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The 2009 State Champion Wellston High School Cheerleaders

OASSA State Cheerleading and Dance Champions
Non-Mount Teams - Division III

The team roster for 2009-2010 was: Seniors Beth Essman, Chelsie Folden, Ciara Thompson, Jourdan Smith and Courtney Rippeth. Juniors Sami Henry, Abby Riley and Kelsi Starcher. Sophomores Kristen Boch, Kelsey Brown, Jordi Coulter and Josie Zinn, and Freshmen Taylor Avery, McKennah Robinson and Tori Wiseman. The coaches were Cindi Graham and Karen Boch.

  1. 1975 - Claire "Buzz" Ball

  2. 1976 - Miss Canada

  3. 1979 - Roger Estep

  4. 1980 - Joann Jones

  5. 1981 - J. Gordon Morrow

  6. 1982 - Pearl Kisor

  7. 1983 - John Weber

  8. 1984 - Ceil Geitz

  9. 1985 - WHS Baseball Team

  10. 1986 - Jimmy Crum

  11. 1987 - Byrd Dillinger

  12. 1988 - Barbara McKinniss

  13. 1989 - Wellston American Legion Post 371

  14. 1990 - Joe Kisor

  15. 1991 - The Holzapfel Distributing Company

  16. 1992 - Helen Downard

  17. 1993 - Doris Smith

  18. 1994 - Rita and Henry Perdue

  19. 1995 - Martha Deck

  20. 1996 - In Memory of David Ousley

  21. 1997 - Sands Hill Coal Compay

  22. 1998 - In Memory of Tom Reichert

  23. 1999 - Hope Haven Stars

  24. 2000 - Gem Bottling Company (Holzapfel Family)

  25. 2001 - Betsy Fain

  26. 2002 - Jenkins Memorial Health Facility

  27. 2003 - Tom and Jackie Lockard

  28. 2004 - Miss Ohio USA Lauren Kelsey Hall

  29. 2005 - Mary Ousley

  30. 2006 - Tom and Tina Brenner

  31. 2007 - All U.S. Veterans Past and Present


2007- 1975

Past Grand Marshals

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Ken Wood

The Wellston Ohillco Society is proud to name Kenny Wood, manager of the Wellston McDonald’s Restaurant, as the Grand Marshal of the 2011 Wellston Coal Festival. 

A 32-year employee of McDonald’s, Wood moved to Wellston in 1994 when ground was broken for the new McDonald’s Restaurant by Rob and Brad Munn, franchise owners. Since that time he and the McDonald’s Restaurant have been dedicated supporters of the community and the various organizations within the community. 

Wood credits the support and generosity of the Munn’s for making it all possible. He stated “Rob and Brad have been extremely supportive and allowed me to feed the WHS teams and band and support a lot of civic groups.” He is proud of the hard work that has earned them their standing in the Wellston community. 

Many organizations in Wellston have raised money through pancake suppers sponsored by McDonald’s. Area firefighters have been the recipients of their generosity while fighting large fires. 

Ohillco Society President Tom Brenner stated,  “With Kenny spearheading the efforts, McDonald’s has shown their generosity and heart to our community. He helps make it possible for us to feed the J-Vac clients on J-Vac Day during the festival. We are extremely grateful for all they have done for us.”

Kenny’s community involvement doesn’t stop at McDonald’s. He and his wife of five years, Rosie, are members of the Wellston Church of God. He has earned a reputation for his beautiful singing voice that he willingly shares with his church and many surrounding churches. The community will be treated to a taste of his voice when he sings the National Anthem during the opening ceremonies of the Coal Festival on September 7 following the hometown parade.

Wood stated that early in his career Rob and Brad Munn told him, “We don’t just take from the community, we give back,” and that is a philosophy he has tried to live by. Without a doubt Kenny Wood is very deserving of the honor of Grand Marshal.

Article Courtesy of The Jackson Times Journal

Stephanie Moon
1960 - 2011
We Love You to the Moon and Back!

   Those who know the Wellston Coal Festival Board of Directors know that we are a family as much as we are a board.  We work together, laugh together, cry together and now, we grieve together. September 26th 2011, we suffered a great loss with the death of our beloved Stephanie Moon.  She was our treasurer and queen’s chairperson, but even more she was our friend and mother hen who laughed with us, worked with us and yes, even scolded us, and we adored her. Stephanie possessed a heart of gold, an extraordinary work ethic, and a wicked sense of humor. She was a dedicated and loving wife and mother and a friend who would stand behind you know matter what. During the festival one of the phrases you would hear the most was “ask Steph” and she always seemed to have the answer. Stephanie was deeply involved in the community also as a 4-H advisor, PTO president and an avid Golden Rocket supporter. Our hearts are broke, but our love and loyalty to her is unending. Our sympathy love and support go out to her husband Walter, daughter Brenna, sons Brandon and Josh and his wife Sara, as well as her much adored grandchildren Brenton and Emma. 



