Kanawha Alumni Association Quiz

May 28, 2011


1.  He was an only child of parents who owned a livery stable in Burnsville.  An outstanding athlete, he was awarded a scholarship to play football at the University of Kentucky.  He was an officer with a Glider infantry unit during World War II and was killed during Operation Market Garden in Holland in 1945.


2.  A graduate of the class of 1940, this Alumnus was killed during Normandy invasion and listed on the Tablets of the Missing in the Normandy American Cemetery.  The Burnsville American Legion Post was named for him.


3.  He was one of four brothers to serve in World War II.  His home was across the river from the pump station.  He was captured by the Germans and died in March 1944 in prison camp.


4.  A native of the Riffle Run area, this 1947 graduate was killed in Luxenbourg during the Battle of the Bulge.  He is buried in Luxenbourg.


5.  This soldier who was in the class of 1943 was aboard the U.S.S. Indianapolis, which carried the atom bomb to Tinian.  After delivering the bomb, the Indianapolis set out for the Philippine Island.  In route, a Japanese submarine sank the ship.  Most of the crew, including this graduate, were killed by the blast or by the thousands of sharks in the water.  He was a Copen native.


6.  This Copen native was in the Class of 1943 and was drafted out of high school.  He was killed in France in November 1944.  He was one of four brothers who served during World War II.


7.  His father was a county veteranian, well known to area farmers.  This graduate of 1944 was also killed during the Battle of the Bulge.  He is buried in France.


8.  Another graduate of 1944 drafted out of high school.  This soldier was killed in Italy as he tried to get another wounded soldier to safety.  He lived in the Knawl Creek area.


9.  A member of the class of 1945 who was drafted out of high school.  This Orlando native was only a short time in France when he was killed at the Battle of the Bulge.


10.  Another native of Knawls Creek area, this graduate of the Class of 1943 was wounded in Germany in 1945, shortly before the war's end.


11.  This Burnsville boy was in the Class of 1944 but was drafted out of high school.  Wounded during the European Campaign, he returned to Burnsville High School after the war and graduated with the Class of 1947.


12.  This Orlando native graduated from Burnsville with the Class of 1936.  A school teacher at the beginning of the war, he enlisted in the Army Air Force and was a navigator/bomber in B-17's.  His plane was shot down over Hungary in 1944.  He was a prisoner of war to the end of the war.  He was awarded Air Medal and Purple Heart.


13.  The brother of Ordie Post who was killed in France in November 1944, his member of the Class of 1944 was taken prisoner in the Philippines toward the end of the war.


14.  This Burnsville footballer and graduate of the Class of 1942 was taken captive by the Germans and held as a prisoner until the war's end.



Kanawha Alumni Association Answers

May 28, 2011


1.  Tommy Zinn


2.  Jackson Knight


3.  Richard Godfrey


4.  Fred Ocheltree


5.  Tom Reed


6.  Ordie Post


7.  Everett Conrad


8.  Delbert McCauley


9.  Worthington Hurst, Jr. 


10.  William Pritt


11.  John Vankirk


12.  Denver Barnett


13.  Junior Post


14.  Chester Brown



                                        Kanawha Alumni Association Quiz

                                                     May 24, 2008


1.   What graduate of Burnsville High School is the only alumnus to participate in a sports car race at the Sebring 500?


2.   What Kanawha Alumni Association member is the only alumnae to graduate from high school the same year as her mother?


3.   There is a wing of a large elementary school in Arlington, Virginia named after a Burnsville High School graduate.  Who is the Burnsville graduate?


4.   What Burnsville graduate participated in the Mrs. West Virginia beauty contest and came in second?


5.   What Burnsville High School graduate was Homecoming Queen at Glenville State College?


6.   What Burnsville High School graduate was Superintendent of School of Boone County, West Virginia?


7.   What Burnsville High School graduate, along with his brother James, recorded country music on phonograph records?


8.   What honorary Burnsville High School alumni member attened the one room Pine Run (Lewis County) school that was sawed in half and moved by truck and re-built at Cedar Creek State Park?


