Student News

March 19, 2006

Lafayette College junior Michael McCormack of Hagerstown got an up-close, operating-room view of how broken bones are set and torn ligaments repaired during a recent externship at a medical school.

McCormack spent four days shadowing Lafayette alumnus Mark Butler, an orthopedic surgeon on the faculty of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, N.J. A biology major who aspires to become a physician, McCormack saw how doctors and medical students spend their days. He sat in on patient visits, observed surgeries, and watched residents practice performing operations in a lab.

He was among more than 275 Lafayette students who gained firsthand knowledge of the professional world during January's interim session in externships hosted by Lafayette alumni and other experienced professionals in business, the arts, education, healthcare, law, engineering, science, government, nonprofits and other fields.

"By going to a university hospital I was able to see everything, from being a student to running a practice," says McCormack. "It gave me an idea of what I would experience in medical school."


McCormack comes from a medical family. His father is an oncologist, his mother a nurse. He, too, plans to study oncology.

McCormack, a 2003 graduate of Saint James School, is the son of Dr. Michael Joseph McCormack and Diane Mary McCormack.

Bobbi Lynn Shanholtz, daughter of Bob and Carol Shanholtz of Waynesboro, Pa., earned Dean's List honors with a 3.96 grade-point average for the fall semester at Carlow University, where she a junior pursuing a bachelor's degree in nursing.

Shanholtz has been named to the Dean's List each semester at Carlow, and carries a cumulative GPA of 3.93.

She is a 2003 graduate of North Hagerstown High School.

On March 13, Frederick County Schools recognized junior National Honor Society members with a breakfast at Hood College.

The following St. John's at Prospect Hall junior NHS students were honored:

Katherine Bidinger. Elizabeth Corker, Tyler Cox, Sarah Crum, Kathryn Denney, Steven Duncan, Christopher Eyler, Katelyn Hammond, Mary Hayes, Juan Carlos Ilijic, Catherine Keller, Cortney Krauss, Stephanie Kurtyka, Melissa Lineburg,Thomas Luttrell, Luke Mancini, Rachel Marsteller, Heather Mazzie, Christyne McCutcheon, Claire Miller, Daniel Motherway, Elizabeth Negas, Timothy Petrie, Alanna Poole, Jennie Ritter, Rachel Smith, Troy Smith and Kelly Spelman.

One junior scholar from each school was also honored. Recognized from St. John's was Luke Mancini.

All county students with a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher were honored in a ceremony in the chapel at Hood College, followed by a reception on March 15.

St. John's students recognized were Elise Boyle, Anna Brock, Sarah Coulter, Nicole DeIuliis, Mark Eaton, Peter Frechette, Alejandra Fuster, Jessica Gillett, Dennis Harrington, Kathleen Haynos, John Hogan, Marjory Jones, Stephanie Marks, Job Merkel, Rachel Miller, Meredith Phelan, Ashton Rippeon, Scott Ritter, Kathleen Ruppert, Brittany Sigler, Phillip York, Amy Yu, Jonathan Traylor, Hak Sun Kim and Dong Hwan Lee.

One senior scholar from each school was recognized. The St. John's senior honored was John Hogan.

The following area students graduated from Pennsylvania State University at the conclusion of the fall 2005 semester (students attended the University Park, Pa., campus, unless otherwise noted):

Hagerstown - James M. Fortese, B.S., recreation and park management.

Frederick, Md. - Jessica L. Brubaker, B.A., history; Matthew C. Richter, B.S., mechanical engineering, with distinction.

Burkittsville, Md. - Terrence L. Connell, Altoona campus, two-year electrical engineering technology.

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