Student news

December 24, 2006

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 employed with Portrait Corporation of America Inc. as a professional photographer and also does freelance photography.

Karly Logsdon, a sophomore at Hancock Middle-Senior High School, has been selected to attend the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Conference in May 2007.

For five decades, Hugh HOBY has worked diligently helping young people make a difference and become positive catalysts for change - in the home, school, workplace, and community. As the nation's foremost youth leadership development organization and with more than 355,000 alumni, HOBY is respected worldwide. HOBY's vision is to empower individuals to make a positive difference within our global society through understanding and action based on effective and compassionate leadership.


Karly was selected based on her leadership abilities, faculty input, an essay and a personal interview. She will attend a three-day leadership seminar at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Md. Annually, more than 8,500 sophomores, attend HOBY Leadership Seminars nationally and internationally.

Sebastian Alejandro Ferrer, a junior archaeology major at Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa., recently became a member of the college's Upsilon Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society.

A graduate of Smithsburg High School, he is the son of Xiomara and Eddie Holmes Jr. of Smithsburg.

Memberships awarded to undergraduate juniors and seniors who rank in the top 35 percent of their class and demonstrate outstanding leadership ability.

Ashley Claire Haywood, a senior psychology major at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa, recently became a member of Psi Chi, the national leadership honor society in psychology.

A graduate of North Hagerstown High School, she is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Haywood of Hagerstown.

The honor society has more than over 1,000 chapters at colleges and universities across the United States and Canada.

Jesse Taylor, a native of Hagerstown and a graduate of Heritage High School, was selected to represent the Frostburg State University College of Business at the 129th Commencement Ceremonies held Dec. 17 in Frostburg, Md.

Graduating with a bachelor's degree in accounting is one of many accomplishments in Taylor's life. Taylor, who resides in Piedmont, W.Va., has done everything from working with children as a teacher's assistant in Hagerstown and completing over 1,700 volunteer hours with AmeriCorps to serving as a nuclear reactor operator with the U.S. Navy. A nontraditional student, Taylor continued to serve others upon arriving at FSU: he participated in the Collegiate Challenge with Habitat for Humanity in Jacksonville, Fla., and was an executive board member of Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity, and a member of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society.

Taylor has accepted a position with Eric Dorman, CPA, in Cresaptown, Md. He also intends to pursue a Master of Professional Accountancy degree.

Mike Marfut, son of Ed and Laura Marfut of Hagerstown, performed with Salisbury University's Jazz Brazz Big Band during its annual holiday concert.

Marfut, a freshman majoring in secondary, education, is a 2006 graduate of Smithsburg High School. The Presidential Scholarship recipient is also a member of the Thomas E. Bellavance Honors Program.

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