School briefs 6/27/05

June 27, 2005

Local student inducted into honor society

CLEAR SPRING ? Dustin Reichard was inducted into the Rho Gamma Chapter of the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society March 21 at Saint Mary's College of Maryland.

The honor society seeks out members who have attained a superior academic record and have decided to pursue a major in the life sciences. Reichard is pursuing a bachelor's degree in biology and plans to attend graduate school to continue his education in the field of ecology.

Reichard also achieved the dean's list for the third consecutive semester by finishing with a 3.87 grade-point average this spring.

Reichard is a 2003 graduate of Clear Spring High School.

Counselors association awards scholarships

The Washington County School Counselors Association has awarded its 2005 scholarship awards to Melissa Ankeney of Clear Spring High School and Andrew Staubs of Boonsboro High School.

Each student will receive $650 toward their post-secondary education.

This year's recipients were chosen from a pool of 30 applicants. A panel of judges reviewed each application using scholastic achievement, community involvement, leadership and financial need as criteria.


Funds for the WCSCA scholarships are raised through the annual WCSCA softball game.

Free lunches available for children in county

The Food and Nutrition Services Department of Washington County Public Schools is providing free lunches, in cooperation with the Washington County Arts Council, for all children ages 18 and younger.

The program runs weekdays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. through Thursday, Aug. 11 at the Arts Council, 41 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown.

The Summer Food Service Program is administered by the Maryland State Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

For required pre-registration, call the arts council at 301-791-3132.

Video production gets Award of Excellence

The Washington County Public Schools production "Stewards of Change: Making Progress, Making History" has received an Award of Excellence from the National School Public Relations Association in the 2005 Publications and Electronic Media Contest.

The production, which was created for the annual back-to-school staff and community communication for the 2004-05 school year, was one of 18 productions nationwide to receive the highest honor in the audio/visual category of the competition, according to a school system press release.

The video was produced by Public Information Officer Carol Mowen and was photographed and edited by John Jones, digital communications teacher at Washington County Technical High School, with script assistance provided by Wiliam Spinner. Students in the digital communications class took many of the still images and some of the video footage used in the production.

The NSPRA provides communication training, services and resources to school districts across the country. The production will be on display for viewing during the annual NSPRA seminar July 10 to 14 in Boston.

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