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Exchange Club awards scholarship

June 16, 1999

The Hagerstown Exchange Club has chosen Teka Lavay Swayne, 18, as the 1999 recipient of its annual $3,000 scholarship.

The South Hagerstown High School senior is the daughter of Steven and LaVerne Swayne, of Plumwood Circle.

A top student, she ranked near the head of her class all four years, and was active in community projects like the Reading is Fundamental Book-Raising Project at a local women's shelter.

For the Exchange Scholarship Committee, it was her essay and her pledge to provide community service here after graduating from college that put her application over the top.

In brief, Swayne said she wants to become a dentist, because "the thought of molding, reshaping and correcting smiles intrigues me."

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In the future, she said she would like to open dental clinics in neighborhoods where people can't normally afford dental care and provide treatment there herself on a volunteer basis two nights a week.

Swayne also said she would be interested in visiting nursing homes to provide dental advice and care to senior citizens.

Swayne will enter Northwestern University in the fall and will major in biological science.

The Hagerstown Exchange Club was chartered in 1951 and supports a variety of youth-related activities in the Washington County area. Its main charity is the Parent-Child Center, which teaches parents how to raise their children without abusing them mentally or physically.

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