School briefs

November 06, 2006

Clear Spring FFA members earn honors at national convention

CLEAR SPRING - Clear Spring High School FFA members won a number of honors and medals at the 79th National FFA Convention on Oct. 25 to 28 in Indianapolis, according to a press release from Washington County Public Schools.

Students participated in career events, attended leadership development workshops and had access to more than 1,300 businesses and college representatives during the convention.

Team and individual awards were:

· Environmental and Natural Resources Team - Gold; fifth place

· Environmental and Natural Resources Individual - Gold (Garrett Hamby, Adam Lipella and Adam Reid); Silver (C.J. Ridenour)

· Farm Business Management Team - Silver

· Farm Business Management Individual - Silver (Brenna House, Katherine McCormick, Amy Ridenour and Morgan Smith)

· Extemporaneous Public Speaking - Silver (Hannah Smith)

· Food Science Team - Bronze

· Food Science Individual - Silver (Allison Moore and Lindsey Peacher); Bronze (Mary Drury and Casey McNamee)


· Nursery/Landscape Team - Bronze

· Nursery/Landscape Individual - Silver (Stephanie Moore and Shannon Yeargan); Bronze (Jamie Beckley and Kayla Long)

· Agricultural Issues Team - Bronze

· Agricultural Issues Individual - Bronze (Stefany Frey, Bob Hockenbury, Allen Mackey, Elliott Reid and J.D. Repp)

· Prepared Public Speaking - Bronze (Becky Funk)

Lindsay Shirk was awarded the American FFA Degree, an honor achieved by less than 1 percent of the total national student membership, according to the release.

Applications being accepted for county's magnet programs

Applications for the magnet programs at four Washington County Public Schools are being accepted for the 2007-08 school year, according to a press release from the school system.

The magnet programs are Boonsboro Elementary School for World Languages and Global Communications, Emma K. Doub School for Integrated Arts and Technology, Fountaindale School for Art and Academic Excellence and Williamsport Elementary School for Math, Science and Technology.

Due to space constraints, second-grade magnet students at Emma K. Doub attend Funkstown School for Early Childhood Education, according to the release.

Magnet classes offer enriched and accelerated learning for students in grades 2 to 5 who demonstrate high academic potential, strong motivation and work ethic, creativity and leadership, according to the release.

Applications are available at the four schools, the Office of Advanced Programs at the Central Office on Commonwealth Avenue or on the school system's Web site at

The application deadline is Dec. 15.

Hancock yearbook receives recognition from Texas publisher

HANCOCK - The 2006 Hancock Middle-Senior High School yearbook has been chosen as a semifinalist for the Yearbook Yearbook compilation of the finest yearbooks published each year by Taylor Publishing Co. of Dallas.

Of the more than 1,500 yearbooks published annually by Taylor, only 15 percent are nominated as semifinalists.

A panel of expert judges from across the country considers aspects of each nominated yearbook, including covers, when selecting the finalists.

The yearbook adviser at the school is Tonya Stafford, and the yearbook editor was Jessica Himes.

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