Wellsburg Elks name Teens of the Month

WELLSBURG — The Wellsburg Elks Lodge has named several Brooke County students Teens of the Month and Junior Teens of the Month.

Named October Junior Teen of the Month was Natalie Slivka, an eighth-grader at Wellsburg Middle School and the daughter of Jon and Kelly Slivka of Wellsburg.

Slivka was named the Wellsburg Middle Orange Knights Band Student of the Year in seventh grade and is a band section leader. She has been captain of the volleyball team for two years, was named Basketball Manager of the Year and plays in the Brooke County Soccer Club.

She plans to attend college and pursue a career where she can help others.

Named the November Junior Teen of the Month was Lydia Buchmelter, and the Teens of the Month were Michael Jones and Madisyn Reynolds.

Buchmelter is an eighth-grader at Follansbee Middle School and daughter of Tim and Penne Buchmelter of Follansbee. She has been named to the principal’s honor roll and is student body president. She plays basketball and track and in the Weirton Soccer League.

Buchmelter attends St. Anthony Catholic Church, where she has served as lector and altar server, and has accumulated more than 70 hours of community service, including with the Energy Express summer reading program.

Jones is a senior at Brooke High School and the son of Chris and Kristy Jones of Wellsburg.

He enjoys sports, and helping others is his true passion. He attends St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church.

He was on the homecoming kings court and has served on the yearbook staff for three years. After playing in the Wellsburg Little League for many years, he has become a coach for the league. He has played baseball for Brooke for three years and football his senior year.

He accumulated more than 700 hours of volunteer service as a firefighter for the Wellsburg Fire Department.

Jones plans to attend college and pursue a career where he can help others.

Reynolds is a senior at Brooke High School and daughter of Leonard and Tracie Reynolds of Wellsburg. An honors student for four years, she has been named to the principal’s honor roll and National Honor Society and was invited to the National Youth Leadership Forum in Medicine.

She is the senior class treasurer, a Bruin Leader her junior year and a three-year member of the Brooke girls varsity basketball team. She has served as a volunteer assistant at Ohio Medical Center and volunteer kennel helper at Wheeling Island Racetrack.

She plans to pursue a career in otolaryngology.

Named December’s Teens of the Month were Matthew Adams and Rachel Gadd.

Adams is a senior at Brooke High School and son of Matthew and Angel Adams of Wellsburg. His class’ vice president, he also is a member of the National Honor Society, the Chemistry Club and Spanish Club, for which he was vice president last year. He is three-year member of Future Business Leaders of America.

As a member of the New Day Christian Center, he has volunteered as a Salvation Army bell ringer and event coordinator for the Wellsburg 4th Ward Park committee. He also has his own grass-cutting business.

Adams plans to attend West Virginia University and pursue a career in computer engineering.

Gadd is a senior at Brooke High School and daughter of William Gadd of Wellsburg. She has been named to the principal’s honor roll for three years and received several academic achievement awards.

She is a four-year letterer and featured twirler in the school’s marching band and was named OVAC Majorette. She is a member of FBLA, of which she is vice president, the History Club and DECA.

She has volunteered at the Oglebay Good Zoo and helped flood victims in 2016. She plans to attend college and study chemistry.

January’s Teen of the Month was Adreanne Langley.

Langley is a senior at Brooke High School and daughter of Joe and Kathy Langley of Wellsburg. She has been named to the principal’s honor roll and is a varsity letterer and co-captain of the dance team, varsity letterer and manager of the tennis team and member of Bruins Leaders and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Langley received a Rotary youth leadership award and volunteered in Follansbee flood relief efforts. She also has held a part-time job.

She plans to attend Fairmont State College and study forensic psychology.

The lodge intends to name a male and female teen and junior teen for each month but hasn’t received applicants for those honors for every month. Those interested in applying for the honors in future months should see their school’s guidance counselor.

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