9.   What Burnsville High School graduate was a President of the Glenville State College Alumni Association?


10.  What Burnsville High School graduate was the punter for the Glenville State College football team?


11.  What Burnsville High School graduate was a polgraphy operator for the West Virginia State Police?


12.  What Burnsville High School graduate earned a Ph. D. from Yale University in 1963?


13.  What Burnsville High School graduate earned his Ph. D. from Catholic University with majors in Greek and Aramaic?


14.  The son of this Burnsville High School graduate is a noted author of children's books and among others wrote "Cupid's Secret".  Who is the graduate?


15.  This Burnsville High School graduate was the second drum major in the history of Burnsville High School band?


16.  Who was the first drum major for the Burnsville High School band?


17.  This world famous fiddle player had seven children to graduate from Burnsville High School.  Who is he?


18.  What other family had seven children to graduate from Burnsville High School?


19.  What former principal of Burnsville High School was president of the Glenville State College Alumni Association?


20.  What Burnsville High School graduate was president of the Glenville State College Foundation Board of Directors?


21.  What Burnsville High School graduate was the minister of the Burnsville Circuit of the Methodist Church when he graduated from high School?


22.  What Burnsville High School graduate recently won the "Golden Apple" award, which recognizes outstanding teachers in West Virginia? 


23.  This Burnsville High School graduate was a star football and basketball player.  He served as an Air Force pilot during World War II in the European theatre and earned the Air Medal with bronze battle participation stars.  He died at age 30 in 1949.  Who was he?


24.  Besides the "Bruins" do you know another nickname of Burnsville High School athletic teams?


25.  Name two Burnsville High School graduates who were prisoner of World War II?


26.  What Burnsville High School graduate is the only female to serve as a deputy sheriff in West Virginia and act as a court bailiff?


27.  What Burnsville High School graduate, later a graduate of Glenville State College and West Virginia University, was the first executive director of the National Rehabilitation Counseling Association?  This outstanding graduate also a frequent contributing writer for the Braxton Historical Journal.


28.  The Class of 1966 includes two set of twins.  Who are they?


29.  Recently a panel of academic experts was appointed by the President of West Virginia University to determine whether Governor Manchin's daughter was properly awarded a Master's Degree.  One of those panel members is the son of a former teacher and coach at Burnsville High School.  Who was the Burnsville High School teacher?


30.  This 1945 graduate of Burnsville High School became a successful businessman in the Detroit area and has generously remembered his alma mater with scholarship grants to graduating seniors from Braxton County High School who live in the former Burnsville High School area?


Kanawha Alumni Quiz Answers

May 24, 2008


1.   Chuck Moran, Class of 1963


2.   Minnie McNemar, Class of 1983 with daughter Sharon


3.   Vaughn Duffield, Class of 1923


4.   Martha Currance, Class of 1959


5.   Betty Brown, Class of 1960


6.   Gary Sumpter, Class of 1955


7.   Charles Henline, Class of 1939


8.   Mary Robey Butler, Wife of Bayward Butler, Honorary Alumnus


9.   Mike Posey, Class of 1928


10.  Kermit Mick, Class of 1949


11.  Bill Wiant, Class of 1945


12.  Harry "Sonny" Wiant, Jr., Class of 1950


13.  Dr. Homer Heater, Class of 1951


14.  Nancy Steele Kalinowski, Class of 1952


15.  Eugene Parrish, Class of 1952


16.  Charles Henline, Class of 1939


17.  Melvin Wine, father of Elmer, Rita, Havonda, Letcher, Lewis, Melvin, Jr. and Susie.


18.  Harry Wilson family:  Wanda Sue, Dixie Lee, Harry Junior, Margret Ann, Terry Tim, Jerry Jim and Randy Gale


19.  Gilbert Reed


20.  Tom McPherson, Class of 1954


21.  Hayward Rowh, Class  of 1943


22. Brenda Snyder Gibson, Class of 1970


23.  Buck Marple, Class of 1936


24.  Nighthawks


25.  Denver Barnett, Class of 1927 and Chester Brown, Class of 1942


26.  Pauline McCauley Ziegler, Class of 1941


27.  Alfred McCauley, Class of 1932


28.  Judith and Julie Posey          Terry and Jerry Wilson


29.  Ray Nutter, Faculty 1928 and 1933


30.  Claud "Bud" Mick, Jr., Class of 1945









                         BURNSVILLE STUDENTS SUCCEED

(May 2007  QUESTIONS)


