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Student News 5/30

June 03, 2004

The United States Achievement Academy announced that Tabitha Williams of Hagerstown has been recognized for academic achievement as a United States National Honor Roll Award winner.Tabitha, who attends Washington County Technical High School, will appear in the United States Achievement Academy Official Yearbook, which is published nationally.

Tabitha is the daughter of Tammy Long of Hagerstown. Her grandparents are Judy Moats and Charles Moats of Hagerstown.




Chrissy Minnick, a basketball athlete from Williamsport, will be joining a national team of Sports Tours USA athletes competing in Aruba during July.

Selected athletes must pass two separate screening criteria before being considered for the team roster. Chrissy will dedicate the months prior to travel conditioning for the competition and providing services and volunteering locally in Williamsport to help earn the program cost for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Chrissy will be competing while learning about the local culture and meeting individuals from around the world. She will also visit historical sites and local attractions providing a well-rounded experience in Aruba.

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Additional information is available by contacting Sports Tours USA at 1-919-463-9100.




Christina McAllister recently received an award for the most outstanding graduate in criminal justice at Shepherd University. McAllister, daughter of Ronald and Connie McAllister, is a 2000 graduate of Williamsport High School. She graduated in May 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology and a minor in education from Shepherd.

During her studies at Shepherd she maintained academic excellence and was a continual recipient of Dean's List recognition. She received honorable induction into Alpha Kappa Delta (an international sociology honor society) and Phi Kappa Phi (a national honor society for excellence in academics and community service).

During her junior year at Shepherd, she completed an internship with the Washington County Sheriff's Office and in December 2003 was officially appointed as a deputy sheriff. She is on assignment at Western Maryland Police Training Academy, where she has been designated as Corporal of Class 37. McAllister plans to graduate from the academy on June 21. At that time she will become a sworn deputy of the sheriff's office and begin her service as a uniformed patrol officer. She aspires to gain the experience, education and seniority necessary to become a criminal investigator within her jurisdiction.




Stephen Fincham of Warfordsburg, Pa. recently enrolled in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine (NYLF/MED), taking place in Washington, D.C., from June 20 to June 29. Stephen will join 350 other high school students from around the country who demonstrates academic excellence, leadership potential and an interest in a career in medicine.

Throughout the forum, NYLF/MED will introduce Stephen to a variety of concepts in public health, medical ethics, research and general practice, and will include site visits to medical facilities and clinics. Students will engage in a simulation using problem-based learning, an educational method in which students will be presented a fictional patient's case history and must diagnose and develop a treatment plan for the patient.

In addition to visits to cutting-edge medical schools and clinical facilities, Stephen will have the opportunity to hear from and interact with leaders within the medical field and go behind the scenes to view these professionals at work.




Eric L. Wolfinger graduated from Full Sail Real World Education, Winter Park, Fla. on April 2, with an Associate of Science degree in film production.

With the completion of the accelerated 56-week film degree program at Full Sail, Wolfinger graduates with extensive hands-on training in basic and advanced techniques in film and video production and editing, digital cinematography, sound for movies and television, visual special effects and lighting. The program culminated with a movie production, for which Wolfinger was chosen to operate a Panavision 35 mm motion picture camera throughout the filming.

A 2000 graduate of North Hagerstown High School, he is the son of Bill and Cindy Wolfinger and the grandson of Freda Nunamaker and the late Harold Nunamaker, and the late Lawson and Lou Wolfinger.




Bryan Matonak, son of Dan and Robbie Matonak of Arnold Md., was presented recently the Most Promising Mathematician Award during the 2004 Honors Convocation at Salisbury University.

The award is given to mathematics majors who have a 3.0 grade point average or better and who have judged by a consensus of full-time faculty in the department to show the most promise in mathematics.

Matonak, a 1999 graduate of Williamsport High School, is a senior majoring in mathematics and physics. He is a member of the SU swim team and the Tau Beta Pi national engineering honor society.




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