Student news

August 28, 2005

Travis G. Brown, son of Greg and Tammy Brown of Hagerstown, graduated from the Maryland State Police Academy on April 21 and is serving in the Forestville area of Prince George's County.

Brown, 21, graduated in 2002 from Williamsport High School, where he was captain of the football and wrestling teams. Upon graduation he was selected and hired as a cadet in the Maryland State Police program until entering the State Police Academy in October 2004.

During his six-month stay at the academy in Sykesville, Md., he pursued his associate's degree from Frederick Community College and graduated with honors on May 20.

Benjamin Douglas McAbee was named to the Dean's List at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, for the spring 2005 semester.

He is a 2003 graduate of North Hagerstown High School and has a double major in economics and applied mathematics, with a minor in business. He is also a starter on the Hopkins varsity soccer team.


McAbee is the son of Douglas and Grazyna McAbee.

Marylynn Lukefahr, a pre-veterinary medicine major, has enrolled as a freshman at the University of Findlay in Ohio for the 2005-06 academic year.

A 2005 graduate of Boonsboro High School, she was awarded the President's Scholarship from the university. She is the daughter of Mack and Meridorothy Shumate.

Brian Lucas Shrader has been accepted as a student of Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Fla., as a Governors Scholar.

Shrader was a member of the class of 2000 at North Hagerstown High School, and attended the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla., on the George E. Merrick Scholarship. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in marine affairs with minors in economics and English in 2004.

While attending Miami, Shrader served one term as Grand Scribe of Epsilon Beta Chapter of Kappa Sigma and two terms as Grand Master (President). He also served a term as Interfraternity Council president. He served on the Greek Week Executive Board, held the position of publicity chairman of the Rathskeller Advisory Board and was site leader of the Hurricanes Help the Hometown committee. He was a member of the Surfrider Foundation. Shrader also helped organize, promote and execute the university's Funday Program for the physically challenged. He also held a seat on the city council of Coral Gables, serving on the Public Relations Committee.

Shrader was the invited guest of Dr. Patricia A. Whitely, vice president, Division of Student Affairs, to attend the 2004 presidential debate on the Miami campus.

Shrader received the following awards while attending the University of Miami: Ludavici Family Grand Master Scholarship, Kappa Sigma Endowment Fund scholarship, Ernest W. Kent Scholarship, Greater Miami Area Kappa Sigma Alumni Association Man of the Year, Ritual Proficiency Awards, Benton C. de la Houssaye Award for Scholarship and Leadership, and various awards from honor societies.

He also held the following positions: Rosiensteal School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Research Assistant, Department of the Environmental Protection Field Research Director, city of Key West Research Assistant and University of Miami School of Law Research Intern.

Shrader is the son of Brian L. Shrader and Dee Lucas Stevenson. He is also the grandson of Ned and Betty Lucas, Norma Shrader, and the late William Shrader.

Elizabeth Smith, a student at Springfield Middle School, has been accepted into the People to People World Leadership Forum. She will join a select group of students in Washington, D.C., February 27-March 5, 2006, to earn high school credit while studying leadership and exploring some of the United States' most prominent monuments and institutions.

From Capitol Hill to the Smithsonian Institution, and from colonial Williamsburg to the National Museum of American History, Elizabeth will examine the characteristics of American leadership during times of national challenge and prosperity. Forum delegates will also participate in small-group discussions and exercises to experience firsthand how successful leaders develop strategies, make decisions, build consensus, and foster change.

She was chosen for the honor based on outstanding scholastic merit, civic involvement and leadership potential.

The program is coordinated by People to People Student Ambassador Programs to fulfill the vision Dwight D. Eisenhower had for fostering world citizenship when he founded People to People during his presidency in 1956.

Elizabeth is the daughter of Craig and Lisa Smith of Williamsport.

Katie L. Madsen of Williamsport, daughter of Jim and Becky Madsen, was named to the Dean's List at Towson University for the spring 2005 semester. A 2002 graduate of Williamsport High School and a 2004 graduate of Hagerstown Community College, she is majoring in early childhood education.

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