Savannah M. Dawson, of Westminster, a junior at McDaniel College, was named April 22 to the Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society. Juniors and seniors who stand in the upper 35 percent of their classes are eligible and selected on the basis of exceptional leadership in various aspects of campus life.

Erin Berch, a cinema and photography major at Ithaca College's Roy H. Park School of Communications and Sykesville native, was inducted April 18 into Lambda Pi Eta, the honor society of the National Association of Communication.


Curtis Matthew Serafin Jr., of New Windsor, graduated from Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music, with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, with a concentration in pedagogy. Serafin was a recipient of The Michelson Collaborative Arts Award in April 2016; member of Delta Phi Alpha German honor society; and recipient of Blair School of Music's Teacher of the Year Award this year. Serafin will be attending Manhattan School of Music in NYC in the fall for graduate studies.

Matthew Chrencik, of Finksburg, was one of 50 students from Susquehanna University who presented research at the 31st annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Memphis, Tenn. Chrencik's research, titled "Thalidomide Treated Sperm and the Effects on Embryonic Development of Lytechinus pictus," was supervised by Jan Reichard-Brown, associate professor of biology at Susquehanna. Chrencik, a biology major in the class of 2017, is a 2013 graduate of Westminster High School.

Stevenson University business administration, BS-MS major Alexander Eichler, of Westminster, was one of 30 students that traveled to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, during spring break. The students traveled as part of the on-campus alternative break program Mission: I'm Home, spending a week in the city alongside the disaster relief and rehabilitation organization SBP. They worked in homes doing deconstruction, drywall, insulation, painting, and flooring, in response to extreme flooding that occurred last summer.

Finksburg resident Samantha Engel, a student at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Florham Campus in Madison, N.J., has been inducted into FDU's Phi Zeta Kappa honor society for the fall 2016 semester. Eligible students must complete at least the first 60 credits toward an undergraduate degree. Of these, 44 must have been earned at Fairleigh Dickinson and a CGPR of 3.20 must have been maintained. All the preceding requirements must have been fulfilled prior to the accumulation of 80 credits toward the undergraduate degree.

McDaniel College freshman Soli Barrera, of Westminster, is one of 20 freshmen selected for the college's Global Fellows program. The Global Fellows program is a three-year program open to freshmen, designed to enhance their understanding of global issues, develop heightened intercultural competency and cultivate the skills and attitudes important to leading successful lives in a global context. Students will earn a Global Fellow designation on their transcript upon completion of the program.

Emily Davis, a hospitality, resort, and tourism management major from Westminster, was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society on April 27 at Coastal Carolina University, Conway, S.C. BGS is the international honor society serving business programs accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate School of Business International. Membership in BGS is the highest recognition a business student can receieve in an AACSB-accredited business program.

Molly Van Leuvan, of Westminster, and Kara Strack, of Taneytown were among the 162 Lebanon Valley College students inducted into its chapter of Sigma Alpha Pi, the National Honor Society of Leadership and Success, as part of Inquiry 2017, celebrating the scholarly, scientific and creative achievements of the student body. Van Leuvan is a graduate of Winters Mill High School and received a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education and special education. Strack, a graduate of Francis Scott Key High School, is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in biology.

Samuel Peters, of Westminster, was recognized for academic achievement at Lebanon Valley College's Spring Awards and Recognition Ceremony, which recognizes excellence in natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Peters, a graduate of Winters Mill High School, is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in music education and won the M. Claude Rosenberry Memorial Award.


Warren Powers, of Finksburg, received a Chowan University Student Research Conference Award of Excellence for Best Humanities Paper. The conference is open to any Chowan University student to present on any topic of interest, with a faculty sponsor to help guide the research. At the end of each session the audience was able to ask questions and interact with the student presenter.

Marietta College's Stephen True, of Sykesville, was recognized at the annual Spring Honors Convocation at the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center. True, a graduate of Century High School who is majoring in information systems, received the The Bert T. Glaze Scholarship.

Sarah Pinto, an Ithaca College music student from Mount Airy, performed in a concert at Lincoln Center. Titled "The Exquisite Hour: MusIC of Love and Rapture," the April 29 performance featured the Ithaca College Choir, Chamber Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra.

Katarina Rathert, a sophomore computer science major, of Westminster, was among approximately 500 Bob Jones University students named to the spring 2017 president's list. The president's list recognizes students who earn a 3.75 or higher grade point average for the semester.

Springfield College senior Kaelly Miller, of Westminster, earned the Springfield College Physician Assistant Department's Distinguished Senior Award. Award recipients are chosen by their respective peers in their individual department.

Stevenson University business communication major students Courtney Hottle, of Eldersburg; and Meghan Loveless, of Woodbine, were inducted into the communication honor society Lambda Pi Eta.


The following local Stevenson Univeristy students have been inducted into Who's Who Among Students, an organization recognizing outstanding students: Sarah Cullison, of Manchester; McKenna DeBandi, of Sykesville; Bryan Gieselman, of Westminster; Courtney Hottle, of Eldersburg; Sarah Johnston, of Eldersburg; Meghan Loveless, of Woodbine; Delaney Patterson, of Westminster; Michael Rose, of Finksburg; Kara Stone, of Eldersburg; Megan Supko, of Westminster; Jessica Wecht, of Woodbine.