Student news

May 27, 2007

Patricia Porciuncula of Hagerstown was selected April 2007 Student of the Month at Hagerstown Business College.

Porciuncula, who is enrolled in the Graphic Design program, began her studies in October 2005, and is due to graduate in July. She was named Student of the Month by her program director because she is a very creative graphic design student. "She puts a lot of effort into her projects and is always willing to help out her peers. Trish is a very professional student, respectful and takes her education very seriously," according to a news release.

Students are selected based on recommendations from faculty members.

Andrew Landsman, son of Jerry and Catherine Landsman of Boonsboro, was recently inducted into the Psi Chi national physical honor society at Salisbury (Md.) University.

Landsman is a senior majoring in environmental issues. He is treasurer of the Fishing Club and a member of Habitat for Humanity.


Four local high school students and their families were guests of the Maugansville Ruritan Club at its monthly dinner meeting May 16. Each student was awarded a $1,000 scholarship. The students and their parents or guardians were introduced, and the students gave club members a brief description of their future plans and vocational aspirations.

Scholarship winners were:

Steven Ellis of North Hagerstown High School, son of Gary and Stacy Ellis of Hagerstown. Steve will attend Hagerstown Community College. He plans to become an accountant.

Hillary Zampelli of North Hagerstown High School, daughter of Mike and Kathy Zampelli of Hagerstown. Hillary will attend Shenandoah University and would like to be a nurse.

Erica Hernandez of Clear Spring High School, daughter of Mike Hernandez and Nicole Trimmer of Hagerstown. Erica will attend Penn State University.

Elizabeth Smith of North Hagerstown High School, daughter of Wayne and Anita Smith, Hagerstown. Elizabeth plans to attend Bridgewater College and major in history and political science.

Brett M. Morrell, son of Michael and Rochelle Morrell of Hagerstown, graduated May 13 from Duke University, Durham, N.C. Morrell received a Bachelor of Science degree from Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Economics.

Morrell has accepted a position with Wachovia Bank at its corporate offices in Charlotte, N.C. He will begin work in June with Wachovia's investment banking division, in sales and trading.

Morrell is a 2003 graduate of Boonsboro High School.

Rima Kikani, a student at North Hagerstown High School, has been selected to attend the 2007 Congressional Student Leadership Conference sponsored by LeadAmerica, at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

The CSLC is a college-accredited invitational leadership program for academically talented and promising young leaders from across the U.S. and internationally. Exceptional high school students with a record of academic achievement and extracurricular or community involvement are invited to participate.

Rima will study law and trial advocacy at the conference. Through briefings and discussions with national and international leaders in the fields of study, and realistic, hands-on simulations, students experience leadership in action and learn first-hand about the complexities of decison-making in a chosen field or profession. By engaging in interactive workshops and activities, students learn and develop vital leadership skills including effective communication, conflict resolution, team building and time management.

Kristen Hutchinson, daughter of Dawn Lowery of Boonsboro and Kenneth Hutchinson of Williamsport, received the Exercise Science Outstanding Major Award at the spring 2007 Honors Convocation ceremony at Salisbury University, Salisbury, Md.

Hutchinson is a senior exercise science major. She is a member of Phi Epsilon Kappa physical education honor society, Phi Kappa Phi international honor society, and Phi Eta Sigma freshman honor society. She is president of the Exercise Science Club. She volunteered at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, and is an intern with Professional Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is a camp counselor for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Hutchinson is a 2002 graduate of Boonsboro High School.

Ashley E. Chupp, daughter of Mel and Beth Chupp of Hagerstown, graduated magna cum laude (3.8-3.89 grade-point average) from Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va., with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.

Chupp was also named to the 2007 spring semester dean's list.

The Western Maryland Section of the American Chemical Society has announced the names of eight outstanding high school chemistry students who took the national examination that may qualify them to become members of the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad team and compete in the 39th International Chemistry Olympiad in Moscow in July.

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