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Seniors honored for academic excellence

May 24, 2007|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

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HAGERSTOWN - With a little more than two weeks left in their high school careers, some seniors say the motivation to do homework and concentrate in class just isn't there.

But Smithsburg High School senior Brittany Gamewell said she's resisting the urge to slack off.

It was that dedication that landed her among about 241 seniors from Washington County Public Schools who were honored Wednesday for academic excellence. The seniors recognized during the ceremony at North Hagerstown High School had a minimum 3.7 grade-point average for their high school careers.

There are 1,458 high school seniors in Washington County Public Schools, according to assistant superintendent for secondary instruction Donna Hanlin.

The seniors each received a certificate and congratulations from Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan, Board of Education President Roxanne R. Ober, Board Vice President Wayne D. Ridenour and Board Member Paul W. Bailey. Newly appointed Board Member Donna Brightman also attended.

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North Hagerstown High School senior Cara Martin said she plans to attend the University of Maryland at College Park after graduation. She said she was involved in the medical academy at North Hagerstown and decided she was not interested in that field.

She now plans to major in political science.

"I've decided on law, so I'm steering in that direction," Martin said.

Renata Schmersal, a Boonsboro High School senior, said she plans to major in fashion design and merchandising.

"I've always been sketching," she said. "But I got involved in the drama program and costuming."

She has designed costumes for several one-act plays and a performance of "Much Ado About Nothing" at Boonsboro.

Nicholas Smith, a senior at Clear Spring High School, said he's not sure what his grade-point average is. He is this year's valedictorian, though.

He said he turned in the first draft of his graduation speech Tuesday.

Smith said he will go to the United States Air Force Academy June 27 and said he hopes to work in aerospace engineering.

Some seniors, like South Hagerstown High School student Philip Rodriguez, said they will enroll at Hagerstown Community College and transfer credits to another school.

Boonsboro High School senior Lauren Wood said she's enrolling at Pennsylvania State University and majoring in biology and pre-med.

"I've always wanted to do that," she said.

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