yeager graduated from Wyoming County East High School. He is an avid writer and public speaker, member of the National Honor Society, Senior Class President, and started the Salvation Army Project of Pineville helping to assist rural families in need. Jeff is the recipient of many scholarships and honors. He is proudest of being chosen to represent the ALEF as the Inaugural Class of 2006. He will pursue a degree in History and possibly law.

 

 

2007 Beta Class

 

Dustin Blankenship

Concord University

Dustin is a graduate of Gilbert High School in Mingo County. While at Gilbert, Dustin was a member of the National Honors Society, the Debate team, the Yearbook committee, the National Society of High School Scholars, Young Democrats, National Poetry Society, World Leadership Congress, and Concert Band. Dustin has been a part of The Blankenships (professional Southern Gospel Group) as a baritone and a manager. In addition, he has served as a broadcaster for Faith 89.3 Radio, worked for Energy Express, and the Kiwanis Kids Connection. Dustin has received numerous awards that include the “Who’s Who Award for Academic Achievement, the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. Dustin will attend Concord University in the fall and major in Pre-Law.

 

Sarah Crickenberger

Shepherd University

Sarah is a graduate of Philip Barber High School in Barber County. Sarah participated in the Governor’s Honors Academy, Future Teachers Academy, and her high school yearbook. She was a member of SGA, and the National Honors Society during her junior and senior years. She participated in Haven Hope Worship Center Youth Group and Energy Express Reading and Nutritional Program. Sarah was induced into Who’s Who as a tenth grader, and inducted into National Honors Society as a junior. She was on Principal’s Honor Roll all four years. Sarah received All-State Honorable Mention as a senior. Sarah will study Secondary English Education and Spanish in the fall at Shepherd University.

 

Heather Hall

Concord University

Heather is a graduate from Tug Valley High School in Mingo County. At Tug Valley, Heather served as State President of the Beta Club, a class representative for Student Government, a HOBY Ambassador, and a Senior Girl Scout while playing softball, basketball, and volleyball. She was a participant in the Annual Blood Drive, the Food pantry at Parsley Bottom Freewill Baptist Church, Read To Me Day, and as a chaperone at Girl Scout events. She has received the Outstanding Volunteerism award as a Girl Scout, honorable mention in volleyball, and was on the 1st place county team in Math Field. Heather will attend Concord University in the fall and study Recreation and Tourism.

 

Darrell Johnson

Shepherd University

Darrell is a graduate of Huntington High School in Cabell County. Darrell has an extremely positive outlook on everything, and this allows him to excel across many areas. His extensive volunteering and activities include the National Thespian Club, Upward Bound, Speech and Debate Team, and the Theatre Club. Darrell was the FCCLA States Culinary Arts winner in West Virginia, and he placed 15th nationally as a sophomore in high school. In addition, Darrell received the Ebony Essence Leadership Award as a junior, and he helped lead Huntington High to the Speech and Debate Regional Championship. Darrell will pursue a degree in Psychology from Shepherd University

 

Lauren Lambert

Concord University

Lauren is a graduate of Wyoming County East High School. Lauren Paige Lambert was involved in several activities at Wyoming East. She was a member of the cheerleading, soccer, and tennis teams. She also was involved in theatre and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She also participated and held offices in the Spanish Club, Science Club, and Student Government. Lauren participated in the Wyoming County Toy Fund, Church Pageants, Church Youth Choir, Vacation Bible School, and Energy Express. Lauren’s multiple interests and volunteer experiences will serve her well as she enters Concord University in the fall to study Pre-Med and Biology.

 

Dennis Lester

Concord University

Dennis graduated from Iaeger High School in McDowell County. Dennis was an active participant and member of Iaeger High. He was a member of the football team, where he played tight end. He also served as the vice president of the Student Council from grades 9-11 before being elected President his senior year. He also worked with Classic Upward Bound and Gear-Up throughout high school. Dennis was on the National Honor Roll for all 4 years at Iaeger High. He also was a Who’s Who Among High School Students for 4 years as well. Dennis was a member of the National Honors Society as a junior and senior. Dennis will enroll in the Pre-Med program at Concord University in the fall.

 

Kyle Lusk

Concord University

Kyle is a graduate of Westside High School in Wyoming County. Kyle was a dedicated athlete who participated in Football, Basketball, and Baseball for four years each. He was named captain of Westside’s basketball team. He was also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He also served on the Pep Club and the Prom Committee. As an 11th and 12th grader, Kyle was a member of the National Honors Society. As a junior, Kyle earned the Concord University Book Award and he attended the Concord University Summer Academy. He also earned 2nd team Coalfield Conference Basketball as a junior.

