Student news

May 17, 2009

BENTONVILLE, Ark. - Kyle Downs of Clear Spring High School and Remington Yee of Middletown High each have been awarded a $3,000 Sam Walton Community Scholarship from the Wal-Mart Foundation to use toward tuition, fees, books and on-campus room and board for the 2009-10 academic year.

The scholarships are a portion of the $78,000 in academic scholarships for 26 college-bound students in Maryland.

These funds are part of the $8 million the Wal-Mart Foundation gave nationally to college-bound students.

To learn more about Wal-Mart and its foundations, e-mail or call 202-326-1835.

Patrick Alan Connors of Smithsburg has been inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society at Towson University.

Patrick will graduate with a bachelor's degree in psychology this month.

He is the son of James and Teresa Connors of Smithsburg.

SALISBURY, Md. - Erin Matonak, the daughter of Dan and Robbie Matonak of Hagerstown, received the Campus Life Award and will be named to "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges" at the Spring Honors Convocation at Salisbury University.


Campus Life awards are granted to undergraduate students who have made outstanding contributions to campus life. Students are eligible for nomination on the basis of a 2.6 cumulative average and completion of 18 credit hours or more for the two preceding semesters.

Erin is a senior majoring in marketing.

She is a 2005 graduate of Williamsport High School.

SALISBURY, Md - Kirsten Sundstrom, the daughter of Anne Bron of Hagerstown and Eric Sundstrom of Charles Town, W.Va., received the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society Award at the Spring Honors Convocation at Salisbury University.

Sundstrom is a senior majoring in nursing. She is a graduate of North Hagerstown High School.

ATLANTA, Ga. - The National Society of High School Scholars has announced that Jefferson High School student Elizabeth N. Robinson from Harpers Ferry, W.Va., has been selected for membership.

She is the daughter of Todd and Lori Robinson of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E. Michael Sr. of Walnut Point Road in Hagerstown.

CUMBERLAND, Md. - Tonya Sornson of Hancock was among eight women students honored at the 14th annual Focus on Women Awards ceremony at Allegany College of Maryland.

The award was created to honor female students who have demonstrated leadership skills through volunteerism and community involvement and personal and academic achievements.

Tonya, a non-traditional student, traded the work of an optician for that of a forest technician.

She is focused on tree preservation and plant health care. In the top 15 percent of her class, Tonya has mentored high school students in Washington County and nearby West Virginia with interests in forestry.

In addition, she helped organize both an open house and a Christmas holiday party for her academic program.

The faculty praised her for her ability to juggle academic and family responsibilities. She and her husband are the parents of four children, ranging in age from 9 to 17.

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. - Matthew Nickels, of Greencastle, Pa., a senior majoring in psychology and anthropology, was among 17 Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania students recently inducted into the Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honors Society in anthropology.

Students become eligible for membership when they reach junior status, have a minimum of 12 credits in anthropology and maintain a minimum of a 3.2 grade-point average in their anthropology classes.

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. - Emily K. Hubbard of Middletown, Md., has been named to the dean's list for the spring semester at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

To qualify for the dean's list, a student must earn a quality point average of 3.5 or higher (based on 4.0) during the semester.

GLENVILLE, W.Va. - Alex Michael Shifler of Boonsboro received an Academic Achievement Award at the Glenville State College Honors Convocation April 23.

The award recognizes students who have demonstrated exceptional academic accomplishments, made contributions to the college community and distinguished themselves among their peers, the faculty and staff.

Shifler was honored by the college's Land Resources Department.

He will finish his associate degree in land surveying this month.

He is planning to complete a bachelor of science degree in natural resource management with a concentration in land surveying by next spring.

He was enrolled at Hagerstown Community College before transferring to Glenville State College. Shifler has participated in track during his first two years at Glenville State College.

Bethany Marie Dieterich graduated Summa Cum Laude from North Georgia College and State University May 3 with a bachelor in science in early childhood education/special education. She has been accepted to the University of Georgia to begin the MED program in the Department of Language and Literacy Education with a major in English education. She is the daughter of Roy and Sheila Dieterich of Martinez, Ga., and the granddaughter of Vincent and Helen Crowell of Martinsburg, W.Va., and the late David and Mary Jane Dieterich of Falling Waters, W.Va.

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