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Philip Barbour High School's Maddi Carpenter Named AARP WV/MetroNews Scholar Athlete of the Week

Colts' three-sport standout earns AARP/MetroNews statewide honor

Maddi Carpenter of Philip Barbour High School has been selected as the AARP West Virginia/MetroNews Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of November 12.

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Philip Barbour (WV) H.S. senior Maddi Carpenter has been honored as the AARP WV/MetroNews Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of Nov. 12, 2017. (Courtesy Photo)

A senior, Carpenter is a 4.2 g.p.a. honors student and a Promise Scholarship qualifier. She has served as her Class President for four years. Her activities include Student Council and Biology Club. Maddi is active in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), earning State Champion honors for business and financial planning at FBLA’s West Virginia state competition. She is the daughter of Jamie and Rochelle Carpenter of Belington.

Carpenter is a four-year varsity volleyball starter at Philip Barbour, where she has helped Coach Heather Halfin’s Colts capture back-to-back WVSSAC Class AA State Volleyball Championships (2015 & 2016). She is a two-time Class AA All-State volleyball honoree and All-Big Ten Conference selection, and earned WVSSAC Class AA State Championship All-Tournament team honors in 2016. As a member of Philip Barbour’s swim team, Carpenter was a state meet qualifier as a sophomore in the 200 Freestyle Relay. She is also a member of the Colts’ basketball team.

On a community level, Carpenter is actively involved in volunteer and service activities in the Barbour County area through her school and church, Barbour Church of Christ. She has participated in the completion of community service projects thru the Philip Barbour Student Council and other school clubs and groups. She also serves as a volunteer coach with the local youth swimming program, the Barbour Barracudas.

Carpenter is presently enrolled in the High School Access program thru West Virginia University, earning college credit toward completion of her undergraduate degree. She is still considering college choices, and hopes to continue her athletic career on the collegiate level.

During the 2017 Fall Sports season, one high school student athlete will be selected each week as the AARP West Virginia Scholar Athlete of the Week and recognized on the popular West Virginia MetroNews High School GameNight program, which airs 9:30 p.m. – midnight each Friday night on nearly 40 radio stations across the Mountain State .

West Virginia student athletes in Grades 11 and 12 with a minimum 3.0 grade point average are eligible for the award. Nominees should excel in one or more athletic program, and be active within their community through service and community involvement. The deadline for nominations for the 2017 Scholar Athlete program has closed.


AARP WV Media Contact: Tom Hunter, 304.340.4605,

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