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June 14, 2004

McDonald's Family Restaurants of Greater Washington, D.C., is honoring 82 high school seniors throughout the Greater Washington, D.C., area, including McDonald's crew members, who have demonstrated leadership in their schools and communities through the McDonald's Celebrating Diversity Scholars Program.

Each student honoree will receive a $1,000 scholarship. McDonald's will honor the recipients at a reception June 23.

Each student was selected based on an application and a letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor or community service leader. Students also had to submit two 200-word short answer essays detailing lessons they've learned through community service and the importance of education in relation to cultural diversity.

Area winners are:

Rebekah Carper, Bunker Hill, W.Va., Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy.

Keisha Cartwright, Falling Waters, W.Va., Martinsburg High School.

Anthony Cleveland, New Market, Md., Linganore High School.

Kristen Green, Martinsburg, W.Va., Hedgesville High School.

Matthew McGinnis, Myersville, Md., Middletown High School.

Vanessa Patterson, Hagers-town, North Hagerstown High School.

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Jai Rathod, Frederick, Md., Frederick High School.

Irene Rogan, Frederick, Frederick High School.

Erin Rose Sincevich, Frederick, Frederick High School.

Cassandra Thomas, Walkersville, Md., Walkersville High School.




Jonathan M. Petty was named to the Dean's List at the University of Maryland, College Park, Md., for the spring 2004 semester.

Petty, the son of Julie and Bobby Watson and Barry Petty, will graduate in May 2005 with a degree in criminal justice. He plans to attend law school following graduation.




Candace Minghini, a 2004 graduate of Musselman High School, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship by Parsons Ford and the Ford Motor Company.

Candace, the daughter of Joey Minghini and Karen Cupp of Inwood, W.Va., plans to study elementary education at Shepherd University.

The scholarship is one of 626 awarded by Ford Division, Ford Motor Company Fund and Ford dealers to FFA members who are high school seniors and plan to attend college this fall.




Caroline I. Woodhams, daughter of Nicki and Keith Woodhams Sr. of Rohrersville, was presented a $600 scholarship by the Pleasant Valley Ruritan Club and the club's May 17 meeting at Brownsville Church of the Brethren.

The annual scholarship is presented to a high school senior who lives in the Pleasant Valley Elementary School area or whose parents are members of Pleasant Valley Ruritan.Applicants are evaluated on financial need, grade point average and community involvement.

Caroline has excelled in volleyball and cheerleading, lettering in both sports since her sophomore year.

As team captain in volleyball, she helped lead Boonsboro to its first wining record in 12 years and a second-place finish in the regionals. She earned All-County and All-MVAL honors this season.

She also plays USA Volleyball for clubs in Frederick and Washington counties. She was invited to participate in the USANational Volleyball High Performance Tryouts in 2003, and received the United States Scholar-Athlete Award at the 2003 USSAgames, where she was a volleyball team captain.

In cheerleading, she has won the All-American Cheerleader award for four consecutive years and has been selected to appear in the Pro Bowl halftime show each year since 1998. In 2002, she participated in the Florida Citrus Bowl halftime performance..

A four-year member of the school yearbook staff,Caroline was faculty editor in 2003. She served on the ClassCabinet for two years, is an honor roll student and has been named to Who's WhoAmong AmericanHonor Students and, the National Honor Roll Society and was nominated as a Future Leader of America.

Caroline plans to attend college and major in psychology.




Katie Murphy of Hagerstown received two honors at the annual Student Service Awards Reception at Bluefield (Va.) College in May.

A member of the Student Union Board, she was recognized for efforts to plan and organize campus activities and entertainment.

As a member of the college's Bonner Leaders program, she was honored for community service.




Jeremy Michael Knapp of Hagerstown graduated fromCatawba College, Salisbury, N.C., on May 8 with a Bachelor of Science degree.




David Sonntag of Frederick, Md., received a Ph.D. in medicine from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio following the 2004 winter quarter.




Elaine D. Persons, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis D. Persons of Smithsburg, graduated magna cum laude from Roanoke College, Salem, Va., May 1 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration.

A computer information systems major, she was a member of the Honors Program.

Persons was also named to the college's dean's list for the spring 2004 term for compiling a 4.0 grade point average.




Kevin Stiles of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., was named to the Dean's List at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio for the 2004 winter quarter.

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