Education briefs

June 09, 2008

Saint John's in Frederick celebrates birth of its founder

FREDERICK, Md. - Saint John's Catholic Prep celebrated the birth date of its founder, the Rev. John McElroy, on May 14.

The Saint John's Community gathered in the McSherry Gymnasium on campus for an academic convocation to celebrate and reflect on the importance of McElroy's vision for Saint John's.

McElroy established two schools in Frederick, in 1825 and 1829. At the age of 81, he founded Boston College and became its first president.

The Father John McElroy Founder's Medal is intended to recognize a prominent person on the state or national level who has dedicated his or her life to Catholic education.


The second Founder's Medal was presented to Karen Ristau, president of the National Catholic Education Association.

In addition, the school honored four lay leaders who are responsible for having Saint John's continue to provide a Catholic education in Frederick County: Bernie Grove, Leo Rocca, James McSherry and Dewey Jordan.

Shepherd student awarded scholarship to pursue master's

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Shepherd University student Chris Boykin was awarded a scholarship to pursue his master's degree at The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago.

The program holds auditions for hundreds of applicants in New York, Chicago and San Francisco, selecting only 10 actors - five men and five women - into its master's of fine arts in acting program.

Baltimore native Boykin, a mass communications and theater major at Shepherd, was one of those chosen.

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