Student news 7/3/05

July 03, 2005

Seven local students were recently recognized for academic excellence during the past year at the annual honors convocation at Hood College, Frederick, Md.

Lauren Anderson of Hagers-town was awarded the Jane D. McCarrell Prize, awarded annually to a junior or senior who has shown excellence, interest and progress in biology. Anderson, who graduated in May, was an environmental science and policy major and plans to study marine sciences in graduate school.

Jessica Baer of Hagerstown was awarded the Elizabeth B. Bower Prize, awarded each year to an outstanding chemistry student. Baer, a senior chemistry major with a minor in Web development, has demonstrated excellence in the classroom and research lab.

Yee Cho and Joshua Ramsburg, both of Hagerstown, were awarded the Charlotte A. Moran Prize, awarded to students who show outstanding achievement in intermediate French and who plan to pursue additional studies in French. Cho, a freshman, plans to major in French and to study in France during her junior year.


Ramsburg, a junior, is a psychology major and will study in Toulouse, France, in fall 2006.

Vanessa Eccard, a junior from Smithsburg, was awarded the Biology Faculty Award, created to honor a student demonstrating excellence in biology. Following her graduation from Hood, Eccard plans to work in a lab researching infectious diseases.

Melanie E. Howell of Sabillasville, Md., was awarded the Marion MacPhail Prize, given annually in recognition of proficiency in the Spanish language, to a senior Spanish major who is not a native Spanish speaker and has not lived in a Spanish-speaking country for more than three months prior to attending Hood. Howell, who graduated in May, majored in German and Spanish. She has studied abroad in Heidelberg, Germany, and Salamanca, Spain.

Jolena Lee of Hagerstown was awarded the Art Club of Frederick Prize, presented annually to a student who has demonstrated excellence in studio art during the past academic year, and the Anna Louise Remsen Prize, awarded to a junior or senior who maintains a high standard of work in fine and applied art. Lee, who graduated in May with a bachelor's degree in English, received the Art Club award for her drawing, "Strength of Friendship," and the Remson award for a series of drawings that explored the bonds of friendship and travel.

Three Hagerstown residents have been named to the spring semester dean's list at Radford University, Radford, Va.

They are Amber Lee Cronise, junior fashion design major; Meghan Elizabeth O'Brien, senior political science major, and Kyle Christopher Williams, senior information sciences and systems.

Danielle Holtzman of Waynesboro, Pa., graduated magna cum laude from Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, Pa., with a bachelor's degree in accounting and business administration.

She is the daughter of Jeanne and Bryan Wilhide and Michael Holtzman.

Two Frederick, Md., students at Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa., were recently inducted into the National Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society for First Year Students.

Jennifer Reine Lloyd Langston, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Langston, is a rising sophomore and a graduate of Gov. Thomas Johnson High School.

Catharine Marie Quirk, daughter of Kevin and Cathy Quirk, is a rising sophomore and a graduate of Frederick High School.

The following area graduates received their Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degrees from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine on the campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va..

Deanna-Madden Becker is the wife of Jason Becker of Hagerstown and the daughter of Stephen and Linda Madden, also of Hagerstown. Dr. Becker is a 1991 graduate of St. Maria Goretti High School and a 1995 graduate of McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College) in Westminster, Md. She has chosen to practice small animal and exotic animal medicine and has a special interest in avian medicine. She has joined Dr. Dennis McCullough and Dr. Emily Shew at the Waynesboro Veterinary Clinic in Waynesboro, Pa.

Christopher Leasure is the son of William and Sharon Leasure of Williamsport. Dr. Leasure is a 1997 graduate of Grace Academy, a 1999 graduate of Hagerstown Community College and a 2001 graduate of University of Maryland in College Park. He has chosen to pursue postgraduate training in small animal internal medicine, surgery, and emergency medicine. After a yearlong internship at VCAVeterinary Referral Associates in Gaithersburg, Md., he will complete a three-year residency in small animal surgery and become a surgical specialist.

Heather Beach of Hagerstown received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.

The following Washington County students at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va., were named to the Dean's List for the spring 2005 semester:L

Amanda R. Lee of Hagerstown is a senior majoring in marketing management in the Pamplin College of Business.

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