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Brett Dardzinski, of Sykesville, was named to Western New England University's chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society on Oct. 19. Alpha Lambda Delta is a national honor society for first-year students that encourages and recognizes superior academic achievement. Acceptance is based on attaining a minimum grade point average of 3.50 in their first semester of study or a 3.50 cumulative average at the end of the first year. Dardzinski is working toward a BSE in mechanical engineering/mechatronics concentration at the Springfield, Massachusetts, school.

The following local students graduated during the Aug. 4 commencement exercises at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia: Caroline Rose Jansen, of Mount Airy, degree in media arts and design; Shanelle Lauren Harrell, of Hampstead, degree in sport & recreation management; McKenzie Corinne Ridgely, of Union Bridge, degree in sport & recreation management; Justine Louise Wollman, of Woodbine, degree in health sciences.

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Kyle Thomas Conahan, of Sykesville, received a degree in political science; and Rachel Kuepper Larkin, of Woodbine, received a degree in school psychology, from The Graduate School at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, during the Aug. 4 graduate school commencement exercises.

Cassidy Heflin, of New Windsor, was among 39 students who were installed in the sorority Zeta Tau Alpha, opening a new chapter for Piedmont College, Demorest, Georgia, as it launches a Greek Life program. The Oct. 21 installation banquet welcomed the Lambda Rho Chapter of the Carmel, Indiana-based fraternity to Piedmont.

Patrick M. Miller, of Taneytown, who is majoring in meteorology, was awarded a Presidential Scholarship and Destination Oswego Scholarship from SUNY Oswego, in New York. The award recognizes past academic achievement and potential for success. Outstanding first-year students are offered Presidential Scholarships, Deans' Awards, Merit Awards and, for outstanding students from outside New York state, Destination Oswego scholarships.

Tobias Liska, of Sykesville, has earned a spot on the 2018 football team for Assumption College, Worcester, Massachusetts. Liska, class of 2022, competed during the Greyhounds' fall season.

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