Two Weirton Madonna High School graduates, Joseph Capito and George Magnone, recently took the Oath of Integrity for the West Virginia University School of Medicine. The 2009 graduates were among the 110 students admitted to the medical school out of 3,000+ applicants. Pictured with Dr. Norman Ferrari, Vice Dean for Education and Academic Affairs, Professor and Chair of the Department of Medical Education at West Virginia University School of Medicine, who is also a Madonna High School graduate, class of 1975; Joseph and George will graduate in 2017.
At Madonna High School, both Joseph and George were participants on the Varsity A Academic Team, members of the National Honor Society, athletes on the Madonna Football Team which was OVAC Champs, Mason Dixon Champs, and West Virginia Class A State Runner-up, and were elected to the King’s Homecoming Court.
Joseph Capito was Valedictorian of the class of 2009 and served as Vice President of the National Honor Society, Vice President of SADD, and President of the Art Club. He was also art editor for the Literary Magazine and a letterman on the boys’ basketball team.
George Magnone served as secretary for the class of 2009, President of the National Honor society, President of SADD, and Treasurer of the Art Club. George was also a member of the Madonna baseball team and was selected for the All State Baseball Team. The 2009 Madonna Baseball team was also city champions, Sectional Champions of West Virginia Region 1, Section 1 Class A and Class A OVAC Runners-Up.
Dr. Ferrari, who specializes in pediatric medicine, joined the staff at West Virginia University’s School of Medicine in 1986. He was also a student at WVU following graduation from Madonna High School in 1975. While at Madonna, he served as class president and was Valedictorian of his class. Dr. Ferrari indicated that the future doctors will select their areas of specialization during their senior year in the medical school.