Head of the Class: Towson area residents earn academic accolades

Midshipman Second Class Timothy J. Cadigan was named to the superintendent's list for the third consecutive semester at the U.S. Naval Academy, in Annapolis. The list is the highest honor list at the academy.

Cadigan is the son of John and Connie Cadigan, of Lutherville. A 2009 graduate of Calvert Hall College, he is a history major and a coxswain of the Navy heavyweight crew. He was also one of 30 second-class midshipmen chosen to be a detailer for Plebe Summer.

Matthew Friedman, of Cockeysville, received the Clyde W. Johnson $10,000 scholarship from the University of Michigan, where he is a senior in the College of Engineering. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, an engineering honor society, and is vice president of finance for Alpha Pi Mu, an industrial and operations engineering honor society. He is scheduled to graduate in December but will continue in a one-year master's degree program in engineering. Matthew graduated from Dulaney High School in 2008 and is the son of Scott and Gigi Friedman.

William Harrison and Sara Mostafa, both of Cockeysville and both seniors at the McDonogh School, have been named commended students in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program.

The following local residents, all first-year students at York College, in York, Pa., received academic scholarships from the college:

Andrew Brzuchalski, of Cockeysville, a mechanical engineering major and graduate of Dulaney High School; and Drew Landerman, of Timonium, a chemistry major and graduate of Towson High School, each received a Dean's Scholarship.

Travis Brown, of Towson, an electrical engineering major and graduate of Loch Raven High, received a Presidential Scholarship.

Nicole St. Pierre, a resident of Towson and a student at Elizabethtown College, in Elizabethtown, Pa., is performing this month in the college theater's production of "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead," Oct. 27, 28 and 29. St. Pierre, a senior at the college, will play the role of Gertrude. The play tells the story of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" from the perspective of the Danish prince's sidekicks Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

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