Celebration of Excellence

Top students honored

Top students honored

November 19, 2002|BY PEPPER BALLARD

HAGERSTOWN - The only thing that stands between a 3.7 grade point average and a balanced social life is sleep, according to Williamsport High School senior Kara Hoffman.

Hoffman, 17, was among 149 Washington County High School seniors who were recognized at the annual Celebration of Excellence awards Monday at South Hagerstown High School.

The ceremony, which recognizes seniors who maintained a 3.7 grade point average or higher through their junior year, was a big treat for seniors who don't always take the limelight.


North Hagerstown High School senior Whytne Brooks, 17, said athletes usually run away with more trophies, letters and fanfare at the end of their high school career than students with high scores.

"When you have kids in the classroom that aren't athletic, then they don't get that recognition," she said.

Boonsboro High School senior Sarah Harris, 17, participates in volleyball, basketball and track. She said she hasn't received many honors for her good grades and thought the ceremony was a refreshing change.

Harris spends two to three hours a day on homework and said managing her time is key to getting high marks.

Guest speaker and event co-sponsor Dr. Mitesh Kothari, a 1987 Boonsboro High School and Celebration of Excellence graduate, told students he remembered his own academic achievement ceremony.

"I thought 'I'm glad I was here, I'm glad I got this education and I'm never coming back,'" he said.

Kothari, owner of Comprehensive OB/GYN, LLC in Hagerstown, said he hopes students return to Hagerstown after getting college degrees.

"We need some of the cream of the crop to come back," he said.

The keynote speaker, Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan, compared the school district to a business, but one with a different goal.

"We don't measure our profit in dollars, we measure it in student achievement," she said.

Each student at the reception was there because of "ganas," said Morgan, who said that is the Spanish word for having "the will to."

Larry Allen and Co. Inc. provided a complimentary photograph to each student who received an award.

Washington County Public Schools provided a catered dinner before the ceremony with music by the South Hagerstown High School music department.

149 seniors recognized at event

The following Washington County high school seniors were honored Monday night at the annual Celebration of Excellence awards:

Boonsboro High School: William Birchfield, Angela Burns, Shannon Davis, Lindsay Forrest, Allison Fries, Clement Gardiner, Caleb Gill, Sarah Harris, Claire Houseknecht, Brittany Kefauver, Tiffany Kimbrough, Andrew Landsman, Nathan Leefer, Gretchen McCoy, Stephanie McGee, Megan Miller, Joshua Mitchell, Brett Morrell, Weston Murphy, Tabitha Pryor, Shawn Rhoderick, Allison Robinson, Victoria Staubs, Julie Stevens, Prapasara Tubhirun.

Clear Spring High School: Ashley Decker, Lauren Ebersole, Heather Irvin, Sarah Jones, Ashley Keeney, Jonathan Muffley, Robin Myers, Brooke Pohl, Dustin Reichard, Jessica Semler, Jean Sirokman, Jamie Teach, Alexander Ullrich, Erin Weller, Karen Worthington.

Hancock High School: Jodi Keefer, Amanda Mellott, Ashley Powers, Beth Swain.

North Hagerstown High School: Maria Akmal, Helen Barnhart, Kristen Bohner, Benjamin Breakall, Renee Brittingham, Whytne Brooks, Jamie Carbaugh, Kevin Cheng, Ashley Chupp, Kelly Cordes, John Cueto, Laura Douglas, Margaret Dudgeon, Christina Embly, Christine Ennis, Michelle Fickes, McKenzie Fox, Stephani Garrett, Jennifer Gilliam, Kara Greiss, Ashley Haywood, Daryl Henry, Adam Hofe, Andrew Hopkins, Mary Hynes, Jessica Kanzler, Stephanie Lam, Jonathan Martin, Benjamin McAbee, Liane Miller, Jenifer Morse, Sarah Moser, Sara Mullendore, Neepa Patel, Sara Polidor, Allison Randall, Susannah Rhodes, Jennifer Schlosser, Kilkil Shah, Ashley Shingler, Brittany Shoaf, Randy Stout, Rachel Thomas, Kimberly Vocke, Michael Wagner.

Smithsburg High School: Elena Adlon, Cassandra Anderson, Lisa Belella, Margaret Biser, Kelly Bricker, Rachel Corballis, Stephanie Crunkleton, Brian Downey, Christina Henson, Lacy Howard, Bradly Jennings, David Jones, Stephen Kurz, Katy Powell, Erin Rhodes, Emily Swain, Jenna Warrenfeltz, Andrew Weakland.

South Hagerstown High School: Amber Cronise, Kathleen Fawcett, David Gipe, Sara Hill, Brianne Jamison, Jamie Lawrence, Susan Lewis, Lauren Meyers, Michael Moyseenko, Jessica Phillips, Alaina Rowe, Amy Sandeen, Valerie Schmidt, Linsey Scott, Mark White, Ashleah Younker.

Washington County Technical High School: Phillip Kugel, Morris Schenk.

Williamsport High School: Rebecca Barber, Stefanie Barr, June Brindley, Jessica Cripps, Joshua Grace, Kara Hoffman, Lindsay Hovermale, Cory Kuczynski, Jessica Leiter, Heidi Melin, Kathryn Miller, Megan Newkirk, Jamie Pritchett, Matthew Rouse, Sarah Schulman, Christina Skinner, Jessica Smith, Rachel Smith, Amy Speaker, Denise Sullivan, Tontesh Tawady, Jacqueline Vitale, Sarah Weicht, Nicholas Zube.

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