Student news

July 22, 2007

The Hagerstown Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) has awarded 19 scholarships to Washington County students for the 2007-08 school year.

The students who graduated from area high schools in 2007 include Brittany Eberly of Heritage Academy, who will attend Hagerstown Community College; Jena Mannick of South Hagerstown High School, attending the University of Charleston (S.C.); and Shelby Ranalli, Boonsboro High, attending Shenandoah (Va.) University. Also, from Clear Spring High School, Erica Hernandez, attending Penn State University; and Rebecca Slate, attending Frostburg State University (Md.); from North Hagerstown High School, Mary Kavanagh, attending George Mason University; Deanna Mackay, attending Virginia Commonwealth University; and Cara Martin and Elizabeth Sager, both attending the University of Maryland, College Park. Another first-time AAUW scholarship recipient is Erika Osborne, a 2004 graduate of Clear Spring High, who is a senior at Shepherd University.

Past recipients whose scholarships will continue include Jonathan Beattie and Wayne Keefer, both attending Frostburg State University; Karen Gehr, James Madison University (Va.); Sherri Bryan, Hagerstown Community College; Melissa Ankeney and Kevin Motz, both at Villa Julie College (Md.); Krysten Mesner, University of Maryland, College Park; Laura Forsythe, Messiah College (Grantham, Pa.); and Hannah Smith, Virginia Tech.


The AAUW scholarships are provided by funds raised at the organization's two annual used book sales. The next sale will be held Oct. 18-20 at the E.J. Fennel, 324 E. Antietam St., Hagerstown.

Nicholas Segal of Middletown, Md. was named to the dean's list for the spring 2007 semester at the University of Vermont, Burlington, Vt. Segal's major is wildlife and fisheries/biology.

Rebecca Leigh Gisriel of Williamsport was named to the dean's list of distinguished students for the spring 2007 semester at Roanoke College, Salem, Va. Gisriel is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Austin E. Gisriel.

Amber Dawn Moats of Hancock was named to the faculty's list of honorable mention for the spring 2007 semester at Roanoke College. Moats is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. Moats Jr.

Ryan Michael Flurie graduated from Salisbury University, Salisbury, Md., May 24, with a bachelor's degree from the Perdue School of Business, majoring in marketing and minoring in finance.

Flurie earned varsity letters for four years in soccer and made the Capital Athletic Conference Academic team for three years. He was also a member of the Financial Management Association, and was a student-athlete tour guide for the university.

He has accepted a job with M&T Bank, in the business banking department in the Western Maryland region.

Cadet 1st Class Jeffrey Dixon of Frederick, Md., graduated from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy on June 16, with a Bachelor of Science degree in marine transportation.

The following Washington County students qualified for the spring dean's list at Hood College, Frederick, Md.:

Kimberly Michelle Bolland, Nicole Suzanne Petefis and Julie Rachelle Stevens, Boonsboro;

Mark Daniel Porter and Kristopher Wayne Reese, Clear Spring;

Bradley Allen Tritsch, Fairplay;

Caleb Nathaniel O'Haver Mooney, Funkstown;

Amber Demetria Guzman, Rachel Diane Lewis, Sarah Elizabeth Moser, Megan Lea Oberholzer, Kimberly Marie Vocke and Stephanie Lynne Watson, Hagerstown;

Christina Michelle Williamson, Rohrersville;

Markwood Lester Mackenzie and Gretchen Anne McCoy, Sharpsburg;

Kristina Sue-Anna Berk, Alison Brooke Blickenstaff and Nicholas Steven Burdette, Smithsburg;

Jean Carol Duley and Jeanette L. Morris, Williamsport.

The following local students received degrees from Emory College at Emory University, Atlanta, Ga. on May 14:

Michael Handler of Hagerstown, son of David L. Handler and Robin J. Handler, received a Master of Arts degree.

Heather Bossong of Frederick, Md., daughter of Francis George Bossong IV and Sherry Lee Frost, received a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Amy Franciscovich of Frederick, daughter of Robert John Franciscovich and Cheryl Ann Linscott, received a Bachelor of Science degree.

Laura Eskander of Frederick, daughter of Dr. Elhamy Daoud Eskander and Dr. Hoda Fouad Gabriel, received a Bachelor of Science degree.

Brian Patrick Downey, son of Tom and Suzanne Downey of Smithsburg, graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland, College Park, Md., with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering.

While at Maryland, Downey received a Citation in University Honors, and was a member of both Tau Beta Pi (engineering) and Pi Tau Sigma (mechanical engineering) honor societies.

Downey also participated in the Gemstone Program, where he worked on a four-year multidisciplinary team research project. His BurniNATION team was first runner-up in the outstanding Gemstone Team Thesis category for their research entitled "Assessing the Impact of Materials on the Fire Hazard in Campus Residences".

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