ELKINS - Third Ward Elementary School continued a long tradition Friday by honoring a local legislator during its annual Heroes Hall of Fame ceremony.
"Heroes are more than just sports stars, movie stars or singers. Heroes are people we can look up to and admire," stated school principal Debra Schmidlen as she welcomed attendees.
On behalf of the school, Delegate Denise L. Campbell, D-Randolph, was awarded a plaque after receiving a warm welcome from members of the Randolph County Board of Education office, students, staff, family, friends and visitors present at the ceremony.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Sarah Cooper
Third Ward Elementary School Principal Debra Schmidlen congratulates 2014’s Third Ward Elementary Hero, Delegate Denise L. Campbell.
When asked what receiving the award meant to her, the teary-eyed Campbell said, "I'm pretty much speechless to tell you the truth. I'm really honored. This school just does amazing things."
"What we try to look for are people involved with the school. Someone who has made a positive impact in some way," Schmidlen said after the ceremony.
Creator of a program allowing 4th grade students at the school to take a yearly tour of the Capitol in Charleston, Campbell gratefully said receiving the award was unexpected and she wouldn't have been able to do it without her family.
Campbell, a married mother of two serving on the House of Delegates' Education, Health, Senior Issues, Agriculture and Natural Resources committees, was appointed by then-Gov. Joe Manchin III to the West Virginia Center for Nursing Board of Directors and is an advisory board member to the Governor's Office of Health Enhancement and Lifestyle Planning.
With such appointments and her position as a board member of the West Virginia Children with the Autism Trust Fund, she has had the opportunity to work with many lawmakers and state officials with desires to improve medical care access for all citizens of West Virginia
Speaker of the House Timothy Miley also appointed Campbell as vice chair of the Banking Committee and vice chair of the Legislative Oversight Committee on Regional Jails and the Correctional Facility Authority.
Currently employed as an administrator at the Elkins Rehabilitation & Care Center, Campbell is a member of the Randolph County Chamber of Commerce, West Virginia Health Care Association and Appalachian Community Health, and the American Nurses Association.
Those honored by Third Ward Elementary in past years include Dr. James Phares, Elizabeth King, Carolyn Shepler, Barry Band, Cheryl Ware, Derek Fincham, Sandra DiBacco, Richard Walden, Joe Grahame, Dr. Mary Boyd, Judy Guye Swanson, Roger Bolyard and Jack Basil.