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McDaniel College students will perform in the Student African Drum Ensemble at 7 p.m. April 26 at the college. Local students include: Kara Coffman, of Westminster; Dan Glusman, of Westminster; Katie Reightler, of Hampstead; Alexandra Stitely, of Westminster. The event also features the Super Ngewel African Drum and Dance Ensemble performing traditional Senegalese rhythms on authentic handmade instruments while incorporating dance and storytelling.

Works by graduating art students at McDaniel College are highlighted in the Senior Capstone Exhibition, "HeadSPACE," including Kristopher Orth, of Taneytown, with drawings are influenced by High Renaissance painters such as Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio and Raphael; and Monique Staveley, of Sykesville, with pen and ink drawings separated with panels telling the story of college-age girl getting through menial tasks that turn into larger-than-life problems. The exhibition runs through April 27 in McDaniel's Rice Gallery.

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The Madrigal Singers, the premier vocal ensemble at McDaniel College, will performs a cappella styles from Renaissance pieces to contemporary jazz vocal music on at 7:30 p.m. April 30 at the college. Local students performing include Ethan Brown, of Taneytown; Jackie Sherwin, of Westminster; and Jared Wilmer, of Westminster.

Lashawna Gallope, of Westminster, was named to the dean's list for the fall semester of the 2017-18 school year at Bethany College, in West Virginia. Dean's list students must have earned a grade point average of 3.65 or better while completing a minimum of 12 graded credit hours.

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The following local students graduated during the Dec. 16, 2017, commencement exercises at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia: James Matthew Amerena, of Mount Airy, graduated with a degree in economics. Daniel Michael Peters, of Mount Airy, graduated with a degree in marketing. They were among more than 900 students who received undergraduate, master's, educational specialist and doctoral degrees.

Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pennsylvania, recognized more than 150 student-athletes who competed for the Flying Dutchmen athletic teams during the winter season: Hannah Kurek, of Millers, graduate of Manchester Valley High School, pursuing Bachelor of Science in early childhood education and special education, member of the women's indoor track and field team. Zachary Tucker, of Sykesville, graduate of Century High School, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in business administration, member of the men's basketball team.

Local James Madison University students recently spent a week, March 5-12, helping those in need through the university's Alternative Spring Break Program. The student-led trips focused on a social issue in a specific region. Almost 250 students embarked on 25 spring break trips around the country and world. Hampstead resident Sarah Eline, a health sciences major, traveled to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to volunteer with Rebuilding Together. Westminster resident Hannah Chmielewski, a health sciences major, traveled to Orlando, Florida, to volunteer with Family Promise of Greater Orlando. Woodbine resident Justine Wollman, a health sciences major, traveled to Moab, Utah, to volunteer with Arches National Park. Mount Airy resident Caroline Jansen, a media arts and design major, traveled to Santa Patulul, Guatemala, to volunteer with Mayan Power & Light/Appropriate Tech. Solutions.

Abigail Harding, a marine science major from Sykesville, helped host Coastal Carolina University's TEAL Youth Day on March 23, on CCU's campus. More than 130 elementary and middle school students who are part of the Dalton and Linda Floyd Mentoring Program at CCU attended the event. The event provides children and youth participating in the mentoring program the opportunity to visit a college campus and to see where their mentors go to school. CCU student mentors normally visit children at their school each week.

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