PBHS Hall of Fame to induct second group

PHILIPPI — The Philip Barbour High School Hall of Fame will induct eight more members today in the commons area at PBHS. It will be the second annual PB HOF ceremony, growing the hall to include 18 total members following the presentation of plaques.

A reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. will kick things off for the Colts. Dinner is to be served at 7 p.m. before several speakers will take the podium. Limited tickets are available at the door still. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for kids.

The PBHS HOF class of 2018 includes Roger L. Nestor, Tina Wright Shriver, Priscilla Serafin, Captain Donald F. Schnably, Sarah McCauley Vismans, Mary Daugherty Poling, Jessica Maunz Salfia and Josh Yeager.

Roger L. Nestor graduated from Philip Barbour High School with the Class of 1969. While a student at PB, he earned academic honors as a top 10 student in a class of 206 seniors. He earned completer certification in the vocational-agriculture program, and was a member of the Colts’ basketball team and the French Club.

Following his years at PBHS, Roger enrolled at West Virginia University to study plant science, and graduated from WVU with a master’s degree in agronomy. He then returned to Barbour County and assumed numerous service and leadership roles within local organizations throughout the ensuing decades to support causes that would benefit his community and its people. A devout follower of Jesus Christ, he served as an elder at the Light of Christ Chapel in Belington.

Nestor’s love of agriculture and his dedicated work with Barbour County’s youth are exemplified by his 37 years of teaching and coaching area youngsters in the arts of land evaluation and appraisal from 1979 to 2016. During this period, his teams, comprised of county 4-H and agriculture students, qualified 22 times for trips to Oklahoma and the National Soil Judging Championships. Barbour County’s program quickly became a source of local pride under his guidance as his teams brought home an astonishing 16 national championship trophies.

Many will remember Nestor for his many years as Barbour County’s WVU Extension Agent, a position from which he retired in 2016. He received the state’s highest honor in 2013 when he was inducted into the West Virginia Agriculture Hall of Fame.

Nestor passed away earlier this year, and will be represented at the 2018 Philip Barbour High School Hall of Fame ceremonies by his wife of 42 years, Reta Jean, who survives at the family home in Belington.

While Tina Wright Shriver was active in many facets of high school life such as Student Council, FHA and the Pep Club during her career at PBHS, it was on the track and the court that she drew statewide accolades. The 1985 graduate is probably best remembered for her remarkable string of three straight individual championships at the state track meets during the springs of 1983, 1984 and 1985.

Clearing heights of up to 5’4” in the high jump helped her dominate the event at the conference, regional and state levels as she won every meet entered during her sophomore, junior and senior seasons with the exception of one, where she finished second.

During the winter sports seasons at PB, Wright-Shriver was a strong presence under the hoop as a forward on the successful Lady Colts basketball squads of the early 1980s. Known for her rebounding and tenacious inside play, she was named to several all-tournament teams during the span, and received All-Conference and All-State recognition as well.

Following graduation, Wright-Shriver played basketball locally at Alderson-Broaddus University before finishing her studies in education at the University of South Carolina Spartanburg, where she assisted with the women’s basketball program for one year. Upon earning her degree, Tina returned home to Barbour County, and she has taught and coached in a variety of areas ever since.

As a coach at Philip Barbour High School, Wright-Shriver spent 18 years at the helm for the girls track program and produced three athletes who earned individual state championships, despite often not having adequate local facilities for home meets. During that span, Philip Barbour captured a Big Ten Conference title and finished as runners-up in the annual West Virginia state meet. In addition, she served as an assistant coach for PB’s girls’ basketball program for a number of years. Her tenure there was highlighted by an undefeated 2004 junior varsity team, which posted a final record of 18-0.

Today, Wright-Shriver continues her teaching and coaching career at Belington Middle School. She and her husband, Randy, are the parents of three former Philip Barbour student-athletes; Brittini, Nikki and David.