 

Jeffrey Miller

Concord University

Jeffrey is a graduate of Huntington High in Cabell County. Jeffrey has been an active member of the Huntington community while playing for the West Virginia Premier Soccer Club. Jeffrey was a recipient of the Sportsmanship Region I Soccer Award for both the ninth and tenth grades. As a senior, he earned the position of Captain for his Huntington High soccer team. In addition to his athletic accomplishments, Jeffrey also was a member of the National Honors Society from his sophomore year to his senior year. Upon entering Concord University in the fall, Jeffrey will pursue a degree in Pre-Pharmacology and Biology.

 

Joshua Stafford

Concord University

Joshua is a graduate of Westside High School in Wyoming County. While at Westside, Josh participated in the Pep Club, Science Club, Spanish Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Baseball, Basketball, Football, and Honor Guard. He earned letter in both baseball and football and was named captain of the football team. Some of Josh’s many volunteering activities included serving as a Church Camp Junior Leader, A Camp Counselor at the Westside Camp, working on Flood Recovery Assistance, and reading at the elementary school. Josh also worked as a Peer Mediator. Josh will study Pre-Med and Biology in the fall at Concord University.

 

Mitchell Tuggle

Concord University

Mitchell graduated from James Monroe High School in Monroe County. While at James Monroe, Mitch played on the schools football, basketball, and baseball teams for all 4 years. In addition, he also was a member of the National Honors Society from grades 10 through 12. Mitch is an active community member where he participates in Youth Group Drama, Fall Festival, and many other activities at Peterstown United Methodist Church. As a 10th grader, Mitch received the Who’s Who Among High School Students Award. As a senior, Mitch had a very successful football campaign where he received many accolades, including All Coal Field Conference Team in football. Mitch is currently majoring in General Studies as he enters Concord University in the fall.

 

Hannah Vass

Concord University

Hannah is a graduate of Greenbrier East High School in Greenbrier County.  As a ninth grader, Hannah was a National Junior Honors Society member before becoming a member of the National Honors Society for the next three years. She also served on SGA for four years, and was a member of the Mu Alpha Theta and the Debate Club. Hannah participated in Relay for Life, Girl Scouts, and Scout Day Camp. Her extensive participation and volunteering earned her the Girl Scouts Silver and Gold Awards. She also received the President’s Award for Educational Excellence and the Who’s Who Among American High School Students. Hannah will major in Pre-Dental and Biology at Concord in the fall.

 

Jonelle Westbrook

Shepherd University

Jonelle is a graduate of Jefferson High School in Jefferson County. Jonelle has been a member of the Key Club, the Air Force Junior ROTC, Honor Guard, and First In Your Family Educational Sponsorship Program since entering Jefferson High. As a senior, Jonelle became a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. She was a member of Who’s Who Among High School Students from the 9th through the 11th grades. Jonelle has received numerous ribbons ands awards from the AFJROTC, and won first place at the Thespian Fair Countywide. Jonelle plans on majoring in Nursing as she enters Shepherd University in fall.

 

Emily Wilson

Concord University

Emily is a graduate from Hurricane High School in Putnam County.  Emily played volleyball all four years at Hurricane as well as working on the technical crew for the Red Hot Show Choir. Emily also was a member of the Teenage Republican Club and Future Educators of America Club where she was vice-president. Emily volunteered for the Reach Work Camps and Putnam County Animal Relief as well as the Elementary Carnival. Some of Emily’s awards include being a two-time captain of the Varsity Volleyball team, a Who’s Who Among High School Students from grades ten through twelve, and an Academic Achievement Recipient at Hurricane High. In the fall, Emily will major in Education at Concord University.

 

2008 Charlie Class

 

Anthony Bellissimo

Shepherd University

Anthony is a graduate of Berkeley Springs High School in Morgan County. During high school, Anthony played varsity soccer, and also worked for the school’s newspaper. Anthony started YOWD, his own business. Anthony participated in Rachel’s Challenge, and taught his very own class. Anthony was given the wonderful opportunity to attend both the Princeton and Carnegie Mellon ID Tech Programs. In the fall, Anthony will attend Shepherd University and major in communications and business.

