KEYSER - This year's nominees for the Jonah Edward Kelley Award come from varied sports backgrounds at the school.
By Liz Beavers
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - This year’s nominees for the Jonah Edward Kelley Award come from varied sports backgrounds at the school.
Jacob Biser was team captain of both the football and wrestling team; Caden Staggers was captain of both the soccer and basketball teams, and Camden White also served as captain for football, basketball and baseball.
All three have been active in various clubs and activities at the school.
Jacob Biser is the son of Sean and Sheri Biser.
He lettered two years in football and was named to All-Area and All-PVC, as well as All-State honorable mention. In addition, he was chosen to play in the North/South All-Star Game.
As a wrestler, Biser lettered three years and placed third and fourth in regionals. He qualified for the state tournament in his sophomore and junior years.
He also played basketball as a freshman.
Outside of sports, Biser was active in the Krazies, Skills USA, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Student Council.
As a community volunteer, Biser has volunteered unloading food at the food pantry, parking cars for the Apple Harvest Festival, shoveling snow for various people in the community, and cleaning the athletic complex.
Caden James Staggers is the son of John and Kerri Staggers.
As a member of the KHS soccer team, “Cade” was named leading scorer in 2015 and offensive MVP in 2016. He was West Virginia All-Area.
In basketball, he has been named All-PVC and was recognized as one of the top 20 foul shooters for the area and one of the top five three-point shooters in the area during his junior and senior years.
This year, Staggers earned a spot in KHS basketball history by becoming the third all-time three-point shooter for the school with 110 career three-point shots.
Academically, Staggers is ranked 15th in his class with a GPA of 3.9. He has been on the honor roll his entire high school career, and is a member of the Mu Alpha Theta Math Honorary and the National Honor Society.
He was selected to attend Mountaineer Boys State, where he was elected as a county commissioner, and was selected as a delegate representing the State of West Virginia at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders.
He is an active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Keyser Krazies, Student Council, and Skills USA.
Outside of school, he has been involved in 4-H, Moose Youth Awareness, and with the food pantry.
Camden White is the son of Amy and Shawn White.
He has lettered in football for four years and in basketball for three years. He was West Virginia State Free Throw Champion 2013, MVP in 2016, All-PVC, All-Area and All-State.
As a baseball player, White was the recipient of the Bull Bishop Award, the Skip Cook Award, and lettered for three years. He was All-PVC and All-Area.
In addition to sports, he has served as vice president of the Keyser Krazies and treasurer of his class. He is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
He was appointed to attend Mountaineer Boys State, where he was elected as secretary of state.
White has volunteered time as a sixth grade camp counselor and with Energy Express, Toys for Tots, Senior Olympics, and Bible School.
The Jonah Edward Kelley Award ceremony will be held Friday, April 7, at the Church-McKee Arts Center.