KEYSER - Keyser High School and the Keyser Rotary Club have announced the three nominees for the 2018 Katharine Church Award - Madison Anderson, Toni Emerson Stickley and Kayla Willison.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Keyser High School and the Keyser Rotary Club have announced the three nominees for the 2018 Katharine Church Award - Madison Anderson, Toni Emerson Stickley and Kayla Willison.
Named in memory of the late Katharine Church, the award is designed to recognize three senior young women who have excelled in both academics and athletics and who best exemplify the characteristics that guided Mrs. Church in her personal and professional career.
Madi Anderson, the daughter of Michelle and Donald Anderson of Keyser, carries a grade point average of 4.42 and is valedictorian of her class.
She is a member of the National Honor Society, the Science National Honor Society, and the Mathematics National Honor Society.
President of her senior class, she also serves as vice president of Student Council and president of the Keyser Krazies.
Madi is also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and FFA, was 2017 Athletic Queen, and served as senator at the American Legion Auxiliary West Virginia Rhododendron Girls State.
She has been a four-year member and captain of the KHS volleyball, basketball and softball teams.
Outside of school, she volunteers her time playing in multiple food pantry benefit concerts, has packed food for Rise Against Hunger, plays in the bell choirs at Grace United Methodist Church, sings Christmas carols and visits the residents at  Piney Valley Nursing Home, and volunteers with Energy Express.
Her hobbies include studying American history and American government, playing softball, reading and traveling the world.
Madi plans to attend Potomac State College to major in chemistry, and play on the PSC softball team. Her goal is to obtain a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University and go on to dental school to become an orthodontist.
Emmy Stickley, the daughter of Laura and Barry Holland and Jennings Stickley, of Keyser, carries a 4.1 grade point average and is a Goldsworthy Scholar.
She is a member of the National Honor Society, the National Mathematics Honor Society, and National Science Honor Society.
She is active in Student Council, Hi-Y, FFA, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Keyser Krazies.
A member of the cheerleading squad, she qualified for state competition and was named All-PVC. She also runs track and is a three-time state qualifier in that sport. For three years she made the 100 Club in track, as well.
Outside of school, Emmy is a member of the Keyser Presbyterian Church, and volunteers at the YMCA, where she teaches gymnastics.
When asked about her hobbies, she replied, “I love teaching gymnastics to young children, and I like going to the river in the summer. I am interested in anything related to math and science.”
She has been named a recipient of a Promise Scholarship and a Scholarship of Distinction at West Virginia University.
She plans to major in biochemistry and someday become an OBGYN.
Kayla Willison is the daughter of Nina Newby and Richard Willison of Keyser, and carries a 3.655 grade point average.
She is a member of the Academic Honor Society and the Mathematics Honor Society, and has been on the honor roll every semester she’s attended KHS.
She is secretary of her class, and is a member of ACES, the Drama Club, Hi-Y, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Key Club, Keyser Krazies, and Student Council.
She is a member of the cheerleading squad, and has also played basketball and participated in track and field for four years. Kayla was named West Virginia/Maryland All-Star basketball player, All-PVC cheerleader, and All-PVC, All-Area, All-AMAC, All-Region and All-State track and field.
Outside of school, she is active in the Elk Garden Assembly of God Youth Group and in 4-H, and has volunteered with the Keyser Middle School Drama productions, Willisons Painting, and Compelled 2 Dance Studios. She has worked as a counselor at Sixth Grade Outdoor School, and volunteered at the Dream Center Project, AmeriCorps Energy Express, and as a Christmas bell ringer for the Rotary Club.
Her hobbies include “do-it-yourself” projects, baking, hiking, reading, fishing, acting, coloring, cooking, shot put and discus, dancing and listening to music.
Kayla plans to attend Fairmont State University and join the Criminal Justice Program.
The annual Katharine Church Award banquet will be held Wednesday, April 25, at 6 p.m. in the Davis Conference Center on the campus of Potomac State College.