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Berkeley County Schools' Business Education Partnership celebrated

April 23, 2013|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Charlotte’s Web puppet shows made a difference.

The nagging proved effective.

Being able to vent on “one of those off days” was deeply appreciated.

The instruction to “never give up” was not forgotten.

These meaningful lessons and many more were recounted Tuesday at Berkeley County Schools’ Business Education Partnership leadership recognition dinner by a dozen high school seniors who saluted individual teachers who made a lasting impact on their life.

The students themselves were celebrated at the reception for their achievements and recognized for their participation in the Business Education Partnership leadership program, which paired them with a mentor in the business community through the school year.

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In its fourth year, the leadership program offers students opportunities for scholarships, leadership skills and mentoring, job shadowing, assistance with reference letters for college applications. The students selected — Alivia Ayers, Vanessa Bishop, Keira Cale, John Cruciani, Ashley DeRito, Taylor Derrick, Megan Emery, Mitchell Glazier, Kyle Huffman, Caleb Hutzler, Katherine Janelle and Morganne Unger — were among 38 graduating seniors who applied to be part of the program, according to Business Education Partnership president Bryan Butler.

Each of the students was presented with a $500 scholarship award from the volunteer-led Business Education Group at Tuesday’s dinner.  

Berkeley County Schools Superintendent Manny P. Arvon told the students he hopes  they will come back to Berkeley County and one day be a mentor to a graduating senior.

Arvon said the program is his favorite of the school year, saying nothing was more touching than to hear from students about the great influence a teacher has in their in lives.

Musselman High senior Morganne Unger credited middle school teacher Tracy Horner for helping her with math as she worked to overcome attention deficit disorder.

“She taught me to never give up,” Horner said.

Katherine Janelle recounted how Martinsburg High teacher Elaine Unnone was there for her on a not-so-great day during her sophomore year.

“She calmed me down and let me vent about my day,” Katherine said.

It was during Unnone’s planning period, Katherine recalled.

Ashley DeRito remembered Potomack/Eagle School Intermediate teacher Sharon Flamand for having the ability to make learning fun, recalling having puppet shows while they were reading Charlotte’s Web.

“Eight years later, she is still a role model to me,” Ashley said.

Caleb Hutzler thanked Musselman High teacher Dawn Speaks for challenging him to do more academically, recalling how in her class he was assigned computer No. 21, which was his football jersey number.

Caleb said he took a step into the unknown and that had made all the difference.

Educators recognized Tuesday night were Trey Arvon, Mark Barney, Ashley Crisler, Jack Cornell, Jeremy Knight, Jodi Payne, Nancy Ryan and Erica Propst.

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