 

 

Courtney Blankenship

Concord University

Courtney is a graduate of Gilbert High School in Mingo County. Courtney was a very active member of the Gilbert High School Marching Band, Captain of the Majorette Squad, and a member of the Concert Band throughout her four years. As a senior, Courtney also tutored children in grades 2nd through 6th after school. Courtney received the All-County Band Award and the Honor Roll Award all four years at Gilbert. Courtney volunteered at the Baisden Fire Department, the Red Cross Blood Drive, and Energy Express. In the fall, Courtney will attend Concord University where she will major in elementary education.

 

Jerad Cook

Concord University

Jerad is a graduate of Westside High School in Wyoming County. While at Westside, Jerad was a member and captain of the football team. Jerad earned the National Honor Society Award as an 11th grader. As a 12th grader, Jerad was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Jerad also participated in the Brain Trust all four years of high school. In the fall, Jerad will be attending Concord University and will enroll in the pre-med program.

 

 

Paul Cyrus

Marshall University

Paul is a graduate of St. Albans High School in Kanawha County. Paul played football at St. Albans for four years. In addition, he was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Paul was a member of the National Honor Society from the 10th through 12th grade, and he also received the “Best Attitude Award” as the senior football player who displayed the best attitude during his football career. Paul ended high school with a 3.93 cumulative grade point average, and he will be attending Marshall University in the fall and major in civil engineering.

 

Cassidi Hall

Concord University

Cassidi is a graduate of Greenbrier East High School in Greenbrier County. Cassidi was a member of the National Honor Society, a member of the Concert Band, and Captain of the Color Guard all four years. Cassidi also received the Mathematics Award, President’s Education Award, and the Who’s Who Among High School Students Award. During high school, she volunteered at the Wal-Mart Egg Hunt and at several Children’s Miracle Network Events. In the fall, Cassidi will attend Concord University and major in education.

 

Carrie Honaker

Concord University

Carrie is a graduate of Greenbrier East High School in Greenbrier County. Carrie was a 4-year member of Student Government, National Honor Society, and Choir. Carrie also participated on the tennis and cheerleading team at Greenbrier East. Carrie was a very active member of the 4-H Club, where she received numerous awards throughout her high school career. Carrie graduated in the top 2% of her class, and finished with a cumulative 3.93 grade point average. Carrie will major in secondary education with a concentration in biology at Concord University.

 

Jonathan Hunt

Concord University

Jonathan is a graduate of Independence High School in Raleigh County. Jonathan was a member of the football and baseball teams all four years. He also was a National Honors Society Member in both the 11th and 12th grade. Jonathan served as the President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes throughout high school. As a senior, Jonathan earned 2nd Team All-State in football, and 1st team All Coalfield Conference in football. Jonathan served as a volunteer at the FCA Office and the Upward Basketball Program. In the fall, Jonathan will be attending Concord University.

 

Robert May

Concord University

Robert is a graduate of Gilbert High School in Mingo County. During his time at Gilbert, Robert was a member of Student Council, Band, and Yearbook staff. In addition, Robert played on the basketball team during his 10th, 11th, and 12th grade years. Robert was on the Honor Roll all four years, and he also received the Art Award and the Civics Award. Robert volunteered at Bible School, “Operation Ho, Ho, Ho,” and collected donations for St. Jude Hospital. In the fall, Robert will attend Concord University where he will major in education.

 

Jese Vance

Marshall University

Jese is a graduate of Clay County High School in Clay County. Jese served as president of the FFA throughout high school, and also participated in the Boy Scouts of America from 9th through 12th grade. As a sophomore, Jese earned 3rd place at the “State Meats Champion” competition, and during his junior year won 1st place at the “State Beef Expo.” As a junior, Jese also became a member of the National Honor Society. Jese earned a cumulative 4.0 grade point average at Clay County, and in the fall he will attend Marshall University and major in civil engineering.

 

Cody Vinson

Concord University

Cody is a graduate of Westside High School in Wyoming County. At Westside, Cody was a 4-year member and captain of the tennis team, a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Co-Ed-Hi-Y. Cody also participated in theater, and earned recognition as a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society. Cody volunteered and served as a coordinator in the Bike-a-thon to benefit St. Jude’s Children Hospital. Cody earned a cumulative 4.0 grade point average at Westside, and he will attend Concord University in the fall majoring in biology.

 

Samantha Wagner

Concord University

Samantha is a graduate of Westside High School in Wyoming County. She was a four-year member of the Fellowship for Christian Athletes and Pep Club. Samantha also participated in Student Council, Cheerleading, and Dance during her 10th, 11th, and 12th grade years. Samantha received a “Distinguished Writing” award as a 10th grader and as an 11th grader was a member of the National Honor Society. Samantha volunteered at Vacation Bible School, the Wyoming Youth Council, and Adopt-a-Highway. In the fall, Samantha will attend Concord and enroll in the pre-med program.

