Student News

October 23, 2005

The College Board's National Hispanic Recognition Program has recognized Christian Desrosiers of Waynesboro, Pa., a senior at Saint James School, as a scholar.

Receiving honorable mention was Alex Silva of Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Desrosiers and Silva were among 4,800 students recognized by the program. They qualified by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test as high school juniors and by identifying themselves as Hispanic.

The National Hispanic Recognition Program, established in 1983, is a College Board program that provides national recognition of the exceptional academic achievements of Hispanic high school seniors and identifies them for postsecondary institutions.

Benjamin Stapleford, 12, of Mercersburg, Pa., will attend the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C., Nov. 12-18. He was nominated to participate in this event by one of his classroom teachers.


Benjamin will be among more than 200 outstanding middle-school students from across the United States to take part in the conference. Themed The Legacy of American Leadership, the conference introduces young people to the rich tradition of leadership throughout American history, while helping them develop their own leadership skills.

Participants will take part in educational activities and presentations, as well as meet with elected officials and key Congressional staff members on Capitol Hill. They will also visit such historic sites as Williamsburg, Va.; Harpers Ferry, W.Va.; the National Museum of American History and Washington, D.C.'s monuments and memorials.

Benjamin is a seventh-grade honor student at James Buchanan Middle School. He plays tuba in the school band and sings in the seventh-grade chorus, which he also serves as piano accompanist. He plays defender on the TSE Titans soccer team and is active with St. John's Lutheran Church, Mercersburg, where he is president of the acolytes group. He has a special interest in World War II history.

Benjamin is the son of Dr. Thomas and Lisa Stapleford. His grandparents are the Rev. and Mrs. Paul Luebbe of Chambersburg, Pa., and Dr. and Mrs. Edmund Stapleford of Waynesboro, Pa.

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