Student news

May 14, 2006

The United States Achievement Academy has announced that Brandon Boger of Hagerstown has been recognized for academic achievement as a United States National Honor Student Award winner.

Brandon, who attends Washington County Technical High School, will appear in the United States Achievement Academy's official yearbook, which is published nationally.

The USAA National Honor Student Awards provide honor students with many benefits and services, and is a great tribute to a student's dedication, talent and ability.

Brandon is the son of Eric and Michelle Boger of Hagerstown. His grandparents are Dow and Tamara Hoffman of Hagerstown.

The Washington County Retired Educational Personnel Association (WCREPA) announced its three $1,000 scholarship winners at its spring luncheon on May 5.


Brandon Brown of North Hagerstown High School will attend Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. He will study aerospace engineering, with the long-range goal of teaching mathematics or engineering at an accredited college or university. Brandon is the son of Barry and Maria Brown.

Lester Trovinger of Smithsburg High School will attend the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He will be a pre-med major. Lester is the son of Mark and Chen Trovinger.

Jennifer Willison of Hancock High School will attend Hood College in Frederick, Md. as a pre-med major. She is the daughter of William and Carol Willison.

Peter Lang, a student at Boonsboro Middle School, has been accepted into the Summer Space Science Program for the Talented and Gifted at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics in Columbia, Md.

Shepherd University students Katie Cantler, Linda Fasulo and Nathaniel Hirsch have been named to the 2006 edition of Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

Cantler is the daughter of Rodney and Debi Cantler of Hagerstown. She is a senior elementary education major and a Dean's List student. Cantler is a member of the Student Government Association, Kappa Delta Pi honor fraternity, Shepherd Education Student Association, and Sigma Sigma Sigma social sorority, and receives the Knipe and Shank scholarships.

Fasulo is the daughter of Michael and Katherine Fasulo of Sharpsburg. A senior social work major, she is a member of Alpha Kappa Delta sociology honor society, Phi Kappa Phi honor society, and the Social Work Association. Fasulo receives the Baby Knott and Robert Rissler scholarships.

Hirsch is the son of Frederic and Valerie Hirsch of Hagerstown. He is a 2001 graduate of Broadfording Christian Academy and a senior elementary education major. Hirsch is a Dean's List student, a McMurran Scholar, and a member of Kappa Delta Pi education honor society and Phi Kappa Phi national honor society.

Students are selected for listing in the publication based on academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities, and the potential for continued success. Students are chosen from more than 2,300 institutions of higher learning in the United States and several foreign nations.

Shepherd University student Jennifer Ryan of Sharpsburg received a NASA Scholarship at a recent award ceremony held for students in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Shepherd University.

Ryan is married to Matthew Ryan and is a junior environmental studies major.

To be eligible for a NASA scholarship, a student must be a full-time science, mathematics or engineering major; provide evidence of academic achievement such as a high GPA, and high ACT or SAT; be a U.S. citizen; and exhibit a desire to pursue a career in science or engineering.

Students were required to include a description of their proposed research, including background and objectives, a budget sheet for proposed activities, importance of the research, proposed timeline, and description of how this research aligns with the mission of NASA. Students also must submit a letter of support from a research supervisor, detailing their research.

Karly Logsdon, a ninth-grade student at Hancock Middle-Senior High School, has been selected as one of six young women honored in the State of Maryland as a Woman of Tomorrow. Renee Christensen, Washington County Public Schools counselor, nominated her for the award.

Christensen wrote in her nomination: "Karly Logsdon is a young woman on a journey to impact our world. Her strong belief that to whom much is given much will be required inspires her daily decisions. This young lady exhibits character, morality and talent. Once a person meets Karly Logsdon, the realization emerges that the future is in good hands."

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