Local student receives scholarship for excellence

ELKINS – Daniel Toney, a home-schooled Randolph County senior, has been awarded a full college scholarship through EQT Corporation Students of Excellence.

The scholarship will provide $18,000 for each of four years.

EQT Corporation, an energy company with offices throughout West Virginia, is dedicated to enriching the communities where employees live and work. EQT said it is pleased to support West Virginia students by sponsoring the Students of Excellence Scholarship Program.

Toney said he applied for the scholarship when his teacher, Christina Waybright, suggested it was a great opportunity.

He said he found out about the scholarship and applied at the last minute. “I gathered what I needed and sent it in. I am so happy that I was selected as one of the winners.”

Toney, in addition to his home-schooling, attends classes in game design at Randolph Technical Center.

“A friend of our family talked about taking classes at the center and it sounded fun,” Toney said. “I took Game Design I, then took Game Design II and III. I have also taken Web Page Design. I really enjoy computer presentations and being part of the Future Business Leaders of America. This year we competed in California, and our team took sixth place in our category.”

Toney said he hopes to attend Grove City College in Grove City, Pa.

“I had considered going there before, and I hope to major in computer science,” he said. “They have a very strong program, and the college is beautiful with 100-year-old buildings on the campus. Also, the school has a strong background in faith, and that is very important to me.”

Toney said his older brother attends Grove City College, and it will be great to go to a school where he already has family.

Randolph Technical Center Director Don Johnson said he is proud of Toney.

“Daniel Toney is an outstanding young man,” Johnson said. “He is completing our game design concentration and (is) a member of Future Business Leaders of America, having competed on the national level where he scored sixth in the nation.

“Daniel has represented Randolph Technical Center as a student ambassador on many occasions. We are extremely proud of Daniel, and he is certainly deserving of the Students of Excellence Scholarship.”

Toney is also a carrier for The Inter-Mountain, and was honored as the Carrier of the Month for July, along with his brother, Wesley.

A total of 65 students received $1,000 scholarships under the EQT Students of Excellence Recognition program. They include:

– Lane Fleisher, Pendleton County High School. Fleisher wants to attend college and study health sciences. His career goal is to work with young children.

– Evan Caleb Harman, Petersburg High School in Grant County. He plans to attend college to pursue a degree in engineering or pharmacy and wants to eventually return to Grant County to work.

– Emily Michelle Hathaway, Lewis County High School. She wants to attend West Virginia University to pursue a degree in pharmacy. She hopes to eventually open her own pharmacy in West Virginia and establish a program offering free health screenings and medical counseling to help an underserved population.

– Allison R. Jonese, Pocahontas County High School. She plans to attend a four-year college or university to pursue a career in radiology or ultrasound technology.

– Trevor Kiess, Elkins High School. He wants to attend West Virginia University or an Ivy League school and then attend law school. He hopes to practice law in North Central West Virginia and then enter state politics. He also wants to some day take over his family’s cattle farm.

– Isaac Moses, Webster County High School. He plans to attend Fairmont State University to earn a degree in pre-pharmacy. After attending pharmacy school at West Virginia University, he hopes to return to Webster Springs to work.

– Ian Nichols, Tucker County High School. He wants to study petroleum engineering at West Virginia University.

– Morgan Stemler, Philip Barbour High School. She plans to attend West Virginia University and major in international law or international business. She hopes to study abroad and is interested in pursuing an internship overseas.

– Jordin Wilcher, Buckhannon-Upshur High School. She wants to major in biomedical engineering at West Virginia University and plans to attend medical school to become a pediatric oncologist.

– Ashley Wilkins, East Hardy High School. She plans to major in sociology and would like to get a master’s degree in school counseling and one day work as a counselor at East Hardy High School.