1.     Who was the tallest basketball player at BHS?


2.     Who was the highest-ranking military officer to attend a Burnsville School?


3.     Who was the first Burnsville football player to receive a major college division one scholarship?


4.     What graduate was the most decorated military man for valor?


5.     Who was the first Burnsville High School graduate to return to Burnsville High School to teach?


6.     Who was the first and only female principal of Burnsville High School?


7.     What graduate is presently a member of the WVU football team?


8.     What Burnsville High School graduate has a school named for her?


9.     Who was the Burnsville High School student who left school for World War II and played football for Maukato College in Minnesota?


10.    What graduate was selected Student Body President at Glenville State  



11.      What graduate was elected Student Body President of Davis and Elkins



12.      What graduate was elected to the Davis and Elkins College Hall of Fame?


13.     What Burnsville High School faculty member was the father of the first

       female U.S. Marine Corps officer to have a child and remain in service?


14.     What grad holds a Ph.D. in engineering mechanics from West Virginia 

  University and taught at the University of New Mexico?


15.     What graduate was a federal judge in West Virginia?


16.      What graduate was a national finalist in a national cooking contest for

   his Yuletide Sage and Apple Pork Loin Roast?


17.       What graduate was awarded the NASA medal for exceptional service?


18.   What graduate served as a Major in the West Virginia Police?


19.   The daughter of what graduate was a two time Class A all state girl’s

       basketball player?


20.      What graduate later graduated from Ohio State University as a Doctor

 of Veterinary Medicine?


21.    What graduate is the father of an Olympic two time medal winner?


22.  What graduate ran for president of the United States in 1944, spent three

      three cents and got over 59,000 votes?


23.  What graduate led the state in scoring points in football?


24.  What graduate played quarterback for West Virginia Wesleyan?


25   What graduate is the mother of a former Tampa Bay football cheerleader?


26.   What graduate was Princess of West Virginia Strawberry Festival in      



27.      What graduate retired as an agent of FBI with over thirty years services?


28.       What graduate played football for Columbia University?


29.       What graduate was the Director of Mental Health Service in West



30.       What graduate was President of Gulf Oil, Asia?





      (May 2007  ANSWERS)



1.    Jim Cobb 1951


2.    Admiral Chester Bender, Commandant, USCG (1932)


3.    Tommy Zinn 1936


4.    Conrad Stinogle 1964


5.    Vaughn Duffield 1923 (1927)


6.    Ada Bovey 1916-1917


7.    Zack Flint 2004


8.    Mary Alice McHenry Kauffman 1955


9.    Leland Mick (1943)


10.     Mike Morrison 1957


11.     Vaughn Duffield 1923


12.       Ran McKinney 1923


13.      Gail Auldridge 1929-1930


14.       Ronnie McPherson 1952


15.       Billy Matt Kidd 1936


16.       Harry Lynch 1957


17.        Richard Barrett 1952


18.        John Bragg 1967


19.         Debbie Conrad, daughter of Delmer Conrad 1958


20.          Sammy Godfrey 1964


21.          Gail Smith 1967, father of Rusty Smith


22.           Claude Linger 1924


23.           Larry Casto 1967, 135 points in 8 games


24.           Allen Mackey 1935


25.           Roberta Lindsay 1965, mother of Shannon Riffle


26.           Cherry Dale Ratliff 1967


27.            Hughie Ratiff 1962


28.            Shannon Shreve 1968


29.             Garrett Moran 1968


30.             Sammy Thomas 1960


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