Priscilla Serafin, as a member of the PBHS Class of 1980, Serafin delivered the salutatorian address on behalf of her fellow classmates at their commencement ceremony. She graduated second in a class of 206 with a final 3.98 GPA, and scored at the 98th percentile nationally on her final round of state-county testing.

She received Philip Barbour’s Math Award, and was a three-year member and vice-president of Mu Alpha Theta, the national Mathematics Honor Society. She also compiled a near perfect attendance record throughout her high school career.

Priscilla was an A+ art student, a leader in the PB Art Club, and was selected as Most Talented in her class by her peers. She was a two-year member of the National Honor Society, and served as the Key Club president and treasurer. Beyond the classroom, she was a member of the Pride of Barbour County Colts marching band as a majorette. Serafin also hit the pavement on the tennis courts for PB, earning a Blue Chip trophy as at least a three-year varsity letterman.

Following her years at Philip Barbour, Ms. Serafin earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from West Virginia University in 1984, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and earning membership into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society. With her focus now squarely on artistic endeavors, she became the designer for the WVU Communications Department and her work became prominently displayed in many campus exhibitions.

Her next stop was the Ivy League, where Serafin received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University in 1986. During her graduate studies, she was awarded the Carl Purington Rollins Fellowship in Graphic Design. As she continued to refine her skills in design and print, her works were widely displayed in graduate exhibitions on campus at Yale.

Over the past three decades, Serafin has taken on teaching and professorship duties at Yale and the Montserrat College of Art. Since 1989, she has been the proprietor of Serafin Design, providing professional design services to clients for print and the web. Her artwork has appeared in numerous galleries, shows and exhibitions across the Northeast. Her renderings have been featured on several publication covers and she has received First Place Awards for Excellence in Painting at multiple art festivals in Massachusetts.

Serafin’s work finds its way home to Barbour County frequently, with Priscilla’s hand-painted signs and murals found on everything from race cars to basketball courts. Local clients over the years have included Philip Barbour High School’s band and wrestling programs, Alderson Broaddus University basketball, Adaland Mansion and the Covered Bridge Playhouse. Priscilla Serafin is the daughter of Joe and Ann Serafin of Philippi. She is a professional artist and today continues to operate her design business from her home in Rowley, Massachusetts.

Capt. Donald Francis Schnably was among the first group of students to attend the brand new Philip Barbour High School in the fall of 1963, and went on to graduate with the Class of 1966. While a student at PB, he was elected president of the school’s Latin Club (SPQR) and remained very active in community 4-H programs. But it was during the few years at the end of the decade following his graduation that Schnably brought the most honor and recognition to his alma mater and nation through his courageous service in the United States Army, until he was killed in action in Vietnam on Dec. 1, 1969.

After attending Greenbrier Military Academy, Schnably entered the U.S. Army on Jan. 15, 1967. He received basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, where he was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He then graduated from the Green Beret Special Forces School at Fort Benning, Georgia. Prior to leaving for Vietnam, he was sent to Panama for training at an extended Jungle Warfare School, graduating with honors.

Schnably left the states for Southeast Asia on Dec. 6, 1968. as a member of the 5th Special Forces group based in Duc Lap, South Vietnam. He was awarded a Bronze Star for heroism displayed during ground operations against hostile North Vietnamese forces in March of 1969. As a senior advisor to a Strike Force company deep within hostile territory, he led his company in a flanking action against two enemy platoons while rendering first aid to his wounded personnel while under intense fire.

Less than six months later, on the evening of Dec. 1, 1969, Schnably was killed in action when North Vietnamese forces unleashed a mortar attack on the Duc Lap Special Forces camp. The PBHS graduate had rushed to the area under attack to direct return fire against the suspected enemy positions. As the first mortar tube was set and readied for launching, two incoming mortar rounds hit the area, mortally wounding Schably.

