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On May 22, 31 graduates of the Associate Degree Nursing Program participated in a pinning ceremony in their honor at Carroll Community College. The ceremony included Alpha Delta Nu Induction, student speaker, presentation of the pins and lamps, lamp lighting, and the Florence Nightingale Pledge. Sarah Hughes Davis received Highest Scholastic Average; Denis Mark Mutalya, William J. Yerkes Nursing Award; Carmela Ana Bernardini, CH Outstanding Clinical Merit Award; Lisa Elaine Fleming, Graduates with Distinction Award; Meghan Anne Talbot, Director’s Scholarship Award; and Stephanie Ingrid James, Helen Pappalardo Graduate Scholar Award. Pictured, from left: bottom row: Professor Jodi Hall, Colleen Murphy Scheper, Samantha Jo Miller, Cacie Lynn Nichols, Melanie Marie Provenza, Meghan Ann (courtesy photo)

The following local students were named to the dean's list for the spring semester at Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pennsylvania: Mackenzie Murray, of Finksburg, graduate of Westminster High School, received Bachelor of Science in neuroscience; Samantha Bost, of Eldersburg, graduate of Liberty High School, pursuing Doctor of Physical Therapy in physical therapy; Samuel Peters, of Westminster, graduate of Winters Mill High School, received Bachelor of Science in music education; Hannah Kurek, of Millers, graduate of Manchester Valley High School, pursuing Bachelor of Science in early childhood education and special education; and Jillian Eastwood, of Westminster, graduate of Westminster High School, pursuing Bachelor of Science in exercise science. Dean's list students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.4 out of 4.0.

Kaelly Miller, of Westminster, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in health science/pre-physician assistant from Springfield College, in Massachusetts, for studies completed in 2017.


The following local residents were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society: Alexandra Forejt, of Mount Airy, initiated at Salisbury University; Alison Leahy, of Manchester, initiated at Salisbury University; Ashley Keffer, of Eldersburg, initiated at University of Maryland, College Park; Bridget Berdit, of Mount Airy, initiated at Salisbury University; Brittney Whitley, of Eldersburg, initiated at Salisbury University; Dawn Brzezicki, of Eldersburg, initiated at University of Southern California; Katelyn Kirby, of Westminster, initiated at Salisbury University; Kristen Murphy, of Finksburg, initiated at Salisbury University; Kyle Maclvor, of Mount Airy, initiated at Salisbury University; Nicole Federkeil, of Sykesville, initiated at Salisbury University; Ryan Dillon, of Eldersburg, initiated at Salisbury University; Sarah True, of Sykesville, initiated at Salisbury University; Thomas Best, of Mount Airy, initiated at Salisbury University; Tiffani Easterday, 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; along with graduate students in the top 10 percent, faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

On May 28, Emily Butcher, of New Windsor, graduated from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance. She received high honors in dance.

Gianna L. Delerme, of Hampstead, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy from The University of Scranton, in Pennsylvania. Graduates receiving degrees at the May 28 ceremony include those who completed program requirements in August and December of 2016, as well as January and May of 2017.

Luke Wright, of Sykesville, received a Master of Science in education from Quincy University, in Illinois. The school hosted its commencement ceremony on May 14.

Warren Powers, of Finksburg, senior, English major, was named to the spring 2017 dean's list at Chowan University, Murfreesboro, North Carolina. Dean's list students have accomplished a grade point average between 3.25 and 3.79 for the semester.

McDaniel College's 147th commencement was held May 20. The following students earned master's degrees: Eldersburg: Caitlin Alisabeth Lutz, elementary education (BEST); Danielle Ellen Holzman, curriculum and instruction; Kimberly S. Moret, elementary education; Marnie Marsh, special education; Randall P. Connolly, administration; Robin Lynn Calvert Fleegal, curriculum and instruction; Scott Richard Sines, curriculum and instruction. Finksburg: Amanda Lahner, administration; Kira Lea McKay-Troutman, counseling; Maggie Mae Myers, secondary education (BEST); Ryan Kim Lenz, elementary education (BEST). Hampstead: Dylan Rogers, human services management. Manchester: Joliean Marie High-Downey, liberal arts; Katherine Leigh Walter Menges, school librarianship; Kirsten Leigh FoorHogue, administration. Marriottsville: Brooke Nicole Carey, counseling. Millers: Suzette Lynne Nozick, counselor education. Mount Airy: Jaimie Lynn Ferguson, counselor education; Samual Nosoff, education for pre-kindergarten-grade 12 (BEST); Jessica Lynn Dukehart, counseling; Marsha Lynn Pickett, curriculum and instruction; Robert Alan Flanary, counselor education. New Windsor: Courtney Lyn Gladhill, gerontology; Holly E. Belfont, reading specialists program. Sykesville: Allyson Lynne Bryson, curriculum and instruction; Cathy Ann Bargerstock, administration; Christopher A. Truslow, gerontology; Gina Passarello, curriculum and instruction; Jennifer Carangal Rutters, curriculum and instruction; Jennifer Lynne Mitchell, administration; Margaret Kathleen Fischer, school librarianship; Timothy Litzau, elementary education. Taneytown: Aubrey Marie Mason, elementary education (BEST); Jennifer Sarsfield Howard, elementary education (BEST). Union Bridge: Janus Raphaelidis, human services management. Westminster: Abbey DeFeo, human services management; Ashley Marie Brewer, school librarianship; Chad William Nazelrod, exercise science and physical education; Christina M. Hiltner, curriculum and instruction; Christina Smar Royston, curriculum and instruction; Donna N. Pollhammer, curriculum and instruction; Elana Maria Garronbone, human services management; Elizabeth Hider, reading specialists program; Jennifer Marie Maffucci, counselor education; Jessica Frances Black, secondary education; Joshua Donald Sulloway, gerontology; Katherine J. White, special education; Kerrie Anne Butler, counselor education; Kimberly Ann DeShong, curriculum and instruction; Kristan Zepp Petry, exercise science and physical education; Kristen Lynn Karr, special education; Laura Ashley Wyatt, curriculum and instruction; Laurie Rockefeller Precht, liberal arts; Mariah C. Ligas, education for pre-kindergarten-grade 12 (BEST); Mark D. Hessie, human resources development; Matthew George Hugg, human resources development; Meagan K. Becker, educational leadership; Patrick Michael Kelly, elementary education; Ruth W. Chamelin, liberal arts; Sarah Elisabeth Hinsche, counselor education; Shannon Cassell Brooks, education for pre-kindergarten-grade 12 (BEST); Shawn Corey Strevig, exercise science and physical education; Stephen N. Mbunya, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL); Taylor Jennings Mongold, counseling; Tracy M. Purper, special education; Zachary Boyd Heckle, secondary education (BEST).

Amanda Shannon, of Eldersburg, has been named to the dean's list for the spring 2017 semester at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical engineering, biomechanics.

The following local students made dean's list for the spring semester of the 2016-17 academic year at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania: Lisa Francomacaro, of Sykesville; Kristyn Lundquist, of Woodbine; Katherine Pardoe, of Westminster; Chad Sussman, of Sykesville. Dean's list students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0.