AP classes available at Tygarts Valley

The Randolph County Board of Education learned about advanced placement college and dual credit classes that are offered at Tygarts Valley High School during its regular meeting Monday.

TVHS junior Owen Arbogast presented information about the classes as part of his duties as student representative to the board.

Arbogast explained that dual credit and advance placement classes are weighted, and students receive additional credit for successful completion of the class.

“These classes offer extra opportunity to raise your grade point average,” Arbogast said. “You can also earn college credit hours for passing a test at the end of the course. I think I will have 14 to 16 college credit hours when I graduate.”

Overall, 36 college credit hours are available for these classes offered at TVHS. Classes include college desktop publishing, dual credit biology, advanced placement biology, college civics, dual credit English, college calculus, advanced placement English, advanced placement history, college algebra and college trigonometry.

“I have advanced English with Matt Postlewait and we have read ‘The Crucible,’ ‘1984,’ ‘Candide,’ and ‘The Color Purple,'” Arbogast said.

Arbogast, who is a member of National Honor Society, HOBY, FFA, Young Life, and Upward Bound, and plays football and baseball for TVHS, also will address the board during January and February. He is the son of Bethany Arbogast and Shawn Arbogast of Elkwater.

Board member Ed Tyre thanked Arbogast for updating the board about TVHS.

“It is always good to hear from future leaders,” Tyre said. “You did a great job.”

Board president Lisa Wamsley said a special meeting of the board will be scheduled for 5 p.m. Jan. 16. At this meeting, Howard O’Cull, executive director of the WV State Board Association, will offer training for the board in hiring a permanent superintendent. Special personnel meetings will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 11, 12 and 13.

Wamsley also announced the graduation dates for Randolph County’s high schools. Tygarts Valley and Harman’s graduation will be 7 p.m. May 23. Elkins High School’s graduation will be 7 p.m. May 24, and the Pickens School graduation will be 1 p.m. May 25.

The next regular monthly meeting will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 22.