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Ritchie County's Collins Wins American Scholar Competition

(Press Release: January 30, 2008)


Jennifer Collins of Ritchie County was recently named the winner of the Magic 106.5 FM Wesleyan American Scholar competition. She will receive a four-year tuition and fees scholarship valued at $90,000. Each of the runner-ups will receive a $5,000 scholarship which can be added to other Wesleyan scholarship awards. Pictured left to right are: front row-first runner-up Danielle Kelly of Beverly, first runner-up Kayla Bartlett of Philippi, Collins, Wesleyan President Pamela Balch; second row-Chris Coons, director of admission at Wesleyan, Dino Colombo of Colombo & Stuhr, attorneys at law, and John Halford of West Virginia Radio Corporation.
Buckhannon, WV-Jennifer Collins, a senior at Ritchie County High School, is the second 106.5 FM Magic West Virginia Wesleyan American Scholar. She will receive a four-year tuition and fees scholarship, valued at over $90,000, to attend the private residential college. Kate Turner, a Liberty High School graduate, won the scholarship award last year.

Collins is the granddaughter of Tony and Sheila Collins of Harrisville and plans to pursue a degree in biology at Wesleyan. She has been a member of the Ritchie County girl's basketball team for four years and has been a two-year member of the school's softball and cross country teams. She is also a member of the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Art Club, and RAZE. Collins was also an ambassador at the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership program and has served as a 4-H Teen Leader.

The first runner-up is Danielle Kelly, a senior at Elkins High School. Kelly is a member of Class Council, Student Council, the Madrigal Choir, the Show Choir, and National Honor Society. The daughter of Daniel and Donna Kelly of Beverly, she was selected as a member of the 2007 All-State Chorus and was a delegate to Rhododendron Girls State. She will receive a $5,000 four-year renewable scholarship that will be added to other Wesleyan scholarship awards.

Kayla Bartlett of Philip Barbour High School is also a first-runner-up, finishing in a virtual tie with Kelly. She is the daughter of Jeff and Becky Bartlett of Philippi and has been a member of the band, Friends and Fellowship Christian Club, RAZE, and Student Council. In addition, Bartlett has served as the volleyball manager and scorekeeper and basketball scorekeeper. She will also receive a $5,000 four-year renewable scholarship.

The scholarship competition was sponsored by Colombo & Stuhr, attorneys at law, BioLife Plasma Services, MVB Bank, the West Virginia Radio Corporation, and Wesleyan.

Other American Scholar finalists were David Cutright from Buckhannon-Upshur, Lindsay Dawson from Bridgeport, Tiera Floyd from Braxton County, Jason Huffman from Buckhannon-Upshur, Samantha Kovar from Liberty, Jacob Rumer from Morgantown, Rebecca Stewart from Lewis County, and Natasha Turner from Elkins.