KEYSER - Keyser High School has announced the nominees for the 2019 Katharine Church Award - Leann C. Baker, Aubrey J. Smith, and Makenna Jane Staggers.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Keyser High School has announced the nominees for the 2019 Katharine Church Award - Leann C. Baker, Aubrey J. Smith, and Makenna Jane Staggers.
The award was established in memory of Katharine Church, a musician, teacher and humanitarian who embodied the characteristics of honor, integrity, and service to her community. Sponsored by the Keyser Rotary Club, the annual recognition honors three senior young ladies who have displayed similar characters in their high school careers.
Leann Baker, the daughter of Rick and Julie Baker, has a cumulative grade point average of 4.28.
She has been named to the KHS Honor Roll throughout her career, and is a member of the Science Honor Society, Academic Honor Society, and Math Honor Society.
She is a Goldsworthy Scholar and a Promise Scholar.
Leann was a member of the cross country team in the fall of her senior year, serving as team captain.
A member of the track and field team for four years, she was a West Virginia State Qualifier in the 4x800m relay in 2017, served as distance captain in 2018 and is currently team captain.
She has also been a member of the volleyball team, serving as co-captain from 2016-2017.
Leann has also been a member of Skills USA, FFA, the 2018 prom committee, and the Key Club.
Outside of school, she has taught ballet at Inspirations Dance Academy of Keyser since 2015.
She hopes to further her education and become a veterinary physician.
Aubrey Smith, the daughter of Justin and Karen Smith, has a cumulative grade point average of 3.48.
She has consistently been named to the KHS Honor Roll, and is a member of the Kiwanis Key Club, Keyser Krazies and Skills USA.
Aubrey also attends the Mineral County Technical Center, where she is studying health sciences. She is a member of the National Technical Honor Society and a completer in health sciences, and is currently doing an internship at Piney Valley, where she is training to be a certified nursing assistant.
She is certified in CPR and first aid.
Aubrey has been a four-year member of the KHS basketball team,  where she served her senior year as team captain; and a four-year member of the softball team, where she is currently team captain.
As a Lady Tornado softball player, she was named All-State Pitcher, All-AMAC Pitcher, All-Area Pitcher, All-PVC Pitcher and All-Area Outfield.
For two years she was a member of the Mountain Thunder travel softball team and the  Tri-State Toxic travel softball team, as well as the Keyser Fall League softball team.
Outside of school, she has been active in the Headsville Countryside Ruritan Club, Mt. Zion Church, and has volunteered at Red Cross blood drives.
Aubrey plans to pursue a career in occupational therapy.
Makenna Staggers, the daughter of John and Kerri Staggers, has a cumulative grade point average of 4.17.
She is a Goldsworthy Scholar, a Promise Scholar, a Distinguished Senior of Excellence, and was one of the top three finalists on the AP English/Writing Exam. She has consistently been named to the KHS Honor Roll, and is a member of the Academic Honor Society and the Honor Program at PSC/WVU.
Makenna has been a four-year member of the volleyball team, where she currently serves as senior captain; and a four-year member of the basketball team, where she currently serves as senior co-captain and was named to All-PVC team.
She is a member of the KHS Student Council, where she currently serves as secretary; a member of Hi-Y; and Keyser Krazies, where she currently serves as co-president. She has served on the Local School Improvement Council, is the Tornado TV sports editor, and served on the prom and Homecoming committees.
Makenna has been elected vice president of her class for the past two years, and prior to that, was secretary.
Outside of school, she has been active in the Keyser Presbyterian Church and its youth group, the Mineral County 4-H Teen Leaders Association, the Limestone Vanguards 4-H Club, and the Little Free Library Stewardship Organization.
She hopes to further her career in speech and language pathology with a minor in special education.
The recipient of the award will be announced during the annual dinner scheduled for Tuesday, April 16, at 6 p.m. at the Davis Conference Center on the campus of Potomac State College.