Making Wellston Beautiful Association

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2013-14 Wellston Girls Basketball Team

WHS Girls Basketball team ended the season with one of the most successful runs in Wellston basketball history.


Dan was a 1972 graduate of Wellston High School and received his Associates Degree in engineering from Hocking Tech in 1973. He was a Wellston businessman and a dedicated civic and community leader. Dan was the plant manager of the Wellston Aerosol Manufacturing in Wellston, where he was employed for over 45 years. His passion in life was his family, his profession, scouting, Rotary, Masons and the town of Wellston. Dan was a member and a President of the Wellston Rotary Club. Dan held the honor of being a Paul Harris Fellow and was the recipient of the Cliff Dochterman award given by Rotary International for his work and dedication to the Boy Scouts of America. He also headed various committees in the Rotary Club, including the recent drive to replace all of the street signs in the city of Wellston. He entertained the community for several years as an end man for the Rotary Minstrel Show. Dan was a member and past president of the Wellston Chamber of Commerce. He always made sure all the Christmas lights for the city were put up and taken down every year, along with help from his elves. In 1993, Dan was named the Wellston Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year. He was a 25 year veteran of the Boy Scouts of America, having served in various positions with Boy Scout Troop #57, Cub Scouts, as well as various district and council positions. He was a Silver Beaver recipient and a James E. West recipient. Dan was member and past Worshipful Master of the Black Diamond Lodge #538 F&AM and was a past President of the Wellston City School Board of Education. This list only breaks the surface of Dan’s involvement in, and contributions to our community. Dan’s dedication to Wellston was second only to his dedication to his family. We cant say enough about Dan and what he meant to Wellston and it’s Citizens. Dan will be greatly missed and our hearts go out to his family. 

Dan Lockard Jr.



John is a 1966 graduate of Wellston High School.  John Pelletier moved to Wellston in 1965 at the beginning of his senior year in high school. He is a co-founder in the family business Ponderosa Orchard with his late father Horace Pelletier and mother Vivian Pelletier.  John is one of the founding members of the Wellston OHillCo Society and currently holds the office of Vice President of the Wellston Coal Festival and Chairman of the OHillCo Society’s Community Improvement group.  He also holds a list of titles in the Wellston Community. Including Pastor of the First Presbyterian church of Wellston for the last 22 years and is a past President of the Wellston Rotary club, current President of Jackson County Habitat for Humanity, current Vice President/Treasure of Wellston Ministerial Association, President of Wellston Alumni Association, President of Wellston JVAC Board and a board member of the Jackson County United Fund.  Along with his many community projects he has been the Voice of Wellston for 49 years.  John’s career in broadcasting started in 1968 and was the very first local Play-by-Play sportscaster to broadcast all of Wellston’s Football and basketball games “live” (home and away) from 1971 to 1986.  This led to the first live Wellston High School baseball broadcasts and the founding of the longest running local “Live” sports talk show…The Bob Willis Sports Show. 

Connie is a graduate of Vinton County Consolidated.  Connie moved to Wellston in 1979 starting her 20 year career with American Electric Power. Connie is also civic minded and involved in many organizations.  She is the founder of Making Wellston Beautiful, Past President of Wellston Rotary, organizer for the National Women’s Day of Prayer, member of the Wellston Main Street group, the Mayor’s Partnership for Progress, Substance Abuse Prevention & Addiction Resource Council (SPARC), the Jackson County Summer Manufacturing Institute, RSVP of Ohio Valley, Jackson County Economic Development Partnership, Ohio Means Jobs Local Advisory Council, Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission, Wellston Police Auxiliary and the current President of the Wellston Women’s Jr. Study club.  Connie was the City of Wellston Treasure from 2008 to 2012, the 2014 Jackson County Republican of the Year and currently holds the Office of Mayor for the City of Wellston.  As mayor Connie has brought many capital improvements to the City.  Her most recent and notable achievement was spearheading the City’s “coming out” of fiscal emergency in June of 2017.

John and Connie have five children Jona Bates (Jeffery), Michael Pelletier (Melissa Arndt), Ryan Pelletier (Ashley), Bart Wiseman (Dana), Britney Pelletier (Jerrod Morris) and grandchildren Cameron, Conner, John Taylor, Jayce, Hayden, Bailey, Joel, Rylan and Barton.


John & Connie Pelletier