 

Dustin Woods

Concord University

Dustin is a graduate of Huntington High School in Cabell County. While at Huntington High, Dustin was a member of the wrestling and football teams from 9th through the 12th grade. Dustin was also a member of Mu Alpha Theta as an 11th and 12th grader.

While in high school, Dustin volunteered at the Cammack M.S. Wrestling Tournament, and the Huntington Pee-Wee Wrestling Tournament. In the fall, Dustin will attend Concord University and will enroll in the pre-med program.

 

2009 Delta Class

 

Erin Asbury

Concord University
Erin Asbury lives in Lewisburg, WV and graduated from Greenbrier East High School.  She is majoring in biology at Concord University to capitalize on the exceptional academic record she established in high school.  While in high school, Erin was a member of the National Honor Society, student government, various athletic teams, and participated in numerous community activities.  She was selected to attend Mountaineer Girls State and was the team captain for the high school volleyball team.


Gabrielle Aysem Bartlet
Shepherd University
Gabrielle Aysem Bartlett lives in New Creek, WV and graduated from Keyser High School.  In high school, she participated in sports, student government, was a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions and the Arts and Cultural Enrichment Society, and was exceptionally active in community volunteer activities to include Special Olympics, the American Diabetes Association, and the Women’s Ministry Mission.  Gabrielle is attending Shepherd University and majoring in biology. 


Thomas Edward Bland
Concord University
Thomas Edward Bland comes from Pineville, WV and graduated from Wyoming County East High School.  He attends Concord University and majors in pre-law/history.  This young man has an extraordinary academic record and participated in numerous extracurrular activities in high school.  He hopes to enter politics in West Virginia after graduating and working with a law firm.

 

Melva Mounts-Blankenship
Concord University
Melva Mounts-Blankenship graduated from Gilbert High School and was raised in Gilbert, WV.  She is majoring in biology/pre-medicine while attending Concord University.  In addition to a superb academic record, she participated in many high school activities to include the marching band, the concert band, and the National Honor Society.  Melva has been a steady volunteer in community activities.  She is also the first person in her family to attend college.

 

Case Boland
Concord University
Casey Boland is from Shady Spring, WV and attended the Greater Beckley Christian School.  He is attending Concord University and is leaning toward majoring in accounting.  Casey, like his ALEF classmates, had extraordinary grades in high school.  He was active across many different functions in both high school and the community.  Casey won numerous academic awards while in high school.

 


Miranda Daniel
Concord University
Miranda Daniel is from Beckley, WV and attended Liberty High School.  She attends Concord University and majors in pre-medicine.  Miranda participated in numerous high school activities to include cross country where she was team captain, the school yearbook where she was editor, student council, and was a member of the National Honor Society.  Her high school record is full of awards and honors. 

 


Jarrod Brett Dotson
Concord University
Jarrod Brett Dotson graduated from Gilbert High School and was raised in Gilbert, WV.  He was very active in anything that was musical while in high school, was on the debate team, the yearbook staff, and won numerous awards for his musical skills.  Brett spent many hours doing volunteer work in and around Mingo county.  He attends Concord University and hopes to return to a high school in West Virginia and run the music department.   

 

Joseph Andrew Hansroth
Shepherd University
Joseph Andrew Hansroth is from Berkeley Springs, WV and graduated from Berkeley Springs High School.  He is attending Shepherd University and majoring in biology/pre-med and has been conditionally accepted at WVU into the medical program.  Joe was captain of the football team, editor of the yearbook, and a member of the National Honor Society.  He was president of the senior class. 

 

Randal Ellis Johnson
Concord University
Randall Ellis Johnson is from Mullens, WV and graduated from Wyoming East High School.  He is attending Concord University and is majoring in biology.   While in high school, Randy was a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society, the baseball team, the football team, was captain of the tennis team and a member of Hi-Y.  He had numerous honors and award while in high school.

 


Randal Corey Kennedy
Concord University
Randall Corey Kennedy is from Brenton, WV and attended Westside High School.  Corey is attending Concord University and is majoring in biology/pre-med.  While in high school, he was a member of the National Honor Society, president of several classes, a member of the student council, on the baseball team, and a member of Hi-Y.  Corey was very active in community and volunteer activities and accrued numerous honors and awards. 

