For Susannah, Zane Sine, attending Potomac State College has become a family affair

Sine Family
Siblings Susannah (center) and Zane Sine purchase books for the 2017 Fall semester at West Virginia University’s Potomac State College.  All of their siblings have attended Potomac State College as well.  Also shown is bookstore employee Annie Kesner.  

Susannah Sine, her brother Zane and five other siblings have grown up in a small rural area of Hampshire County, W.Va. where they were homeschooled by their mother, Susan, at their self-named school, Archer Acres Academy.  Susannah, a freshman, and Zane, a sophomore, began classes at West Virginia University’s Potomac State College this week.

“Potomac State College runs deep in our family,” said Susannah, who’s majoring in elementary education.  Adding, “My older siblings attended Potomac State and it’s only 30 minutes from home so I can commute.”  

Susannah is the recipient of the Potomac State College Scholarship of Distinction and the West Virginia Higher Education Grant. 

Zane is currently pursuing a degree in wildlife resources at Potomac State College and will graduate in May 2018.  He is the recipient of the Gerstell Agriculture Scholarship.  “Potomac State has been a really good college for me.  I’m playing soccer here.  It’s affordable.  And although I already knew some people here, I’ve made a lot more friends,” said Zane. 

Both Susannah and Zane were previously involved with the College through various play productions before attending as students.  The plays they participated in include: The Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast, and last year’s Oliver.  

Both are following in their siblings’ footsteps in other ways as well.  Two of their sisters, Shannon and Sarah, played in the position of midfielder on the Catamount’s soccer team.  Susannah is currently playing on the women’s soccer team and Zane is playing on the men’s team in the position of defender this fall.

“They all love playing soccer,” said Susan, “When we were camping on Prince Edward Island in Canada, they made friends with kids from other parts of the world and ended up playing soccer almost every day. They’ve also camped at all the major National Parks in the U.S., at abandoned mines and at Native American Reservations.”

Both Susannah and Zane have been active with 4-H, church and in their community.  Their lists of volunteering efforts and accomplishments reads like a ‘Who’s Who.’

They’ve competed on numerous judging teams statewide and nationally, including: the Environmental Judging team; the West Virginia State 4-H Forestry Judging team, and the 4-H Horticulture team.  They’ve also competed in the Master Clubs at their church.

Susannah attended the 4-H National Congress as a representative of West Virginia, participated in 4-H Multi-County Public Speaking and was crowned the West Virginia Peach Queen; furthermore, Zane attended the 4-H Nationals in Wisconsin.

Their volunteer efforts include packing food boxes for those less fortunate, sending Christmas cards to troops in Afghanistan, donating to Helping Hands and Goodwill Industries, filling shoe boxes for children in Africa, creating tactile books for students at the WV School for the Deaf and Blind, and donating to Toys For Tots.  Additionally, they both served as pages for Delegate Ruth Rowan during the West Virginia State Legislature.

When asked why they all chose to attend Potomac State College, their mother stated, “I encouraged my children to go to Potomac State for several reasons.  I liked that the classes are small and have a low student-to-teacher ratio.  They get to know their professors, and more importantly, their professors know who they are!  We’re all very happy with the education they’ve received from Potomac State.  Besides, they can commute and I like having them at home.”

 As for the other siblings (oldest to youngest), their brother Adam graduated from Potomac State in 2005.  He serves as a nuclear missile technician in the Navy and is currently stationed in Japan.  Shannon graduated with a doctorate in physical therapy and currently works in Virginia.  Kyle graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer information technology and is currently working as a software engineer associate for Leidos Corporation.  Sarah is currently pursuing her master’s degree in pharmaceutical engineering at the Keck Graduate Institute of Claremont in California.  All three are graduates of WVU, Class of 2016.

As for their future plans, Susannah wants to transfer somewhere out west to earn her bachelor’s degree, but as to where, she hasn’t decided yet.  Zane plans to change to the Morgantown campus to complete his bachelor’s degree.

And there’s still one left, Savannah, who says that she will attend Potomac State in a few years, but first, she has to finish high school.  They are the children of Thomas and Susan Sine.