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McDaniel College seniors Jack Del Nunzio, of Sykesville, and Andrew Richards, of Westminster, presented at the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference held March 30. Del Nunzio's paper, "'See How Dear Old Maryland Shines:' Confronting Maryland's Lynching Legacy," also won first prize in the American History category. Richards' paper was titled "Escalation: American Perceptions of the Japanese in the Early Nineteenth Century." Both papers were shortened versions of each student's senior history colloquium paper, completed in fall 2018 as part of the McDaniel history department's graduation requirement. Approximately 50 papers were presented at the conference from over a dozen colleges and universities, including five from McDaniel. To be eligible for the honor society, students at McDaniel must be nominated and selected by faculty of the history department, complete a minimum of four courses in history, achieve a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, achieve a minimum GPA of 3.1 in history courses taken at McDaniel, and must be in the top 35 percent of their class.

McDaniel College students were recognized at the ROTC President's Review held at McDaniel on Friday, April 5. Local students included Nevin Stambaugh, of Taneytown, who received the Military Officers Association Award and was named a Distinguished Military Student; Cameron St. Andre, of Westminster, who received the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War ROTC Award; and Andrew Murphy, of Eldersburg, who received the Military Order of the World Wars Award.

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Austin Johnson, of Sykesville, was among 100 cadets from Randolph-Macon Academy, Front Royal, Virginia, who traveled March 15 to march in the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade. The cadets arrived early enough to tour the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum aboard the USS Intrepid aircraft carrier. After a night in a nearby hotel, the cadets and their chaperones returned to the city to march in the parade. Johnson, a freshman at R-MA, marched in the parade as a member of the R-MA Band.

Western Governors University, an online, nonprofit university held its commencement ceremonies last fall and earlier this year to celebrate the recent graduation of nearly 22,000 students from across the country. Local graduates include: Nicole Snyder, of Eldersburg, Master of Science, nursing - leadership and management (RN to MSN); Farron George, of Hampstead, Master of Education, instructional design; Lisa Hogan, of Keymar, Bachelor of Science, nursing; Jamie Johnson, of Manchester, Bachelor of Science, nursing; Megan Himbury, of Manchester, Bachelor of Science, nursing; Richard Gil, of Marriottsville, Master of Science, cybersecurity and information assurance; Meredith Null, of Mount Airy, Bachelor of Science, nursing; Loren Grimm, of Sykesville, Bachelor of Science, nursing; Teri Young, of Sykesville, Master of Education, instructional design; Neal Ford, of Union Bridge, Bachelor of Science, business management; Bridget Martin, of Westminster, Bachelor of Science, nursing; Shannel Barnhill, of Westminster, Bachelor of Science, marketing management; Matthew Greisler, of Woodbine, Master of Science, accounting.

The following local McDaniel College students performed in the College Choir's April 28 concert, "Of Wisdom and Folly," held in Baker Memorial Chapel: Nick Cloutier, of Westminster; Bryant Gutknecht, of Manchester; Julia Reznikov, of Finksburg; and Sam Trapp, of Mount Airy.

Vocalists Kayla Catlin, of Eldersburg; Nick Cloutier, of Westminster; and Julia Reznikov, of Finksburg, were among McDaniel College students who performed during an April 26 Student Voice and Piano Recital at the college. Catlin performed Il barcaiolo" by Donizetti. Cloutier performed "Maria" by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. Reznikov performed "Loneliness" by Rachmaninov.

Jonathan Issing, of Westminster, was recently inducted into Pi Mu Epsilon at Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pennsylvania, during the college's annual Inquiry celebration. Issing, a gradaute of Calvert Hall College High School, is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in actuarial science and analytical finance. Pi Mu Epsilon is a national honor society dedicated to the promotion of mathematics and the recognition of students who successfully pursue mathematical understanding.

Esther Thomas, of Westminster, was among 16 student inducted into the Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) Biological Honor Society at Misericordia University, Dallas, Pennsylvania. TriBeta was founded for students dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research. Misericordia University students majoring in biology are eligible for the honor society after completing at least three semesters in the program and maintaining a minimum overall grade point average of 3.2 for associate members and 3.5 GPA for regular members.

McDaniel College students performed in the Student Solo Recital on April 12, which featured vocal and instrumental soloists. Local students included: Ethan Brown, of Taneytown; Kayla Catlin, of Eldersburg; Nick Cloutier, of Westminster; Clayton Herbst, of Westminster; Cade Leek, of Westminster; and Colin Tucker, of Keymar.

The following local residents were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society: Maryanna Antoldi, of Eldersburg, was initiated at Fordham University . Alexis Rose, of Mount Airy, was initiated at Virginia Tech . Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter; Hannah Manning, of Westminster, was initiated at Salisbury University; Cameron Ament, of Hampstead, was initiated at Salisbury University; Kellie Schinzel of Westminster, was initiated at Eastern Kentucky University ; Danielle Wilson, of Mount Airy, was initiated at East Carolina University ; Sydney Leahy, of Westminster, was initiated at East Carolina University; Rachel Mansir, of Manchester, was initiated at University of Maryland, Baltimore Campuses; Courtney Colson, of Westminster, was initiated at University of Maryland, Baltimore Campuses; Julie Factor, of Woodbine, was initiated at University of Maryland, Baltimore Campuses. 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.

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