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Omar Elementary Hosts Coal Fair

The fourth-grade students at Omar Elementary have been hard at work learning about different aspects of the coal industry at how it affects our region’s culture.

Students displayed their work and research during the school’s recent Coal Fair. The event, coordinated along with the school’s educational partner Coal-Mac, showcased twenty-three student projects. Topics featured included art, music, English, math, technology, science, and social studies within the coal industry.

Fair coordinator and fourth-grade teacher, Ms. Velma Starr, said she was very pleased with her students’ participation.

“I wanted to see students exceed expectations, and I am beyond ecstatic with the outcome of our school’s Coal Fair projects. I asked for parent involvement, and I got it. I asked for 100 percent participation for our fourth graders, and I got 97 percent. Out of 32 students, 31 participated in the fair. You can’t beat that.”

Starr said the event could not have been possible without the help of her fourth-grade teammate Mrs. Serena Bradley, Mrs. McDonald, and the fair judges (Taria Salmons and Margaret Woolum).

The following students participated and received awards for this year’s Coal Fair:


·        1st Place: Bryce Davis and Ian Plumley


·        1st Place: Cameron Allred and Jake Ramey

·        2nd Place: Jacob Stobart

·        3rd Place: Eli Craddock


·        1st Place: Summer Cooke and Rian Baisden


·        1st Place: Elizabeth Workman

·        2nd Place (tied): Tyler Accord and Tre’Quan Williams

·        3rd Place: David Tomblin

·        Participants: Cierra Nelson, Jada McNeely, Derek Fields, Shane Perry, Natasha Bourne, and William Frye


·        1st Place: Alexa Browning and Mackenzie Roberts

·        2nd Place: Ashley McKinney

·        3rd Place: Anthony Sloan and Bryce Hobbs

·        Participants: Savannah Clark, Kraven Canterbury, and Dylan Watkins

Social Studies:

·        1st Place: Raydah Damron

·        2nd Place: Kaleb Withrow


·        1st Place: Charli Estrathers and Cassie Noe

·        2nd Place: Destiny Jones


The fair’s winners will now have the opportunity to compete against students from five other counties at the CEDAR Regional Fair at the Chief Logan Convention Center.

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