Student News

August 14, 2005

Melissa A. Conrad, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Victor L. Conrad of Hagerstown, graduated with honors from Towson University Graduate School, Towson, Md. on May 22. She received a Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology.

A 1998 graduate of Williamsport High School and a 2000 graduation of Hagers-town Community College, Conrad transferred to Towson University in the fall of 2000. She attended TU for three years in order to obtain a double major and graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. In the fall of 2003, Conrad was accepted into Towson University Graduate School to work toward a Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology.

At Towson, Conrad was a Dean's List student and had her biography published in The National Dean's List all five years of college. She became a lifetime member of the National Student Speech, Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA); the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society; the Golden Key International Honor Society; the National Society of Collegiate Scholars; and the Kappa Delta Sorority.


While attending Towson, Conrad worked as a volunteer at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore. She also assisted in the Applied Behavior Analysis for a young boy with autism. During her graduate school internship year, she worked as a speech pathologist with infants and toddlers for Baltimore County schools and in the Rehabilitation and Brain Injury Unit of Maryland General Hospital in Baltimore.

In early September, Conrad will begin work as a speech-language pathologist with Select Rehabilitation. Her primary facility will be Mariner Health of Catonsville, Md., but she occasionally will provide professional services to patients in other health-care, hospital and outpatient facilities in the Baltimore area.

The Class of August 2005 at the Franklin County Career and Technical Center Practical Nursing Program received diplomas at graduation ceremonies Aug. 4 at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Chambersburg, Pa.

The following graduates received awards in addition to their diplomas:

Brianna Grim, Chambersburg, the Florence Nightingale Award, given to the student who, in the opinion of the faculty, best exemplifies the true spirit of nursing.

Jennifer Harbaugh of Greencastle, Pa., the Clinical Practice Award, to the student excelling in clinical practice.

Patricia Colyott, Shippensburg, Pa., the Scholastic Award, to the student with the highest scholastic average for the entire year.

Heather DeSalle, Fort Loudon, Pa., the Respite/Geriatric Award, to the student excelling in respite care and geriatric nursing.

Also receiving diplomas were: Heidi Bailey, Newville, Pa.; Deborah Baker, Newville; Susan Bulger, Fayetteville, Pa.; Brooke Dyarman, Newville; Lynette Gelvin, Hustontown, Pa.; Bobby Hartman, Fort Loudon; Kelly Howell, Greencastle; Hannah Kosowski, Concord, Pa.; Elycia Krulock, Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Constance Landis, Cashtown, Pa.; Ashley Lawson, Chambersburg; Mary Lee, Mechanicsburg; Tona Lessley, Orbisonia, Pa.; Heather McCauslin, Newville; Cassandra Smith, Pleasant Hall, Pa.; Teresa Startzman, Hagerstown; Traci Walls, St. Thomas, Pa.; Erin Wiley, Chambersburg.

The following Washington County students have received scholarships to study at Frostburg State University, Frostburg, Md.:

Jonathon Beattie of Hagers-town, son of Patrice M. Davis, received a Music Endowed Aden Lewis Scholarship. A graduate of South Hagerstown High School, Beattie majors in music education and minors in philosophy. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Honor Club, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble Brass and Low Brass Ensemble and lacrosse team. He was part of the G.O.L.D. Learning Community.

Travis Bennett of Hagers-town, son of Kevin and Brenda Bennett, received a Hedrick Business Scholarship. A graduate of Clear Spring High School, Bennett majors in business administration and minors in computer science. He is a member of Sigma Beta Delta, Phi Eta Sigma and Catholic Campus Ministry, a volunteer at the March of Dimes and he received departmental honors.

Johanna Eckhart of Williamsport, daughter of Gregory and Lisa Eckhart, received a Francis A. Kenney Jr. and Lena Georg Kenney Graduate Extension Scholarship and an Eleanor Porter Tennant Scholarship. A graduate of Williamsport High School, Eckhart is obtaining her master's degree in reading with a minor in music. She is a member of Phi Delta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma, the Dean's List, church choir and the Maryland Student Education Association. She was also awarded the Hilda Holt Gellner Scholarship, was a graduate assistant at the children's literature center and was part of the University Chorale Collegium Musicum Opera Workshop.

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