Oce Worthington Smith Jr.

A Proud Supporter of ALMBS – Oce Smith

FAIRMONT — Oce Worthington Smith Jr., 76, of Fairmont, passed away on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at the Arbor’s at Fairmont Nursing Center.

He was born in Barrackville, on January 4, 1938, the son of the late Oce Worthington Smith Sr. and Norma “Polly” Margaret Lough Smith.

Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his loving wife, Carol Ann Bunner Smith.

Oce was raised on a farm in the community of Monumental on the outskirts of that town and was very proud of his heavy American Indian and English/Scots-Irish heritage. He graduated from the old Barrackville High School in a class of 24 students, graduated from Fairmont State College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and went on to do his post-graduate work in political science at West Virginia University.

It is difficult to figure how he ever got out of high school and

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Senator Manchin Speaks at ALMBS Graduation

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) was sworn into the United States Senate on November 15, 2010 to fill the seat left vacant by the late Senator Robert C. Byrd. For Senator Manchin, serving as West Virginia’s Senator is truly an honor and a privilege.

Born and raised in the small coal mining town of Farmington, W.Va., Sen. Manchin grew up learning the values that all West Virginians share – family, common sense, fairness and hard work. As a small businessman, he learned firsthand from his grandfather, Papa Joe, who was an Italian immigrant and the town grocer, the importance of serving the public. As a young man, his beloved grandmother, Mama Kay, inspired Senator Manchin’s belief in public service through her unflagging compassion and desire to help those less fortunate. More than anything, it is his family and the values he learned growing up among the hardworking

2014 ALMBS – Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito

Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito proudly serves the people of West Virginia’s Second Congressional District, where she represents a diverse constituency stretching from the Ohio River Valley to the state’s Eastern Panhandle.

Shelley believes that the challenges of our day demand bipartisan solutions and works with her colleagues on both sides of the aisle to advance legislation that benefits West Virginia. She has been a tireless advocate for a range of policies that directly impact West Virginians, including energy independence, quality health care, safe highways, national security, and veterans’ issues.

She also represents her constituents on two important committees in the House of Representatives. Shelley is a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which will lead the way on a new highway bill during the 113th Congress. She is also a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, where she is the chairwoman

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2014 ALMBS State Police Officers

Evan Blackwood, Panhandle
Nathaniel T Booth, Braxton
Nathaniel Colebank, Panhandle
Cody Grimmitt, Randolph
Tyler S Heffner, Upshur
Christian Hushon, Panhandle
Sammy A. Jesmer, Gilmer
Ian V Mc Saughlin, Lewis
Parker T Onestinghel, Monroe
Dale L. Scott III, Marion
Ian Sparkman, Harrion
Preston Surface, Monroe
William L. Teufel III, Lewis
Mark W. Veach, Randolph
Josheph M. Wellman, Webster
Charles C. Whitney, Barbour
Wesley P Withrow, Kanawha
Jacob Work, Marion

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2014 ALMBS – Formal Review

Wednesday night, the American Legion West Virginia Boys State performed the annual formal review. All cabins marched and stood at attention in the pouring rain while proud parents watched the transformation of their children to the men of tomorrow. Citizens marched passed the governor when they were done with the field and marched straight into the cattle barn. Parents and citizens alike got settled in and watched Americanism ceremonies as well as two eloquent speakers. Buddie Curnette and Woody Williams both entertained and excite their respected crowd. After speakers were finished several presentations by the Boys State Choir and Boys State band to end the formal review. Once citizens and parents alike exited the livestock unit everyone caught up with the parents that attended and headed back to their jobs or assignments. The formal review revealed to the parents what Boys State is about and the life long

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ALMBS 2014 Bar Exam Standouts

Five hours after arrival on the first day of boys state, every citizen is required to take the ALMBS bar exam. This test determines eligibility to run for a legal office such as a judge or lawyer. The most exemplified students and cottage are underscored by this article from staff reporter Gene Bailey.

Bar Exam Results Proves Boys State Citizens Are Judicious

By Gene Bailey

Of the 348 citizens at Mountaineer Boys State, one-third of the citizens passed the infamous bar exam. Monroe Cottage attained the highest average on the state’s campus overall. Additionally, two citizens tied for the highest scoring individual exam. Chad Hollandsworth of Kanawha Cottage and Jamie Austin Rose of Harrison Cottage received an astounding 82% on the exam. Considering Mountaineer Boys State is a haven for academically-gifted students statewide, it is an honor to be among the examiners that passed the

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Nationalist and Federalist Present Their Platforms

After two sessions and a total of three hours of exciting caucuses, the Nationalists and Federalists finalized their platform. Both parties have similar ideas such as legalization of recreational marijuana and drug testing for citizens on welfare; furthermore, the parties did not have any conflicting planks between the two platforms. Below are the complete list of planks for each party from young men at the 2014 Mountaineer Boys State.


Greetings! The Nationalist Party has drafted a platform that can appeal to all Boys States citizens. Our party truly believe that by investing in our Boys State, we can accomplish common-sense objectives as set forth in our platform. Our party will remain unified moving forward, because we can only succeed when we all work together. Again, please review our platform and consider supporting our Nationalist candidates in the General Election.

With Regards,

Bradley Firchow

Nationalist Party Chairman


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2014 ALMBS – Pat McCune, CONSOL Energy

Pat McCune is Director of State External Affairs for CONSOL Energy. In that capacity, he is responsible for CONSOL’s government, public and community affairs for West Virginia and Ohio.

Mr. McCune grew up in Weirton. WV. He is a former Hancock County Commissioner as well as an elected State Senator representing WV’s 1rst Senatorial District.

Mr. McCune has spent the majority of his professional career representing corporations in the public affairs arena. He has worked in various external affairs positions for Consolidated Coal, DuPont and Norfolk Southern Railroad,

From 1999 through 2010,  Mr. McCune ran his own public and government relations firm. McCune & Associates represented the interests of corporations and business trade groups in the trii-state area of West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

McCune is a graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University. He resides with his wife, Marijo, in Powell, Ohio. He has two children: Annie, a Dr. of Audiology in Cincinnati, Ohio; and

Inspire WV

2014 ALMBS – Inspire WV

We are excited to introduce Inspire West Virginia to you! We are a brand new nonpartisan organization that helps young leaders improve their communities and strengthen our democracy.

We know that there are hundreds of high school students in West Virginia who already have the inspiration needed to keep our state strong and build to an even better future, our goal is to introduce them to each other and help them turn that inspiration into action.

Our programming starts this July with our inaugural High School Leadership Academy held at Marshall University from July 15th through July 17th. At the academy, students develop effective leadership skills, learn to build a team, and cultivate the knowledge and abilities needed to be a leader who gets things done in their community.

After the Academy, students commit to what we call “The Inspired Year.” This yearlong program provides students the opportunity to become more involved in their communities by

WV Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick

2014 ALMBS – WV Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick

West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick was elected in 2012 and assumed office January 14, 2013. He is a Webster County native and graduated from Webster Springs High School. He earned a B.A. Degree from West Virginia Institute of Technology, and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute, Hobart Technical Center, Lincoln Welding School, and Mendenhall School of Auctioneering.

He taught welding for five years at Pocahontas County High School before being elected to the Pocahontas County Board of Education. He then served nearly 10 years as President of the Pocahontas County Commission. Advancing to the state level, he won his bid for a seat in the House of Delegates where he served one year before being appointed to fill an unexpired term in the West Virginia Senate.

As a member of the Senate, he held several leadership positions, including eight years as Chair as of the