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Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down - Feb. 26

February 26, 2011

Thumbs up - to the 28 members of the Tumani Ambassador Club at Greencastle-Antrim High School in Greencastle, Pa. The club’s mission includes helping others and being positive agents for change. We all could use more of that.

Thumbs up - to W. Kyd Dieterich, the new chief of the Hagerstown Fire Department. He was officially appointed Tuesday after serving as acting chief for several months. Dieterich brings 31 years of experience to the job. We wish him well in this very important role in the community.

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to the teachers in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia who recently earned National Board Certification, which is the highest voluntary professional credential in the field of teaching. They include Jeremy Knight, Brandy Butcher, Erin Sponaugle and Deborah Stevens from Berkeley County Schools and Kelly Heldreth from Jefferson County Schools.

Thumbs up - to Washington County’s Maryland State Indoor Track & Field Championship competitors this week. The county was well-represented with the following winning state titles, including several who won more than one. They are: Evan Hardy, Lauren Johnson and the 4x800 relay team of Regan Stout, Emily Snyder, Kaelii Stout and Renee Barnes, all from Williamsport High School; Sarah Zielinski and J.R. Lowery of Boonsboro High School; and Anthony Winter and Beth Wagner of North Hagerstown High School. Congrats to all!

Thumbs up - to Washington County Public Schools officials for scaling back the plans for the new high school planned for the east side of Hagerstown. School officials said this week they adjusted the scope and size of the project because of the tough economic climate. This move would cut the project’s estimated cost from $73 million to $50 million.

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to the three Washington County students who stepped up to the microphone in the Poetry Out Loud competition last Saturday in Hagerstown. They are Stephanie O’Brien and Kathleen Kidd from Heritage Academy and Kaleb Singleton from Washington County Technical High School.

Thumbs up - to Main Street Martinsburg (W.Va.) and organizers of the community’s Relay for Life for getting colorfully creative. They are planning a weeklong Paint the Town Purple effort to raise awareness and excitement for the June event at Martinsburg High School.

Thumbs up - to Williamsport High School’s Wildcat wrestling team, which won its third straight Washington County Tournament last weekend and its ninth overall. Wildcat wrestlers won titles in nine of the 14 weight classes on their way to the title. Those are some impressive numbers.

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