Carroll County schools took home 15 awards for their theater productions at the Cappies of Baltimore high school theater award ceremony, including an award for best musical for South Carroll's production of "Urinetown: The Musical." Liberty, South Carroll and Century high schools were honored at the gala. Liberty won awards in marketing/publicity, costumes, makeup, special effects/technology and comic actor for "Shrek the Musical"; Century won for sound, props, featured actor and supporting actor in a play for "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play"; and South Carroll won for stage crew, choreography, ensemble in a musical, supporting actor and actress in a musical, in addition to best musical for "Urinetown."
Vietnam veterans were honored in the Westminster Memorial Day parade this year, with an individual float for veterans of the controversial war for the first time in the parade's lengthy history. Veterans who were part of the float, like Ron Hollingsworth, a 20-year Army veteran who served two tours in Vietnam, said they felt like they were never welcomed home, and men and women returning from active duty did not expect the harassment and humiliation that came from serving in Vietnam. Hollingsworth and other members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 467 in Westminster decided that it was time to encourage Vietnam veterans to stand proud for their service in Vietnam.
More than 700 students each at Carroll Community College and McDaniel College walked across the stage last week, accepting their degrees and getting ready for the next phase of their lives. That includes students like Elisabeth Lang, of Eldersburg, who was the final recipient of the Carroll Community College President's Academic Excellence Award, a scholarship Faye Pappalardo created when she began her tenure as president 15 years ago, given to an exceptional student with a 4.0 GPA and a resume chock-full of extracurricular activities.
At just 20 years old, Joseph Crouse, of Taneytown, has earned two master's degrees - a human sciences master's degree from Hood College and a Master of Business Administration from Frostburg University - and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Nevada. Crouse had earned his Associate of Arts from Carroll Community College and a Bachelor of Science from Charter Oak State College before graduating from Francis Scott Key High School in 2011. Crouse started working for a forensic economics consulting company, Vocational Economics Inc., last week.