Student news

June 10, 2007

Kimberly Fitzgerald, daughter of Karen Fitzgerald of Greencastle, Pa., and Wayne Fitzgerald of Hagerstown, graduated cum laude while earning her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Richmond (Va.) School of Law on May 12.

Fitzgerald is a 2000 graduate of Smithsburg High School and a 2004 graduate of James Madison University.

Rachel Jeannine Smith of Hagerstown earned a Bachelor of Science degree in communications with a concentration in commercial writing from Pensacola (Fla.) Christian College. at a commencement ceremony May 9.

Because of high academic achievements, Smith graduated with honors. She is the daughter of David and Yvonne Smith of Hagerstown.

Hillary Grove, daughter of Denise Grove of Hagerstown and Richard and Lacey Grove of Clear Spring; and Kellyann Carter, daughter of Doug and Barb Carter of Clear Spring, were recently inducted into Phi Eta Sigma, the freshman honor society at Salisbury (Md.) University.

Grove is a freshman majoring in business administration. She is a dean's list student and a member of the SU women's varsity soccer team. She is a 2006 graduate of North Hagerstown High School.


Carter is a freshman majoring in physical education. She is a dean's list student and a volunteer for Saferide. She is a 2006 graduate of Clear Spring High School.

Founded in 1923, Phi Eta Sigma is the oldest and largest all-discipline honor society in the United States for first-year students. Its mission is to encourage and reward academic excellence and requires a GPA of 3.5 or higher to join.

Lora Ann Bingaman graduated cum laude from McDaniel College, Westminster, Md., on May 19, with a degree in political science/international studies and minors in French, cross cultural studies, multi-cultural education, and Francophone African studies.

Bingaman is a 2004 graduate of South Carroll High School. She is the daughter of Robert and Christine Bingaman of Mt. Airy, Md., and the granddaughter of Zona Bingaman on Hagerstown. She will begin graduate studies at New York University's Steinhardt School of Education, Culture, and Human Development in New York City in August.

Andrew P. Landsman of Boonsboro graduated summa cum laude from Salisbury University, Salisbury, Md., on May 24 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in environmental issues, and minors in psychology and Spanish.

He is the son of Cathy and Jerry Landsman Jr. of Boonsboro.

At Salisbury, Landsman was inducted into four national honor societies: Phi Eta Sigma, for freshmen; Pi Gamma Mu, social sciences; Phi Kappa Phi, all academic disciplines; and Psi Chi, psychology. He was an active member and officer of the Fishing Club, and participated in Habitat for Humanity.

Landsman is employed with the National Park Service at Antietam National Battlefield. He will begin a master's degree program in environmental biology at Hood College in the fall. He is a 2003 graduate of Boonsboro High School.

Naythaniel David Williams of Hagerstown, son of Sandra Anette Hardaway, was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy at the University of the South's 2007 commencement ceremonies on May 13.

Two Bulldog Federal Credit Union members have been awarded $500 scholarships by credit union president and chairman of the scholarship selection committee David Barrett. The winners are Colleen Marie Labutta of Greencastle-Antrim High School, daughter of MaryMargaret and Stephen Labutta; and Steven Philip Hutzell of North Hagerstown High School, son of Steve and Kelly Hutzell.

Graduating third in her class of 235 with a 4.2 GPA, Colleen plans to attend the University of Richmond. This straight-A student is an active peer tutor and student council vice president. She is also an accomplished vocal and instrumental musician. In addition to singing and capturing the lead role in three high school musicals, Colleen enjoys scrapbooking and water sports. A National Honor Society member, she received the American Chemical Society award and a commendation by the National Merit Scholarship competition.

Graduating fourth in his class of 307 with a 4.29 GPA, Steven will attend the University of Maryland, College Park, where he will major in turf and golf course management, with a minor in soil science. A passionate golfer and dedicated greenskeeper at Beaver Creek Country Club, Steven is captain of the varsity golf team and was named Tri-State Junior Golfer of the Year in his sophomore year. In addition to golf, this National Honor Society member and Maryland Distinguished Scholar received the AP Scholar Award and the George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science medal.

Bulldog Federal Credit Union awards the scholarships each year to one male and one female Bulldog Federal Credit Union member who displays high scholastic achievement and character, involvement in extracurricular and community activities, and financial need. For more information, contact the credit union at 301-797-6318, or log on to

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