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Forcino, McFadden awarded Altizer memorial scholarships

June 25, 2012
  • Tracy Forcino
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The Center for Joint Surgery and Sports Medicine awarded its annual Dr. Tom Altizer Memorial Scholarship to Tracy Forcino and Brittany McFadden, 2012 graduates of Williamsport and Hancock Middle-Senior High Schools, respectively.

Both recipients displayed not only superior academic performance and commitment to great work outside the classroom, but a genuine character that consistently sustained them in their efforts, even when faced with adversity. 

Forcino has pursued excellence in her academic studies, electing to take numerous honors and advanced-placement courses from the beginning of her freshman year.

Throughout her high school career, she has shown a commitment to extracurricular activities in her school and community, such as the Williamsport Interact Club, girls soccer team, volunteering in the school store, tutoring, show choir, the school play, Relay for Life and the strawberry festival.

Forcino has also been honored for her academic excellence and accepted in the National French Honor Society and National Honor Society.

When asked what lesson she would most like to impart to incoming freshmen, she said, “to never give up and to put forth your best effort each day … great things only come to those who strive and expect excellence and hard work themselves.”

Tracy plans to attend Hood College.

McFadden has shown a true determination in her academic studies not often seen in many students. From her freshman year, she was determined to complete her high school education in three years in order to begin pursuing a nursing degree at Hagerstown Community College.

She has now achieved this dream, completing all graduation requirements in just three years, taking evening classes and HCC accredited classes in order to do so.

She has maintained this determination while participating as a member of the honor society, student council, exceeding the required number of community service hours and holding a part-time job.

When asked what lesson she would pass on to incoming freshmen, she said, “Whatever you want to achieve in life is possible … while you may think that you do not have a life to hang with friends, a high school and college education will mean more to you for your future. Hard work will pay off in the end.”

McFadden has been accepted to HCC, where she will pursue her dream of becoming a nurse.

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