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County students earned millions in financial awards

September 19, 2002

Washington County Public School's Class of 2002 earned more than $9.7 million in merit-based financial awards to continue their education, said Jim Russell, supervisor of pupil personnel/guidance.

"No one really throws money at students. It requires effort to do this," Russell told the Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday.

The awards ranged from $25 awards from community groups to full college scholarships worth thousands of dollars. Students could not accept all the awards because some had to choose offers from more than one school, he said.

Financial awards to students at public high schools were:

Boonsboro High School - $2,074,250

Clear Spring High School - $848,785

Hancock Middle/Senior High School - $168,500

North Hagerstown High School - $2,566,226

Smithsburg High School - $921,509

South Hagerstown High School - $917,138

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Washington County Technical High School - $240,690

Williamsport High School - $1,992,589

The awards came from the armed services, colleges and universities, community organizations, educational and professional organizations and from state awards.

The colleges that contributed to the Washington County class' awards range from Hagerstown Community College to Georgetown University.

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