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W.Va. schools chief creates ‘Service Above Self’ award

Photo submitted to The Exponent Telegram State Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano presents the inaugural “Service Above Self” award Thursday at Philip Barbour High School. From left to right are Jen Swift, Twila Smith, Martirano and Principal Mark Lamb.
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State Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano presents the inaugural “Service Above Self” award Thursday at Philip Barbour High School. From left to right are Jen Swift, Twila Smith, Martirano and Principal Mark Lamb.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano introduced a “Service Above Self” award, which will be given to teachers and administrators throughout the state in recognition of courage, selflessness and going above and beyond the call of duty.

Martirano presented the inaugural award to staff at Philip Barbour High School following a hostage situation which ended peacefully and safely as a result of their heroic actions. Twila Smith, Jen Swift and Principal Mark Lamb were recognized by Martirano at the school. They were joined by Barbour County School Board members and local elected officials.

“You are my heroes and I commend you for your actions…

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