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Clarissa Reed, of Finskburg, was among 31 Kutztown University students to be inducted into the Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology at its annual induction ceremony this spring. Psi Chi is the International Honor Society for Psychology majors, with chapters around the globe.

Megan Kramer, of Taneytown, is the recipient of the The Nathan Schiowitz Scholarship in Nursing at Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The scholarship is presented to a student selected by the Admissions Office who demonstrates academic and potential leadership abilities in the field of nursing. Scholarship students and donors were recognized at the university's annual Scholarship Luncheon on April 4. She was also one of more than 95 students, faculty and staff recognized at the Extracurricular Awards Luncheon on April 25 for contributions to activities outside the classroom. Kramer received the Resident Assistant of the Year, presented by Office of Residence Life. The nursing major also received the Outstanding Leadership Award in Nursing, presented by the Passan School of Nursing, during the 2019 Academic Awards Ceremony on May 17.


Jessica Becke, of Manchester, earned advanced certification in the Saint Francis University's chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success. She was recognized during the organization's second induction ceremony of the 2018-2019 academic year, held April 13 at the university's DiSepio Institute for Rural Health & Wellness, Loretto, Pennsylvania.

McDaniel students Emily Barker, of Sykesville; and Ethan Brown, of Taneytown, performed in the school's College Band concert, held May 10 on the school's campus. The band features nearly 50 musicians, including McDaniel students, McDaniel faculty members, band alumni and community musicians.


Local McDaniel College students were among those recognized at the April 28 Spring Awards ceremony. Nearly 30 honors for academic achievement and leadership were awarded to juniors, sophomores and freshmen, including: Marya Kuratova, of Westminster, The Millard Milburn Rice Non-Fiction Writing Prize, established in 1993, awarded to a worthy sophomore or junior for the purpose of encouraging the highest quality of non-fiction writing; Jeremy McDermott, of Manchester, The Ralph B. Price Scholarship, established in 1987, given annually to an outstanding senior economics or business administration major who demonstrates intellectual curiosity, humane manner, love of the college community and caring for others; Tracy Fleming, of Manchester, The James P. Earp Sociology Award, established in 1985, given annually to a junior who has demonstrated a high level of scholarship in the study of sociology, as well as qualities of character and leadership that have been an inspiration to the campus community; Andrew Murphy, of Eldersburg, The James D. Essig Memorial Scholarship, established in 1985, awarded annually to a history major with at least a B-average and who demonstrates high personal and academic integrity; Laura Midkiff, of Westminster, The Wentz Most Promising Art Freshman Prize, established in 1984, awarded to the first-year student showing the greatest promise as an artist; Shaun Thompson, of Mount Airy, The Brian T. Russo '86 Memorial Award, established in 2006, made each year to a rising senior with the most outstanding record on the cross country team and with the best combination of academic and athletic success; and Cameron St. Andre, of Westminster, The James B. Moore Memorial Award, established in 1968, awarded to a member of the sophomore class who during the freshman year showed superior qualities of character and leadership in all phases of campus life and activity, including ROTC.

McDaniel College juniors Nicolette Brookman, of Sykesville; and Erika Lewis, of Westminster, were named April 28 to the Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society. Juniors and seniors who stand in the upper 35 percent of their classes are eligible and selected on the basis of exceptional leadership in various aspects of campus life.

Wilkes University mechanical engineering student John Weitzel, of Greenmount, presented a senior project on April 28, at an event attended by faculty, friends and family. Engineering students in the University's College of Science and Engineering, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, are required to complete a senior project as part of the requirements to complete their degrees. Weitzel's project was titled "Passive Vortex Sensor," and the student team created a seal whisker inspired sensor, while working with a faculty advisor.

The following local residents were recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society: Young Lee, of Mount Airy, initiated at University of Maryland, Eastern Shore; Brandon Foster, of Eldersburg, initiated at Carnegie Mellon University; Emily Rieland, of Mount Airy, initiated at Salisbury University. 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.

Debra Lucille Asbury, of Westminster, graduated May 10 from Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas, with a Master of Science degree in mathematics.

Alexander Bloch, of Mount Airy, was recognized at the Student Affairs Leadership and Service Awards Ceremony at Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pennsylvania. Bloch, a graduate of South Carroll High School, is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in exercise science. Bloch received the Residential Life Outstanding Community Builder of the Year award.

Ryan Novotny, of Westminster, was awarded as the Outstanding Freshman from the Department of Intelligence and National Security Studies at Coastal Carolina University, Conway, South Carolina. Students studying in the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts were awarded recognition for outstanding academic work within their departments in an April 25 ceremony. Novotny is an intelligence & national security studies major.