2004 Graduate – Megan Jacobs
In 1774, a party of surveyors commissioned by George Washington was traveling down the Kanawha River. As the sun was slowly rising, they noted in their journal that all the trees at the mouth of the creek were bent in the same direction… and they called the location “the place of the hurricane”.
The creek became known as Hurricane Creek because of this phenomenon, and by 1811, according to early Virginia maps, the Town of Hurricane Bridge was located where Route 34 now crosses the creek near Route 60. Through the years, Hurricane Bridge became a stage coach stop and a thriving livestock market center. In 1873, completion of a single track railroad by Collis P. Huntington, connecting the waters of the Chesapeake and the Ohio River (a distance of 423 miles) caused the town to be slightly relocated, and the name changed to Hurricane Station. The railroad caused Hurricane to grow with the addition of hotels and stores, and in 1888, the town was incorporated as Hurricane.
Construction of Interstate 64 during the 1960’s gave Hurricane easy access to Charleston and Huntington, enabling the town to be an ideal location for persons working in those cities. With the population rising to 3,000 in the 1970’s the status of the town was raised to that of city.
Today, Hurricane is a model of West Virginia’s growing communities. People feel “Special” whether they have their homes, business or both in this community, where people have big hearts! Folks have the option of living in beautifully designed, award-winning subdivisions or establishing homes down the “country roads” of the rural county.
We at Citizens’ want you to meet a particularly “Special” person. She is Ms. Megan Jacobs. Megan graduated last November with an impressive 4.0 GPA. Megan took seven courses from Citizens’ to complete her high school diploma requirements. She gave up on the public school system early in her junior year.
Megan told us that her public school was not fulfilling her academic needs. “The teachers and staff were lazy. The teachers would give us busy work so they would have less to do and less to prepare for.” “I knew if I stayed in public school I would not be ready for college.” Megan noticed a difference almost right away with Citizens’ curriculum. No busy work, no fluff, just quality educational materials.
Megan tells us she is happy and proud to have accomplished this goal. It has made a difference in her life. She has been accepted and is now enrolled in Marshall University where she is majoring in Child Psychology. Megan is now concentrating on two major goals. She wants to be a successful child therapist and raise a family of her own. She candidly admits that none of this would be possible with out the diploma she earned from citizens’ High School. She has our respect and our prayers. Judging by the way she tore through the Citizens’ curriculum, she will do very well at Marshall.
When not actively pursuing her dreams, Megan likes to go shopping, hang out with friends, or just play with her dogs. She has a supporting cast that includes her Mom, Dad, and a younger sister. They are very close and enjoy each other tremendously. Megan and her family embody the spirit of Hurricane’s “Big Hearts” and we are proud of her. We wish her all the success possible in her future and award her Graduate of the Month for June 2004.
Megan Jacobs is Citizens’ High School
“Graduate of the Month” for June 2004.