Student news

August 20, 2006

Holly Gindlesperger, a nurse at Menno Haven Penn Hall, was recently named the 2006 Elaine S. Sheppard Memorial Scholarship receipient.

The $1,000 award is given annually and can be used at a school of Gindlesperger's choice, including books or childcare to help with expenses of continuing her nursing career.

Gindelsperger began her Menno Haven employment in the Dietary department in 2003 while attending Chambersburg Area Senior High School. Her high school studies included the college preparatory curriculum as well as the Allied Health Career program at the Franklin County Career and Technology Center.

She obtained her certified Nursing Assistant training through the Allied HealthCare program and became a certified Nursing Assistant in October 2004. She transferred from the dietary department to the Penn Hall Nursing department in November of 2004.


Gindlesperger is enrolled in the Registered Nursing Associate Degree program at the Penn State Mont Alto campus. She plans to graduate in the spring of 2007.

Paul and Beth Luka established the scholarship in memory of Beth's mother, Elaine S. Sheppard, in appreciation of the services of the Penn Hall staff to Mrs. Sheppard, a resident of Penn Hall. Eligibility is extended to the direct care nursing staff at Penn Hall Nursing Center or Assisted Living who have completed their 90-day introductory period and seek financial assistance for higher education. A judging panel determines the selection with criteria based on performance, Core Values of Menno Haven and their future plans.

Matthew David Brody of Williamsport graduated from the University of Delaware's College of Human Services, Education and Public Policy on May 27 with a Bachelor of Science degree in hotel, restaurant and institutional management.

Shepherd University student Emily Messenger has been awarded a scholarship funded by the Henry W. Miller Jr. Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation.

Messenger, a Martinsburg, W.Va., resident, is a senior majoring in environmental studies.

Anna Camp of Hagerstown, a nursing major in the School of Health Professions at Shenandoah University, Winchester, Va., was named to the Dean's List for the spring 2006 semester.

Rod Mason, president and CEO of Menno Haven Retirement Communities, and Caroline "Carrie" Cowper, granddaughter of Elaine S. Sheppard, present the Elaine S. Sheppard Memorial Scholarship to Holly Gindlesperger at the Penn Hall Towne Meeting on Aug. 7.

Courtney DeHaan of Hagerstown received the American Society of Animal Science Award during the spring semester Honors Day at the University of Vermont.

DeHaan is a student in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The award is presented to students whose academic record, scholastic efforts and character warrant recognition as future leaders in the field of animal science.

Kenneth Richard Holzapfel has received an Alumni Award from Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney, Va., and will enroll there as a freshman this month.

A graduate of St. Maria Goretti High School, he is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Holzapfel of Hagerstown.

Jessica Maria Nonemaker, daughter of Daniel and Mitzi Nonemaker of Fayetteville, Pa., graduated from Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pa., on May 13.

Nonemaker, who majored in economics and minored in government, was an Honors List student and captain of the varsity women's swim team. She is a 2002 graduate of Mercersburg Academy.

The following area students were named to the Dean's List at Allegany College of Maryland, Cumberland, Md., for the summer 2006 session:

Savannah Householder, Berkeley Springs, W.Va.; Brian Pikerowski, Clear Spring; Jenny Kerns, Hancock.

Sarah Hurd, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Hurd of Smithsburg, is entering her second year as an orchestral performance major as an oboist and as a theology minor at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

She maintains a 4.0 grade-point average and is a member of both the Duquesne University Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony. She is also a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, a professional musical fraternity for women.

In May, Hurd won an audition for the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, which is under the direction of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's conductor, Daniel Meyer. She is also working to establish herself as a freelance musician in Pittsburgh as part of an oboe/harp duo with a fellow music major at Duquesne. In her minor, she is studying the philosophies of religious thought, an area which has recently caught her interest.

Erin Martin, daughter of Diane Martin, systems analyst/administrator at Menno Haven Retirement Communities, was awarded the 2006 J. Kermit and Anna B. Meals Scholarship Essay Contest at the Menno Haven Menno Village Towne Meeting on Aug. 8.

"Benefits of An Active Mind Program" was the winning essay submitted by Erin, an eighth-grade student at James Buchanan Middle School She was awarded a $1,500 scholarship to the college of her choice and was presented with a plaque for her efforts.

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