Student news

March 12, 2006

Heritage Academy sixth-grade student Daniel Williams recently attended the JrNYLC, the Junior National Young Leaders Conference, held in Washington, D.C.

Danny is the 11-year-old son of Steven and Minan Williams of Maugansville. Danny attended the JrNYLC from Feb. 19-24. He was nominated by his teacher, Lori Clark.

During the six-day program, participants took part in educational activities and presentations, and met with elected officials and key Congressional staff members on Capitol Hill. Participants also visited historical sites such as Colonial Williamsburg, Harpers Ferry, the National Museum of American History, and Washington, D.C.'s, monuments and memorials.

In addition to examining notable U.S. leaders and historic figures, students studied the impact of leadership throughout critical periods of American history, including the Civil War and Reconstruction, World War II, the Great Depression and the civil rights movement.


Each year for the past 15 years, the Maugansville Ruritan Club has sponsored an essay contest for the fifth-grade students at Maugansville Elementary School. This year's topic was "What Democracy Means To Me." Student winners, along with their parents, fifth-grade teachers, and school principal, were honored at the monthly dinner meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 15.

Students were asked to present their winning essays to the club, and they then received a U.S. savings bond for their winning essays.

The first-place winner, John Britton, won a $100 savings bond. Second-place winner Emma Gist received a $75 savings bond. Third-place winner Lacey Cochran won a $50 savings bond.

The students' parents and fifth-grade teachers Kathleen Martin, Kyle Dingle and Catherine Grantham were introduced. Principal Deborah Favinger thanked the club for their continuous support of programs at Maugansville Elementary School for many years.

Cayla Bollinger, daughter of David and Shelba Bollinger of Sabillasville, Md., was recently inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi international honor society at Salisbury University, Salisbury, Md.

Phi Kappa Phi fosters and recognizes outstanding scholarship in students from all areas of instruction. Juniors and seniors invited to membership must rank in the upper brackets of their graduating classes.

Jenna L. Shenk of Hagerstown was named to the Dean's List for the fall of 2005 at Geneva College, Beaver Falls, Pa. Dean's List status is awarded to students who earn a 3.6 grade-point average or better.

Shenk, the daughter of Jerry and Julie Shenk, is a senior majoring in biology.

Two Mercersburg, Pa., students were named to the Dean's List for the fall 2005 semester at Millersville University of Pennsylvania.

Lynette S. Myers and Desiree N. Robinson both achieved grade-point averages of between 3.5 and 4.0.

Bonnie Marie Kaas was named to the Dean's List at Ursinus College, Collegeville, Pa., for the fall 2005 semester. A resident of Myersville, Md., Kaas is a member of the Class of 2009. She is a science major.

Hagerstown Business College announces the graduate students for the fall 2005 term, which ended Jan. 14, 2006.

Ruth Bikle, Beth Ann Carpegna, Nichole Deloso, Kristine M. Donato, Charlou Eby, Christel Renee Frazier, Dena M. French, Sara Grace, Deborah J. Hawks, Dawn Marie Hutzell, Dawn M. Jones, Amanda McClanathan, Roberta K. Morrison, Hazel Myers, Florence Olajide, Angela Oldham, Christina A. Sisk, Jeannie Stangel and Mary R. Young.

Giving up a week of soaking up sun on the beach and relaxation, 16 Bridgewater College students planned to instead volunteer as construction workers for Habitat's Collegiate Challenge Spring Break 2006.

The 16 students, accompanied by Dr. Tim Brazill, assistant professor of sociology, criminology and criminal justice, were to leave for Johns Island, S.C., on Sunday, March 5, and return to campus on Saturday, March 11.

The group was to work with the Sea Island Habitat for Humanity affiliate, to frame four Habitat houses and to help sell donated items in their store. Students from Valparaiso (Ind.) University, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. and Widener University in Chester, Pa. were to work with the Bridgewater group.

Jessica Powers, a sophomore psychology major from Hagerstown, made her second trip, having previously traveled to Spartanburg, S.C. Powers said the physical work was rewarding and fun, but it was the interaction with the family who will be living in the house that made the experience unforgettable. Powers said they received a letter from the new owner on the last day there. "This letter makes me so happy and grateful for what I have," said Powers. "It made me think, and appreciate what my parents have worked so hard to give me."

To raise money for the trip and awareness about homelessness, students from Bridgewater spent 12 hours in cardboard boxes on the campus mall on Friday, Feb. 24.

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