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The Principals' Leadership Academy Distinguished Scholar Award recognizes administrators who participated in PLA for New Principals and illustrated exemplary work and participation. Each year, at the conclusion of activities for new principals, team leaders use a rubric to score and determine the new class of scholars. These honorees are recognized during the following school year.

2015 - 2016 Scholars

Melanie Arthur

Calhoun County Middle/High School  Calhoun County


Larry Bailey

Capital High School Kanawha County

Kimberly Burris

Point Pleasant Intermediate School Mason County


Nick Emmerling

Bunker Hill Elementary School Berkeley County

Lisa Horne

Glenwood School (K-8)  Mercer County

Johnna Jacobs


Alban Elementary School

Kanawha County

Kathy Kuykendall

West Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind WV Department of Education

Wendy Laukoter

George Washington Middle School Putnam County

Teresa Marsh

Kasson Elementary/Middle School Barbour County

Jacob Messer

Sherman Elementary/Middle School Boone County

Denise Miller

Weirton Elementary School Hancock County

Darlene Murphy

Van Devender Middle School Wood County

David Pierotti

Van Devender Middle School Wood County

Valissa Porter

Madison Elementary School Wood County

Hugh Roberts

Spring Valley High School Wayne County

Jennifer Stowers

Ben Franklin Vocational Center Kanawha County

Joe Thacker

Huntington Middle School Cabell County

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