Student news

May 21, 2007

Dustin Garret Reichard was awarded the Myron G. Marlay St. Mary's Project Award and the St. Mary's College of Maryland Biology Department Award for Academic Distinction and Service on April 28 at the annual SMCM Awards Convocation.

Reichard is a senior from Clear Spring, majoring in biology. He is a member of Beta Beta Beta, is a St. Mary's River Project field assistant, is a teaching assistant for "Principles of Biology" and "Limnology." was named Tour Guide of the Year, and is on the dean's list. Reichard has been accepted as a Ph.D. student in the ecology, evolution, and behavior program at Indiana University and plans to teach at the college level.

The Myron G. Marlay Award for biology, natural science, chemistry, physics, mathematics, or psychology is granted annually to gifted students for work on a St. Mary's Project.

The Biology Department Award for Academic Distinction and Service was established for academic achievement and service to the biology program.


Ashley Lauren Dieterich, daughter of Roy and Sheila (Crowell) Dieterich, graduated magna cum laude from Georgia College and State University with a double major in English and rhetoric.

Dieterich is the granddaughter of the late David and Mary Jane Dieterich of Falling Waters, W.Va., and Vincent and Helen Crowell of Martinsburg, W.Va.

She has been accepted into the Master's of Art and Teaching program in Milledgeville, Ga.

Katie Lushbaugh, daughter of David and Cathy Lushbaugh of Smithsburg, has been selected to the People to People Student Ambassador Program. She will be traveling with a delegation from Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio on the 2007 Alaska Adventure in July.

The group will explore historic Anchorage and the Alaska Native Heritage Museum and will visit Denali National Park, Kennecott Glacier Lodge, Alaska Sea Life Center and Kenai Fjords National Park, as well as other educational and exciting activities.

Katie is a sixth-grader at Smithsburg Middle School, where she plays clarinet in the band and has been accepted into the Rising S.T.A.R.S. (Success Through Academic Recognition at Smithsburg) program. She won the Academic Achievement Award last year at her school and will have her biography published in the 2006-07 edition of Who's Who Among Outstanding Students in America.

Katie is a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rouzerville, Pa., and attends United Church of Christ, Reformed, in Cavetown, where she serves as acolyte and is active in the youth group. She has received the Perfect Attendance Award twice. She has been an active member of Girl Scout Troop 255 in Smithsburg for five years, has completed her second year playing basketball for Smithsburg Youth Athletics and will be starting her third year of flag football cheerleading for SYA.

The People to People Student Ambassador program was founded in 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in an attempt to bring about peace through understanding.

Katie is the granddaughter of Nancy Scott of Waynesboro, Pa.,. and the late Milton and M. Louise (Ski) Lushbaugh of Hagerstown.

Stephen Thuahliansang Thuahnai, Ph.D., son of Beatrice Cope of Hagerstown and the late Dr. Cyril Consang, graduated May 18 from the Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa.

He will pursue a career in radiology in a five-year residency at Mercy Catholic Hospital in Darby, Pa.

Thuahnai, a native of Burma, came to the United States when he was 11 years old. His family is thankful to God and to this country for giving him the opportunity to succeed.

The United States Achievement Academy announced that Dalton Jobe, son of Justus and Beth Jobe of Hagerstown, has been named a United States National Honor Student Award winner.

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

He is the grandson of Ron and Charity Mumma of Hagerstown and Justus Jobe of British Columbia, Canada.

Three Washington County residents were among the 160 Shepherd University students honored May 1 during the university's 59th annual Student Recognition Day.

Anthony Giannoumis of Hagerstown received the Jefferson Distributing Co. Theater Scholarship, Kaylynn Shoop of Hagerstown was named Sociology Student of the Year and Daniel Gray of Knoxville was named Criminal Justice Student of the Year.

James Buchanan High School senior Sarah L. Holland, daughter of Chuck and Carole Holland of Mercersburg, Pa., received the school's highest agricultural honor, the DeKalb Agricultural Accomplishment Award, sponsored by Monsanto Co.

Sarah received the award for her excellence in academics, leadership and agricultural work experience. She is president of her school's chapter of FFA, where she has earned Keystone, chapter and Greenhand degrees. She was a member of the state and national FFA Ag Sales and Ag Issues teams.

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