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Britton, Rudisill awarded Dr. Tom Altizer scholarships

Awards are from Center for Joint Surgery and Sports Medicine

June 16, 2013
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The Center for Joint Surgery and Sports Medicine announced that high school seniors John C. Britton III of North Hagerstown High School and Natalie Rudisill of Williamsport High School are the recipients of its annual Dr. Tom Altizer Memorial Scholarship Award.

This year’s pool of scholarship applicants was one of the largest and most competitive in recent history, but Britton and Rudisill stood out due to their academic excellence, perseverance in the face of adversity and the valuable insight they wished to pass on to incoming freshmen.

Britton excelled in the classroom and on the baseball diamond, as a member of the Honor Club, National Honor Society and a four-year teammate on the Hubs varsity baseball team.

His academic schedule was comprised of multiple advanced-placement and other accredited collegiate course work.

In the community, he is a volunteer at the REACH Cold Weather Shelter, Maugansville Ruritan Club and Haven Lutheran Church.

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He encourages incoming high school freshmen to keep a positive attitude and believe in themselves.

Early in life, he determined to stay focused on what was important to him, especially his family and career goals.

“Learning to laugh at yourself is a great way of excluding negative thoughts,” he said.

Additionally, his volunteer work at REACH helped him place his own issues in perspective, compared to challenges that others faced.

“Attitude is an adjustment of the mind, and a positive attitude is what you need to succeed,” he said.

Britton will attend Salisbury University to pursue a degree in biology with a concentration in premedicine.

Rudisill achieved success in the classroom, on the track and as a student leader.

As a distinguished honor roll student at Williamsport High School, Rudisill is an officer of the National Honor Society and a member of the French Honors Society.

Her dedication and leadership extended to athletics in her role as captain of the indoor and outdoor track and field teams.

Most notable is her commitment to encouraging her fellow students to make wise choices in her role as president of Students Against Destructive Decisions.

To incoming freshmen, she encourages them to value life in all of its aspects, including eating and exercise, and caution when driving on the road.

She points to the recent loss the Williamsport community suffered as proof.

“We are under the impression that we are at the beginning of our lives, when tomorrow could be our last day here,” she said.

Rudisill reminded her fellow students to cherish life now and know that the best years are to come.

Lastly, she advised students, “to live for themselves, because in order to truly live, you must rise above your circumstances and soar without fear of the fall.”

Rudisill will attend the University of Maryland, Baltimore County to study mechanical engineering.

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