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Bank turns Hagerstown Suns pitchers' strikeouts into scholarships

September 08, 2008

All season long, when the Hagerstown Suns struck out a player on the visiting team, they were helping to secure the future for area students with Susquehanna Bank's Strikeouts for Straight A's Scholarship Program.

Since April, Susquehanna Bank has made a donation for each Suns home game strikeout to a scholarship fund for students pursuing higher education.

After months of racking up strikeouts, a $1,000 scholarship was awarded to each of the following students: Jeremiah Cress, Jacquelyn Gallo, Esaite Lakew and Taryn Shank, all students of Washington County schools.

Students received their awards in front of Suns fans on Aug. 22 at Municipal Stadium.

In addition to their scholarship, each winning student received four tickets to the Aug. 22 Suns game vs. the Delmarva Shorebirds at Municipal Stadium.

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R.L. Fisher, senior executive vice president and regional president of Susquehanna Bank, said in a release that the selection committee recognized the potential of the winners "because of the high academic goals they had each set for themselves, as well as their commitment to the community, qualities which are congruent with the mission of Susquehanna Bank."

This season, Susquehanna Bank partnered with the Hagerstown Suns, Reading Phillies, Lancaster Barnstormers, Camden Riversharks, York Revolution, Williamsport Crosscutters, Aberdeen IronBirds, Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Harrisburg Senators to support youth education throughout the area served by the bank.

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