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Washington County students recognized for academic excellence

235 seniors have a grade-point average of 3.7 or higher

235 seniors have a grade-point average of 3.7 or higher

May 20, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN -- A future scientist, a girl who hopes to become an elementary school teacher and an aspiring dentist were among 235 Washington County Public Schools seniors honored Monday.

The high school students recognized during the Celebration of Excellence at North Hagerstown High School each had a grade-point average of 3.7 or higher. One hundred of those students had a GPA higher than 4.0. About 1,550 seniors are expected to graduate next month.

"Our success as educators is measured by your success as students," Washington County Public Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said.

North Hagerstown High School senior Emily Warren, who expects to graduate with a GPA of 4.38, said she'll study history and secondary education at Frostburg State University. She said high school classes came fairly easy to her, and she took many Advanced Placement courses. She'll likely go to Frostburg with some college credit from the five AP tests she scored well on, she said.

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Mary Schultz, another North High student, will graduate with a 4.11 GPA. She took many AP courses, and said it was one class that caused her to "go the extra mile."

Advanced Placement chemistry was a difficult class, but the challenge made the "A" she received mean more, she said.

Hancock Middle-Senior High School senior Josh Gilhart said he plans to attend Allegany College of Maryland to study "something related to physics." He'll graduate with a 3.9 GPA and said his favorite subject is science.

But it was a grade he received in pre-calculus that sticks out, not only because it was an 85 low for him - but because he worked so hard for it.

"I was proud of it because of how challenging it was," Josh said.

Each of the students honored at Monday's event received a certificate for their achievement.

"This is a night for our stars to shine," Washington County Board of Education Member Paul W. Bailey said.

Board Vice President Donna Brightman and Board Members Ruth Anne Callaham and Wayne D. Ridenour also attended.

Annette Marinelli is interested in studying either dentistry or criminal justice after she graduates from North High. She plans to enroll at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Annette was part of the medical academy at North High, which gives students a feel for a "pre-med" program, she said. And when she found a chemistry class to be "really hard," she had friends in the medical academy who were able to help her.

She also juggled two jobs.

Laura Johnson, a Boonsboro High School senior, said being involved in sports, school and church activities helps her manage her time.

"I think I do best with a lot of activities," she said. "I just do what has to be done."

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