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Palm Beach Atlantic University business student Emily Hochheiser, of Manchester, received a scholarship at the university's American Free Enterprise Day ceremonies Nov. 10. Hochheiser, a junior majoring in business management, is the recipient of the Southern Self Storage Scholarship, established by Southern Self Storage owners Robert A. McIntosh and Peter V. Cowie, who received PBA's American Free Enterprise Companion Medal in 1999. Hochheiser is a graduate of Manchester Valley High School.

Christopher Daniel De Vilbiss graduated from the University of Florida Dec. 16, with a Doctor of Philosophy, environmental engineering. A 2004 graduate of Liberty High School in Eldersburg, he graduated with academic honors and advanced placement in four collegiate subjects, and earned 10 varsity letters in cross country, wrestling, and outdoor track & field. He earned two varsity letters at the University of Oklahoma and graduated in 2009 with varsity honors and a Bachelor of Science in environmental engineering. He continued with graduate studies at OU, graduating in 2011 and earning two engineering certifications in Fundamentals and Green Belt Six Sigma. In the fall of 2011, he accepted the roll of primary researcher for an EPA grant to the University of Florida. He began his doctoral studies in January 2012 while continuing his grant research and teaching at the UFL. In the fall of 2013 he studied abroad in Italy for a semester with the premier professor of fractural calculus. He successfully defended his dissertation in October 2016 and has submitted his research for publication.

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Beta Beta Beta, the Biological Honor Society at Stevenson University, has inducted many new members, as well as appointed new leadership roles. Local students include: Ryan James, of Westminster; Nadia Nehme, of Eldersburg; Christopher Zaykoski, of Hampstead; Akeweh Fondong, of Westminster; Emily Iannucci, of Sykesville; Emily Keith, of Hampstead; Brittney Leister, of Hampstead; and Natalie Wasicko, of Finksburg.

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