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May 04, 2008

Katie Barnhart, of Greencastle, Pa., has been honored for outstanding academic achievements at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa., during her freshman year.

The Director's Circle acknowledges freshmen achieving a 3.50 GPA or better. The Director's Circle is in its 18th year recognizing freshmen and Katie was recognized at the Director's Circle Celebration reception held at Duquesne University.

Katie was inducted into Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, member of the Association of College Honor Societies, at Duquesne University. The Society's mission is to encourage and reward academic excellence among freshmen in institutions of higher learning.

In addition, Alpha Gamma Chapter of Lambda Sigma Society held its 32nd annual Installation Ceremony at the Marriott City Center.

Katie was installed as a new member of the society on April 13. Lambda Sigma is a national honor society including no more than 50 students per year who have placed in the top 35 percent of the class academically and have shown leadership during their first year.

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Katie is the daughter of Mary Lou and Steve Barnhart of Greencastle.

Laura Baldasarre of Smithsburg High School has been named the recipient of a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship.

She is one of about 2,500 high school students who have been named winners of the scholarship. The students were chosen from a pool of about 15,000 finalists.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Cody Jones of Hagerstown, Erin O'Brien of Hagerstown and Sean Kinney of Frederick, Md., have been named to the dean's list for the winter term at Johnson & Wales University.

Jones is pursuing an associate degree in culinary arts from the College of Culinary Arts at the Charlotte, N.C., campus.

O'Brien is pursuing an associate degree in baking and pastry arts from the College of Culinary Arts at the Providence campus.

Kinney is studying for an associate degree in computer graphics new media from the School of Technology at the Providence campus.

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - James Eury from Waynesboro, Pa., has been named to the dean's list at the College of William and Mary for the fall semester. In order to achieve dean's list status, students must earn a 3.6 grade-point average and take at least 12 credit hours during the semester.

SALISBURY, Md. - Jessica Seabright, daughter of Jeffrey and Christine Seabright of Sharpsburg, recently was accepted into Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society for education, at Salisbury University.

Seabright is a junior majoring in health education. She is a 2005 graduate of Boonsboro High School.

LYNCHBURG, Va. - Amy C. Landsman, of Boonsboro, was recently inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma National Freshman Honor Society at Lynchburg College.

Phi Eta Sigma encourages and recognizes high scholastic achievement among freshmen who have a 3.5 or better cumulative grade-point average.

Amy, daughter of Jerry and Cathy Landsman, is a 2007 graduate of Boonsboro High School. She is majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in English. Amy is a member of the Westover Honors Program at the college.

STAUNTON, Va. - Mary Baldwin College student Hannah Reed Vargason of Sharpsburg has been awarded a Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges/HRH Scholarship.

She is the daughter of Charles and Natoma Vargason.

The scholarship recognizes juniors who show academic promise, an interest in finance as a career and leadership in extracurricular activities. They must be majoring in marketing, business, economics, finance, mathematics or a related field.

BALTIMORE - Three high school student writers were honored in College of Notre Dame of Maryland's Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest on April 1.

First place was awarded to Natiya Grady of Baltimore, a student at Baltimore City College, for her essay titled "Travels with Dante or Spades, Rummy, Go Fish." Natiya's essay details a young woman's challenge to overcome a mental illness. She received a prize of $500.

Two runners-up were each awarded a prize of $100. Gillian Kramer, a student at North Hagerstown High School, was recognized for "Dreaming of Sleep." Gillian's essay describes a young woman's early morning, starting with the alarm's first ring to getting to school on time.

Kaitie O'Hare, a student at Loch Raven High School, was honored for her essay "Evil Hospital Gowns." Kaitie's essay describes a young woman's aversion to hospital gowns after numerous doctors' appointments before a surgery.

"The essay contest was established to encourage students to think about their writing as something other than simply for assignments in school," said Mary Beth Pope, assistant professor of English and coordinator of the essay contest.

The awards were presented at the Baldwin Lecture in the Humanities, which featured author Marjane Satrapi, best known for her creative nonfiction work, "Persepolis."

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