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Darylene Mowen | Around Smithsburg & Robinwood | April 12, 2011
Smithsburg High School dominated the 15th annual High School Academic Teams Competition on April 9 at Springfield Middle School. In the championship round, Smithsburg more than doubled the point total of second-place finisher, Boonsboro. Washington County Technical High School finished third and Clear Spring High School finished fourth. Each team in the championship round advanced from one of two preliminary rounds. Scholarship awards were provided by The Columbia Bank, Washington County Teachers Federal Credit Union and Hagerstown Community College Foundation.
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February 10, 2009
Smithsburg High senior killed in crash Pa. man charged after armed standoff Allegiant Air flying high Tax mistakes common, especially for privileged Event bowls over free clinic
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May 18, 2006
One hundred eighty-nine seniors from Washington County Public Schools will be honored today at the annual Celebration of Excellence Reception and Recognition at North Hagerstown High School. A dessert reception at 7 p.m. will be followed by a recognition ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Each student has attained at least a 3.70 grade-point average for his or her high school career through the end of the second semester of the senior year. The following students will be saluted at the Celebration of Excellence: Griffin Abernathy, Boonsboro High; Kyle Anderson, Smithsburg High; Hemagiri Arumugam, North Hagerstown High; Christine Aschenbrenner, Boonsboro High; Tricia Babbie, Williamsport High; Joseph Baer, Smithsburg High; Eli Baker, Williamsport High; Kelly Barnhart, Williamsport High; Rebecca Barnhart, North High; Amanda Barr, South Hagerstown High; Allen Beard, Boonsboro High; Ashley Beattie, Williamsport High; Lindsay Beattie, South High; Marisa Bender, South High; Danwill Berromilla, South High; Joseph Biser, Smithsburg High; Crosby Blair, Boonsboro High; Brandon Boger, Washington County Technical High; Andrew Bohan, Smithsburg High; Jack Bowen, Williamsport High; Kenzie Bowen, Smithsburg High; Amanda Boyer, Smithsburg High; Andrew Brabson, Boonsboro High; Tyler Braithwaite, Clear Spring High; Katie Branch, South High; Kelsey Brasher, North High; George Brnilovich, North High; Brandon Brown, North High; Jason Brown, Williamsport High; Matthew Brucksch,...
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September 28, 2008
Donna (Harsh) Walker, daughter of Angie and the late Harry Harsh, was elected vice president of the Kentucky Federation of Republican Women on Sept. 13 in Elizabethtown, Ky. Her main responsibility as vice president will be to serve as chairwoman of statewide campaigns. Walker, a 1991 graduate of Smithsburg High, is also the founder and second term president of the McCracken County Republican Women in Paducah, Ky.
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January 25, 2012
North Hagerstown High Principal Valerie Novak is retiring from Washington County Public Schools this summer. Novak's retirement, effective July 1, was among the personnel moves approved by the Washington County Board of Education on Jan. 17. Novak said Tuesday that she is in her seventh year as principal at North High. Novak also has been principal at Smithsburg High and Northern Middle. - Julie E. Greene
NEWS
February 27, 2009
SMITHSBURG -- Smithsburg High's boys basketball team will host Catoctin at 6 p.m. today in a Maryland Class 1A sectional tournament first-round game, Athletic Director Teresa Bachtell said this morning. The Smithsburg girls will host Brunswick at 8 p.m. in a first-round tournament game, Bachtell said. The starting times were incorrerctly reversed in schedules published in The Herald-Mail newspaper this week. For a full schedule of local sporting events, go to www.herald-mail.
NEWS
January 5, 2005
Today: Geography Bee final, Smithsburg Middle School, 8:50 a.m. Jan. 10: Smithsburg Park Commission meeting, Town Hall, 7 p.m. Jan. 12: Smithsburg Lions Club meeting at Golden Corral Restaurant, Waynesboro, Pa., 6:30 p.m. Jan. 13: Smithsburg Library storytime for ages 3 and older, 4 p.m. Jan. 18: Ringgold Ruritan Club meets at Ringgold Ruritan Building, Windy Haven Road, 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. meeting. Jan. 18: Chewsville Lions Club, Bethel United Methodist Church, 6:15 p.m. Jan. 19: Smithsburg Historical Society Board meets at Town Hall, 7 p.m. Jan. 19: FBLA meeting, Smithsburg High, 3:45 p.m. Jan. 24: Band sandwich sale, Smithsburg High.
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by MARLO BARNHART | September 7, 2005
marlob@herald-mail.com SMITHSBURG - After 22 years in administration at Brunswick High School in Frederick County, Md., Melvin "Buzz" Whitfield said he was ready for a new challenge. So he came over the mountain to Smithsburg High School to assume the principalship in time for the 2005-06 school year, which just began. "A year or two ago, I felt I needed a change," Whitfield said. He retired from Frederick County Public Schools and took the top job at Smithsburg High, which had been held by Valerie Novak, now the principal at North Hagerstown High School.
