Student news

August 02, 2004

The University of Maryland School of Law announces that Sarah Brull, a member of the Class of 2005, won the 2004 Roscoe Hogan Environmental Law Essay Contest. This is the first time a Maryland law student has won the prestigious national competition.

Brull's essay, "Versatile By Nature: Exploring the Law of the American Wilderness," which will be published in the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law, was written under the supervision of Robert Percival, M.A., J.D., a professor in the School of Law, director of the School's environmental law program, and a Robert Stanton Scholar.

Brull received her award at the annual Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) convention in July.

The Roscoe Hogan Environmental Law Essay Contest was established in 1970 by the late Roscoe Hogan, a prominent environmental lawyer. The contest serves to provide law students with the opportunity to investigate and offer solutions to environment problems.

Brull received her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in English and pre-nursing. She grew up in Hagerstown. Brull is the daughter of Robert and Mary Brull.


Fourteen students from St. Maria Goretti High School, accompanied by their Spanish teacher, Gail Barrett, traveled to Spain this summer on a language immersion trip.

They spent two weeks living with host families and studying at the Instituto Espanol Murallas de Avila in Avila, a medieval city that was home to St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross.

In addition to studying the language, the students visited Madrid, Segovia, Salamanca and Toledo. The highlight of the trip was participating in a "capea," where the students dodged young bulls in a bull ring.

Two students from Frederick, Md., graduated May 23 from Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pa.

Sara Barakat completed requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Michelle Renee Dorsch graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in management.

The following area students received academic honors at Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pa., for the spring 2004 semester:

Named to the Dean's Honor List for compiling a grade-point average of 3.60 or higher were Elena Marie Adlon, a freshman from Clear Spring; Jeremiah Scott Johnson, a junior from Clear Spring; Michelle Renee Dorsch, a senior from Frederick, Md.; Phillip Aaron Michael, a sophomore from Hagerstown; Meghan May Ditto, a junior from Hagerstown; Susannah Joy Rhodes, a freshman from Hagerstown; Jonathan William Trace, a junior from Hagerstown; Megan Leigh Pilarcik, a junior from Middletown, Md.; and Daniel Joseph Papuchis, a freshman from Myersville, Md.

Brian Philip Morgan of Frederick was named to the Dean's Commendation List for having a grade-point average of 3.33 to 3.59.

Two students from Hagerstown graduated from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va., following the spring 2004 semester.

Jessica Renee Leggett received a Bachelor of Science degree. Lindsay Ann Smigelski received a Bachelor of Music degree.

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

Stephanie Ochoa of Clear Spring, daughter of Lisa Ochoa and Eloy Ochoa, participated in the Kentucky Appalachian Science Enrichment Program on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington, Ky.

KASEP is a five-week summer experience for rising high school sophomores who represent underserved minority groups in health-care professions from the eastern or central parts of the United States. Those eligible include African-American, Native American and Appalachian students who have demonstrated an interest in pursuing a science- or mathematics-related career and have a record of academic achievement.

Activities included a group study of case histories of selected health issues; academic experiences in science and mathematics; learning skills instruction; career exploration in science, mathematics, engineering, science research and health careers; site visits and field experiences, including trips to the Wood Hudson Cancer Research Lab in Newport, Ky., Mammoth Cave and the planetarium in Richmond, Ky. Students also visited other college campuses in Kentucky.

Stephanie Jo Chapa of Virginia Beach, Va., granddaughter of Henry Chapa of Hagers-town, has been selected by the University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Va., for Honors Admission this fall.

Chapa is a 2004 graduate of Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School in Virginia Beach, Va., where she was yearbook editor, secretary of Operation Smile, and a member of the Haiti Club, the varsity cheerleading squad and the lacrosse team. A recipient of the Prudential Spirit of Community Award, she was a volunteer at her church and at the Francis Land House.

Two area students were named to the Dean's List at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, Pa., for the spring 2004 semester.

Rebecca L. Surgeon of Hagerstown is a junior majoring in biochemistry.

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