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Lori Wolfe/The Herald-Dispatch Sylvia Ridgeway has been selected as The Herald-Dispatch's Citizen of the Year for 2012.

The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON - Sylvia Ridgeway's tenure as president of the West Virginia state conference of the NAACP has ended, but she will continue to have a role with the organization.

In addition, she continues as president of the Huntington branch of the NAACP, she said this week.

The state conference convention was last weekend in Charles Town, and Ridgeway did not seek re-election to a third, two-year term as president of the state group.

Owens Brown, of Wheeling, was elected to succeed her, and Florence "Angel" Plante, of the Cabell-Huntington branch, was elected secretary.

However, Ridgeway said she will remain involved with the West Virginia group as the state's chair of the ACT-SO program, a national initiative of the NAACP, during the school year that is just beginning. The NAACP's Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students. It includes 19 categories of competition at the local, state and national level in the sciences, humanities, business, and performing and visual arts.

Ridgeway will remain president of the Cabell-Huntington branch of the NAACP through the end of 2016. She is serving her fifth two-year term in that role.

Ridgeway, a mother of four, is a retired English teacher at Huntington High and has been named a Citizen of the Year by The Herald-Dispatch. She was inducted into the city of Huntington's Wall of Fame last year.

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