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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | November 26, 2011
Less than three months into the job as principal of South Hagerstown High School, Tim Dawson has repeatedly visited classrooms, had South High's teachers take part of an SAT exam and had his hair cut by students to celebrate South's football victory over rival North Hagerstown. "It really was a shot in the arm for the South community," Dawson said of the Nov. 5 win. "One thing that victory does is it helps you get a swagger in the school. "   Dawson, who became principal of Washington County Public Schools' biggest school this past summer, said he wants that swagger to carry over to academics.
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By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | April 13, 2013
They giggled before naming the instrument once known as a sackbutt and fidgeted when racing to mentally simplify two times the square root of 28 in simplest radical form. It was game day for public school students from across Washington County who had been meeting weekly and studying daily to prepare for the 17th annual High School Academic Team Competition on Saturday at Springfield Middle School. Contestants readily answered what Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen lost - an arm - but came up short when asked which writer penned “Beloved Infidel” about her relationship with F. Scott Fitzgerald - Sheila Graham.
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July 28, 2008
Matthew Henesy, son of Timothy and Marianne Henesy,was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Clear Spring District Historical Association for his interest in history, excellence in academics, his service to the community and leadership skills. Matthew, who graduated from Clear Spring High School in June, plans to attend Messiah College in the fall and major in history.
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September 20, 2006
Aaron Householder Smithsburg Football Senior How difficult is it for you to balance athletics with your academic requirements? "I don't find it that difficult, I just do it. " Who has had the biggest influence on your life? "My brother. He played football and inspired me to play. " Why do you like the sport you play? "I enjoy the contact. I love full contact. " What is your proudest moment, on or off the field? "On the field, it's any time I make a big hit. Off the field, it's any time I do well in my academics.
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November 18, 1999
By BRUCE HAMILTON / Staff Writer photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer Exceptional academic records earned 119 Washington County high school seniors praise, applause and awards from Schools Superintendent Herman G. Bartlett Jr. during the annual Celebration of Excellence banquet Thursday night. cont. from front page Calling them "the best of the best," Bartlett said the students scored the highest marks ever. "I'm so very, very proud of you," he said.
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By CHRISTIAN WORSTELL | June 6, 2009
Smithsburg's Alex Akers and Waynesboro's Dylan Spangler were both honored at the 10th annual Ravens Nest No. 12 football scholarship banquet at Beaver Creek Country Club on Saturday evening. But they weren't even the two best football players in the room. Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason was also on hand to receive the Ravens Nest fan club's Player of the Year award. The event also featured longtime DeMatha coach Deno Campbell as keynote speaker, a dinner, silent and live auctions and a deejay.
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By DAN SPEARS | May 27, 1999
CLEAR SPRING - On a day when Clear Spring softball player Suzy Ernst could have dominated the conversation with musings and tales of the sport of her choice, she didn't. Yes, softball was certainly part of the discussion on Tuesday when she announced that she would be swinging bats and fielding ground balls for St. Francis (Pa.) College next spring. So were volleyball, little kids, biology and her friends. [cont. from sports page ] But, the senior shortstop pointed out, they were all instrumental in her decision to play for the Division I Red Flash.
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By ANDREW MASON | April 8, 2006
Kelsey Brasher's high school soccer resume indicates the North Hagerstown senior is ready to take her game to the next level. It reads: Two-time All-State selection; two-time All-Area first team; three-time All-County first team; three-time All-MVAL Antietam first team; two-year team captain; 35 career goals and 30 assists. "I love soccer and have played it all my life," Brasher said. "I figured if I was going to keep playing, I might as well do it all the way and play Division I. " That's one of the reasons the star midfielder recently signed a letter of intent to attend American University in Washington in the fall and play soccer for the Eagles of the Patriot League.
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by DAN KAUFFMAN | April 15, 2004
kauffman@herald-mail.com Hedgesville senior Brandon Kerns did it all, both on the football field and in the classroom. Now he'll get to do it at one of the country's most prestigious universities. Kerns has signed a letter of intent to play football for Cornell, a Division I-AA program. Athletics is, of course, only one half of the equation. Kerns, who's at the head of his high school class, will major in engineering at the Ivy League school. "It's one of the top five engineering schools in the country," Kerns said Wednesday in a phone interview.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | August 28, 2013
When Francis K. Achampong took over as Penn State Mont Alto's new chancellor on Aug. 1, he viewed it as something of a multifaceted homecoming. “I came back home in more ways than one. I am back on the campus where I started my Penn State career, and I'm back home with my family and my friends,” Achampong said Wednesday. Achampong worked at Penn State Mont Alto as its chief academic officer from 2002 until 2010, when he transferred to the Penn State Fayette campus in western Pennsylvania to serve as its interim chancellor.
