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HHS Receives EPIC Grant

December 19, 2018

Hundred High School has been selected to receive a $50,000 grant through the WV Department of Education's inaugural "Economic Projects Impacting Communities" competition. According to a press release by the WVDE, dozens of projects were submitted.

HHS students Madison Fetty and Hunter Tustin gave the school's EPIC presentation in Charleston on Dec. 12.

The Hornets' project involves collaboration with community partners "to revitalize the town of Hundred after the devastating floods in July 2017." Plans include an amphitheater with solar lighting, light post banners, and concrete planters filled with flowers "to help beauty the small town."

Article Photos

Hunter Tustin (third from left) and
Madison Fetty (fourth from left) stand with Wetzel County Board of Education
personnel, Hundred High School
administrators, and other supporters as they celebrate a $50,000 grant they won through the West Virginia
Department of Education’s EPIC competition.
Photo by Beverly
Van Scyoc

Students also plan to construct a miniature replica of town founder Henry Church's cottage, to serve as a historic attraction "as part of the visitor's bureau."

HHS listed its community partners as the Town of Hundred, the Wetzel County Commission, Hundred Pride, and Backwoods Enterprises. Career and Technical Education programs involved include AC Energy and Power Solar Energy, STEM - Construction/Screen Printing, Agribusiness Systems, and Plant Systems.

"Today I was invited along with Beverly Mercer VanScyoc (Backwoods Enterprises) as Community Partners to watch Hundred High School students Madison Fetty and Hunter Tustin make an economic presentation that would impact their community. I'm proud to say we left Charleston WV with a check for $50,000," noted Hundred Mayor Charles Goff in a statement.

Mayor Goff said he was "so very proud" of Fetty and Tustin, "along with HHS on all the hard work that went into this project."

Goff said it was an honor to spend the day with HHS Principal Beth Sigley, Wetzel County Superintendent Ed Toman, Board of Education Vice President Bill Jones, HHS' Beverly VanScyoc and Rex Rush, and Tustin and Fetty.

"On behalf of the Town of Hundred and entire community, great job and congratulations!" he said.

According to the WVDE, its Division of Technical Education and Governor's Economic Initiatives challenged Simulated Workplace companies to participate in an innovative community impact project competition "that will positively affect local economies."

The projects are expected to be completed throughout the next two schools years and will require partnering with local businesses and community organizations

The goal of the competition is to "enhance students' technical skills and creativity while making an impact within their local communities."

"West Virginia's greatest resource is her students," said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Steven Paine. "The selected EPIC projects showcase the creativity and technical abilities of the participating students while serving local communities. Our students should be very proud of the work they are doing in their Simulated Workplace companies to benefit our state."

Other selected Simulated Workplace projects were from Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center, Moorfield High School, Putnam Career & Technical Center and Roane-Jackson Technical Center.

"We are so proud of the five schools' Simulated Workplace companies for their hard work and dedication in developing innovative EPIC projects that enhance technical skills while impacting local communities," said Associate Superintendent, Dr. Kathy D'Antoni. "We look forward to seeing the students' work over the next two years as they partner with local businesses to turn their EPIC ideas into viable, successful projects that positively impact the economy of their communities."



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