 

 

Paul Isaac Picklesimer
Marshall University
Paul Isaac Picklesimer is from Williamson, WV.  He is attending Marshall University and is majoring in civil engineering and geology.  While in high school, Isaac was president of the National Honor Society, attended Mountaineer Boy’s State, was the editor of the yearbook, and was on the track and golf teams.  He committed to many community activities to include the WV Civic Literacy Council, the WV Youth Action Council, and the Special Olympics.  Isaac had numerous awards and honors while in high school.

Amber Stenson
Shepherd University
Amber Stenson is from Martinsburg, WV and attended Hedgesville High School.  While in high school, Amber was very active in sports and was a member of the basketball team, and track and field.  She was also a member of the National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletics.  Amber received numerous academic awards.  She is attending Shepherd University and majoring in elementary education. 

 


Brokeann Stenson
Shepherd University
Brokeann Stenson is from Martinsburg, WV and attended Hedgesville High School.  She is the twin sister of Amber.  Brooke is attending Shepherd University and, like her sister, will major in elementary education.  While in high school, she was active in sports and was a member of the National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletics.  Brooke was active in community service and received numerous awards.

 

2010 The Hamilton Family Class

Stephanie Brock
Shepherd University
Stephanie BrockStephanie Brock lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia and graduated from Martinsburg High School.  She has a superb high school academic record and numerous awards and honors to validate her commitment to excellence.  She was president of the National Honor Society, a Golden Horseshoe Winner, and participated in many community service activities.  Stephanie attends Shepherd University and will major in English. 


Cherish Hall
Concord University
Cherish HallCherish Hall attends Concord University and majors in special education.  She lives in Lewisburg, West Virginia and attended Greenbrier East High School.  Cherish had a great high school academic record and was involved in many community and school activities to include the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Junior ROTC, numerous choir activities, and Girl Scouts where she earned the Gold Award.  Her sister, Cassidi, is also a Fellow in ALEF.


Michael Harless
Concord University
Michael HarlessMichael Harless comes from Cyclone, West Virginia.  He attended Westside High School.  He majors in pre-medicine while attending Concord University.  Like his classmates, Michael had extraordinary grades in high school.  He was president of the student council, captain of the football team, a member of the National Honor Society, and received many academic and athletic awards.  Michael was also engaged in numerous community service activities. 


Chelsey Rowe
Concord University
Chelsey RoweChelsey Rowe lives in Mullens, West Virginia.  She attends Concord University and majors in English.  Chelsey graduated from Wyoming East High School.  She had an exceptional academic record in high school where she was a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society.  She was an officer in numerous school and community organizations.  Chelsey also participated in many community service activities. 


Lindsey Scott
Concord University
Lindsey ScottLindsey Scott graduated from Westside High School and lives in Oceana, West Virginia.  She attends Concord University and majors in pre-physical therapy.  In high school, Lindsey was president of the student government and engaged in numerous other school and community activities.  She was a member of the National Honor Society and won numerous academic awards.  Lindsey was deeply engaged in and committed to community service.


Tierra Sheppard
Concord University
Tierra SheppardTierra Sheppard attends Concord University and majors in psychology.  She went to Greenbrier East High School and lives in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.  Tierra had excellent grades in high school and was deeply engaged in Girl Scouts where she was given the Gold Award for scouting.  She participated in Junior ROTC, student government, track, soccer, and was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. 



Tara Stanley
Concord University
Tara StanleyTara Stanley lives in Oceana, West Virginia.  She graduated from Westside High School.  She attends Concord University and majors in pre-medicine.  Tara had superb academic record in high school where she was a member of the National Honor Society.  She was active in numerous high school organizations to include the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Hi-Y, and student government.  Chelsey also participated in several community service activities. 

 

2011 The Buck Harless Class

Katherine Farmer
Concord University
Katherine FarmerKatherine Farmer graduated from Gilbert High School and lives in Verner, WV.  She is attending Concord University and majoring in Education.  She graduated number one in her class.  Katy volunteered her time to over a dozen community organizations and was a member of numerous school organizations.  She was a member of the National Honor Society, Vice President of the Student Government, 1st Chair Flute in the Concert Band, and won numerous academic awards.


Corrine Fredrick
Marshall University
Corrine FredrickCorrine Fredrick lives in Welch, WV and graduated from Mount View High School.  She is attending Marshall University and is a Pre-Pharmacy major.  She was captain of the cross country team and attended Rhododendron Girls State.  Corrine also was on the volleyball team, the cross country team, a member of the Key Club, the Beta Club, and a member of the student government.  She participated in numerous community service activities.  She graduated number three in her class and had extraordinary grades.

