Education briefs

September 05, 2005

Hagerstown woman graduates from Hood College

Mary Elizabeth Ellen Moore, daughter of Dan and Vicki Moore of Hagerstown, graduated from Hood College in Frederick, Md. on May 22.

Moore received a bachelor of arts degree in management.

Moore is a graduate of South Hagerstown High School and Hagerstown Community College. She is pursuing a career in sales and management and will continue her education in the fall, studying for a master's degree in marketing.

St. Maria Goretti graduate receives French award

The American Association of Teachers of French announces that Erica Skipton of St. Maria Goretti High School has received a 2005 AATF Outstanding High School Senior in French Award.

Skipton has participated in study abroad, competed in the National French Contest, is an officer of the French Club, has participated in National French Week activities, and is a member of the National French Honor Society. She has studied French for four years and is the student of Lisa A. Younkins.


The award is made annually to a graduating senior who has demonstrated excellence in the study of French, as well as exceptional commitment to the French language and the many cultures where it is spoken. Recipients must have completed at least three years of French study at the time of graduation and be non-native speakers of French.

The AATF was founded in 1927 and has as its mission the promotion of the study of French language and French-speaking literatures and cultures at all levels.

Washington County schools receive certificates of merit

The Washington County Health Department recognized six Washington County schools as the first recipients of certificates of merit.

Clear Spring, Lincolnshire, Paramount and Williamsport elementary schools, E. Russell Hicks Middle School and North Hagerstown High School received the certificates. All six schools have received perfect inspection scores for the last three years.

The awards, given for outstanding accomplishment in food service sanitation, were presented last month. during a special recognition in the Board of Education auditorium.

Routine food service inspections cover a wide range of both environmental and behavioral factors and include not only cleanliness and equipment/facility maintenance, but also operator knowledge and food-handling practices.

The school system operates 43 cafeterias and food preparation facilities throughout the county and historically has worked closely with inspectors to maintain high standards of sanitation, according to Jeff Reed, Health Department food service supervisor.

Patel gets doctor of medicine degree from St. George's

Kanak Patel, of Hagerstown, was awarded the degree of doctor of medicine by St. George's University, School of Medicine, during a ceremony June 12 at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center in New York City.

St. George's University is an international center of education whose primary campus is located on the island nation of Grenada, West Indies.

Patel will be performing his residency in Internal Medicine at Sound Shore Medical Center in Westchester, N.Y.

Patel is the son of Ramesh and Hansa Patel of Hagerstown, Maryland. His father is the CEO of Mellott Enterprises. He has one sister, Milan Patel, who is a doctor.

Salute to Education celebrated at Hagerstown Suns game

A Salute To Education was the theme at Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown Aug. 21 as Washington County Public Schools partnered with the Hagerstown Suns.

Special pregame ceremonies included remarks by Superintendent of Schools Elizabeth Morgan and Board of Education President Paul Bailey.

During the game between the Suns and the Asheville Tourists, a number of prizes were awarded.

Bus driver Tansey Burkett was the grand prize recipient, winning a computer from Dell Computers.

Menno Haven awards education scholarships

The children of two Menno Haven Retirement Communities employees recently won education scholarships by writing the best essays to win the J. Kermit and Anna B. Meals 2005 Essay Contest.

Jenna Wingert, daughter of Betty Wingert, NA at Menno Village, won first place and will receive $1,500 paid to the educational facility of her choice for her essay titled "Happier Means Healthier."

Kaitlin Shadle, daughter of Steve Shadle, business office director, won second place and will receive $100. Her essay was titled "Animal Assisted Activities."

The awards were presented at the Menno Village town meeting in August.

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