From Staff Reports
KEYSER, W.Va. — Joshua Thomas Golub, Austin Joshua Ravenscroft and Zachary Adam Whiteman are the nominees for the 68th annual J. Edward Kelley Award.
The winner will be announced during the annual award program to be held Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in the Church-McKee Auditorium of Potomac State College of West Virginia University. The award will be presented to the outstanding male student-athlete in Keyser High School’s senior class.
Golub was a member of the Hi-Y, Rachel’s Challenge and Health Occupation Students of America clubs all four years. He was also a member of the baseball and basketball teams all four years.
Ravenscroft was a member of the Keyser Krazies club all four years and was on the football and track teams all four years.
Whiteman was a member of the Keyser Krazies and HI-Y clubs all four years and was on the basketball team for three years.
Kenneth O. Preston, a former sergeant major of the U.S. Army, will be the speaker for the program. Prior to Preston’s appointment as sergeant major of the Army, he was the command sergeant major of the Combined Joint Task Force 7 serving in Baghdad, Iraq.
Preston, who is a native of Mount Savage, was sworn in as the 13th sergeant major of the Army on Jan. 15, 2004. Preston is the longest-serving sergeant major of the army, having held the position for 35 years before he retired in March 2011.
Throughout his career, Preston served in every enlisted leadership position, ranging from calvary scout to sergeant major to command sergeant major to tank commander. As as a sergeant major, Preston served as the Army chief of staff’s personal adviser on all matters relating to enlisting, particularly in areas affecting solider training and quality of life. He was routinely invited to testify before Congress.
Jamison William Jones was the winner of last year’s J. Edward Kelley Award.
Sgt. Jonah Edward Kelley was a member of the 311th Infantry of the U.S. Army 78th Lighting Division. Kelley was serving in Germany with his unit and was fighting a fierce battle to overtake the village of Kestemich. He led E Company in an intense and deadly attack in the village in a house-to-house campaign.
Kelley was wounded twice during an ambush and couldn’t use his left arm. He ordered his men to a position of elative safety and in the midst of fire was able to single-handedly bring the battle to a close. Kelley died in the process of saving his men; as a result, he was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.