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CCHS Advance Placement Government & Politics Class Wins "We the People" State Championship for the 7th Consecutive Year


Congratulations to the West Virginia State "We the People" Champions.  Clay County High School's Advance Placement Government & Politics class, taught by Mr. Philip Dobbins, competed virtually on January 14, 2021 in the “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” State Competition.  This is a competition where students demonstrate their knowledge of the Constitution and current issues in mock congressional style hearings.  Each school participating must divide their classes into six teams.  These six teams prepare a four-minute verbal response to a constitutional question and then are asked follow up questions by a panel of three judges for six minutes.  Teams are scored on their knowledge of the Constitution and their ability to apply the concepts to their everyday lives as Americans.  This victory is Clay County High School’s seventh consecutive state championship.

This has been an extraordinarily challenging school year for students, staff and parents.  Preparation for competition this year was a combination of limited in-person instruction and substantial remote instruction.  The few in-person meetings held took place with only half of the class present on rotating days.  The majority of instruction was held via Zoom or Office 365 Teams.  Students dedicated countless hours honing their Constitutional skills with practice and research.  Every year Clay County High School students are dedicated to this event, but this year took an extra level of dedication given the stress of the pandemic and the logistical circumstances it created.

            Classes can have individual team winners and overall class winners.  Clay County High School won five out of six individual team championships and won the overall class state championship defeating the winners from congressional districts one and three.  This victory earned the team a spot in the National Finals in Washington D.C. in April.  Members of the class are Ava Taylor, Jaydin Cogar, Kelsey Prather, James “Monny” Holcomb, Aiden Taylor, McKenna Brown, Stephanie Naylor, Serena Neal, Cheston Haynes, Ivy Taylor and Matt Shelton.  The team would also like to recognize and thank former CCHS teacher and principal Mike Mullins for his hard work, dedication and help preparing the team for competition.  Throughout the years, he has selflessly volunteered his time and knowledge and he is an invaluable part of the annual success of this program.


  • April 17th

    ACT Testing

  • May 8th


  • May 13 - 14

    Senior Final Exams

  • May 27th

    Graduation (6:00 p.m., Bradley Field)

  • June 1st

    Last Day for Students



Megan Sears


The Clay County High School virtual student of the month for March is Megan Sears.  Megan is the 17-year-old daughter of Timothy and Julie Sears, and she is currently a junior at CCHS.   Megan’s favorite subjects in school this year are medical terminology and anatomy because they both interest her, and she is learning things that will be helpful in her future career.   In her free time, Megan enjoys traveling, exploring the outdoors, running, going to church, spending time with her family and friends, listening to music, and playing with her dog, Boomer.  After high school, Megan plans to attend West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Beckley, where she will complete both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in nursing.  With those degrees, she plans to either work in a nursing home, which she has always desired to do, or do telemedicine, which has recently become something of interest to her.  Eventually she intends to become a college professor of nursing.


Lilly Osborne


The Clay County High School in-person student of the month for March is Lilly Osborne.  Lilly is the 18-year-old daughter of John D. and Angie Osborne.  She is currently a senior at Clay High.  Her favorite subjects in school this year are her clinicals experience and history. Lilly enjoys clinicals because she gets to learn so much about her future career.  She likes history because she gets to learn about people who have shaped our world.  In her free time, Lilly likes to watch classic movies and read books.  After high school, she plans to attend West Liberty University and major in dental hygiene.


Above: Clay County High School met together on Bradley Field to honor Roane County High School Senior Alex Miller who lost his life during a football game on Friday, September 13, 2019. Panther students, faculty, and staff, stood in the shape of Miller’s number 80 adorning their maroon, black, and silver. Heartache has no boundaries of county lines. He will never be forgotten.





Gibson, Crystal - Principal

Kearns, Mike- Associate/Assistant Principal

Morris, Robert - Associate/Assistant Principal


Elliott, Dee - Secretary

Holcomb, Vickie - Secretary


Osburn, Leslie – Counselor

Duffield, Kelly – Psychologist


Holcomb, Denise- Aide

Belt, Dawn- Aide

Shafer, Teresa- Aide


Childers, Dorothy

Barss, Becky

Coleman, Jennifer

Norton, Tiffany


Drake, Mike

Nichols, Juanita

Ramsey, Charles

Runion, Jesse

Knopp, Gregory - Homeless Liaison/Transition Specialist

Arnold, Lisa - Communities in Schools Site Coordinator

Technology Specialist

Krauklis, Jeff

Athletic Director

Ramsey, Mary

Future Leaders Program Coordinators

Armes, Wesley

Legg, Chris



Burdette, Casey

Burkhammer, Logan

Connard, Taylor

Corwell, Trey

Dancy, Luella

Detamore, Jessica

Dobbins, Philip

Dolly, Brittany

Dolly, Morgan

Dorsey, Adam

Fitzwater, Christy

Gibson, Scott

Greenlee, Julie

Hanshaw, Kirsten

Holcomb, Brian

Hubbard, Melody

Hubbard, Rena'

Huffman, Carrie

Krajeski, Shawn

McFarland, Kelsey

Miller, Joy

Nichols, Jason

Parker, Katelin

Pennington, Tasha

Proctor, Daniel

Shelton, Amanda

Starcher, Jr., Ronald

Stricker, Matt

Tanner, Allen

Tanner, Tara

Walker, Angie