NEWS
October 25, 2007
Here are some of the things happening Monday in Washington County Public Schools: Monday, Oct. 29 Professional learning day - schools closed; Central Office open. Cascade Elementary - Parent/teacher conferences, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Family Night at the Book Fair, 4 to 7 p.m. Pangborn Elementary - Parent/teacher conferences. Smithsburg High - Flu clinic in cafeteria, 8 a.m. to noon, and 2 to 6 p.m. Funkstown Elementary - Parent/teacher conferences. Pleasant Valley Elementary - Parent/teacher conferences.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | August 11, 2013
Dedicated to Smithsburg and Leopard football. Devoted to his wife and daughters. That's how friends and family described Terry Verdier on Sunday. On Saturday night, Verdier, 42, of Jefferson Boulevard, died after a tractor rolled over onto him in the 22200 block of Jefferson Boulevard, where he was mowing a hillside, according to Maryland State Police. Verdier had been coaching football at Smithsburg High for approximately 18 years, joining the program during the last years Carroll Reid was head coach, said Smithsburg High's Head Coach Buddy Orndorff.
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EDUCATION
August 4, 2013
Smithsburg Lions Club President Frank Schaller presented the Smithsburg Lions Club Scholarship to Kyle William Huntzberry  on May 22 at the Mountain Gate Restaurant in Waynesboro, Pa. Kyle recently graduated from Smithsburg High School, where he was on the distinguished honor roll in ninth and 10 grades, received the faculty distinguished honor award in 11th grade and was named to the STARS program in ninth and 12th grades.  Kyle has been involved...
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | August 4, 2013
More than 250 people gathered Sunday at the Hagerstown Elks Lodge, sharing photographs and stories about their families and their times at the old Smithsburg High School. The all-class reunion for the old high school included alumni from the early 1930s through 1965, when the old school closed, and the new, still-standing Smithsburg High School opened. The reunion, started by Charlie Slick in 1997, is held about every three years, said Rick Reynolds, who graduated in 1959 and is a member of the reunion committee.
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By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | July 25, 2013
With the same teen spirit they used to cheer him on at football games, Smithsburg High School students filled the bleachers for a different reason Thursday night - to pull for a classmate who was critically injured in a recent car crash. At the vigil for injured athlete Preston Miller, which was aimed at gathering “prayers for Preston,” they cheered his name, wrote him messages of support and bowed their heads in prayer. On the school's track and football field about 200 students, all wearing his favorite color, red, gathered to spell out his initials - PM.  Preston, an incoming senior who is a football player and member of the school's track team, is currently at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where a hospital spokeswoman said he was in critical condition Thursday morning.
EDUCATION
May 26, 2013
The Character Counts! Washington County Coalition announced the recipients of the 2013 Character Counts! scholarships. The students were nominated because they demonstrated the six pillars of Character Counts!, which are trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. Each student will receive a $500 award. The winners are Savannah Fritz, a graduate of Greencastle-Antrim (Pa.) High School;  Megan Kiley, a graduate of Boonsboro High; Haley Caudell, a graduate of Smithsburg High, whose scholarship is sponsored by John and Kathy Davidson and the family of Bub Zeger in his memory; and Kirstie Coombs, a North Hagerstown High graduate, whose scholarship is sponsored by Kaplan University.
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By JANET HEIM | janeth@herald-mail.com | May 2, 2013
Attiya Latif is the youngest of three children and the last of her siblings to participate in the local American Legion Oratorical Contest. The contest is designed to foster a deeper knowledge of and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students, according to the legion's website. “It was always a big thing. It was like a family thing,” said Attiya, 16, who was born and raised in Hagerstown. The Latif children were raised to value the freedoms and protections of the U.S. Constitution, upon which the contest is based.
EDUCATION
April 28, 2013
Dates, times and locations have been set for graduation ceremonies honoring the Class of 2013 for Washington County Public Schools. At this time, more than 1,600 students are expected to receive diplomas or certificates from Washington County Public Schools on the following days in May and June: May 22 - Marshall Street School/Washington County Job Development Program, 10 a.m. at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater May 30 - Evening...
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | April 22, 2013
After coming home empty in 2010, the Smithsburg High School band program brought back two first-place trophies, a second-place trophy and an individual award this year from its trip to Disney World. The marching and jazz bands brought home gold trophies for best of show among all performers at Festival Disney, a competition at Disney World open to concert bands, marching bands, jazz ensembles, orchestras, vocal ensembles, show choirs and auxiliary units. The concert band brought home a silver trophy for second place.
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | April 21, 2013
After coming home empty in 2010, the Smithsburg High School band program brought back two first-place trophies, a second-place trophy and an individual award this year from its trip to Disney World. The marching and jazz bands brought home gold trophies for best of show among all performers at Festival Disney, a competition at Disney World open to concert bands, marching bands, jazz ensembles, orchestras, vocal ensembles, show choirs and auxiliary units. The concert band brought home a silver trophy for second place.
EDUCATION
December 22, 2012
Second marking period Distinguished honor roll Grade nine - Murad M. Akhmedov, Ernst C. Arnold, Alaina M. Black, Noah W. Daigneault, Megan M. Davis, Morgan M. Fraser, Maheen H. Haq, Cassandra Li, Zakary S. Newberry, Lindsay K. Penwell, Devon H. Robinson, Bryce K. Scharenbroch, Joseph J. Schwartz, Kennedy E. Shaver, Josephine A. Snyder, Dakota L. Vaughn, Sarah E. Wagner, Ethan E. Wilt, Fiona R. Zahm Grade 10 - Payton...
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