Tiffany Knight, of Taneytown, was initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Knight was initiated at University of Florida . Knight is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.
Coastal Carolina University, Conway, South Carolina held two commencement ceremonies Dec. 14, with more than 700 students eligible to participate. Among local eligible were Sydney Gemmell, a psychology major from Eldersburg, earning a Bachelor of Science; and Joseph Perison, a marine science major from Westminster, earning a Bachelor of Science.
Donald Linn, of Detour, received the FSU Excellence Scholarship for study at Frostburg State University. Linn attended Walkersville High School.
McDaniel College students participated in the 2018 National Model United Nations China conference at Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi'an, China, Nov. 18-24. McDaniel's delegation of 13 students represented either Belarus, Chad or Togo. Ethan Cortes, of Sykesville, was a member of the Belarus team, which received an honorable mention delegation award. Mischka Johnson, of Westminster, was a member of the Belarus team, which received an honorable mention delegation award, and also served as head delegate. Christopher Shatzer, of Taneytown, was a member of the Chad team. The mission of the National Model United Nations is to advance the understanding of the United Nations and contemporary international issues through quality educational programs that emphasize collaboration and cooperative conflict resolution and prepare participants for active global citizenship. The National Model United Nations China conference is held through a long-distance partnership between the National Model United Nations and Northwestern Polytechnical University.
Nearly 300 students graduated from York College of Pennsylvania on Dec. 19, including local students: Emilie Bangerd, of Westminster, Bachelor of Science degree in early elementary education; Dylan Barber, of Finksburg, Bachelor of Science degree in computer information systems; Robert Hall, of Marriottsville, Bachelor of Science degree in marketing; Samantha Levy, of Finksburg, graduated summa cum laude, Bachelor of Science degree in marketing; Stacy Reda, of Mount Airy, Bachelor of Science degree in early elementary/special education; Travis Rugemer, of Manchester,, Bachelor of Science degree in business administration.