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Lioness Club scholarships awarded

October 22, 2007

At the September meeting of the Hagerstown Lioness Club, three Washington County students who had been awarded scholarships for the 2007-08 academic year were honored.

All of the recipients were enrolled at Hagerstown Community College for the 2007 fall semester. The students are Amelia Doyle, Amy Rhoderick and Caroline Sirface.

Amelia Doyle is a 2007 graduate of Smithsburg High School, whose activities and interests included being a starter on the varsity soccer team, which won the girls' 1A State Championship two years in a row. She personally received the All-MVAL Second Team Award, as well as the All-Area Second Team Award; and she was captain of the SHS tennis team. Amelia was also on the honor roll and distinguished honor roll, and is active in her church.

Amelia's community service activities included delivering the Smithsburg newsletter; assisting at the Smithsburg Steam & Craft Show; and at Christmastime, helping underprivileged children shop for Christmas presents.

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Amelia plans to attend HCC for two years, and then transfer to Frostburg (Md.) State University. Her career goal is to become an elementary school teacher.

Amelia is the daughter of Ransom and DeAnna Doyle of Greencastle, Pa.

Amy Rhoderick is a 2007 graduate of Boonsboro High School, whose sports activities included being captain of the cross country team during her junior and senior years; and captain of the varsity basketball team in her senior year. Amy also plans to try out for the women's basketball team at HCC during her sophomore and junior years.

Amy's other activities include running, lifting weights; daily chores on the family farm; and community service, spending time with senior citizens at Reeders Memorial Home. Amy was president of the Boonsboro Future Farmers of America Association, where she received her "Green Hand," Chapter and Maryland State FFA degrees, and the Region 1 Star Farmer Award. As an FFA member, Amy participated in the agriculture reading program in elementary schools, as well as bringing some of her animals to school, informing students of local agriculture and FFA involvement.

In addition to her school, home and community services activities, Amy also had a part-time job. She was able to achieve a 3.43 grade point average, and was on the honor roll and distinguished honor roll.

Amy's goal is to transfer to a four-year university after two years at HCC. She plans to pursue a degree in early childhood education.

Amy is the daughter of Dale and Kathy Rhoderick of Hagerstown, and the late Diane Rhoderick. Amy is the granddaughter of Art and Nancy Rhoderick of Hagers-town.

Caroline Sirface is a 2007 graduate of North Hagers-town High School, who was a member of the Honor Club during most of her time at NHHS.

During her junior and senior years, Caroline was selected to be a member of the Washington County Academy of Medical Careers. Some of the academy's requirements included rigorous courses, plus a 40-hour internship. The internship was completed during the summer of 2006, which had an impact on Caroline's goal of becoming a certified midwife.

After completing two years at HCC, Caroline plans to transfer to York College (Pa.) to pursue a degree in nursing. After graduating with an RN degree she plans to "test the waters of medicine" and possibly continue schooling to become a certified midwife nurse.

Caroline has spent many hours performing community service, giving swimming lessons to pre-school children at the Hagerstown YMCA; "time well spent, that ultimately could save a life." A family-oriented person with five siblings, Caroline has close attachments with her family and friends, along with her extracurricular activities. She has also held a part-time job.

Caroline is the daughter of Paul and Dawn Sirface of Hagerstown.

The Hagerstown Lioness Scholarship Program was established in 1983, with one recipient. Scholarships are awarded annually to graduates of Washington County public schools who plan to enter HCC or who currently attend HCC. Recipients must display high scholastic achievement and character; be involved with school, community and other extracurricular activities, and have financial need.

Members of the scholarship committee who interviewed the applicants and selected the recipients were Lioness co-chairs Audrey Grier and Paula Trumble, and Lionesses Sherry Cooper, Marge Gossard and Mary Licht.

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