Melinda Hatfield
Concord University
Melinda HatfieldMelinda Hatfield is from Brenton, WV and graduated from Westside High School.  She is attending Concord University and majoring in Advertising and Graphic Design.  She graduated number one in her class.  Melinda had extraordinary grades and made only A’s throughout her high school career.  She was a member of the band, the student council, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a 4-H member, and a member of the dance team.  She participated in numerous community service activities and received numerous academic awards. 

Jordan Manning
Concord University

Jordan ManningJordan Manning graduated from Westside High School and lives in Oceana, WV.  She is attending Concord University and majoring in Elementary Education.  She was President of the Student Council, a member of Hi Y, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  She was awarded numerous honors in high school.  Jordan had excellent grades and graduated in the top 4% of her class.

 

Robert Monahan
Shepherd University
Robert MonahanRobert Monahan lives in Martinsburg, WV and is attending Shepherd University.  He graduated from Hedgesville High School.  Robert is majoring in Secondary Education.  He was very active in track and cross country and won numerous awards for that activity.  He was a member of the National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  Robert had extraordinary grades and graduated in the top 8% of his class.


Micheale Morgan
Marshall University
Micheale MorganMicheale Morgan is from Clearfork, WV and attended Westside High School.  She is attending Marshall University where she is a Civil Engineering major.  She was captain of the cross country team, captain of the volleyball team, captain of the dance team, and captain of the track team.  Micheale was a member of Hi Y, 4-H, the National Honor Society, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  She graduated in the top 4% of her class and had extraordinary grades.


Andrew Thomas
Concord University
Andrew ThomasAndrew Thomas lives in Mullens, WV and attended Wyoming East High School.  He is attending Concord University and majoring in Secondary Education with a minor in Special Education.  Andrew was President of the Student Government and President of the Pep Club.  He was a member of Hi Y, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Spanish Honor Society, and played on the tennis team.  He also spent hundreds of hours doing community service.


Tanner Tuggle
Concord University
Tanner TuggleTanner Tuggle graduated from James Monroe High School and comes from Peterstown, WV.  He is attending Concord University and majoring in Mathematics.  Tanner was President of the National Honor Society, President of RAZE, and captain of the basketball team.  He was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the football team, and the baseball team.  He was a Wendy’s High School Heisman Winner.  Tanner has never made anything but A’s in school and graduated in the top 2% of his class. 

Zackery Underwood
Marshall University
Zackery UnderwoodZackery Underwood is from Man, WV and graduated from Man High School.  He is attending Marshall University and is a Civil Engineer major.  He was a member of the Beta Club, the National Honor Society, and the student council.  He was an All-State football player and captain of his school team.  He won numerous awards in power lifting contests.  Zach has participated in numerous community service activities.  He had exceptional grades and graduated number two in his class.

 

2012 The Fred Shewey Class

Kayleena Blankenship
Concord University
BlankenshipKayleena Blankenship is from Gilbert, WV and will attend Concord University. She will major in secondary education and hopes to become an English teacher in West Virginia. Kayleena was very action in high school in both community volunteer services and various school organizations. She was a member of the National Honor Society and won numerous awards for her writing skills. Her grades were extraordinary and she will receive academic scholarship assistance as a result of her hard work. 


Shea Booth
Concord University
Shea BoothShea Booth will attend Concord University and major in accounting. He is from Ballard, WV. Shea had extraordinary grades and finished second in his class and in the top 1.5% of the graduates of James Monroe High School at Westside High School. He was active in numerous school and community activities and is the recipient of several other academic scholarships.

 

Taylor Brown
Concord University
Taylor BrownTaylor Brown is from Glen Fork, WV and will attend Concord University. She graduated from Westside High School will major in elementary education. She had extraordinary grades and graduated number one in her class. Taylor was very active in school and community activities to include the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the National Honor Society, the Student Council, and in her church. She won many academic and service awards and was very active in athletics.


Callie Burdiss
Concord University
Callie BurdissCallie Burdiss graduated from Wyoming East High School and will attend Concord University. She will be an education major and is from Mullens, WV. Callie was active in a variety of activities to include the Fellowship of Christian Athletics and several other programs. She was engaged in many volunteer service activities. She received the Wyoming County Service Award.

