ELKINS - Thirteen Randolph County students attended the American Legion Mountaineer Boys State at Jackson's Mill during the summer. The event is an honors, leadership and citizenship academy which has existed since 1936 to teach good government through participation to the outstanding male high school junior class members in the state of West Virginia.
Students attending the camp are exposed to the rights, privileges, duties and responsibilities of a franchised citizen. They learn objectives and practical applications of city, county and state government by being elected to the various offices.
Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement, presentations, assemblies, boards and recreational programs.
Participants included Linkoln Barger, Michael Beckwith, Corey Crumm, Tanner Heckel, John Ryan Henson, Tyler Kenney, Trevor Kiess, Remington Knight, Donald Lambert, Benjamin Lonergan, Preston Marsh, Bryan Roy and Trey Westerfeld.
Barger, the son of Shelton and Kenna Barger, served as circuit clerk at Boys State. He is a member of the Elkins High School basketball team, tennis team, soccer team, Spanish Honor Society and the Wellness Club. He participates in Young Life, Mid-State Soccer Club and is a member of Alliance Community Fellowship Church. Barger plans to attend West Virginia University.
Beckwith is the son of Margaret Kerr Beckwith. At Boys State, he served on the Board of Education. He is a member of the Elkins High School football team, Elkins High School Marching Band, the track team and National Honor Society. Beckwith plans to study pre-med at West Virginia Wesleyan College.
Crumm is the son of Jack and Lisa Crumm, and he served as a Senator at Boys State. He was also co-editor of the Boys State Newspaper. At Elkins High School, Crumm is student body president, a member of envirothon and the tennis team. He is a member of the National Honor Society, the National Art Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society. Crum attends St. Brendon Catholic Church. He plans to attend West Virginia University and major in environmental engineering.
Heckel, the son of Lloyd and Denise Heckel, served as a National Guard Honor Guard at Boys State. He is a member of the Elkins High School track and baseball teams and belongs to the After School Chrisitan Club. He participates in Young Life, weight lifting and is a member of the Elkins Church of the Nazarene. After high school, Heckel plans to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Dayton, Fla. He also plans to be in the United State Navy.
Henson is the son of Hayes and Elizabeth Shelton and served as circuit clerk at Boys State. He is a member of the soccer and tennis teams and Young Life. Following graduation, he plans to attend West Virginia Wesleyan College and law school.
Kenney is the son of Bruce and Joelle Kenney of Elkins. He is the grandson of Lindsey and Pat Kenney of Mill Creek, and Sandy Grahame and the late Joe Grahame of Elkins. He is a member of Boy Scout Troop 88, having achieved the rank of Life Scout. He is a member of the Elkins High School Marching and Jazz Bands, participated in all-county band, is a three-year letterman of the Elkins High School swim team and is a member of the Elkins Otters swim team. Kenney is a member of the National Honor Society, the First United Methodist Church and Youth Group and participated in the EHS Spain tour in 2013. He is a part-time employee of Dairy Queen. Following graduation, he hopes to attend the United States Naval Academy and major in eerospace engineering.
Kiess is the son of Jeff and Sharon Kiess of Elkins. He is the grandson of Eloise Isner, the late Blair Isner, Sharon and Jim Blosser and the late Chriss Kiess. He is currently a two-year letterman on the Elkins High School Varsity Football team. He is a member of the EHS varsity basketball team, president of the EHS History Club and was elected to the student and class council. He ranks in the top five percent of his class, is an honors and AP student, was nominated for the Governor's Honors Academy and was recognized by the Don Nehlen Chapter of the National Football Foundation for being a scholar athlete along with having the highest GPA among all football players in the state of West Virginia during the 2011 football season. He enjoys hunting, fishing and managing his family's farm. He aspires to attend the Honors College at West Virginia University once he graduates, to major in political science and attend law school. Kiess was elected Speaker of the House at Boys State.
Knight, the son of Robert and Traci Knight, served as a senator at Boys State. He is active in Young Life and the Boy Scouts. At Elkins High School he is vice president of his class, a member of student council, National Honor Society and co-captain of the cross county and track teams. Following graduation, he hopes to major in aerospace engineering.
Lambert is the son of John and Crystal Lambert. At Boys State, he served as a delegate. At Elkins High School, he is a member of the EHS Marching Band and president of the Future Farmers of America. Lambert is a Life Scout in Boy Scouts. He plans to join the Air Force after graduation.
Lonergan is the son of Matt and Jeanette Lonergan. At Boys State, he served as County Assessor for Marion Cottage. He has played football and basketball for four years and baseball for two. He participates in Elkins High School honors classes. He is also a senior leader is Elkins Young Life and an active church attendant. After graduation, Lonergan plans to study Theology at the Word of Life Bible Institute in New York.
Marsh is the son of Gary and Lois Marsh. At Boys State, he served as a DNR officer. Marsh is a member of the National Honor Society, the EHS Jazz, Marching and Concert Bands and Future Business Leaders of America. He serves as pianist for Orlena United Methodist Church and is the U.S. Army Reserve. Following graduation, he plans to attend basic training, go to college and major in criminal justice and become a West Virginia State Trooper.
Roy is the son of Bradley and Leslie Roy of Job. While attending Harman High School, he has been a member of the band, archery club, FFA and the basketball team. He is a member of the Whitmer Volunteer Fire Department and is completing a class to be a certified EMT. He has enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp Reserves. While attending Boys State, he served as a DNR Officer.
Westerfeld is the son of Patrick Westerfeld and Melinda Kota. At Boys State he served as a journalist. At Elkins High School he is a member of the EHS Soccer Team and the National Art Honor Society. He plans to attend college.
Local sponsors for the 2013 Boys State include Tomblyn Funeral Home, Citizens Bank of West Virginia, Family Dental Practice, Mill Creek IGA, Bates Carpet, Elkins Lions Club, Davis Trust Company, the VFW, Peter Pan Cleaners, American Legion Post 29, Varchetto Insurance, Cardinal Creations and Lohr Barb Funeral Home.