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The following local McDaniel College students performed during the college's Jazz Night on May 5: Kenneth Baquol, of Taneytown, senior; Paul Morales, of Westminster, senior; and Jacqueline Sherwin, of Westminster, sophomore. Directed by Bo Eckard, senior lecturer in music, Jazz Night highlights the Thursday Jazz Ensemble, the Monday Jazz Ensemble, and the five-piece Jazz Combo with vocalists.

McDaniel College students Melissa Williams, of New Windsor, senior; Mable Buchanan, of Westminster, sophomore; and Savannah Dawson, of Westminster, junior, were featured in the Musical Theatre/Opera Workshop on May 1 at WMC Alumni Hall at the college in Westminster. Music and theatre arts students at McDaniel performed selections from renowned operas and Broadway musicals under the direction of Kyle Engler, senior lecturer in music.

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McDaniel College students Benjamin Kohn, of Finksburg, junior; Emily Barker, of Sykesville, freshman; and Marc Lazaga, of Westminster, freshman, performed in the College Band Concert, held May 6 in WMC Alumni Hall at the college in Westminster. Directed by Linda Kirkpatrick, senior lecturer in music at McDaniel College, the concert featured nearly 50 McDaniel students, as well as McDaniel faculty members, band alumni, and community musicians.

The following McDaniel College students performed in the Gospel Choir Concert, held May 7 in WMC Alumni Hall at the college in Westminster: senior Elizabeth Mann, of Finksburg; sophomore Ceanna Hudicka, of Hampstead; junior Margaret Rosario, of New Windsor; senior Erna Hammond, of Sykesville; sophomore Mable Buchanan, of Westminster; freshman Samantha Curry, of Westminster; and junior Chelsea Green, of Westminster. The concert, titled "We Are One," was under the direction of music lecturer Shelley Ensor.

Natalie Paskoski, of Finksburg, was among Rochester Institute of Technology's College of Liberal Arts students honored for achievement in writing, with the presentation of the 2016 Henry and Mary Kearse Distinguished Lecture and Student Writing Award Ceremony. Paskoski, a fourth-year advertising and public relations major representing the School of Communication, was awarded for her "Bein' the Girl in a Country Song." Faculty committees in each department within the College of Liberal Arts select student awardees from a variety of disciplines whose work embodies the ideals and standards of excellence, creative endeavor and scholarship.

Stevenson University student Lauren Rose, from Westminster, is a finalist for Student Employee of the Year. She was nominated by her supervisor, recognizing outstanding work-ethic and contributions to the institution, with locations in Stevenson and Owings Mills.

Stevenson University graduate student Michael MacFee, from Hampstead, was named Graduate Student Employee of the Year for 2016. He was recognized for his outstanding work ethic and contributions within his on-campus job while studying as a graduate student. He was one of three individuals nominated, and was recommended by his supervisor.

As part of its Inquiry 2016 activities, Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pa., recognized students at the Spring Awards and Recognition Ceremony for academic achievement in the natural sciences, social sciences, or humanities. Local students include Alyssa Klein, of Taneytown, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in biology, who won the Beta Beta Beta Sophomore Achievement Award in Biology; and Anna Quinn, of Woodbine, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and global studies, who won the Alice Evers Burtner Memorial Award, David E. Long/Abram M. Long Memorial Ministerial Scholarship Award.

Bridgewater College senior David Parker Dell, an information systems management and business administration double major, from Keymar, was recognized for excellence during the college awards ceremony on May 1. The department of mathematics and computer science presented the Outstanding Senior in Information Systems Management to Dell, and he received a gift card.

Amanda Rozanski, of Taneytown, is one of 66 Lebanon Valley College seniors who received recognition as Green Dot ambassadors during the college's 147th commencement May 14. Rozanski, a graduate of Francis Scott Key High School, is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education and special education. The graduating students wore green pins on their commencement gowns in honor of their commitment to encourage community members to take ownership of campus safety. Ambassadors completed Green Dot's Bystander Intervention Training, learning about factors that contribute to inactive bystander behaviors, the red flags of power-based personal violence, and safe and effective means to end incidents of violence, and how to engage in shifting the cultural norms that have historically allowed these forms of violence to exist.

