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GSC Students Inducted Into Forestry Honorary

Three Glenville State College students have been inducted into the Council of Eastern Forest Technology Schools honorary (CEFTS). This is the oldest award that the organization gives to outstanding individuals in forest technology who have obtained at least a 3.30 in their forestry courses and at least a 3.00 overall grade point average. The students recently inducted into the CEFTS are Douglas Fox, Marilyn Burkowski, and Melissa Shockey.


(left to right) Dr. Rico Gazal, Mr. Rick Sypolt, Douglas Fox, Marilyn Burkowski, Melissa Shockey and Dr. Brian Perkins.

“These are exceptional students who have a great work ethic, personality, and potential,” said GSC Department of Land Resources Chair Rick Sypolt.

Douglas Fox is a Sophomore GSC Natural Resource Management Forest Technology Major from Mill Creek, West Virginia in Randolph County. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and racing motocross. “I am honored to receive this award. It gives me a sense of accomplishment,” said Fox.

Marilyn Burkowski is a Junior GSC Natural Resource Management Forest Technology Major from Hollis, Maine. She enjoys gardening and geocaching. “I’m honored to be recognized by the Council of Eastern Forest Technician Schools and hope to use the knowledge and skills I’ve learned at Glenville State College in my career,” said Burkowski.

Melissa Shockey is a Senior GSC Natural Resource Management Forest Technology Major and Environmental Science Minor from Romney, West Virginia in Hampshire County. She is a member of the GEO Club, Forestry Club, and Chi Zeta Pi sorority. “This has been a big honor, and it makes all of the hard work I have put into my classes worth it,” said Shockey.

For more information about CEFTS, contact Sypolt at or (304) 462-6371.

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