Youth Advantage group attends Wheeling Nailers hockey game ...

... and then visit a TV studio at West Liberty ...

... followed by a visit to Cabela's

Youth from Calhoun, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Wirt, and Wood counties traveled to Wheeling last Friday on a field trip with the Youth Advantage Program.

The group first toured West Liberty State College, one of the oldest public colleges in the state. The Hilltopper staff made the youth feel right at home, taking them first to the dining hall and then showing them the college's on-campus television studio.

Representatives from the science and business colleges talked to the youth about opportunities in those fields, and the Dean of Students gave the group a general overview of campus life at West Liberty.

Following a visit to West Liberty's brand-new athletic facilities, the group made its way to Cabela's on Interstate 70. The store provided much for the group to see and do, including animals from all over the world, a large aquarium, and a laser-gun shooting gallery.

To top off the evening, the group attended a Wheeling Nailers hockey game at WesBanco Arena. The Youth Advantage group was hosted by the owner of the Nailers, who spoke to the group about entrepreneurship and hockey.

As part of the team's Golden Spikes program, the Nailers furnished the youth with pizza and tickets for the game against the Trenton Titans.

Most of the youth had never seen a hockey game before, and were thrilled by the the Nailers' 4-2 victory.

The Youth Advantage Program appreciates the staff at West Liberty State College, Cabela's and WesBanco Arena for making the trip a fun and educational experience.

If you are a youth between the ages of 17 and 21 and you would like to learn more about the educational and occupational opportunities, contact the Youth Advantage Program.