The Green Beret Special Forces hero received many honors for his service and sacrifice. Schnably was awarded the Silver Star medal for Gallantry in Action, in addition to three Bronze Stars, two for Heroism in Ground Combat and one for Meritorious Achievement in Ground Operations. He also received a Purple Heart for wounds received in action, resulting in death.

Other awards bestowed included: the Parachutist Badge, the Combat Infantry Badge, the National Defense Service Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal. The Republic of Vietnam also awarded him the Vietnam Campaign Medal. It is believed that Schnably may be the most highly decorated U.S. soldier to have graduated from Philip Barbour High School. Known as one who loved life and lived it to the fullest, Schnably served with courage and distinction, earning his many accolades and honors by the age of just 21 years and five months.

Sarah McCauley-Vismans was elected to the Philip Barbour Hall of Fame in her first year of eligibility. She was active in student government at PB as a member of the student council, serving as student body vice-president during her senior year. However, she said she is best remembered as one of West Virginia’s elite female athletes during her four-sport career as a Colt from 2007-11.

As a recipient of numerous Big Ten Conference accolades in cross-country, volleyball, basketball and track throughout her career, McCauley was known as a fierce athletic competitor. As a freshman, she captured her very first state championship in the Class AA 1600 meter event at Charleston in 2008. She would later defend her 1600 meter crown with victories in both 2010 and 2011. After placing third in both the middle distance 1600 and 3200 meter runs during her sophomore year, she bounced back to become a rare dual same-year champion in track and field as she earned the top spot on the AA state podium in the 3200 during both 2010 and 2011.

During her junior year of 2009-10, in addition to her two state championship performances in track, McCauley-Vismans again claimed third place in the state AA cross-country meet and was named to West Virginia’s first team All-State volleyball squad in Class AA.

Her career as a Lady Colt student-athlete came to a remarkable conclusion in her senior year of 2010-11 as she received many state honors. During the fall, she earned a spot on the state AA volleyball first team, and was named Big Ten Conference Player of the Year. Between volleyball matches, she completed her finest cross-country season, winning the AA state X-C individual championship and leading her teammates to PB’s first ever team championship in the sport. Following that campaign, she was named West Virginia’s Gatorade Cross-Country Runner of the Year.

Between the multiple awards of that fall and the twin championships on the track at Laidley Field the next spring, she was also named to West Virginia’s 2011 Class AA All-State basketball second team.

Following her graduation with the Philip Barbour Class of 2011, she enrolled as a Division I scholarship athlete at West Virginia University, where she participated in cross-country and track. Following the 2013 season, she was named to the All-Big 12 Conference steeplechase team.

Since then, Sarah McCauley-Vismans graduated from the WVU School of Dentistry in 2015 with a degree in dental hygiene, and is presently employed as a dental hygienist in Clarksburg. Her love of sports continues as she supports youth in coaching a Harrison County volleyball club travel team, serves as a volunteer assistant volleyball coach at Robert C. Byrd High School, and is a volunteer coach and mentor for Special Olympics volleyball in Harrison County.

Mary Daugherty Poling was a member of the Philip Barbour High School Class of 1964, the first in school history. Her record of academic excellence throughout her public school years was exemplified by her winning the Golden Horseshoe award. During her senior year at PBHS, Poling was selected to the National Honor Society, served as secretary for the FHA, and was a member of the school’s TV Toss-Up Team and the SPQR Latin organization.

She went on to earn her BS and MS degrees from West Virginia University in preparation for a return to Barbour County to teach mathematics at her alma mater. Her distinguished career in the classroom at Philip Barbour spanned 1968 to 2002, while accepting faculty leadership roles. Her 34 years of dedication culminated into her selection as Barbour County’s Teacher of the Year.

As her tenure as an educator drew to a close, she began a new career of service in the state legislature. First elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates from the 40th District in 2000 (later redistricted to District 47), Poling went on to serve six terms representing Barbour and part of Tucker County from 2001 to 2014. Her background in academics helped elevate her to the position of House Education Chair in 2007.

