ALMBS Alumni Named 2015 EQT Students of Excellence

The American Legion Mountaineer Boys State would like to congratulate its Alumni who have been named as 2015 EQT Students of Excellence.

2015 EQT Students of Excellence

The following individuals received Renewable, 4-year, $18,000 Scholarships: Stephen Groh, Jr. (Jefferson County, Washington High School), Julian Work (Tyler County, Tyler Consolidated High School), and Ken Wu (Marshall County, John Marshall High School).

The following individuals received $1,000 Scholarships: David Claypool (Lewis County, Lewis County High School), Kristopher Creel II (Wood County, Parkersburg Catholic High School), Nolan Holley (Jackson County, Ripley High School), Noah Irving (Mineral County, Frankfurt High School), Jeffrey May (Taylor County, Grafton High School), Dalton Minger (Brooke County, Brooke County High School), Fred Rice (McDowell County, Mount View High School), Tevis Robinson (Putnam County, Hurricane High School), August Mattias Schmidt (Ohio County, Wheeling Central Catholic High School), Jeremiah Schollar (Wyoming County, Westside High School), and Thad Taylor (Cabell County, Huntington High School).

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The American Legion Department of West Virginia Graduates 387 Students from 78th Annual ALMBS

The American Legion Mountaineer Boys State was held June 7-13, 2015 at West Virginia University Jackson’s Mill. Students took part in creating the 51st State to the Union. Founded in 1936, the goal of The American Legion Mountaineer Boys State (ALMBS) is to educate and train youth in understanding one of the country’s most precious freedoms; the democratic form of government. ALMBS is characterized as “West Virginia’s premier school of Americanism, Citizenship and Leadership!” West Virginia proudly holds the 2nd oldest American Legion Boys State charter in the nation.

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Senator Joe Manchin Speaks to ALMBS

Senator Manchin has served in several leadership capacities on various associations, including: Chairman of the National Governors Association, Chairman of the Southern States Energy Board, President of the Council of State Governments, Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association and Chairman of the Southern Governors’ Association.

Sen. Manchin served as Secretary of State from 2000 to 2004, and his office was known for excellent customer service. He was a state legislator from 1982 to 1996, where he earned a reputation for standing up for West Virginians.

Sen. Manchin became a successful businessman after attending West Virginia University on a football scholarship.

Sen. Manchin is an avid pilot, outdoorsman, hunter, angler and motorcyclist. He has been married for more than four decades to the former Gayle Conelly of Beckley. They have three children: Heather, Joseph IV and Brooke, and are the proud grandparents of Joseph V, Sophie,

Dr. Stephen Smoot Speaks to ALMBS

Dr. Stephen Smoot

Graduated from Ripley High School in 1992. Earned Masters in History and Political Science at Marshall, Doctorate in history at West Virginia University. Taught history in college for 10 years, five of them at Potomac State. Served as Director of Academic Programs for the National Journalism Center in Washington DC for three years. Have presented at the Society of Military History, the Virginia Forum, and elsewhere and have had work published in the Journal of the Alleghenies, Human Events, the State Journal, Jackson View, Town Hall, Daily Caller, and Gate House Media newspapers. I currently am Eastern Panhandle Director for Congressman Alex Mooney based in Martinsburg. Dr. Smoot is married, has two children, and lives in Keyser.

WVU Professor Emeritus Forest J. “Jack” Bowman Speaks to ALMBS

Bowman, a native of Petersburg, W.Va., enrolled at WVU in 1956 and served as president of the freshman class. He was elected student body president in 1959-1960. Bowman was a member of the social fraternity Phi Kappa Psi, Helvetia, Sphinx and Mountain. He also was a member of the Army ROTC.

After graduation, Bowman attended the WVU College of Law where he served as associate editor of the West Virginia Law Review. As one of three outstanding graduates, Bowman received the Patrick Duffy Koontz Award upon graduation in 1963.

Bowman served four years with the Judge Advocate Generals Corps in the U.S. Army after graduation. After his service, he practiced law briefly in Charleston and then became the Deputy Commissioner of Workers Compensation in West Virginia, and in 1974, Bowman was named the first Administrative Director of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.