Springfield College health science/pre-physician assistant student Kaelly Miller, of Westminster, received the 2016 Marilyn L. Cohen Memorial Award. The award was presented to Miller in recognition of her scholarly accomplishment in an undergraduate health-related program and her commitment to the Humanics philosophy, which educates students in spirit, mind and body for leadership in service to others.

Sykesville resident Jacob Larsen was among nearly 700 students who graduated from Bob Jones University, Greenville, S.C., on May 6. Larsen graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Bible.

Frostburg State University senior Jessica Prejean, of Westminster, was honored with the Social Change Award at the 2015-2016 FSU Leadership Awards Reception. The award seeks to recognize students for strides in enacting positive change in local, state, national and global communities. Prejean started a program through Kappa Pi called Paint Nights, both at the Lane University Center and in the community. She has volunteered her time at Beall Elementary School's after-school program, mentoring children from low-income families. She also purchased art supplies for a student who did not have access to basic school supplies, and volunteered countless hours at Frostburg United Methodist Church.

Approximately 1,100 students were graduation candidates for Coastal Carolina University's commencement ceremonies May 6 and 7, including local students Katherine Ashby, of Manchester, with a Bachelor of Arts in graphic design; Nicholas Ballinger, of Westminster, cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science; Robert Hartman, of Westminster, with a Bachelor of Science in business administration in finance; Michael Hawkins, of New Windsor, with a Bachelor of Science in marine science; Christopher O'Brien, of Westminster, magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in marine science; Christopher Yelle, of Hampstead, with a Bachelor of Science in biology; and Kevin Taylor, of Westminster, magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in business administration in accounting, and a Bachelor of Science in business administration in finance.

Bridgewater College senior Zachary J. Kues, an economics major with a minor in business administration, of Manchester, was among students selected as recipients of the John W. and Lurene M. Durna Endowed Scholarship, awarded to those who intend to pursue a career in law, who achieved superior academic standards and good campus citizenship. Kues received a plaque from Bridgewater President David W. Bushman, and will be recognized with a nameplate on the "Durna Scholar of the Year" plaque in the college's Kline Campus Center.

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Marietta College's Stephen True, of Sykesville, has been named to the spring 2016 dean's high honors list. Any full-time Marietta College student completing at least 15 credit hours with a grade point average of 3.75 or better in a given semester is recognized on the list for that semester. True, who is scheduled to graduate in May 2019, is majoring in information systems at the Ohio college. He is a graduate of Century High School.

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Ian Thompson, of Westminster, has been announced as a candidate for degree from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan., this spring, with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering. Commencement was May 15 and degrees are officially conferred in June.

The following local students achieved the dean's list at Belmont University, Nashville, Tenn., for the spring 2016 semester: Austin Chapline of New Windsor; Katherine Lester, of Eldersburg; Leah Southan, of Sykesville; Keith Tobin, of Woodbine; Amanda Tutalo, of Hampstead; and Catherine Welch, of Sykesville. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C.

Alpha Chi honors society inducted the following local students as new members, following the 2015-2016 academic year at Stevenson University: Bhavneet Athwal, of Manchester; Kathleen Chucko, of Westminster; Sarah Cullison, of Manchester; Rebecca Maldeis, of Eldersburg; and Ashley Zester, of Sykesville.

More than 760 students received degrees at York College of Pennsylvania's commencement exercises on May 14, including local students Michaela Boner, of Eldersburg, cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology; Andrea Camp, of Finksburg, cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in radiography; Mitchell Engnoth, of Manchester, with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration; Maria Galiatsatos, of Woodbine, magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice; Andrew Gardner, of Eldersburg, with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering; Christopher Keith, of Hampstead, magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance; Kurt Keller, of Westminster, Bachelor of Science degree in nursing; Troy Maffei, of Hampstead, Bachelor of Science degree in business administration; Kathleen Nuzzo of Westminster, magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering; Edward Poe, of Manchester, Bachelor of Science degree in sport management; Dylan Roper, of Hampstead, Bachelor of Science degree in biology; Tawni Ruby, of Hampstead, cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in clinical lab science; Jessica Sadler, of Westminster, Master of Business Administration degree; Tyler Younkins, of Sykesvile, Bachelor of Science degree in computer science.

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