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Jacob Fernandez, of Manchester, will premiere an original drama thriller, "House 213," at the McDaniel Cinema Showcase. The event, to be held at 7 p.m. May 3 at the college, features capstone films written, directed, produced and edited by cinema majors at McDaniel as portfolios of their work. A total of six films, each approximately 20 minutes in length, are being shown.

McDaniel College students perform in the Gospel Choir Concert at 7:30 p.m. May 5 at the college. Local students include Mable Buchanan, of Westminster; Savannah Dawson, of Westminster; Ceanna Hudicka, of Hampstead; Emily McQuarrie, of Mount Airy; and Lorelle Watts, of Hampstead. The concert is titled "Welcome" and features traditional and contemporary gospel music.

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McDaniel College students perform in the Westminster Symphony Orchestra's annual spring concert, titled "Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue." The concert is May 5 at 3 p.m. at Carroll Community College in Westminster. Local students include Ethan Brown, of Taneytown; and Clayton Herbst, of Westminster. The orchestra is comprised of McDaniel College and Carroll Community College students, as well as community musicians.

Steven Priester was named to the president's honor list for the fall semester 2017 at University of South Carolina , in Columbia, South Carolina. Priester is a 2015 graduate of Manchester Valley High School. The president's honor list is awarded to full-time undergraduate students who have earned a 4.0 GPA.

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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.

McDaniel College students were inducted March 25 into the Delta of Maryland Chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa national honor society, including: Savannah Dawson, of Westminster; Jacob Holechek, of Union Bridge; Ceanna Hudicka, of Hampstead; Samantha Smith, of Westminster; Chris Shatzer, of Taneytown. The Phi Beta Kappa Society is the nation's oldest academic honor society.

Lindsay Kirschner, of Finksburg, was initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Kirschner was initiated at University of North Carolina Wilmington. Kirschner 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.

Robert Imhoff, of Upperco, was among the cadets selected to the Class of 2019 Summerall Guards at The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina. The group was introduced March 24, and the 61 rising-senior cadets held their first performance after a rifle exchange ceremony with the 2018 guards. The Summerall Guards are a silent precision drill platoon first formed more than 85 years ago. Through a unique series of movements based on the old military close-order drills, the Summerall Guards aspire to exemplify the precise and meticulous training of a Citadel cadet. The intricate movements of the drill are taught from one class to the next and have never been formally recorded. Earning the title of Summerall Guard is one of the highest honors that can be achieved by a member of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets at The Citadel.

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