In 1979 Bowman joined the WVU College of Law

Chelsea Costello with Inspire WV Speaks to ALMBS

Chelsea has been involved with youth development programs since 2006. She has participated in domestic and international exchanges which have allowed her to travel all over the world including South Africa, Nicaragua, Ghana, and Ethiopia. Through these diverse community outreach programs, she has developed a passion for serving at the grassroots level and particularly enjoys working with young people.

Chelsea is a West Virginia native and a graduate of West Virginia University where she earned a Bachelors of Science in Psychology in 2010. Throughout her undergraduate studies she was an active member of her higher education community. While completing her thesis with the Sleep Lab in the Behavioral Neuroscience department, she actively participated in the student-run Psychology Club as a volunteer, historian and secretary. Chelsea also volunteered with local nonprofit organizations including the Ronald McDonald House and Child Advocacy Center.

Most recently Chelsea returned

Joe Berry Jr. WV Operations Manager of CONSOL Energy Speaks to ALMBS


Joe Berry Jr. has over 13 years of experience with the company and in that time has held positions of Operations Manager, District Operations Superintendent, Production Manager, Project Manager, Project Engineer, and Electrical Engineer. He has worked for CONSOL Energy Inc. in 7 different states, WV, PA, OH, VA, KY, IN, and IL.

Joe Berry Jr. graduated from West Virginia University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He also worked for an Architectural Engineering firm for 3 years as an Electrical Engineer prior to joining CONSOL Energy Inc. Joe has experience in Drilling, Completions, Production, Construction, Pipeline Design and Installation, Electrical, and Communications. Joe has worked with deep shale wells (Marcellus), Coal Bed Methane wells, and shallow oil and gas wells.

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2015 ALMBS Panhandle General Election Results

County Election Results

Sheriff – Kristopher Creel (N), County Clerk – Sterling Beane (F); Prosecuting Attorney – William Colbert (F); Circuit Clerk – Caleb Miller (N); Assessor – Aaron Buckley (N); State Senate – Cody Kelley (N), Austin Ansell (N); House of Delegates – Ryan Clutter (F), Chris Johnson (N), Roger McDiffitt (F), Luis Neer (N), Gatsby Rider (F), Justin Spurt (N), Sebastian Roderick (F), Ryan Clutter (N), Thaddeus Dillie (N); County Commission – Jacob Hedrick (F), Austin Ansell (N)

City Election Results

Mayor – Isaac Herron (F); City Council – David Schwartz (F), David Harris (N), Dalton Minger (F)

Non-Partisan Election Results

Board of Education – Zane Hummel, Nick Nestor, Brandon Toothman; Circuit Judge – Luke Hardy; Magistrate – Andrew Mommessin

Colonel Douglas L. Flohr, US Army (retired) Speaks to ALMBS

Douglas Flohr served honorably in the United States Army for over 28 years. He was commissioned in the Infantry, and served in numerous command and staff positions including, Assistant Professor of Military Science at West Virginia University, the 75th Ranger Regiment, and Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Army. Colonel (Retired) Flohr completed multiple tours within Ranger Training Brigade as a battalion and brigade operations officer, and as both battalion and brigade commander.

During his most recent deployment to Iraq, he served as the personal military advisor to the Commander of the Iraqi Ground Forces Command (IGFC).

His most recent assignment was as the Director, Biometrics Center of Excellence in Clarksburg, West Virginia.

Doug Flohr’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, a Master of Arts degree in Education from West Virginia University, and Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the United

WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey Speaks to ALMBS

Patrick Morrisey was elected as the Attorney General for the State of West Virginia on November 6, 2012, and was sworn into office on January 14, 2013. Patrick Morrisey is the first Republican to serve as Attorney General in West Virginia since 1933, and as a resident of Harpers Ferry, Morrisey is also the first Attorney General from Jefferson County in our state’s history.

Since becoming Attorney General, Morrisey has made fighting fraud, waste, abuse, and corruption a top priority of the Office. Shortly after taking office, he instituted a new policy for hiring outside counsel that has dramatically increased transparency and saved the state more than $4 million. He also voluntarily returned approximately $16.5 million in settlement money to the state and has brought in several millions to state agency clients.

In 2014, Attorney General Morrisey called on the West Virginia Legislature to do thorough