Boos & Applause

Applause to all the participants and to the army of staff and volunteers who helped put together the 77th session of the American Legion Auxiliary Rhododendron Girls State at Davis & Elkins College this week. State leaders like Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin, and state Treasurer John Perdue, spoke to the girls from all across West Virginia who assembled on the campus of D&E. This is the second year D&E has played host to Girls State, and from all accounts it was a successful and well-run week of events.

Applause to all the local high school athletes who participated in the statewide North-South games last weekend. They included Elkins High School’s Daniel Romans and Austin Storey and Tucker County’s Cole Rapp, who suited up for the winning North team in the North-South football game; Buckhannon-Upshur’s Audrey Gaudet and Tucker County’s Riley Evans who played in the North-South All-Star girls basketball game; Elkins’ Elliot White, who played on the winning North squad during the All-Star boys basketball game; and Alli Robinson of B-UHS, who brought home an MVP trophy from the North-South softball game.

Applause to the first recipient of the Austen Moore Kindness Scholarship, Elkins High School graduating senior Ty Hunter Flynn. Austen Moore was an Elkins native and 2009 graduate of Elkins High School, Moore is the son of Debbie and Dean Fragale and Mark and Tina Moore. He is also the grandson of Dr. Gloria Payne and Shirley Moore. This scholarship will be continuing for a deserving Elkins High School senior in Austen’s memory for years to come.

Applause to Dr. Domingo T. Chua, a local surgeon who is retiring after nearly half a century of service in the Elkins area. After moving from the Philippines to the United States, Chua completed a rotating internship and his first year surgical residency at McLaren General Hospital in Flint, Michigan. He went on to complete his urology residency in the Francis Delafield Division of the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. He worked for many years with the Golden Clinic and is now affiliated with Davis Medical Center.