Student news

May 13, 2007

Jordon Edlund, son of Kim and Chris Edlund of Hagerstown, has been named a 2007 Carson Scholar.

On April 22, he was awarded a medal and a $1,000 scholarship at the annual awards banquet at Martin's West in Baltimore. ABC News correspondent Sam Donaldson was master of ceremonies and the keynote speaker was Dr. Ben Carson, pediatric neurosurgeon and founder of the scholarship program.

The Carson Scholarship Fund recognizes and rewards students in grade 4-11 who strive for academic excellence and demonstrate a strong commitment to their community.

Jordon is a fifth-grader at Pangborn Elementary School, where he has received straight A's every year. He was the fifth grade Word Power Challenge champion, a finalist in the Geography Bee, a member of the Battle of the Books team, and has earned a place in this year's county 24 Math Game competition. At his school, he is a student bank teller, a cameraman for the Pangborn News, and plays percussion in the school band.


Jordon is active in Boy Scout Troop 5. He attends St. James Brethren Church, where he is a junior usher. He is a member of Post 211's baseball team at Valley Little League, plays on the YMCA winter basketball league, and plays flag football on the Smithsburg Youth Athletics league.

The National Society of High School Scholars announced that Smithsburg High School student Meredith E. Wilson-DiCristofaro has been selected for membership.

The society recognizes the top scholars in the nation and invites only those students who have achieved superior academic excellence. The announcement was made by NSHSS founder and Chairman Claes Nobel, a member of the Swedish Nobel family.

Shepherd University student Kaylynn Shoop of Hagerstown has been named to the 2007 edition of Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

The daughter of Darin Shoop and Kimberly Shoop is a senior sociology major and psychology minor. She is a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma social sorority and Alpha Kappa Delta sociology honor society. She is a 2002 graduate of North Hagerstown High School and has been named outstanding student in sociology and to the dean's list for five semesters.

Students were nominated by faculty and administrators for inclusion in the publication. They were selected based on academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for continued success.

Mary Catherine Wiegand of Sharpsburg, a student at Averett University, Danville, Va., has been named to the 2007 edition of Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cameron Wiegand, she is a junior pursuing a bachelor's degree in English/history (pre-law) with a minor in equestrian studies.

Inclusion in Who's Who is based on academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for continued success.

Leslie E. Spielman graduated May 6 from Saint Francis University, Loretto, Pa., with a Master of Occupational Therapy degree.

Spielman is a 2002 graduate of South Hagerstown High School and graduated from Saint Francis in 2006 with a major in health science and minor in psychology. She graduated with magna cum laude honors and as a member of the Pi Theta Epsilon National Occupational Therapy Honor Society.

She will be employed as a staff occupational therapist with Total Rehab Care at Robinwood Medical Center.

The United States Achievement Academy announced that Megan D. Deckert of Boonsboro has been named a United States National Honor Student Award winner.

Megan, who attends Boonsboro Middle School, will be listed in the academy's official yearbook, which is published nationally.

Megan is the daughter of Chris and Pam Deckert and the granddaughter of Anne and Albert Deckert of Smithsburg and Mary and Tom Holder of Boonsboro.

Patrick Gross of Frederick, Md. was named to the dean's list at Johnson & Wales University for the 2007 winter term. Gross is majoring in culinary arts in the College of Culinary Arts at the Providence, R.I., campus.

Melissa Arch, daughter of Robert and Rita Arch of Williamsport, recently joined the Phi Kappa Phi international honor society at Salisbury University, Salisbury, Md.

Arch is a senior majoring in history. She is a Dean's List student, a member of the SU History Club and a member of Phi Alpha Theta international honor society in history. She is a 2002 graduate of Williamsport High School.

Steven P. Hluchy, son of Steve and Sabrina Hluchy of Stephens City, Va., recently won first place in science testing in the junior high division at the state Academic and Fine Arts competition in Richmond, Va.

He is a seventh-grade student at Rosedale Christian Academy in Winchester, Va. He is a former resident of the Funkstown area and a former student at Faith Christian Academy in Boonsboro. He is the grandson of Paul and Ann Hammond of Leitersburg, Mildred Hluchy of Hagerstown, and the late Paul Hluchy Jr.

Tabitha M. Pryor, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Pryor of Boonsboro, received the Bly-Neal Outstanding Student Award from the department of history and political science at Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, Va., on May 1.

Pryor was also named a George C. Marshall Scholar.

A 2003 graduate of Boonsboro High School, Pryor is a member of the Philomathes Society, Bridgewater's scholastic honor society; and Phi Alpha Theta national history honor society. She is a member of the Symphonic Band and president of the Pep Band.

She completed a curatorial internship at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library in Staunton, Va.

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