 

Jordan Butts
Shepherd University
Jordan ButtsJordan Butts is from Bunker Hill, WV and will attend Shepherd University. He will major in biology and pre-medicine. Jordan attended Musselman High School where he graduated in the top 4% of his class of 335 graduates. He had extraordinary grades and was very active in both school and communities events to include the 4-H, the National Honor Society, the Fellowship of Christian Athletics, and he attended WV Boys State. Jordan received numerous awards for athletics to include selection to the WV Boys All State Soccer Team. He also received numerous academic scholarships in addition to this ALEF Fellowship.

David Chaney
Shepherd University
David ChaneyDavid Chaney graduated from Hampshire High School and will attend Shepherd University. He will be biology major. David is from Capon Bridge, WV. He had extraordinary grades and graduated in the top 6% of his class of 247. He was active in many school and community organizations to include the National Honor Society and the FFA where he was President of the Northeast Region. David won numerous awards for his state and national service to the FFA. He has several other academic and service scholarships in addition to the ALEF Fellowship.

Hannah Growe
Concord University
Hannah GroweHannah Growe is from Pineville, WV and will attend Concord University. She will major in biology and graduated from Wyoming East High School. Hannah was an extraordinary student and graduated number one in her class. She was very active in volunteer service in her community and won numerous academic and athletic awards to include the Wyoming East Student of the Year Award. Hannah was a member of the National Honor Society, the student council, and many other school organizations. She received several other academic scholarships in addition to the ALEF Fellowship.

Ronald Trey Lockhart
Concord University
Ronald Trey LockhartRonald Trey Lockhart graduated from River View High School where he graduated number one in his class. He was a very active athlete and participated in football, basketball, and baseball. He was active in numerous other school and community events and organizations to include the National Honor Society, American Legion Boys State, the Key Club, Upward Bound, Bible Club, and Gear Up. In addition to the ALEF Fellowship, Trey has several other academic scholarships.


Jessica Morrison
Concord University
Jessica MorrisonJessica Morrison is from Chauncey, WV and will attend Concord University. She will major in biology. She graduated from Logan Senior High School. Jessica was an extraordinary student and graduated number two in her class. She was a member of the National Honor Society, the Key Club, and was co-editor of the school newspaper. She was a very active volunteer in her community in eight different service organizations. Jessica won more awards than we can list for her work in school and in her community. She also will receive numerous scholarships.

Emily Rogers
Shepherd University
Emily RogersEmily Rogers graduated from Martinsburg High School and calls Martinsburg her home. She will attend Shepherd University and major in nursing. She had extraordinary grades and graduated in the top 3% of her class of 418 seniors. Emily was very active in school activities where she was a member of the National Honor Society, the student council, and was Captain of color guard for the band. She received several other scholarships in addition to the ALEF Fellowship.


Joseph Wickline
Shepherd University
Joseph WicklineJoseph Wickline is from Lewisburg, WV and attended Greenbrier East High School. He graduated in the top 4% of his class of 270. Joseph will attend Shepherd University and will major in environmental chemistry and biology. He was very active in school activities to include the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the National Honor Society, the Fly Fishing Club, and track and field. Joseph was also very active in community service where participated in numerous events and with many different organizations. He will receive other scholarship in addition to this ALEF Fellowship.

2013 The Hotel Class

Daylea Cline
Concord University
BlankenshipAttended Mingo Central High School and graduated with a 4.00 GPS.  She will attend Concord University and be a Pre-Med major.  Daylea was engaged in numerous community and school activities to include the National Honor Society and West Virginia Girls State.  She won several awards for her commitment to academics and for her volunteer service.

 

Dakota Cochenour
Concord University
Shea BoothAttended Mingo Central High School and graduated with a 3.93 GPA.  He will attend Concord University and will major in Biology.  Dakota was deeply involved in student government and served as president of several classes.  He was a member of several school and community organizations to include the National Honor Society and the Governor’s Academy.  Dakota was also very active in community service throughout his high school career.


Grant Davis
Shepherd University
Taylor BrownAttended Martinsburg HS and graduated with a 4.45 GPA.  He will attend Shepherd University and major in Accounting.  Grant was in the National Honor Society, Captain of the Tennis Team, a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletics, and several other school and community organizations.  He won numerous awards in tennis and was committed to community service as was evidenced by his many hours of volunteer work.



Bethany Dean
Shepherd University
Callie BurdissAttended Martinsburg HS and graduated with a 4.25 GPA.  She will attend Shepherd University and major in Nursing.  Bethany was involved with 9 different high school and community activities and performed over 150 hours of volunteer service this past year.  She was a member of the National Honor Society, the Student Government Association, the Spanish and Science Honors Societies as part of her school activities.

