Student News

October 02, 2005

Amanda Martin, a student at Western Heights Middle School, took part in accepted into the People to People World Leadership Forum.

Amanda joined a select group of students in Washington, D.C., Sept. 19-25 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, Amanda examined the characteristics of American leadership during times of national challenge and prosperity. Forum delegates also participated in small group discussions and exercises to experience firsthand how successful leaders develop strategies, make decisions, build consensus and foster change.

Amanda was nominated and accepted 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.


Rebecca Surgeon of Hagerstown, a senior at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College majoring in biochemistry, has been named a College Scholar.

A College Scholar is a currently enrolled full-time student who, having completed at least 60 credits in consecutive semesters of full-time study at Elizabethtown, has achieved a cumulative grade-point average of 3.75 or higher. Scholars are identified at the end of the spring term and are recognized at Convocation at the beginning of the following academic year.

Katie Barnhart has been selected to attend the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C., Oct. 4-9. NYLC is the premier leadership program in the country designed to distinguish the nation's top 1 percent of high school scholars for their scholastic merit and demonstrated leadership ability.

For six days, Katie will have the opportunity to witness our nation's democracy in action and to interact with many of today's leaders from Congress, the diplomatic corps, the executive branch and the national news media. She will go behind the scenes and receive an insider's view of Washington and the public policy process.

Katie will have the opportunity to strengthen her leadership abilities, her creativity, and to understand the rights and responsibilities of all Americans. She will also examine actual Supreme Court cases and culminate the conference with the Model Congress, where participants assume the roles of U.S. Representatives and debate, amend and vote on proposed mock legislation.

College admissions counselors will also be available to discuss such things as choosing the right college, the college application, the college essay and letters of recommendation.

Katie is an 11th grade student at Greencastle-Antrim High School. She maintains a straight A average along with being a member and treasurer of Student Council, and a peer tutor, and she participates in Big Brothers/Big Sisters. She has also been a teacher's helper in the Greencastle-Antrim Elementary School.

Katie is the daughter of Marylou and Steve Barnhart and lives with her parents and two brothers, Zach and Matt, in Greencastle.

Junior Chearod Britton has been promoted to the top leadership ranks of the Air Force Junior ROTC detachment at Randolph-Macon Academy, Front Royal, Va. Chearod is the son of Sharon and Walter Bishop Jr. of Hagerstown.

Chearod was awarded the rank of cadet master sergeant, with the position of NCOIC (noncommissioned officer-in-charge) Band Operations. Only students with records of strong academics and leadership abilities are eligible for the academy's cadet officer and noncommissioned officer ranks.

Chearod has been involved in many activities, including band, lacrosse, and soccer. He has also been active in community service. Chearod is a recipient of the Jack and Georgina J. Grant Scholarship. He has been awarded the Military Band Festival Medal, the Tuskegee Airman Award, the Biology Academic Achievement Award, and the JV Soccer Most Improved Player Award.

Dr. Dawn Blitz, daughter of Carolyn and Ron Blitz of Hagerstown, has accepted a position as research associate at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Her research will focus on how the same part of the nervous system can produce multiple behaviors and how sensory signals select a particular one; for example, walking vs. running. Previously, she had been doing research on the visual system at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Blitz earned her Ph.D. and was awarded the Weingrad and Louis B. Flexner awards in neuroscience at Penn. Since then, she has had several papers published in the Journal of Neuroscience. She has taught classes at Woods Hole, Harvard and Penn.

Shepherd University juniors and Jefferson High School graduates Seth Fritts and Justin Blanc are the recipients of the 2005-06 Jefferson County Historical Society Scholarship.

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