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iI PAGE A1 O news, I pirit of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE Wednesday, September 18, 2013 ABOVE: Kayleigh Pierce has contributed to both of the Patriots wins this season, coming through with extra points in wins against Berkeley County rivals Hedgesville and Spring Mills, as well as in last week's close Iossto Virginia's Sherando. LEFT: Kaleigh says she gets the jitters just before games start, but not once she's summoned to the field She said she's calm and focused when called into action. ANDREW Wl~ Jefferson has female player too W as gton gh,s Kayleigh Pierce cades to have a place on any Cou- isn t the only Jeffe on Coun girl to gars' roster. What makes her status be suiting up toplay football this year. on the team even more unusual is Jefferson High's Cougars have Eliza- that she is listed as a running back/ beth Starliper; a 5 foot-1; 125 pound, linebacker for the Cougars, Starliper sophomore footb player two- is eligible to play in both junior var- team program season, sity and varsity games for the Cou- Listed as a running back/lineback- gars. er, Starliper is the first girl in de- -- Bob Madison Kicker team wasn't to tease or haze the girl yarders during organized practices, before the ball is snapped for a kick and cleats and says she feels the calming FROM PAGE A1 in their midst. While she initially thought she would then after the ball goes through the up- and encouraging presence of Chandler's "They were supportive," Kaleigh said. be nervous each time she was called in rights, I feel just a rush of adrenaline spirit whenever she's competing. "I've always liked watching football - "I think they were surprised, but I'd been to kick, Kaleigh said the jitters have been and just pure excitement. It's so fun." "She's always with me," Kaleigh I'm a Giants fan," she said. "I thought it talking about it all year. They're really limited to the moments right before a She believes the source of some of said. would be fun. On the girls soccer team, nice to me." game. When it's time to go out and per- the peace she feels on the field comes Kaleigh also realizes she's likely be- everyone always talks about kicking for Coach Mark Hash has been one of her form, she said she's calm and focused, from the memory of a friend and soccer ing seen as a role model for other young the football team, but no one ever does biggest supporters from the start, she "It's like nothing else I've experi- mentor who passed away when Kaleigh women considering football or other it. I thought I had the ability, so I wanted said, giving her a tee and encouraging enced," Kaleigh said of her early suc- was a freshman. Chandler Upson died challenges. to do it. I thought it would be different, a her to practice over the summer, cess. "Everyone is so encouraging and in a car crash following her senior sea- "I know there's going to be a reaction new experience." Kaleigh said she's made 40-yard field supportive the whole time. There is a son. from it," she said. "I just hope I can go out The reaction of the boys on the goals while kicking on her own and 35- moment of calmness that occurs right Kaleigh has "Chan" written on her there a represent us girls the best I can." Mourn ing student. He also worked as a resident pressed their sadness at Dzuris' death. adviser, handling night shifts in the resi- "Our heartfelt sympathies go out to FROM PAGE A1 dence hall, according to a statement from Joseph's family and many friends, and WVU. the countless students whose lives he "Joe was a great kid," Lowery said. "He Police said Dzuris was in the roadway touched so meaningfully," school offi- viewed the team as something bigger than when a vehicle headed east on Patteson cials said. himself. Always worked hard. Always had Drive struck him around 5 a.m. Students were also being offered coun- a smile on his face. He was a kid you en- "Somebody somewhere witnessed seling services. Plans for a bell-tinging joyed being around. A real positive kid. this," Morgantown Police Chief Ed Pres- service in Dzuris' honor are underway, "It was a shock when I heard it happened, ton said. "I have detectives reviewing sur- according to the school. He seemed to have his life in order and ev- veillance tapes from businesses in the vi- Anyone with information on the acci- erything going for him." cinity of the incident." dent is asked to call the Morgantown Po- Dzuris was a third-year civil engineer- In WVU's statement, officials ex- lice Department at 304-284-7522. Pilot offers text-based college counseling CHARLESTON- West Virginia's Higher receive the college-planning text messages. Education Commission is launching a pilot Students will be able to communicate by way program that offers text message counseling of text message with their high school coun- and college preparatory assistance, selor, or a college admissions or financial aid The program announced Sunday by Gov. representative associated with participating Earl Ray Tomblin and Chancellor Paul Hill colleges. is funded through a $225,000 grant from the Tomblin said the project "holds much prom- Kresge Foundation. ise as it has the potential to offer students more This fall, high school seniors attending personalized support and increased access to one of the 14 participating high schools can services which can help them succeed." 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