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Steven R. Priester, of Manchester, has been named to the President's Honor List for the fall semester 2015 at University of South Carolina, in Columbia, S.C. The list is the school's highest semester honors ranking for undergraduate students, and is reserved for full-time students who have earned a GPA of 4.0. Priester is a 2015 graduate of Manchester Valley High School.

Lebanon Valley College students Allison Laufert, of Westminster, a graduate of Winters Mill High School, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in health science; and Amanda Rozanski, of Taneytown, is a graduate of Francis Scott Key High School, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education and special education, were among 51 students inducted to the school's Phi Alpha Epsilon honor society on April 3 as part of Inquiry 2016. Membership is limited to senior students who have achieved a 3.6 GPA, completed 24 credits of LVC coursework, and earned a bronze, silver, or gold community service award. The college is in Annville, Pa.

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Cassandra Schaefer, of Westminster, graduated from Upper Iowa University, Fayette, Iowa, with a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice in October 2015.

Randall C. Janowitz, of Westminster, will be among 25 Pennsylvania College of Technology students to visit Louisville, Ky., for the first week of May, where they will join the Churchill Downs culinary team in preparing food for more than 170,000 guests of the Kentucky Derby horse race. Janowitz is pursuing a bachelor's degree in culinary arts and systems.

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Timothy Petry, Westminster High School, was among 109 recipients of the 2016 Maryland Leaders and Achievers scholarships, presented by the Comcast Foundation. Each recipient received $1,000. Comcast, joined by Maryland Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford; Maryland House Speaker, Michael E. Busch; and other local elected officials and school administrators, recognized the students at an event held March 23 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis. The program recognizes students who strive to achieve their potential, who are catalysts for positive change in their communities, who are involved in their schools and who serve as models for their fellow students.

Anthony Baranauskas, of Hampstead, a junior at McDaniel College, Westminster, participated in the National Model United Nations 2016 conference in New York City, March 27-31. McDaniel's delegation of eight students represented the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan.

The following students were inducted into the Delta of Maryland Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society at McDaniel College on April 3: Elisabeth Lang, senior, of Eldersburg; Keegan Farley, senior, of Hampstead; Juliana Ottomano, senior, of Manchester; Samuel Holechek, senior, of Union Bridge; Clifford Reeves, senior, of Westminster; and Jacob Rill, junior, of Westminster. The Phi Beta Kappa Society is the nation's oldest academic honor society.

Gettysburg College honored the following local students for the fall 2015 semester: Dean's honor list (3.6 or above): Megan Dietz, of Westminster, health science major with the class of 2019. She has also been selected to be a resident assistant next year. Emily Redmond, of Westminster, psychology major with the class of 2019. Emily Harrison, of Hampstead, chemistry major with the class of 2018. Cordell Boggs, of Taneytown, biochemistry and molecular biology with the class of 2017. He is a 2013 graduate of Francis Scott Key High School. Dean's commendation list (3.3-3.59): Emily Wilcox, of Westminster, psychology major with the class of 2018. She is a 2014 graduate of Winters Mill High School.

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Skyler Thompson, of Millers, has been named to the York College of Pennsylvania Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education. Thompson is a senior secondary education-English major. Members must earn Pre-Professional Education Status and have an overall GPA of a 3.5 for secondary and middle school education majors, or a 3.7 for early childhood and/or dual majors.

Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pa., recognized more than 140 of its first-year students for making an impact on campus as a new student, during the Celebration of Student Success reception, held April 4. Local students included Hannah Kurek, of Millers, graduate of Manchester Valley High School, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education and special education; Bryanne Flannery, of Eldersburg, graduate of Liberty High School, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education; and Jillian Eastwood, of Westminster, graduate of Westminster High School, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in exercise science. Honorees were nominated by faculty and administrators for standing out in the classroom, working with classmates, student leadership, on-campus employment, or extracurricular activities such as athletics, performance or volunteerism.

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