To the editor:
On Aug. 24, Weir High opened up the new Jimmy Carey Stadium. This event was a culmination of nearly a year of planning. I am extremely proud of being the Weir High principal during this transition. There are many people to thank for their time, finances, efforts and commitment to Weir High School. Without the help of the following individuals or entities this event would not have been the success that it was.
Special thanks are extended to all of our Weir High School and Weir Middle School student-athletes and coaches who participated in our opening ceremonies. They will all be participating at this new multi-sports complex. They are boys and girls soccer, boys and girls track, cross country, cheerleaders, band and football. Good luck to all of these young men and women. Thank you coaches for assisting.
Thank you to Athletic Director Mike DelRe; Assistant Principals Anthony Perri and Kristen Bissett; the custodial staff; Mark Dziatkowicz; City of Weirton; Mayor George Kondik; Weirton Councilman David Dalrymple; City Council, former Mayor and state Sen. Edwin Bowman; Tom Maher; Bruce Marshall and the Weirton Police force; Steve Dibacco; Dels. Ron Jones and Randy Swartzmiller; Hancock County Commissioners Jeff Davis, Mike Swartzmiller and Danny Greathouse; the Hancock County Board of Education, with a special thanks to member Toni Hinerman; Superintendent Suzan Smith; Joe Campinelli; Dave Whelan; Joey Klapek; WMS Principal Terry McAtee; Ray Seifert; Melanie Donofe; Penny and Kenny Lahr; JoLynne Mark; and Laurie Dankovchik. A special thank you to Catherine Ferrari and Hancock County Savings Bank for donating the commemorative Weir schedule magnet.
Thanks also to Pia Robinson; Mike Burchill; Marty Damms; Dave Smith; Doug Finton; Jake Curtis; Dwight McUmar; Eddie Rawson; SkyDivePA.com; Ricky and Rochelle Byers; Steve McKinney; Chuck and Karen Karavanic and the Sports Court Restaurant and Lounge; Bob Rosnick and his physical education classes; Mike Granato; Dino and Rich Martini; football Coach Anthony Filberto and his staff; Indian Creek administration and head coach Andrew Connor for adjusting their schedules; Ginnie Parsons; Kim Carfagna and Jim Smith from JD&E; Phil Carey; Phil Carey Jr.; Mary "Tink" Carey; Larry Ritchie; Joe Pepe; Jessica Naughton; Jeff Lewis; Chris Hill; Sarah Walter; Weir High Football Boosters and President Eric Frankovitch; and a very special thank you to Lisa Enich.
The following business partners have made this transition a much easier road with their financial support. I want to extend a very special thank you to these businesses with the hope that they will be the school's partners for the long term: FACS Law, Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, Mainstream Physical Therapy, Weirton Medical Center, Hancock County Savings Bank, Lyles Auto, First Choice Federal Credit Union, Project B.ES.T., Tri-State Medical Supply and the National Gold and Silver Refinery. These VIP sponsors and business partners are highlighted on our scoreboard and at the entrance to the stadium.
Weir High School especially thanks the residents of Hancock County who have made it possible for our students to enjoy this great facility for eras to come.
Dan Enich II
Weir High School