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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (October 10, 2018)– The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission (WVSSAC) and Farmers & Mechanics Insurance Companies have announced a corporate partnership that will promote high school athletics throughout West Virginia.

“We are excited to expand our partnership with Farmers & Mechanics Insurance Companies for the benefit of West Virginia’s high school student-athletes,” says WVSSAC Executive Director Bernie Dolan. “Farmers & Mechanics has exhibited a strong commitment to investing in our mission to serve our schools and our student-athletes.”

In addition to becoming a WVSSAC Corporate Champion, Farmers & Mechanics Insurance will become the presenting sponsor of an annual Academic Achievement Awards that recognize West Virginia’s top student-athletes and band members based upon academic performance.

The statewide academic recognition program involves two types of awards presented to schools and individuals. The member school awards are based on the computed overall grade point averages for the Team Sport Award, the Individual Team Sport Award, and the Band Award. The individual awards include: Male Athlete; Female Athlete; Male Band Student; Female Band Student; Male Community Service; and Female Community Service at both high school and middle school/9th Grade levels. The School Category and Individual Category Awards are presented at the high school and middle school/9th grade levels.

“Farmers and Mechanics Insurance Companies believe our future is with the outstanding high school students in the State of West Virginia,” says President and CEO Foster Sirbaugh, Jr.  “We recognize, that the successful students of today will be our successful leaders of tomorrow.  We are honored to be in partnership with the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission by supporting and recognizing the outstanding high school students of West Virginia.”

The WVSSAC Academic Achievement Award presented by Farmers & Mechanics Insurance winners will be honored December 1 at a breakfast during the Super 6 football championships and pregame of the Class AAA championship football game at Wheeling, W.Va.


About the WVSSAC

The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission (WVSSAC) is the main governing body of high school sports and marching bands in West Virginia. Member schools are divided into three classes by total enrollment in grades 9-12. Sports administered by the WVSSAC include football, boys’ basketball, girls’ basketball,  baseball, cheerleading, golf, softball, boys’ and girls’ track, volleyball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ cross country, boys’ and girls’ tennis, boys and girls swimming and wrestling.



About Farmers & Mechanics Insurance Companies

Farmers & Mechanics Mutual Insurance Company of West Virginia is the largest domiciled property and casualty carrier in the State of West Virginia. Farmers & Mechanics Insurance has been providing reliable coverage since 1877, making it the oldest domestic mutual fire insurance company in the state.  As a mutual company, Farmers & Mechanics is proud to be owned by its policyholders rather than a group of stockholders. Farmers & Mechanics provides a variety of policies for Homeowners, Farm-owners, and Business-owners. In fact, Farmers & Mechanics is the eighth largest Homeowner carrier and the second largest Farm-owner carrier in the State of West Virginia.  Farmers & Mechanics is dedicated to its Policyholder to provide dependable insurance protection and excellent customer service.