Do it for Babydog Round 2: Gov. Justice presents full-ride college scholarships to students from Upshur, Barbour counties


Lilly Keith from Buckhannon-Upshur High School and Mason Thompson from Philip Barbour High School become latest sweepstakes winners

Previous scholarship winners Benjamin Currence and Jacob Dodd from Buckhannon-Upshur High School also recognized
BUCKHANNON & PHILIPPI, WV – Gov. Jim Justice provided a life-changing opportunity to multiple West Virginia students today when he and Babydog surprised them at their schools and revealed that they had each won a full ride college scholarship through the “Do it for Babydog: Round 2” Vaccination Sweepstakes.

First, the Governor visited Buckhannon-Upshur High School in Upshur County, where he announced that Lilly Keith of Buckhannon had been drawn as one of this week's scholarship winners.
While at Buckhannon-Upshur High School, the Governor also recognized two of Keith's schoolmates, Benjamin Currence and Jacob Dodd, who had each been previously named as scholarship winners through the sweepstakes in recent weeks.
Later in the afternoon, the Governor made his way to Philip Barbour High School in Barbour County, where he announced that Mason Thompson of Belington had also been drawn as one of this week's scholarship winners.
The winning students were joined by their parents, principals, classmates, and other county education leaders for the presentation ceremonies.
The full four-year scholarship to any public college or university in the state, includes room and board, tuition, and books. The prize is valued at over $100,000.
Keith and Thompson were among five college scholarship winners this week.

Earlier in the day, Gov. Justice surprised Ashlee Wilcher, a student at George Washington High School in Kanawha County, announcing that she too had won a scholarship through the “Do it for Babydog” sweepstakes.
Chase Donaldson of Summersville and Angela Watts of Cross Lanes were also drawn as scholarship winners this week.

Later Thursday, Gov. Justice surprised Jeffery Darnell of Morgantown at the WVU Erickson Alumni Center, announcing that he had been drawn as the winner of a new 2021 Chevrolet Corvette.

Today marks the fifth of six weeks of prize giveaways as part of “Do it for Babydog: Round 2.”

Additional winners have been announced today for prizes including a custom boat, a dream wedding valued at $150,000, free gas for 10 years, premium ATVs, top-of-the-line zero turn lawn mowers, WVU and Marshall University football or basketball season ticket packages, and season passes to West Virginia ski resorts.

SEPT. 30, 2021

Full Ride College Scholarship Winners
Chase Donaldson, Summersville
Lilly Keith, Buckhannon
Mason Thompson, Belington
Angela Watts, Cross Lanes
Ashlee Wilcher, South Charleston

2021 Corvette Winner
Jeffery Darnell, Morgantown

Custom Fishing Boat / Pontoon Boat Winner
Sandra Adkins, Ripley

$150,000 Dream Wedding Winner
Ines Frazier, Kenova

Free Gas for 10 Years Winners
Sharon Heslep, Princeton
Andrew Koontz, Wheeling

Premium ATV / Side-by-Side Winners
Sherrie Browning, Stirrat
Marsha Isaacs, Branchland

Zero-Turn Lawn Mower Winners
Natasha Barker, Princeton
Donna Hoffer, Scott Depot

WVU Football/Basketball Season Ticket Package Winners
Mike Adams, Nitro
Debra Boyd, Fairmont
Ralph Post, Volga

Marshall Football/Basketball Season Ticket Package Winners
Connie Dorsey, Sissonville
Judy Learmonth, Fayetteville
Jamie Parker, Alderson

Ski Resort Season Passes Winners
Mary Kay Bartolovich, Moundsville
Dina Criniti, South Charleston
Anjelik Farley, Charleston
Victoria Slaven, Millwood
Pamela Thistlethwaite, South Charleston

Vaccinated West Virginians only have one more chance to win in Round 2 of the “Do it for Babydog: Save a life, Change your life” Vaccination Sweepstakes.

All West Virginians who have had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine can register at for an opportunity to join the list of winners.
Week 5 - Sept. 30 (Today)
Week 6 - Oct. 7
*Those who previously registered for Round 1 of the vaccination sweepstakes are required to register again to be eligible for Round 2*
Online registration to be eligible to win in the next prize drawing will remain open until Sunday, Oct. 3, at 11:59 p.m. EDT. The final round of prize winners will be announced next Thursday, Oct. 7.

Free COVID-19 vaccinations are currently available to all West Virginians ages 12 and older.

All West Virginians interested in being vaccinated are encouraged to visit or call the West Virginia Vaccine Info Line: 1-833-734-0965. The info line is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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