Around Sharpsburg and Keedysville

June 13, 2008|By HARRY NOGLE

Masons to award two scholarships

Masonic Lodge 197, Keedysville, will award two scholarships to graduating seniors of Boonsboro High School during an open communication called the Strawberry Festival Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

The Lodge will present the Masonic Charities scholarship as well as the Antietam 197 scholarship to two recipients who will be present with their parents and families.

Katie Reese, who will receive the Antietam Lodge scholarship, has lived in Boonsboro her whole life with her twin sister, Kellie, and is encouraged in everything she does by her family and friends. She has played soccer since she was 4 years old and played on the girls varsity high school team for three years. During her senior year she was tri-captain and was named first team All-County, first team All-Area, first team All-MVAL and All-State Honorable Mention.


Her school extracurricular activities include National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and Class Cabinet. She earned a 4.11 GPA and was ranked 15th in her class. This year she was selected for Maryland Distinguished Scholar, Honorable Mention and a Member in the National Society of High School Scholars. Since she was in the sixth grade, she has volunteered in the mornings at Boonsboro Elementary School as a teacher aid for Jon Miller. Since then, she has accumulated more than 300 Student Service Learning hours. This fall she will attend Shippensburg University to major in business.

Ryan L. Wetzel, the son of Rob and Toni Wetzel of Rohrersville, graduated from Boonsboro High School with honors. While at Boonsboro, Ryan was involved in many activities at school, including tennis, soccer, marching band (he was drum captain), concert band, and indoor percussion (he was captain and student leader).

Ryan has always been very involved in his church, Mt. Nebo UMC, attending youth group and helping to raise funds for various groups in need. His youth group has been sponsoring a child from Compassion International for more than five years. Ryan has also been active with the Volunteers in Mission trips from his church since 2000. They have gone to places such as Maine, where they helped build a new church, and Pearlington, Miss., twice, where the group has been helping rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Ryan will attend West Virginia University in the fall, majoring in forest resource management.

Salem Lutheran to hold Bible School

Salem Lutheran Church, 17626 Bakersville Road, just west of Sharpsburg Pike, will hold a vacation Bible school from June 23 to 27 from 6 to 8 each evening. "Friendship Trek, Jesus our Forever Friend," will provide campfire Bible stories, games, songs, crafts and snacks. A pig roast will be held Sunday, June 29. For more information, call Sharon at 301-582-0204.

Summer swim classes offered

Adult Summer Water Fitness classes are in session at Beaver Creek Country Club, 9535 Mapleville Road. Classes are held Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.

The classes will be held in Session 1 (June 10 to 26); Session 2 (July 8 to 31) and Session 3 (Aug. 5 to 28). Classes are open to members and nonmembers.

For per-session fee, and per-class fee information, call instructor Anita Binder at 301-393-0884.


Information concerning churches, clubs, schools, organizations and activities in the Sharpsburg/Keedysville area may be sent to Harry Nogle at or call 301-432-2437.

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