Since her retirement from the legislature, she has remained active in community service, including two stints as president of the Barbour County Retired School Employees organization. Her love for and background in farming helped her to become a 4-H All-Star in her youth and a local volunteer 4-H leader in adulthood. Today, she remains active as co-owner and operator of Wedgewood Farm in Moatsville, with her husband William “Bucky” Poling. They are the proud parents of two sons, William “Frank” Poling and Edward “Eddie” Poling.

Since her years of accomplishment and service at Philip Barbour High School in the late 1990s, Jessica Maunz Salfia has drawn upon her family heritage and local experiences as springboards to a remarkable 15-year career as an educator, writer and advocate.

As a member of the PBHS Class of 1999, Maunz-Salfia’s cumulative 3.98 GPA spoke to her academic prowess, while her involvement in many school activities helped make her a constant source of Colt Pride. She served as an officer for the Class of ’99, as well as the Student Council, and was the National Honor Society secretary. In addition to her selection twice as Prom Court royalty and Winterfest Queen, she was named Miss Philip Barbour during her senior year.

As a standout year-round competitor, Maunz became the first female athlete at Philip Barbour to earn 12 letters on her way to Blue Chip trophies in three sports; volleyball, basketball and softball. Throughout her four years, she was named to various Big 10 All-Conference athletic squads and was honored as the Big Ten Volleyball Player of the Year following both the 1997 and 1998 seasons as head coach Debbie Spears pioneered as the first-ever volleyball coach for PBHS.

Her career in volleyball continued for four more years at Alderson Broaddus University, where she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree with the Class of 2003. Later, after earning her master’s degree from Shepherd University, she was presented with the Distinguished Student in Scholarship Award in 2012.

Coming from a family with a tradition of public school service, and a teacher herself now for more than 15 years, Salfia has received numerous accolades. Among them, she was presented with an Arch Coal Teaching Award in 2015, was a finalist for Berkeley County Teacher of the Year in 2014, later earning that district’s TOY honor in 2016. In April of 2018, she received the prestigious Stephen L. Fisher Award in Teaching Excellence from the Appalachian Studies Association.

Beyond her significant work in the classroom, she played a key role in rebuilding the West Virginia Council of Teachers of English (WVCTE) and currently serves as the organization president. She is a member of the Berkeley County Diversity Council, the Berkeley Teacher Advisory Committee and served on the ABU Alumni Council from 2014-2017.

Maunz-Salfia also finds time for her passion for writing, especially in fiction and poetry. She has written and developed curriculum for West Virginia Public Broadcasting and her work has appeared over the past decade in the Charleston Gazette Mail, West Virginia Living magazine, the WVCTE Best Practices Blog and six different volumes of the Anthology of Appalachian Writers. Ms. Salfia was a co-editor of the recent documentary book, “55 Strong: Inside the West Virginia Teachers’ Strike.” She was also the winner of the 2016 West Virginia Fiction Competition, as selected by “Cold Mountain” author Charles Frazier.

Jessica Maunz Salfia is currently a teacher at Spring Mills High School in Martinsburg, where she teaches advanced placement language and composition and creative writing, and serves as advisor of the Diversity Club and the Literary and Art magazine. She also coordinates the Homecoming parade and mock interviews, and is a member of the SMHS Curriculum and Instruction Leadership Team.

Josh Yeager played for PB in the late 1990s as a standout basketball player who helped guide the Colts to a Class AAA playoff berth by putting up big numbers. He went on to don the blue and gold while playing for coach Gale Catlett at West Virginia University.

The inaugural class of PBHS Hall of Fame members inducted in 2017 included Ernie Nestor, George Byrer, Steve Redd, Loren J. Rinehart, Scott Mayle, Linda Sandusky, Arnold Weese, Dr. Joan Lynn Crites Propst, Rich Mace and Andrew Freeman.

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