Marshall County Special Olympians Compete in Track & Field

Alexis Lewis (center) participates in the softball throw while her friend Jessi Donely (left), high school peer tutors (background) and Coach Shane Healy (right) watch during the Special Olympics.

More than 130 student and adult athletes participated at the 30th annual Marshall County Special Olympics Track & Field event at John Marshall High School.

Athletes were assisted by the 160 peer tutors from both Marshall County high schools, Cameron and John Marshall, while competing in various track and field events.  Participants could also make arts and crafts.

This years’ theme was Superheroes.  Everyone received a t-shirt featuring an original superhero design by John Marshall High School student Katie Robinson.

Several JM Career & Technical Education programs helped at Special Olympics.  Agriculture students prepared and set up the field for the spring games.  Nursing students in the Therapeutic Services program provided a first aid station and assisted with physicals.  JM Pro Start students prepared lunch while WJMH Media students announced results and played music.

The Knights of Pythias, American Legion, Army National Guard and Wheeling Jesuit University also lent a helping hand during the Marshall County Special Olympics Spring Games.

Childhood Cancer Awareness Group Makes Donation to Alex’s Lemonade Stand

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) has partnered with the Marshall County Childhood Cancer Awareness Corporation (MCCCAC) to fund Marie Bleakley, MD/PhD of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. ALSF and the MCCCAC share a vision of funding childhood cancer research to ultimately find cures for all children with cancer. This is the first time the two foundations have collaborated to fund a research grant.

MCCCAC has been raising awareness and funds throughout Marshall County, WV since July 2016. Since then, they have raised over $25,000 – which will help ALSF fund a Bio-Therapeutics Grant for Dr. Bleakley. In the spirit of ALSF founder Alexandra “Alex” Scott’s vision that everyone, everywhere can make a difference in the lives of children with childhood cancer, MCCCAC has truly garnered the support of their local community. They have been the benefactor of a portion of proceeds from the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce annual Tree Gala and the local 14-mile Fish Crick Chick Walk. They’ve sold over 1,700 “Go Gold” t-shirts, with participation from every school in Marshall County, among other grassroots fundraising efforts. In March, MCCCAC received a citation from the West Virginia House of Representatives for their awareness and fundraising efforts. They were joined by local childhood cancer hero families in Charleston, WV to receive the honor.

ALSF’s Bio-Therapeutics Impact Grant is designed to accelerate the development of clinical trials for promising biological therapies. Immunotherapies are some of the most promising new treatments. The Bleakley Lab is currently evaluating an immunotherapy to prevent or manage leukemia relapse after blood or marrow transplantation. Based on their findings to date, Dr. Bleakley believes the new immunotherapy will become an important weapon in the fight against childhood leukemia, and help show how to tackle other cancers too. More information about Bleakley’s research project is below.

“I’m so glad to be partners with such an awesome organization. Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation does so much for childhood cancer,” said Brenda Frohnapfel of MCCCAC. “But so much more needs to be done. Every person I’ve told about this partnership has applauded it. I don’t think I can put into words how proud I am of this.”

For more information about Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s charity partnerships, visit

Marshall County Young Writers Honored

Sand Hill Elementary School 4th grader Sydney Gray was awarded first place in her division at the county level and 3rd place at the state level.

Parents and educators gathered in the Moundsville Middle School cafeteria for a chance to hear the voices of award-winning young writers who attend a school in Marshall County.

Students who placed in the annual county contest read their original stories, which are printed in the 2017 Marshall County Young Writers Anthology, to the audience.

Entries varied on topics but each submission was composed during the current school year, during school hours and supervised by a teacher.  Compositions were judged based on ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency and conventions.

Sydney Gray’s story titled “I Love Oreos” has earned the 4th grade Sand Hill Elementary School student third place honors at the state level of the Young Writers competition.  Gray, along with all other county first place winners, are invited to attend Young Writers Day at the University of Charleston on Friday, May 12, 2017.

The Young Writers contest has been held in Marshall County since 1984.


WTOV’s Anthony Conn attended the Young Writers Tea.  His story can be found at the link below.



McNinch Primary Students Help Heal Hearts

Debbie Jochum, Owen Geho, Tori Gilbert and Jackson Tyrell (back row from left) dump slime on teachers Samantha Oberdick and Carrie Taylor (seated from left) to celebrate breaking the school’s record for money collected for Jump Rope for Heart.

Pre-school, kindergarten, first grade and second grade students at McNinch Primary School participated in the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart Program during the month of March.

Students first learned that by asking for donations they were helping save children and adults with heart issues. The research is able to be funded through this program and has helped and will continue to help doctors discover ways of fixing heart ailments in infants, children and adults.

Students then learned and practiced how to jump rope and how being active and making healthy food choices can help keep their heart healthy for a lifetime.

As an incentive for students to collect donations for people with special hearts, staff volunteered to take part in a fun-filled assembly if the whole school reached its goal.

If the entire school raised $3,500, staff members would be “Kissing a Creature.”  If $4,500 was raised, staff would be wrapped up in Saran Wrap and race one another.  If the school goal of $5,500 was reached, then staff would get slimed.

This year students met and surpassed the $5,500 goal by raising a little more than $6,000, setting a new school record.

Because students exceeded their goal, staff got slimed and also be got their hair colored by top earning students.

McNinch is proud to hold this event to help save hearts, teach healthy lifestyles and teach students the life-long exercise of jump roping.