Students Aug. 7

August 07, 2005

Erin Elizabeth Ryan, daughter of Stephen and Deborah Ryan of Hagerstown, graduated from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pa., with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree on May 14.

Her photography was recently selected to be featured at the 10th Annual Emerging Artists Exhibition at the Art Forms Gallery in Manayunk, Pa. This exhibition featured the works of one graduating artist from each of the local Philadelphia colleges and universities.

Ryan was a 2001 graduate of St. Maria Goretti High School and was The Herald-Mail's 2000 Girls Soccer Player of the Year. She was a four-year member of the women's soccer team at St. Joseph's, and helped the LadyHawks reach the Atlantic 10 postseason tournament for the first time in the school's history in the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

She will continue her education this fall, pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Design.


Robert Bernard Dennis of Keedysville has been awarded a 25 percent reduced tuition scholarship to attend Hagerstown Business College.

A 2005 graduate of Washington County Technical High School, Dennis is majoring in graphic design at HBC. He is the son of Gail Dennis.

Two area students have been awarded scholarships by Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, Pa., for the 2005-06 academic year.

Sarah W. Post, daughter of David and Karen Post of Hagerstown, received a Renetta F. Heiss Scholarship for junior students enrolled in business information systems or business education programs.

Post, a junior majoring in management information systems and human resource management, is a 2002 graduate of Smithsburg High School.

Bobb Shank Jr., son of Robert and Rene Shank of Waynesboro, Pa., received the Lynn G. and Evelyn R. Walck Memorial Scholarship, awarded to incoming full-time freshmen who achieved a minimum score of 1200 out of 1600 on the SAT and graduated in the upper 10 percent of their high school class.

Shank, a freshman majoring in secondary education/business, is a 2004 graduate of Waynesboro Area Senior High School.

John Claybon II, son of Joann and John Claybon Sr. of Hagerstown, was recognized as an Honor Student on the Dean's List at Baltimore International College in Baltimore.

Claybon, a 2000 graduate of Washington County Technical High School, began his studies at Baltimore International in September 2004. He plans to receive an associate's degree in culinary arts with a specialty in cooking and baking in August 2006.

He recently won a silver medal for placing second among 150 participants in a culinary contest. As a result of his ability and achievements, he hopes to be among the students selected to travel to Ireland for a five-week internship. His goal is to own and operate a deli.

The following Washington County students were named to the Dean's List at Villa Julie College, Baltimore, for the spring 2005 semester:

Trent Semler of Boonsboro, Brittany Shoaf and Aaron Messer of Hagerstown, Alicia Barnard of Hancock and Kevin Walla of Keedysville.

Two Franklin County, Pa., students received academic honors for the spring 2005 semester at Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pa.

Jessica Marie Nonemaker, daughter of Daniel and Mitzi Nonemaker of Fayetteville, Pa., was named to the Honors List for achieving a grade-point average of 3.7 or better. A sophomore majoring in economics and minoring in international relations, she is a 2002 graduate of Mercersburg Academy.

Jonathan Paul Brailler, son of Cheryl Dillon of Chambersburg, Pa., was named to the Dean's List for achieving a grade-point average of 3.25 or higher. A sophomore majoring in business, organizations and society, he is a 2003 graduate of Mercersburg Academy.

Brandon M. Scuffins of Hagerstown participated in a summer research project at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pa.

A senior majoring in physics, Scuffins is the son of Galen and Cathy Scuffins and is a 2002 graduate of Williamsport High School.

Scuffins' research, "Cubic Phase Formation in Lipids Systems and Membrane Protein Crystallization," was conducted with Bucknell professor of physics Beth Cunningham, and studied membrane protein crystallization, specifically by using lipid bilayers in repeating cubic patterns.

Scuffins is a member of Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity.

David F. Reeder, Ed.D., of Greencastle, Pa., graduated with a doctorate in education from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa., on May 7.

Reeder was raised on a dairy farm in the Mercersburg, Pa., area. He graduated in 1975 from James Buchanan High School and completed his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees at Shippensburg University.

Reeder has served students in the Washington County public school system for the past 26 years as a teacher, assistant principal, middle school principal and high school principal.

Reeder is the son of George and Lenore Reeder, formerly of Mercersburg. He lives in Greencastle with his wife, Rhonda, and his daughter, Laura.

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