Head of the Class: Awards and accolades for local students

At James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., several Carroll County residents recently served as first-year orientation guides — known on campus as "FROGs" — as part of the university's orientation team.

Included among them were Ashley Kellner, of Marriottsville, a junior whose major is communication sciences and disorders and psychology; Kara Zawacki, of Westminster, a junior majoring in psychology; and Mackenzie Kappe, of Woodbine, a sophomore majoring in biology.


Sarah Rodriguez, of Westminster, is attending Ashland University, in Ohio, and was awarded the school's President's Scholarship of $15,000 annually. Rodriguez is a graduate of Westminster High School.

Several local students are attending Lebanon Valley College, in Annville, Pa., this fall as freshmen. They are on track to become graduates in 2016 — the college's 150th year.


They include Westminster residents Molly Van Leuvan, a biology major; Allison Laufert, a health science major; Morgan Maier, a psychology major; and Jacques Mercer and Patrick Markovic, both with open majors. All are graduates of Winters Mill High School.

Other incoming freshmen are Taneytown resident Amanda Rozanski, an early childhood education and special education major and Brayden Buie, a music education major. Both are graduates of Francis Scott Key High School.

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Robert Conlon, of Eldersburg, is a freshman criminal justice major and graduate of Liberty High School. And Katherine Matzke, of Reisterstown, is a freshman health science major and graduate of Maryvale Preparatory School.

Frostburg State University has announced that the following local students have received scholarships at the university.

Sarah Galvin, of Sykesville, received the Betty Favre Memorial scholarship, the Mabel Myers Memorial Music Scholarship and Louise Goshorn and Barbara (Goshorn) Bruchey Presidential Merit Pass-Through Scholarship.

Kelley Magee, of Sykesville, received the Foreign Language Redick Spanish Scholarship. Magee is the daughter of Dale and Sally Magee and attended Century High School.

Linda Triano, of Eldersburg, was a recipient in the Verizon Scholarships for Educational Students Program. Triano is the daughter of Michael and Linda Triano and attended Liberty High School.

Abby Bird, of Sykesville, was one of more than 65 orientation leaders who volunteered to welcome incoming freshmen to the University of Dallas before the fall semester began.


Holly Marie Havenstein was a recipient of the dean's award for academic excellence in the spring term of their senior year at Colgate University.