Student news June 6

June 08, 2004

Ryan Lipella of Smithsburg has earned two awards from the United States Achievement Academy.

Ryan who attends St. Maria Goretti High School in Hagerstown, Md. has been named an All-American Scholar Award Winner and also a United States Achievement Academy International Foreign Language Award winner in Spanish.

Ryan's name will appear in the United States Achievement Academy Official Yearbook and the All-American Scholar Yearbook, which is published nationally.

Ryan was nominated for both national awards by Gail Barrett, a teacher at St. Maria Goretti.

Ryan is the son of Ron and JoAnn Lipella from Smithsburg, and the grandson of Marguerite Lipella of Hagerstown.

St. Maria Goretti High School honored its athletes with a banquet and awards presentation in the Goretti Gym. Carol Brashears, athletic director, called on the coaches of girls and boys soccer, basketball, tennis, swimming, boys baseball, girls volleyball, softball and cheerleading to introduce their teams and recognize the athletes.


Brashears presented the following awards to the senior athletes: USMC Distinguished Athlete Award to Anna Binau; True Grit Scholarship Award to Rich Kennan, the Gary Arcidiacono Memorial Award - Senior Male Athlete for scholastic achievement to Mason Herman; Msgr. Francis Leary Memorial Award - Senior Female athlete for scholastic achievement to Erin Donoghue; Ernest J. Fennel Memorial Award - Outstanding Female Athlete to Katie Martin; and The Richard M. Keller Memorial Award - Outstanding Male Athlete to Paul Angello.

Two Bulldog Federal Credit Union members have been awarded $500 scholarship gifts by Credit Union President and Chairman of the Scholarship Selection Committee, David Barrett. The winners are Smithsburg High's Juliana P. Brucksch, daughter of Hilkka and John Brucksch, and Williamsport High's William V. Roney II, son of Jessica and John Roney.

A two-week Chesapeake Bay Foundation camp early in her academic career stimulated Juliana's interest in science and nature. In pursuing that interest, she was accepted in her senior year to serve as a student intern at the National Cancer Institute in Frederick, Md., where for a year she has worked in the Laboratory of Genomic Diversity. With a 4.12 GPA, Juliana heads to the University of Maryland at College Park this fall to study biological sciences and plans to become a pharmacist. Her extra curricular activities include volleyball, orchestra, softball and raising and showing sheep in 4-H.

It's off to Virginia Tech this fall for Roney, where he will major in chemical engineering. With a 4.09 GPA, William has been active in student government, golf, basketball and baseball. He is also a Homewood Retirement Village volunteer as well as a volunteer with the food bank and cold weather shelter. He was named the NBC 25-Eddie's Tire Service Student Athlete of the Month for February.

Bulldog Federal Credit Union awards the scholarships each year to a male and female member who display high scholastic achievement and character, involvement in extracurricular and community activities, and financial need.

Kathleen Ann Lynch, a senior at South Hagerstown High School, plans to study elementary education at Shippensburg University and will be a member of SU Red Raider Marching Band Color Guard.

Kathleen is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, Marching Band/Color Guard, cross country, indoor and outdoor track teams.

She taught fourth grade religious education at St. Joseph Catholic Church and is a member of their youth group. She was also in the Honor Club, History Club, International Club and a member of the Maryland Society of Mayflower Descendants-12th generation.

She was a finalist in the 2004 Miss Washington/Miss Western Maryland Scholarship Pageant. She was awarded the Special Achievement Award from HBC, The Quality of Life Award for Community Service, the Karissa Jones Horowicz Performing Arts Award and received the Washington County Retired Educational Personnel Association Scholarship.

She has received a varsity letter in Marching Band and triple lettered in track. She received her completer in Child Care. She was given an award for her community service hours from the Washington County Board of Education. She is the daughter of Kevin and Jeri Lynch.

Sandra H. Lavigne, representing Clear Spring High School, is attending the Hugh O'Brian Youth (HOBY) Maryland Leadership Seminar at Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, Md. with 150 other young leaders representing as many high schools throughout Maryland this weekend.

HOBY Leadership Seminars bring together a select group of high school sophomores to interact with distinguished leaders in business, government, education and professions to discuss present and future issues. The goal is to provide a stimulating forum for learning about the American incentive system and the democratic process, while broadening their understanding of their leadership potential and quest for self-development.

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