Student news

December 31, 2006

Several students at Greencastle-Antrim High School turned a school course project into a successful outreach effort.

Aditi Patel, Paige Penrod and Lindsay Werling, students in Martina Fegan's contemporary literature course, a course on 20th and 21st century genocide, selected the genocide in Darfur as their final exam project for the course. They researched the genocide, which is an attempt to annihilate the non-Arabic population in Darfur, and discovered that 51 percent of the 3.4 million people have been affected in some way. Approximately 400,000 have died, and thousands have become refugees. Each month an average of 15,000 people die from murder, starvation and disease.

"We discovered that 1.3 million children are living in refugee camps with little hope for their future," said Aditi. An organization that is helping to give children hope for a better future is the Darfur Schools Project, sponsored by the Darfur Peace and Development Organization. The Darfur Schools project provides an education to the displaced and neglected children in the region. The students decided to raise money to help support these schools.


"Only five schools have enough funding to exist. Thirteen others are in need," said Paige. "We wanted to help these children. An education is their only hope."

The students created educational brochures, a video, and a display to educate and inform the student body of the Darfur genocide and its effects. The girls spearheaded a fundraising campaign in which they raised $850 in one week through a "penny war" between grades nine through 12. Students and faculty responded generously to their efforts.

"I am so proud of these young women's work toward making a difference in the lives of the victims of this horrific genocide," said Fegan, their teacher. "This month President Bush urged the international community to support a Darfur peace agreement to end the violence in Darfur. These students demonstrate that every one of us can play a part in helping the victims and showing them that someone cares."

Timothy Marriner of Hagerstown, son of Timothy and Tameron Marriner, was named to the Dean's List at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, Ind., for the fall 2006 quarter. He is a freshman majoring in computer engineering.

Robin A. Myers graduated with high honors from Hagerstown Community College on May 20 with an Associate of Applied Science degree in radiography.

The daughter of Rick and Jeanne Myers, she is a 2003 graduate of Clear Spring High School. Myers is attending Lancaster General College of Nursing and Health Sciences in Lancaster, Pa., pursuing a degree in nuclear medicine technology.

Emily Heron of Myersville, Md., performed in the Franklin & Marshall College Fall Dance Concert held in the college's Roschel Performing Arts Center in Lancaster, Pa.

Heron, the daughter of Dr. David and Jane Heron, is a graduate of Middletown High School and is a senior at F&M, majoring in psychology.

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