 

Casey France
Concord University
Jordan ButtsAttended Logan High School and graduated with a 4.19 GPA.  He will attend Concord University.  Casey will be a Chemistry/Biology major.  He was a member of the National Honor Society, attended the Governor’s Academy, and received numerous academic awards.  Casey also was heavily engaged in volunteer service as part of his high school activities.

 

Alicia Napier
Shepherd University
David ChaneyAttended Greenbrier East HS and graduated with a 4.02 GPA.  She will attend Shepherd University and major in Nursing.  Alicia was a member of the National Honor Society, the Student Government Association, the Fellowship of Christian Athletics and eight other high school activities.  She performed over 50 hours of community service this past year and won numerous awards.

 

Kyle Huffman
Shepherd University
Hannah GroweAttended Martinsburg HS and graduated with a 3.81 GPA.  He will attend Shepherd University and major in Political Science.  Kyle participated in 13 high school and community activities to include the National Honor Society, the Fellowship of Christian Athletics, and the Student Government Association.  He won numerous awards in high school and performed over 140 hours of community service this past year.

 

Robert Andrew Sherrill
Marshall University
Ronald Trey LockhartAttended Martinsburg High School and graduated with a 4.13 GPA.  Andy was very much engaged in community service while attending high school.  He will attend Marshall University and follow a Civil Engineering major.

 



Allison Sizemore
Concord University
SizemoreAttended Wyoming East High School and graduated with a 4.04 GPA.  She will attend Concord University and major in Elementary Education.  Allison was heavily involved in student government, a member of the National Honor Society, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and numerous other organizations.  She received numerous academic and sports awards during her high school career.

 

2014 India Class

Sean Gagliardo
Shepherd University
Sean  GagliardoSean Gagliardo graduated from Hampshire High School and lives in Capon Bridge, WV.  He will attend Shepherd University and major in biology.  Sean was a leader in sports as the Captain of the varsity soccer team, Captain of the varsity of the varsity tennis team, and Captain of the varsity swim team.  He was also active in both community and school activities and leadership roles.  

 

Levi Lambert
Concord University
Levi LambertLevi Lambert will attend Concord University and major in accounting.  He lives in Oceana, WV and graduated from Westside High School.  Levi was very active in sports and was captain of both the football and basketball teams.  He was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Student Council.  He was also very active in community and school service organizations. 

 

Meagan Moore
Concord University
Meagan MooreMeagan Moore will major in biology and attend Concord University.  She graduated from Greenbrier East High School and lives in Ronceverte, WV.  Meagan was very active in community service and had extraordinary grades.  She participated in numerous sports activities and was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  Meagan was a member of the National Honor Society.

 

Klye O'Neal
Marshall University
Kyle O'NealKyle O’Neal lives in Huntington, WV and will attend Marshall University.  He graduated from Spring Valley High School and will major in civil engineering at Marshall.  Kyle was very active in sports to include football, wrestling, and track.  He was a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society, and was a Booth Scholar.  He had extraordinary grades and was heavily engaged in service to both his school and his community.


Paige Palmer
Shepherd University
Paige Palmer Paige Palmer graduated from Jefferson High School and will attend Shepherd University where she will major in elementary education.  She lives in Harpers Ferry, WV.  Paige was involved in community service and a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, and President of her 4H Chapter.  Paige was a stellar student.


Ashley Taschner
Shepherd University
Ashley TaschnerAshley Taschner will attend Shepherd University and major in biology.  She graduated from Martinsburg High School and lives in Martinsburg, WV.  She was a member of the Key Club, Future Farmers of America, and heavily engaged in music throughout her high school career.  Ashely was engaged in numerous community and school volunteer work.  She has superb grades.

 

Andrew Scarberry
Marshall University
Andrew ScarberryAndrew Scarberry will attend Marshall University having graduated from Spring Valley High School.  He will major in civil engineering.  Andrew is from Huntington, WV.  He participated in both football and wrestling in high school and was a member of the National Honor Society.  He was a Booth Scholar and is an Eagle Scout.  Andrew is another ALEF Fellow who committed himself to service-before-self by performing numerous hours of community service.


Kelsey Walls
Concord University
Kelsey Walls Kelsey Walls lives in Matheny, WV and graduated from Westside High School.  She will attend Concord University and major in education.  She is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the National Honor Society, the student council, and numerous other school activities.  Kelsey was captain of the Westside varsity softball team.  She had many awards that recognized her academic and leadership accomplishments.

 

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