Student news Feb. 20

February 21, 2005

A Saint James School senior was recently named a finalist by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

Lauren Bust, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffry Bust of Hagerstown, placed in a group of about 15,000 students. Finalists are eligible for National Merit scholarship awards. Bust plans to attend Princeton University in the fall.

The Merit Program is privately financed, and the majority of scholarships offered are underwritten by some 600 independent sponsor organizations and institutions. The process of selecting Merit Scholarship winners from the Finalist group is now under way.

St. Maria Goretti High School announced the Students of the Month for December at the schoolwide liturgy on Feb. 2. They are: Freshman, Andrea Burckner; Sophomore, Amanda Durski; Junior, Kevin Sayers; and Senior, Elizabeth Cool. The faculty and staff select the students each month to receive this special award and recognition.


Lititia Butts of Boonsboro was selected to participate in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Nursing from Tuesday, Feb. 22, to Sunday, Feb. 27, in Boston.

Having demonstrated academic achievement and an interest in the nursing profession, Butts will join more than 200 outstanding high school juniors and seniors from across the United States at the Forum on Nursing.

As part of the curriculum, Butts will be placed in the role of head nurse in a patient simulation, and will be tasked with accessing the clinical needs of patients and determining a plan of care for each of them. Students will also discuss and debate nursing ethnical scenarios, presenting their final conclusions for review to a registered nurse. Hands-on workshops offer them an opportunity to learn how to take a patient's medical history, splint a wound, draw blood from a synthetic arm, set up a triage unit, take a patient's blood pressure and much more.

In addition, leading-edge institutions have hosted and mentored NYLF/Nursing participants in the past, including Massachusetts General, Leahy Clinic, Children's Hospital Boston, Northeastern University, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Simmons College. During many of these visits, students will have a chance to shadow nursing professionals as they go about their daily routines, learning that the average day is anything but routine.

Jessica Sue Smith of Frederick, Md., made the Dean's List for the fall 2004 semester at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Ga.

The following local residents were named to the dean's list at Liberty University, Lynchburg, Va., for the fall 2004 semester:

Lauren Hartman of Hagerstown, Matthew Shank of Maugansville, and Jamie Ciccarelli of Williamsport.

The following students were named to the Dean's List for the fall 2004 semester at Messiah College, Grantham, Pa.:

Cascade resident Jennifer Dandy, a junior majoring in Christian ministries.

Hagerstown resident Kristin Maginnis, a junior double majoring in psychology and communication.

Hagerstown resident Corrie Jones, a first-year student majoring in sport and exercise science.

Middletown, Md., resident Wendy McRae, a junior majoring in international business.

Smithsburg resident Kenneth Hoch, a senior double majoring in Christian ministries and English.

Williamsport resident Abigail Andrews, a first-year student majoring in humanities with a literature concentration.

Grace College junior Karen V. Courter, daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. Douglas Courter of Clear Spring, was named to the Dean's List at Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind., for the fall 2004 semester.

James Palmer Holzapfel of Hagerstown was inducted into the Order of the Gownsmen at the University of the South's opening convocation for the 2005 Easter semester. Holzapfel is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Norman Holzapfel.

A student government body unique to Sewanee, the Order of Gownsmen provides a diverse group of students with the opportunity to influence the legislation of the university. Gownsmen have the privilege of ensuring that the ethos of the university, the dedication to honor and to academic diligence, is maintained, not only in themselves but also in their fellow students. Though election into the order of Gownsmen has changed through the years, from election by current members, to selection by the faculty, to the current grade requirements, the Order of Gownsmen has remained the body responsible for maintaining the spirit, traditions, and ideals of the University of the South.

Jessica Pike of Hagerstown, a core studies major in the College of Arts & Sciences at Shenandoah University, Winchester, Va., was named to the fall 2004 dean's list.

Mercersburg Academy seniors Joshua M. Brallier, son of Cheryl A. Dillon and Michael J. Dillon of Chambersburg. Pa.; and Joseph Colter "J.C." Sabol, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph G. Sabol of Mercersburg, Pa., scored first and third, respectively, of 155 students who took the fourth-year American Association of German Teachers (AATG) National Exam, Pennsylvania Chapter.

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