Student news

August 06, 2006

The Hagerstown branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) has awarded scholarships to 18 Washington County students for the 2006-07 school year. Five of the recipients graduated from high school this spring.

They are Anna Lenhart, a North Hagerstown High School graduate, who is planning to attend Carnegie Mellon University; Elisabeth Danner, from Smithsburg High School, attending Horry-Georgetown Technical College; Laura Forsythe from Williamsport High School, attending Messiah College; Hannah Smith from Clear Spring High School, attending Virginia Tech; and Kathryn Reichard, also from Clear Spring, attending Hood College.

Thirteen scholarships are being awarded to students who received them last year and are still in college. They include Jennifer Dandy, a 2003 graduate from Smithsburg High, attending Messiah College; Ashley Keeney, a 2003 Clear Spring graduate going to Mount St. Mary's University; Robin Myers, also a 2003 Clear Spring graduate, attending Lancaster General College of Nursing & Health Sciences.


From the class of 2004: Anna Binau, a graduate of St. Maria Goretti High, attending Mount St. Mary's; Karen Gehr, a Clear Spring High graduate going to James Madison University; Sherri Bryan, also from Clear Spring, attending Hagerstown Community College; Jonathan Beattie, from South Hagerstown High, going to Frostburg State University; and Wayne Keefer, a Hancock Middle-Senior High graduate, attending Hagerstown Community College.

From the Class of 2005: Melissa Ankeney, a graduate of Clear Spring High School, attending Villa Julie College; Hannah Vargason, a Boonsboro High graduate, attending Mary Baldwin College; Krysten Mesner, a graduate of North Hagerstown High, attending the University of Maryland at College Park; Nina Chiaruttini, a Hancock Middle-Senior High School graduate, going to Hagerstown Community College, and Kevin Motz, also from North High, attending Villa Julie College.

Scholarship money comes from the proceeds of the AAUW annual used book sales. The group's fall sale will be held Nov. 2-4 at the E.J. Fennel Building, 324 E. Antietam St., Hagerstown. The 2007 spring sale will be held at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center on Sharpsburg Pike, April 25-29.

Building robots, studying aquatic organisms and using infrared imaging might not sound like a summer vacation. But that's exactly how a group of high school students and teachers spent theirs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. For two weeks in July, the select group took a break from summer vacation to learn from some of the world's best scientists.

Hailing from New York to Alabama, 54 hand-picked students and teachers came to Oak Ridge from 11 different Appalachian states to experience the cutting edge of science and technology. In its 17th year, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)/ORNL 2006 Math-Science-Technology Summer Institute ran July 8-21. Administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, the program gave students and teachers a chance to have fun and conduct research in one of the country's most renowned national laboratories.

During this year's activities, the 44 students divided into eight research groups led by mentors from among ORNL's research staff.

Michael Digman, a senior at North Hagerstown High School, worked with a group of other students to build their own robots out of Legos. Digman and his team programmed the robots and put their work to the test in a customized obstacle course. He said his favorite parts of the ARC-ORNL program were "the challenges imposed on us by our robotics director."

"Every problem could only be solved using creativity and wit," Digman said.

Each of the student participants in the institute were nominated by their state governors and chosen by ARC based on their academic and leadership potential. Teachers were selected for their dedication to classroom instruction and will have the opportunity to share their experiences in the summer program with colleagues and future students.

Ashley M. Reeder, a current Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate student at the University of Tennessee, recently received the June Gorski Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate academic excellence and partake in community health initiatives.

She was also awarded Advisor of the Year on the UT campus. Reeder serves as an Assistant Hall Director and is a 2001 graduate of Boonsboro High School. Her parents are Cindy and Nelson Reeder.

Kevin M. Bigelow, son of Bill and Ginger Bigelow of Boonsboro, graduated from the School of Human Ecology at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., with a Bachelor of Science degree in policy analysis and management.

Bigelow was also a Cornell Tradition Fellow. He is employed with Johnson & Johnson in Jacksonviille, Fla., where he lives with his wife, Jennifer (Frey) Bigelow.

Karen Elizabeth Daley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Prince of Hagerstown, graduated from Pensacola Christian College, Pensacola, Fla., May 10 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music with a concentration in piano pedagogy.

Daley was also named to the Dean's List for the spring semester. She will be giving private piano instruction in the fall.

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