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By ROXANN MILLER | | May 16, 2011
When Sharita Statum walked to the podium to accept her diploma from Penn State Mont Alto during Saturday’s spring commencement, she had three things on her mind — Jayden, 7, Ja’nye, 4, and Lyric, 1 month. Juggling the role of busy mother while taking classes was grueling at times, but for Statum it was worth everything she endured to earn her associate degree in occupational therapy and teach her children an important lesson. “I was determined to have a bright future and for my kids.
By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | | May 14, 2011
Since she was a little girl, Rhonda Kendall's grandmother told her that she would make a great nurse. By the time she was 15, hopes for that dream seemed to be dashed. Just a ninth-grader, Kendall became pregnant, dropped out of school and had a baby. But even then, her strong spirit was evident. Kendall went to night school and earned her GED at 16. "I was determined," said Kendall, now 31, of Hagerstown. "I wanted to finish what I'd started. " Then once again, her tide turned away from education.
By ROXANN MILLER | | May 14, 2011
Thousands of family members and friends packed the bleachers and sat in chairs on the gymnasium floor hoping to spot their favorite graduate as Saturday's spring commencement got under way at Penn State Mont Alto. As the 143 soon-to-be graduates walked into the college's Multipurpose Activities Center, the crowd erupted in squeals of joy, whistles and applause. Commencement speaker Shaun B. Keister, associate vice president for development for Penn State and a Mont Alto alum, gave the graduates some words of inspiration.
April 14, 2011
Marine Corps Pfc. Brandon C. Bingaman, son of Cynthia A. Clipp of Keedysville, was recently selected as the distinguished graduate from the Marine Corps Basic Combat Engineer Course at Marine Corps Engineer School, Marine Corps Base Camp, N.C. Bingaman is a 2008 graduate of Boonsboro High School and joined the Marine Corps in August 2010. He is a 2009 graduate of Hagerstown Community College with an associate degree. Navy Seaman Recruit Alex J. Phillips, son of Kathy Phillips of Charles Town, W.Va., and Steve Phillips of Great Falls, Va., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Phillips is a 2010 graduate of Dominion High School in Sterling, Va.
By DAN DEARTH | | April 14, 2011
The girlfriend of a man who died Wednesday in an industrial accident at the Purina Mills plant near Halfway remembered him Thursday as a wonderful father who went out of his way to help others. "He was always there when anyone needed him," Kristin Cummings said of Aaron Ball. "Aaron was just the best guy. He was always trying to help other people. " Ball, 25, who lived near Mercersburg, Pa., was killed at the plant while he was cleaning a machine, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday.
March 28, 2011
NOV. 21, 1941-MARCH 28, 2011 Mrs. Judy Ann (Gaver) Flook, 69, of 14521 Water Company Road, Cascade, Md., passed away Monday, March 28, 2011, at her home. Born Nov. 21, 1941, in Waynesboro, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Glenn E. and Marie Anna (Smith) Gaver. She lived most of her life in the Cascade area. Mrs. Flook was a graduate of Smithsburg High School with the class of 1959. She later received an associate degree in business and accounting from Hagerstown Junior College, Hagerstown, Md. She and her husband of more than 48 years, Mr. Gene Richard Flook, were married Nov. 17, 1962, in Sabillasville, Md. They had lived at their present residence since 1968.
March 24, 2011
Eastern Correctional Institution TOWSON, Md. — Eastern Correctional Institution (ECI) teacher Diane King was honored recently as WMDT's (Channel 47's) Teacher Who Makes A Difference for January 2011. The station surprised her recently in class with flowers and a plaque. ECI inmates nominated King for the honor, with more than 20 people signing a nomination letter they sent to the station. In the letter, inmates said, "Without her, most men here would likely falter, but she keeps us going and gives us goals to shoot for and finally obtain.
February 18, 2011
MARCH 22, 1945-FEB. 15, 2011 ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Gerald Wayne Bayer passed away at his home in Annapolis on Feb. 15, 2011. He was born March 22, 1945, in Boonsboro, Md., and grew up in Waynesboro, Pa.   A graduate of Waynesboro High School in 1963, he received an associate degree in drafting and design from Penn State University in 1965, and a bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Rochester in 1969.   He had a long and distinguished career as an engineer, manager and vice president at Eastman Kodak Co., and was vice president of operations at Sterling Pharmaceutical.
February 15, 2011
NOV. 29, 1955-FEB. 10, 2011 PRESTON, Md. — Curtis A. Barnhart Sr. died at Peninsula Regional Medical Center on Feb. 10, 2011. He was 55 years old. Born in Hagerstown on Nov. 29, 1955, he was the son of the late Richard L. and Peggy Ann Miller Barnhart.     Mr. Barnhart graduated from St. Michaels High School in 1972, and earned his associate degree in accounting from Chesapeake College in 1974. He continued his education by earning a bachelor of science degree from Salisbury University in 1977, with a concentration in accounting.
January 24, 2011
Officials at Hagerstown Community College and University of Maryland University College recently met to renew and enhance their dual-admission agreement. The agreement is designed to make it easier for students pursuing an associate degree at HCC to transfer academic credits to UMUC to complete a bachelor’s degree. A reverse-transfer option is also available for students who have not graduated to transfer credits back to HCC and earn their two-year degree. “We are very pleased to be able to include UMUC among the fine institutions with which we have articulation agreements,” HCC President Guy Altieri said.
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