Student news

December 18, 2006

Every year, the Clear Spring Chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America take time to visit both a university and business to widen their view of the college and professional world as well as explore possible colleges and careers.

On Dec. 7, the chapter visited both Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore. The first stop was at Johns Hopkins University, where 22 of the chapter members were able to get an inside view of the campus as well as discuss the application process for admission to the renowned University.

After leaving the university, the students made a quick stop for lunch at the Inner Harbor before proceeding to Johns Hopkins Medical Institute. The students were warmly greeted, divided into three groups so that their tour guides could lead them through the medical center and give them a first-hand look at Johns Hopkins Medical Center and what it was like to work there.


Johns Hopkins Medical Institute is the largest employer in Maryland. The students learned many interesting facts about the medical center and its employees. Of special interest to the members of the FBLA was the possibility of applying for a student internship during the summer. By the end of the trip, the students had a better understanding of Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medical Center.

Shepherd University senior Rebecca Swink has been awarded the La Societe Des 40 Hommes et 8 Chevaux, Voiture Locale 1356, Charles Town, Nursing Scholarship.

"When we started the scholarship in 1953," said Charles Printz, charter member of Voiture 1356, "the nursing program at Shepherd had just started and needed some support. We were happy to provide some help to needy students."

Swink, a Berkeley Springs, W.Va., native who plans to graduate in May 2007, is gaining nursing experience by working as a nursing assistant in the labor and delivery program at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown.

A wife and mother of a two-year-old, Swink views the scholarship as "a welcome relief. I appreciate receiving financial aid that I don't have to pay back."

"I feel very strongly about the significance of this award," said David Wright, chef de gare of the local chapter. "My wife was a nurse for 34 years and I am happy to see our organization supporting this essential service."

Translated as the Society of 40 men and 8 horses, the organization's titles and symbols reflect its World War I origins. American servicemen in France were transported to the battlefront on narrow gauge French railroads (chemin de fer) inside boxcars (voitures) that were half the size of American boxcars. Each French boxcar was stenciled with a 40/8 denoting its capacity to hold either 40 men or eight horses. The local chapter has 37 members. Membership is by invitation only and includes veterans with special dedication to veterans' interests.

For further information about this scholarship or how to create a scholarship fund, please contact the Shepherd University Foundation at 304-876-5397.

Lynnsay Jean Erskine, daughter of Lindsey and Lori Gudgeon of Boonsboro and wife of Benjamin Erskine, graduated April 29, from Indiana Wesleyan University.

A 2002 graduate of Boonsboro High School, Erskine graduated from IWU with Bachelor of Science degrees in photography and fine arts. She is currently employed with Portrait Corporation of America Inc. as a professional photographer and also does freelance photography.

Danielle Brooks, who graduated from North Hagerstown High School in 2002, graduated from Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y., in May with a B.A. in political science and policy studies. She is now attending the Florida Coastal School of Law, and is a J.D. candidate for May 2009.

While at Syracuse, Brooks was on the Dean's List consistently. She spend a semester in New York City teaching at the High School for Leadership and Public Service in Lower Manhattan. She also spent the fall of 2005 in Washington D.C., interning at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

During her junior year, she was nominated for the Syracuse University Women of Distinction award. She was also awarded the Chancellors Award for Public Service for more than 100 hours of community service in an academic year. Brooks is a member of Alpha Phi Omega and Phi Alpha Delta fraternities.

Brooks is the daughter of Randy and Felicia Brooks, and the granddaughter of Geraldine Johnson and James Brooks.

The Allegany College of Maryland Foundation has announced the awarding of scholarships to eight students, for study in the 2006-07 academic year.

Jennifer Beals of Cumberland, Md. received both a Cumberland Business and Professional Women-Lillian C. Compton scholarship and a Dr. W. Ardell Haines scholarship. Beals is a nursing major. A 1992 graduate of Middletown High School who later attended Frederick Community College, she worked for 12 years in banking and financial management. She is married to Mark Beals.

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