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ALEF Selects Its Twelfth Class of Fellows

The Appalachian Leadership and Education Foundation (ALEF) has completed its selection process for the 2017 ALEF Lima Class.  This is the twelfth year that ALEF has put together a group of young men and women from West Virginia who have extraordinary leadership, academic, and social skills and who have great potential to be the leaders in our communities, in government, and in our businesses.  Each new Fellow exhibited the core values ALEF espouses – integrity, excellence, and service.

2017 ALEF Lima Class: 

Anna CraftAnna Craft is from Prichard, WV and attended Spring Valley High School.  She will attend Marshall University and major in Secondary Education.  Anna had extraordinary grades in high school – she never had anything below an “A” -- and was active in numerous school organizations to include the BETA Club, the Spanish  Honors Society, and the National Honor Society (President).  She was also very active as a volunteer in the community with the Huntington City Mission and the Ronald McDonald House.

Nadia JohnsonNadia Johnson will attend Concord University and major in Chemistry.  She is from Anawalt, WV and graduated from Mount View High School.  Nadia had superb academic record and graduated first in her class.  She was President of the student government, captain of the volleyball team and a member of numerous other school organizations.  Nadia also was an active participant in her community with Energy Express and other civic related organizations.

Caroline KayesCaroline Kayes is from Martinsburg, WV and will attend Shepherd University.  She graduated from Martinsburg High School and will major in Biology/Pre-Med.  She graduated at the top of her class.  Caroline was President of the National Honor Society, Vice President of the Art National Honor Society, Captain of the High School Dance Team, and was a member of numerous high school organizations to include Key Club, the Student Council, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  She was also involved in numerous community volunteer programs.

Rachel MankinsRachel Mankins will attend Concord University and major in Biology.  She is from Fayetteville, WV and graduated from Fayetteville High School.  She graduated first in her class.  Rachel was Captain of the Cheerleading Team, on the varsity basketball team, Treasurer of the Student Body Government, a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletics, and a member of the Key Club.  She was very active in community service.


Kyle PorterKyle Porter is from Logan, WV and graduated from Logan High School.  He will attend Marshall University and major in Civil Engineerng.  Kyle was a member of the Logan High School basketball team and the National Honor Society.  He has excellent grades.


Nickolas ShrewsburyNickolas Shrewsbury will attend Concord University and major in Accounting.  He is from Princeton, WV and attended Pikeview High School.  Nick was Captain of the high school football team and Class Commander of the Junior ROTC unit.  He was also a member of several other high school organizations and had superb grades.


Morgan Thomas is from Mingo County and graduated from Westside High School.  She will attend Concord University and major in Pre-Pharmacy.  Morgan was Captain of both the basketball team and the volleyball team and was selected as the female athlete of the year.  She was a member of numerous other organizations to include the National Honor Society.  She received numerous awards and participated in many community activities.  Morgan had outstanding grades throughout high school.

Meet the Fellows from other classes.