Student news

October 08, 2006

Heather Stamper of Hagerstown has been named a scholar-athlete for the 2005-06 school year by the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC).

To be honored, an athlete must achieve a GPA of 3.4 or higher for the fall and spring semesters combined, and must have been in good standing on his or her team. Baptist Bible College led the conference with 75 students accomplishing this honor.

Stamper, a sophomore majoring in elementary education at Baptist Bible College, Clarks Summit, Pa., is a member of the Lady Defender volleyball and softball teams. Both teams won NEAC championships in 2005-06. Her athletic awards for 2005-06 included: for volleyball, BBC Coach's Most Improved Player Award and Honorable Mention award from National Christian Colleges Athletic Association II East Region; for softball, NEAC 1st Team award.

Stamper is a 2005 graduate of Heritage Academy in Hagerstown and is the daughter of Karen Stamper of Hagerstown and Milton Stamper, also of Hagerstown.


The Allegany College of Maryland Foundation has announced the awarding of scholarships for the 2006-07 academic year.

Frances Footen of Hancock was presented the Friends of Frostburg Nursing Scholarship. A nursing major, Footen worked as an a X-ray technologist from 1981 to 1990, and as a substitute teacher in Washington County from 1997 to 2001. She and her husband, Daniel, are the parents of two children, Eric and Kristine.

Rachael Palmer, daughter of Roger and Sandee Palmer of Gerrardstown, W.Va., received a diploma from the Spanish Language Institute on Aug. 18 in San Jose, Costa Rica. Palmer is a 2005 graduate of Hagerstown Community College and a 2003 graduate of Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy in Virginia.

Meagan Graff, a junior at North Hagerstown High School, was recently selected as a People to People Sports Ambassador for volleyball. She participated in the International Youth Friendship Games in Amsterdam, Holland from July 21 to July 30, playing against teams from 18 other countries.

The program was founded by President Eisenhower to promote understanding among youth of different cultures through finding common ground. The current honorary chairperson is President Bush.

Meagan was selected following a nomination by the U.S. Volleyball Association, and was accepted into the program following a selection process involving athletic ability, character, and leadership skill. She was the only volleyball player selected from Maryland. Coaches from across the U.S., as well as international coaches, were involved in the extensive training programs held daily. Competitions among the various countries were then held over the course of three days.

Players were also able to visit historical attractions such as the Anne Frank house, and to see the city by canal, bus, and bicycle. They were able to spend time with the youth from other countries during activities such as dances and cookouts.

Meagan is the daughter of Mike and Sue Graff, and the granddaughter of Ray and Norma Patterson, all of Hagerstown.

The following area students received degrees from Pennsylvania State University following the summer 2006 team (studens attended the University Park, Pa., campus, unless otherwise noted):

Hagerstown - Brooke A. Pohl (Mont Alto, Pa., campus), A.S., two-year Physical Therapist Assistant, With High Distinction.

Cavetown - Cary-lynn P. McGuire (Mont Alto), A.S., two-year Physical Therapist Assistant.

Sharpsburg - Lindsey D. Donaldson, M.S., Forest Resources.

Frederick, Md. - Yuqing Liu, Ph.D., Engineering Science And Mechanics.

Ijamsville, Md. - Joseph J. Kowal, M.S., Mechanical Engineering.

Chambersburg, Pa. - Ashley L. Barnhart (Mont Alto), A.S., two-year Physical Therapist Assistant, With Distinction; Letrell D. Crittenden, M.A., Media Studies; Brett A. Helmer (Mont Alto), B.S., Occupational Therapy; Rayanne V. Humelsine (Mont Alto), A.S., two-year Physical Therapist Assistant, With Distinction; Karen P. Johnston (Harrisburg, Pa., campus), M.Ed, Health Education; Kristin M. Massimilla, B.S., Accounting; Erin C. Smith, M.M.E., Music Education.

Greencastle, Pa. - Thomas J. Ash, B.A., Journalism; Jessica C. Kerlin (Mont Alto), A.A., two-year Letters, Arts and Sciences; Jaime L. Long (Mont Alto), A.S., two-year Physical Therapist Assistant; Kelly L. Showalter (Mont Alto), A.S., two-year Physical Therapist Assistant; Jessica E. Statler (Mont Alto), A.S., two-year Physical Therapist Assistant.

McConnellsburg, Pa. - Linda D. Lafferty (Mont Alto), B.S., Nursing; Michael E. Paylor, B.S., Psychology.

Mercersburg, Pa. - Joshua D. King, B.S., Accounting; Joni L. Stanton (Mont Alto), A.S., two-year Forest Technology.

Waynesboro, Pa. - John S. Blake (Mont Alto), A.S., two-year Physical Therapist Assistant; Heather M. Cairns (Mont Alto), B.A., English; Christina L. Green (Mont Alto), A.A., two-year Letters, Arts and Sciences, With High Distinction; Danielle A. Ramsay (Mont Alto), B.A., English, With Highest Distinction; Justin W. Shertzer, B.S., Information Sciences and Technology.

Charles Town, W.Va. - Diane D. Graf (Mont Alto), A.S., two-year Physical Therapist Assistant, With High Distinction; Laurie A. Rendeiro, B.A., French and B.A., International Studies; Robert S. Whitaker, B.Ae., Architectural Engineering, and M.Ae., Architectural Engineering.

The following area students were named to the Dean's List at Pennsylvania State University for the summer 2006 term (students attended the Mont Alto, Pa., campus, unless otherwise noted):

Hagerstown - Anne E. Day (University Park, Pa., campus).

Chambersburg, Pa. - Erin L. Anderson, Ashley L. Barnhart, Douglas P. Bouder, Crystal L. Taylor, Meghan P. Wakefield.

Fayetteville, Pa. - Angela D. Reid.

Greencastle, Pa. - Jodi D. Fisher, Toni Ann Poper (University Park).

McConnellsburg, Pa. - Debbie S. Chatley.

Waynesboro, Pa. - Nichole R. Miller, Teresa L. Neal.

Charles Town, W.Va. - Diane D. Graf.

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