by Jennifer Biller
CLARKSBURG -- Students were the center of attention at Wednesday's Harrison County Board of Education meeting.
Board members took some time from their regular agenda to recognize and commend students on their athletic, academic and extra-curricular achievements.
Members of the Bridgeport High School football team and the coaching staff were presented a plaque for winning the Class AA state championship, and board President Sally J. Cann recounted the events of the Nov. 24 game.
Coach Bruce Carey commended the players for their hard work.
"They set goals they wanted to meet, reevaluated them in the middle of the season and they stuck to them," Carey said.
Another group of students was recognized for academic achievement, and for being honored in a Nov. 25 ceremony of the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission in Wheeling. The group included members of Bridgeport High School's volleyball team, boys' track team, band and cheerleaders.
Individual awards went to Bridgeport's Howard Shen for male scholar-athlete and Hillary Moore of Gore Middle School for female band student.
The awards were based on grade point average, attendance, sports participation and school citizenship.
"Parents and family members who are here today have reason to be proud of these young people," said board member D.D. Meighen.
Also at the meeting, the South Harrison High School choir and show choir performed Christmas songs.
In other business, board members:
n Received a $16,000 check from Brad Hall and Kelly Nelson, representing Medbrook Children's Charity, for the school nurses' discretionary fund and the children's apparel program.
n Approved payments to Mid State Mechanical Inc. of $7,047 and $104,505.30 for heating, ventilation and air conditioning work at Lumberport Middle School and Lumberport Elementary School, respectively.
n Approved payments to C.W. Stickley Inc. of $26,939.01 for various school paving projects.
n Approved the updating of the county's alternative education plan to bring it in line with state Department of Education standards. The plan provides for students who have been temporarily suspended from their home schools.
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