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Two Boone County students have been recognized as EQT Students of Excellence by the State Journal, according to Boone County Schools officials.

At http://www.statejournal.com/story/24203897/2013-eqt-students-of-excellence, you will find student profiles of high school seniors from each of West Virginia’s 55 counties. These featured students are truly exceptional — they are students who have excelled in the classroom, but also have contributed their time and talents to their schools, as well as worked to improve their communities.

The accomplished students highlighted in this year’s edition come from both large and small high schools and even home-school settings in the cities and rural regions of the state. While the students have different experiences and aspirations, they have one strong trait in common: They are planning for the future and developing their paths toward educational and career goals.

The EQT Students of Excellence program would not be possible without the generous vision and help of EQT. EQT has several offices across West Virginia and is dedicated to enriching the communities where its employees live and work. As an integrated energy company with an emphasis on Appalachian-area natural gas production, gathering, transmission and distribution, EQT is pleased to support West Virginia students by sponsoring the Students of Excellence Scholarship Program.

EQT has once again expanded the program, offering $1,000 scholarships for one student in every West Virginia county, and five at-large scholarships scattered throughout the state and six complete four-year scholarships, each up to $18,000 per year, to students interested in studying engineering, geology, computer science/information technology, energy or land management and environmental or safety science.

The two Boone County students are:

Taylor Raby of Scott High School with a grade point average (GPA) of 4.025.

Taylor is in the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society. She attended Rhododendron Girls State, Camp Horseshoe and the West Virginia Youth Science Camp. She is a member of the Future Educators Association and participated in GEAR UP University. She was student council parliamentarian last year and is now both student council president and class president. She was a United Nations Pilgrimage Student Ambassador and has served as a peer mediator. Taylor has volunteered on prom and homecoming committees, for the Teens for Jeans program and has been a school office assistant.

Taylor plans to attend college and is considering a career in public service.

Kendyl Ryan of Scott High School with a GPA of 3.8.

Kendyl leads a peer outreach group at her school called Higher Education Readiness Officers (HEROS), which strives to help more students go to college. She also was awarded the Finley Award for

Character. Other honors include: Principal’s Honor Roll; member of the National Honor Society; Health Science Technology Academy scholarship winner; and named the 2012 GEARUP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) National Youth of the Year.

Kendyl also works with the Explore and Soar Program at Madison Middle School, is a member of Ski Club and is the Student Body Vice President.

She is a member of the Partners Club, which helps with the school’s special needs classes and she is a Special Olympics volunteer.

Kendyl will pursue double majors at Marshall University — in public relations and business marketing administration.

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