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Arthur Principal of the Year

Staff Report

PARKERSBURG — The principal of Blennerhassett Middle School has been named the West Virginia Association of Student Council 2020-2021 Principal of the Year.

Melanie Arthur has been principal at Blennerhassett for four years and previously worked in Calhoun County where she was the principal of Calhoun Middle-High School.

“I would like to thank Lisa Whirtley for the nomination and everyone who voted for me to receive this award. I am so grateful for the recognition for my work as principal at Blennerhassett Middle School,” Arthur said. “Winning this award would not have been possible without the inspiring and dedicated colleagues I get to work with every day. This accomplishment is not something that I did alone, and there are many others who deserve to share in this award.”

Whirtley, from Blennerhassett Middle School, is the association executive director. The assistant executive director is Michelle Swisher from Parkersburg High School and senior high director is Jaime Moss from Parkersburg South High School.

The association recognizes an outstanding high school and middle school principal every year at its annual fall conference, held this past weekend.

“The staff, parents, students, and community we have at Blennerhassett work tirelessly every day,” Arthur said. “I appreciate them and all their support they have given me. I would also like to thank my family for their continued support.”

The association held its 84th Annual Fall Conference on Saturday and Sunday. Typically, the conference is held at Jackson’s Mill. However, this year it went virtual for the first time due to COVID-19.

The mission of the association is to provide and coordinate programs about skills to develop positive student leaders. The association provides students with the opportunity to learn and develop leadership skills, practice those skills in a structured environment and reinforce their ability to lead in their respective schools.

Fall conference activities include campaign speeches and election of state officers and discussions among members and advisers, a banquet, workshops and social activities. Natalie Tennant, former West Virginia Secretary of State, spoke at the conference.

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