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  • Former Ripley Viking Jamin Jones finds success off the field

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  • MORGANTOW - Jamin Jones of Goldtown is serving as a Physics Learning Assistant at West Virginia University in Morgantown for the 2013-14 academic year.
    The LA program utilizes talented undergraduates to help teach calculus-based Physics 111 and 112. Jones teaches the first hour of four physics labs and also tutors in the physics learning center. LA’s are considered part of the WVU physics teaching community, according to Dr. Paul Miller, director of the teaching assistant program. Jones is in his second year at WVU but has junior status. He is majoring in Chemical Engineering while pursuing a certificate in Biomedical Engineering.
    Jones maintains a 4.0 GPA. He is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Golden Key, AIChE, and the President’s List. He is on full academic scholarship at WVU.
    Jones also excelled in the classroom at Ripley High School. A 2012 graduate, he was in the gifted program in Jackson County Schools, was a repeat school and county Math Field Day winner, the AP Chemistry Student of the Year, an AP Scholar, and the WVSSAC state Male Scholar Athlete of the Year. At Ripley, Jones also excelled in sports. He was a first team All-MSAC and first team AAA All-State selection in both soccer and baseball. He was a four year starter in both sports for the Vikings.
    Jones led the Viking booters in goals and assists his junior and senior years, and he also led his travel soccer team to back-to-back state championships.
    Jones capped off his soccer career by scoring the lone goal for the South in the WV North-South all-star soccer game.
    In baseball, he was named to ESPN’s Players to Watch list, was an Under Armour Pre-Season All American, and was rostered on the Under Armour National team. At a local UA showcase, he knocked one out of Appalachian Power Park in Charleston. The speedy Viking centerfielder capped off his senior year with a .490 batting average, led the team in stolen bases, and pounded the only homerun in the WV North-South all-star game. Jones tried punting and kicking for the first time his junior year in high school. With limited team wins in his two-season career, he still earned second team All-MSAC and second team All-State honors.
    He finished with a perfect career PAT record and led the Mid-Ohio Valley in field goals. He also led Max Preps with punts inside the 20. Jones won several preseason kicking events, including the field goal and punt competitions at the ProKicker.com showcase in Huntington.
    Jones was recruited by several colleges in baseball, soccer, and football. One Division II school wanted him for two sports.
    At the end of his junior year in high school, he decided to verbally commit to play D1 baseball at WVU. However, it was during the fall of his senior year, with recruiters still calling, that he met with WVU’s baseball coach, as well as a chemical engineering advisor, and learned that his chemistry labs would be in the late afternoons at the same time as baseball practices. If he wanted to play baseball at WVU, he would have to change majors. If he wanted to accept another athletic offer, he would have to switch schools. Jones eventually made the difficult decision to hang up the cleats and focus entirely on academics at WVU.
    Page 2 of 2 - His success in the engineering program serves to underscore his choice. Jones is the son of Aaron and Susan Jones of Goldtown. His brothers, Jeremy, Jonathan, and Joshua were also outstanding student athletes. He is a member of Goldtown Community Church and attends Chestnut Ridge Church in Morgantown.
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