Student news

April 29, 2007

Julie Hutzell, a second-grader at Maugansville Elementary School, won the age division for grades 2 and 3 for the "Design An Easy Picture Book" contest.

The Washington County Free Library sponsored the contest during National Library Week. All library branches - Boonsboro, Hancock, Keedysville, Leonard P. Snyder, Sharpsburg, Smithsburg and Williamsport - were included.

The contest was held in divisions for students in grades 2-3, 4-5 6-8, and 9-12, and for adults. All submissions were of entrants' own original works and could be on any topic. Winners were announced on April 16.

Julie's winning book was titled: "Star and Roxy's Adventure," after her two guinea pigs.

As one of the winners, her book has been sent to a publishing company to be professionally bound into a book.


A reception honoring the winners was held Thursday, April 19, at the central library in Hagerstown.

Grayson Reeder, 19, a 2006 graduate of South Hagerstown High School, and a freshman attending Baltimore International College's Culinary Institute, has been named to the Honor's List of Students for the fall 2006 semester.

This award is given to students based upon both academic achievement as measured by grade-point average, as well as by professor recommendation based upon experience and work performance in the lab programs run through the College's Culinary Arts Center in the Little Italy section of downtown Baltimore.

Reeder is pursuing both a certificate in culinary arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in hospitality management. His parents are Ted and Sandy Reeder of Hagerstown.

Mary Catherine Weigand of Sharpsburg, a junior at Averett University, Danville, Va., was one of 30 Virginia students selected to attend the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia from June 2 to June 30.

Weigand, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cameron Weigand, is pursuing a degree in English/history (pre-law) with a minor in equestrian studies.

The Sorenson Institute program focuses on citizenship and leadership education. It seeks to improve political leadership in Virginia and strengthen the quality of governance at all levels of government. Students study ethics, public policy and practical politics.

Lindsey Hayes of Williamsport was named to the Dean's List at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va., for the fall 2006 semester.

A New Market Elementary School team placed first in recent state-level Destination ImagiNation competition at Towson University. Three other Frederick County teams placed second statewide, and another placed third. All five teams will travel to Knoxville, Tenn., to represent Maryland in the Global Finals in May.

Destination ImagiNation is an annual worldwide, creative problem-solving competition. Judges determine winning teams by observing how well students use improvisational skills in instant-challenge problems and how well teams have prepared for the long-term challenges in which they compete.

Placing first in the tournament's "Switching TraDItions" elementary challenge: New Market Elementary School's team of Anthony Amadeo, Claire Connor, Jimmy Mawdsley, Kim Oswald, Sebastian Patellis, Sarah Ward and Cazmier Tymoch.

Second statewide were Walkersville High's team of Lauren Donahue, Anderson Foster, Nick Hobbs, Rebecca Logan-Brown and Megan Wood in "CSI: DI;" Walkersville High's team of Jared Auwarter, Jessie Case, Colin Hartman, Ian Hartman, Charles Koogle, Richard Koogle and Cody Stevens in "DIrect Flight;" and Linganore High's team of Laura Baker, Kevin Cole, Melissa Dorrence, Danny French, Emily Huebner, Christiana Martin and Katy McDonald in the "Switching TraDItions" secondary-level challenge.

Third statewide were Walkersville High students Julianne Auwarter, Tyler Brett and Shaun Wood in "CarDIology."

"The CSI: DI appraisal team was highly impressed with the Green Valley Elementary second-graders who won a Da Vinci Award for showing adventure, creativity and risk to reach new pathways: Johnathan Britton, Claire Coupard, Brighid Hobson, Lincoln Robisch, Sara Temple and Garret Wiehler. Appraisal team members said they were elated when these second graders were able to discuss properties of light they used in their performance," said Donna Chesno, Frederick County Public Schools coordinator of Gifted and Talented Education.

The Spirit of DI award for outstanding perseverance during their team challenge went to New Market Middle School students Grace Duke, Travis Moxley, Michael Perrotta, Logan Pomeroy and Zach Vannoy.

Shepherd University sophomore Jessica Baczuk has been named the recipient of the Kiwanis Club of Charles Town Scholarship. She will receive $1,000 for the 2007-08 school year and was recently recognized for her award at a meeting of the Kiwanis Club.

Baczuk, a graduate of Lewis County High School in Weston, W.Va., is majoring in environmental science. "The scholarship will allow me to take a summer course at the Grand Canyon to learn more about geology and historic structures," she said.

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