Cumberland Times-News

April 16, 2014

Eversole named 2014 Kelley Award winner

Keyser senior honored as outstanding student-athlete

From Staff Reports
Cumberland Times-News

— KEYSER, W.Va. — Keyser High School senior Cody Eversole was named this year’s J. Edward Kelley Award winner during a ceremony Wednesday morning at Potomac State College.

The award is presented to an outstanding male student-athlete in each year’s senior class.

Eversole was a member of Hi-Y and the baseball and football teams for four years, a member of the basketball team for three years and ran track. He has a 2.8 grade point average, is a 2014 National Honor Student, was Student Athlete of the Month in October 2013 and was Offensive Player of the Year in 2011 and 2013. Eversole was also named to the West Virginia AA All State Football Team in 2013 and was on the 4.0 Honor Roll for the first six weeks of the 2013 first semester. Eversole volunteered as powder puff coach for a fundraiser for the football stadium in 2012 and 2013. He also volunteered as reader with Energy Express from 2010 to 2012.

Natalie Tennant, the 29th West Virginia secretary of state, was the speaker for this year’s awards program.

A Keyser High School graduate, Sgt. Jonah Edward Kelley was a member of the 311th Infantry of the U.S. Army 78th Lightning 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 relative 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.