School briefs

June 06, 2005

Goretti students represent state at national competition

Students from St. Maria Goretti High School recently represented Maryland at a national competition testing participants' knowledge of American rights and responsibilities.

Students in teacher Amy Fleagle's class placed first in both regional and state competitions of "We the People" before participating in the national event from April 30 to May 2 in Washington, D.C.

The students were Brian Cordova, Matthew Cotleur, Kaitlin Flury, Julian Funk, Kim Gilbert, Elise Hawkins, Mohammad Khan, Jillian Kline, Matt Knots, Stephen McGinley, Jess Meyer, Tom Robertson, Kevin Sayers, Carly Shockey, Ryjan Van Evera, Sarah Warthen, Paul Winslow and Brent Wolf.

Hagerstown student awarded Johns Hopkins scholarship

Benjamin Douglass McAbee of Hagerstown is one of two students who will receive scholarships for the coming academic year in memory of Christopher B. Elser, according to a press release from Johns Hopkins University.


Brian Kinsella of Freehold, N.J., also will receive the scholarship.

The scholarships are the first made possible by friends and family in memory of Chris Elser, a member of the Johns Hopkins class of 2005 who was murdered a year ago. The awards honor Chris' commitment and loyalty to his friends, his openness to others and his passion for sports, his family and university officials said.

Elser, who would have graduated from Johns Hopkins on May 26, was fatally wounded in April 2004 in an encounter with a burglar in an off-campus apartment building occupied by members of his Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, according to the press release. Elser, of Camden, S.C., attended Johns Hopkins University for three years.

McAbee will be a junior economics and applied mathematics and statistics major when the academic year begins in September. He also is pursuing a minor in entrepreneurship and management. He is a starting midfielder/forward on the university's varsity soccer team and was an All-Centennial Conference second-team selection in 2003.

He has volunteered at Tench Tilghman Elementary School in Baltimore, assisting with after-school activities, and takes part in the soccer team's community volunteer activities.

McAbee has worked in the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth offices, at a securities firm in Baltimore and a bank in Hagerstown. He will intern this summer at Legg Mason Inc.

The Christopher B. Elser Scholarship will be awarded annually to a bright and talented student who shares Chris Elser's passion for athletics and dedication to community.

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