School briefs

July 10, 2006

Technical High School students participate in national event

Three Washington County Technical High School students performed well at the National SkillsUSA Competition in Kansas City, Mo., according to a Washington County Public Schools press release.

The team of Derek Flood and Patrick Breakall finished seventh in the Web Design competition, and D.J. Hamrick finished 26th in the nation in the Automotive Service competition, according to the release.

The Web design competition required participants to create a Web site for the Energy World Foundation in 6 1/2 hours, with the top finisher's design becoming the organization's official Web site.

The automotive competition involved more than seven hours of testing and assessment.

SkillsUSA is an organization that serves high school and college students who are preparing for careers in skilled technical and service occupations.


Whitetail Resort awards scholarships to staff members

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Whitetail Resort has announced scholarship awards for eight staff members who are graduating high school seniors or college students.

The high school recipients are:

· Traci Cordell of Clear Spring High School

· Myles Shank of Greencastle-Antrim High School

· Brittney Miller of Chambersburg Area Senior High School

· Charles Mease of James Buchanan High School

· Meredith Johnson of Heritage Academy

The college recipients are:

· Sarah Behe of Shippensburg University

· Meagan Meyers of Virginia Polytechnic Institute

· Jack Beaton of the University of Michigan

Each student will receive $500.

The scholarships are based on scholastic achievement and Whitetail's "STEEP" values - safety, teamwork, enthusiasm, efficiency and professionalism.

National Governors Association urges students to apply for grants

The National Governors Association is urging Pell-Grant eligible students to apply for new Academic Competitiveness and National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) grants.

Academic Competitiveness grants offer students who have completed "a rigorous course of study in high school" up to $750 during their freshman year of college and up to $1,300 during their sophomore year, according to a press release issued by the National Governors Association.

College juniors and seniors who are eligible for SMART grants automatically will receive up to $4,000 in additional aid next year, according to the National Governors Association.

To receive a SMART grant, students must major in "designated science, technology, math or critical foreign languages" and maintain a grade-point average of at least 3.0, according to the press release.

For information, call 800-433-3243 or go to

African American Scholars scholarship deadline is July 31

The deadline to apply for $2,000 African American Scholars Program scholarships is July 31.

The scholarships, which are funded by the United Health Foundation and PacifiCare Foundation, are offered to African-American graduating high school seniors and college students pursuing careers in the health-care industry.

Applicants must have a grade-point average of at least 3.0 and live in or attend schools in Maryland, California, Georgia or Texas for the 2006-07 school year.

To download an application, go to

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