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Boos & Applause

Applause to all the events honoring veterans across the region over the next few days. Today at 1 p.m., the Elkins Veterans Day Parade will begin with the line-up at noon at Southern States. The parade will begin at 1 p.m. and end at the Railroad Depot. In Buckhannon, a Veterans Day Parade will begin at 9 a.m. Monday. The parade will run from Main Street to Jawbone Park. Also on Monday morning, the Belington Veterans Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m. and run through town. Also today, American Legion Post 29 in Elkins will host its 100th Veterans Day Dinner. The guest speaker will be Brig. General Christopher Walker, who is the Assistant Adjutant General and Commander of the West Virginia Air National Guard. The dinner’s social hour will begin at 5 p.m. with dinner following at 6 p.m. Also on Monday, a Veterans Day Service will be at the Veterans Memorial Intersection in Elkins at 11 a.m.

Applause to West Virginia University president Dr. Gordon Gee, who visited with juniors and seniors at Buckhannon-Upshur High School Monday. He was invited to speak by B-UHS senior Caitlyn Wendling. During Monday’s visit, Gee surprised Wendling by publicly telling her that she has been admitted to WVU, where she plans to study neuroscience. Gee was originally scheduled to speak last school year but his visit was delayed due to the statewide teacher work stoppage.

Applause to Jakob Baker of the Philip Barbour High band, who has been selected to the All Nationals Honors Band. He is performing this week at the National Association for Music Education (NAME) 2019 All-National Honor Ensembles at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Baker is a senior trombonist in “The Pride of Barbour County,” where he also serves as the band’s drum major.

Applause to Brian Allman, a sixth-grade social studies teacher at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School, who was named West Virginia’s 2019-20 Milken Educator during a surprise ceremony Thursday morning. Allman said he is thinking about returning to college to pursue a doctorate and the $25,000 award would make that easier.

Applause to all the local high school cross country teams that competed in the Class AA-A state meet held Nov. 2 at Cabell Midland High School in Ona and represented our region on the statewide stage.

Applause to Barbour County native Barbara Smith, the cofounder of Mountain Hospice, Inc., has been honored by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization with the Organizational Support Award. Currently, Smith serves on the Board of Directors for Mountain Hospice Inc.

Applause to local high school athletic programs coming to the rescue of the Petersburg High School football team. The team lost its equipment this week during a fire at the school’s field house. Other schools and teams from around the area have rallied to support the team through fundraising efforts.