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Alicia Notarianni | Making Ends Meet | August 22, 2013
My baby starts first grade this week. He is the youngest of my four children. I wonder not only at the quick passing of his six years, but at the fleeting years of my own life. I've been inundated recently with memories of my early school years. Many of them are as vivid as if they had happened yesterday. I loved kindergarten. The structure, the routine and the organizational gear appealed to the nerd in me. I found security in gathering at the same table in the cafeteria each morning, in marching up the same stairs to the same happy, inviting room.
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By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | April 13, 2013
They giggled before naming the instrument once known as a sackbutt and fidgeted when racing to mentally simplify two times the square root of 28 in simplest radical form. It was game day for public school students from across Washington County who had been meeting weekly and studying daily to prepare for the 17th annual High School Academic Team Competition on Saturday at Springfield Middle School. Contestants readily answered what Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen lost - an arm - but came up short when asked which writer penned “Beloved Infidel” about her relationship with F. Scott Fitzgerald - Sheila Graham.
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October 21, 2012
Washington County Public Schools recently began advertising nationally for an associate superintendent and chief academic officer, a post that has been vacant since Donna Hanlin retired this summer. Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox said Oct. 16 that initially the job was advertised in regional newspapers, but school system officials didn't get the applicant pool they wanted, so now the job is being advertised nationally. The job was posted online last week at Education Week's www.topschooljobs.org.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | April 11, 2012
Students at Penn State Mont Alto shared their knowledge on Wednesday with their peers and the community at the seventh annual Penn State Mont Alto Academic Festival in the campus' Multipurpose Activities Center. “The Academic Festival is a great opportunity for students to showcase their projects to the campus and local community,” said Robin Yaure, senior instructor of human development and family studies, and chairwoman of the festival planning committee. More than 200 students, freshman to seniors, spent weeks putting together elaborate displays/exhibits on a range of topics including women's health, breast cancer, occupational therapy, the effects of poverty on children in Central America and nursing as a career for men. Some of the students worked alone and some worked in teams of three to four students.
BUSINESS
April 1, 2012
Representatives from Susquehanna Bank presented a $25,000 donation to members of the Greencastle-Antrim Maximizing Arts and Athletics X-cellence, or G-A MAAX, committee during halftime at a recent Greencastle-Antrim High School basketball game. The G-A MAAX five-year plan includes three phases aimed at maximizing arts and athletic opportunities while strengthening community pride. Funds will be used to upgrade facilities, fulfill a “wish list” of items that enhance arts and athletic opportunities for the Greencastle-Antrim School District and community, and create an endowment for upkeep and continued support of arts and athletics initiatives.
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By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | March 24, 2012
The last word of the question, “Simplify the square root of 24 in simplest radical form,” was barely out of the moderator's mouth when Boonsboro High School's academic team leapt on its buzzer. The three teammates leaned in for a quick whispered conference, and captain Alexandra Pantos replied, “two root six,” then grimmaced and pinched her nose as the moderator hesitated. “Two times the square root of six,” she clarified, and the three grinned at each other as moderator Will Kaufman declared their answer correct.
EDUCATION
March 21, 2012
Washington County Public Schools will hold its 16th annual Academic Team Competition Saturday at 9 a.m. at Springfield Middle School. Teams from each county high school, including the first appearance by Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, will compete in an “It's Academic”-style format. The four highest-scoring teams from a preliminary round earn a spot in the championship round. The competition is sponsored by the Hagerstown Community College Foundation and Washington County Teachers Federal Credit Union.
EDUCATION
November 29, 2011
The Washington County Board of Commissioners presented Meritorious Youth awards to four Washington County students earlier this month, in recognition of academic success and leadership in community activities. The honorees were: • Catherine Hawfield, an eighth-grade student at Boonsboro Middle School. Catherine is an honor-roll student who participates in merit chorus and merit orchestra, and plays volleyball and basketball, guidance counselor Lauren McDermott said. "Catherine is a kind and caring student at Boonsboro who displays her good character, leadership and scholastic achievements on a daily basis," McDermott wrote in her nomination.
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