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South High grad bound for architecture school

August 21, 2010|By HEATHER LOWERY
  • Ryan David of Hagerstown says he plans to return to Hagerstown after attending the Pennsylvania State University School of Architecture.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer,

Ryan David, 18, was given one of 60 spots in the Pennsylvania State University School of Architecture, an interest he contributes to his South Hagerstown High School drafting teacher, Bob Myers.

"It was a little more rigorous than some other applications I filled out," David said about the application process.

David, a 2010 South High graduate, said he will major in architecture at Penn State, but he does not know what his plans are for the future.

"I think there is too much going on for me to worry about that," he said with a laugh.

However, he said he does plan to return to Hagerstown, the place where he has found success as South High's class of 2010 president, among other achievements.

"Being senior class president was excellent. We had an excellent class," David said.

David said from freshmen to senior years, the class president has duties to accomplish.

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"The freshman and sophomore years are usually devoted toward raising money for the class, and we tried to stay away from fundraisers where you are given a packet and told to sell things from a catalog," David said. "For junior year you host the prom for the senior class that is leaving. And the senior year, you use whatever revenue was acquired and put it toward a class gift or a senior trip."

David did not put the money toward a senior trip, instead he and the Class of 2010 provided South High with materials to make podiums, a graduation sign and landscaping for the front of the building.

"Any money we had left over was given to the school," said David, who is the son of Marc and Gail David.

He lettered in soccer, indoor track and lacrosse his junior year, giving him the title of a Triple Letter Winner. During his senior year, Ryan lettered in soccer and lacrosse.

David was the recipient of the South Hagerstown High School Alumni Association Scholarship. The scholarship was worth $1,000. David said the money will be used toward college expenses.

He was also awarded a position as a participant in Hagerstown Community College's Leadership Academy, a class that provided him a taste of college life.

"It was a class filled with highly intelligent people," he said. "They select the students who show the greatest qualities of a leader from the schools and HCC. It's basically a study of the anthropology of leadership. It's got a little bit of history and politics, too."

David is also an active Eagle Scout for Troop 17 out of Williamsport.

"It's scouting's highest rank and it's not an easy accomplishment, I'll give it that," he said.

David said he will never forget where he came from.

"I'm a South High alumni and I'm proud of that, and Penn State should be a lot of fun," he said.

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