MARTINSBURG – While still one year away from any official festivities, Berkeley County Council has kicked the preparations for the 250th anniversary celebration into high gear, starting with the selection of an official logo for the event and recognition from the graphic design student at the James Rumsey Technical Institute for making it happen.
During Thursday morning’s weekly reunion, Fleetwood White, a Washington High School senior and James Rumsey Technical Institute student, was thanked by County Council for sharing his creative talents with the community by creating a logo of celebration that will be used by participating organizations through a number of commemoration events. .
“It’s pretty neat to see such a well-rounded individual, it seems like he has his mind in the right place, to put his talents into the community like that,” said Berkeley County Council Chairman Doug Copenhagen. . “It’s great that he’s able, being as young as he is, to have the enthusiasm to be part of the community. He’s there to help people and showcase our community, and it’s exciting. You don’t see it often, but it is one of our goals to involve young people more in what we do on a daily basis, because they are our next generation.
As the council celebrated White’s willingness and enthusiasm to get involved in the community at such a young age, members of the Berkeley County 250th Memorial Steering Committee also underscored the clear message that White’s conception conveyed.
“I can say without hesitation that the members of the Berkeley County 250th Memorial Steering Committee were impressed with the students’ graphic design work and also greatly appreciated their efforts,” said the 250th Steering Committee Chairman. commemoration of Berkeley County, Matt Umstead.
On behalf of the committee, Umstead also thanked JRTI instructor Jason Ware and manager / director Donna Van Meter for their support of this project.
Although White’s design was ultimately chosen, seven other students from the area also submitted potential designs, including: Felix Carmickle, from Washington High School; Mickey Eldridge of Jefferson High School; Arabella Farry, from Martinsburg High School; Grace Givens of Spring Mills High School; Daniel Oson, from a local adult / post-secondary program; Hope Pulfrey, of Hedgesville High; and Isis Vandenberg, from Musselman High School.
In addition to logo designs and a number of other events planned in honor of this county milestone, the council is planning a clean-up and beautification project, which will take place May 14-21, 2022.
County leaders say beautification is a priority, especially as the 250th celebration approaches, and a Berkeley County 250th Commemoration Steering Committee Clean-Up and Beautification Project Team has been established to plan a special project to meet this priority.
A key member of the team is Solid Waste Authority Chairman Clint Hogbin, alongside Martinsburg South Middle School Principal Mark Barney and Jeff Wilkerson of the City of Martinsburg.
As part of the still-in-planning project, county leaders said project team member Matthew Pennington of the Eastern Panhandle Regional Planning and Development Council was leading an initiative aiming to plant 250 trees on educational campuses and other important community sites.