The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

April 29, 2013

Sheaves among College Summit honorees

— Outstanding Peer Leader awards, sponsored by Darden Restaurants Inc. Foundation, were presented to Nicole Sheaves of Meadow Bridge High School, Mark Adkins of Tug Valley High School, Ashley Halsey of Westside High School, and Sierra Neubert of Shady Spring High School at an awards event in Charleston earlier this month.

The outstanding high school seniors were recognized for leading by example, assisting their classmates through the college planning process and working with educators and administrators to ensure that students are college and career-ready. Collectively, these four students have completed peer-to-peer mentoring with at-risk underclassmen, organized financial aid events to help families complete the FAFSA, offered tutoring services for ACT preparation, and encouraged fellow schoolmates to be college and career-ready. The award recipients received Microsoft Surface tablets for college.

“Many people in my community see college as an expense rather than an opportunity. It has been my goal to make sure that everyone understands that college is available to anyone who is willing to work for it…and that help is available for those who want to go to college. I want others to view educational opportunities the way that I do. That’s why I am a College Summit Peer Leader,” said Sheaves

College Summit is a national nonprofit that partners with educators, parents, and community leaders to create a school culture of expectations — a culture in which all students are prepared to succeed in college, career and technical training, military, or whatever best fits their future goals.