WMC grad Sevick, of Taneytown, wins writing award 98 Carroll residents among Class of '92


WESTMINSTER -- Western Maryland College English major Leona Ann Sevick, of Taneytown, has won the Edith Farr Ridington-Phi Beta Kappa Writing Award.

Departmental chairmen submit representatives of their discipline's best student papers, which are judged by an interdisciplinary panel of Phi Beta Kappa faculty members.

Sevick's winning entry, a critical study of the female characters in Joyce Cary's "The Horse's Mouth," was described by one judge as "original in conception and development, and scholarly in tone. It shows a critical maturity that few of our students have been able to match."

Sevick recently returned from a year of study at the University of Buckingham in England, sponsored by a Rotary Foundation Educational Award, worth up to $23,000. This spring at Senior Investiture and Honors Convocation, she was presented the Makosky Award for Excellence in English, was inducted into Western Maryland's Phi Beta Kappa chapter, and was listed in "Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities."

Last year at WMC she was awarded the Jean Alpaugh Award for Interdisciplinary Study. She graduated Saturday with summa cum laude honors.

In 1988, the daughter of James and Sue Sevick graduated as co-salutatorian of Delone Catholic High School near Hanover, Pa., and was the Pennsylvania High School State Speech Champion.

During her four years at Western Maryland, Sevick worked in the Office of Public Information and wrote for "The Hill" alumni magazine. She is assistant manager at Brooks Atelier in the Cranberry Mall and plans to begin graduate study in English in the fall of 1993.

Carroll graduates

Ninety-eight Carroll residents were among the 258 students awarded bachelor's degrees and 75 receiving master's degrees during Western Maryland College's 122nd Commencement ceremony on Saturday.

Diane Rehm, host and producer of WAMU-FM's "Diane Rehm Show" in Washington, received an honorary doctorate in journalism. George F. Varga, president of General Electric's joint-manufacturing venture with the Tungsram company in Hungary and a 1961 graduate of WMC, received an honorary doctorate in humanities.

These are the Carroll students awarded diplomas Saturday:


Sean M. Davis, B.A.

*Dorothy E. Louks, M.S.

Alyssa D. Smith, M.S.

*Anna Marie Varakin, M.S.


Amy L. Bower, B.A.

*Judith A. Guerrieri, M.L.A.

Jean H. Walker, M.S.

Laura J. Walker, B.A.


Beth A. Basler, B.A.

Sarah H. Ohnmacht, B.A.

Jane E. Owsianiecki, M.S.

Santha Parke, M.S.

Steven D. Zumbrun, B.A., cum laude, Departmental Honors in Theatre Arts


Timothy D. Pfaltzgraff, B.A., cum laude, Departmental Honors in Chemistry


Iva R. Martin, M.S.

**Elizabeth J. Wivel, M.S.


Peter A. May, B.A.


Clenda B. Phillips, M.S.

Mount Airy

Tammy G. Grabowsky, B.A.

Diane M. Jones, M.S.

Mary E. Judy, B.A., summa cum laude, departmental honors in Art and Art History

Mary T. Overton, M.S.

New Windsor

Linda L. Blizzard, B.A., summa cum laude, departmental honors in History

Sharon A. Craig, M.S.

Kathryn E. Shevock, B.A.


*Carole M. Clarke, M.S.

Linda V. Pugh, M.S.

*Sherry G. Pyles, M.S.

Douglas E. Rettberg, B.A.


Susan D. Parker, B.A., cum laude

Leona A. Sevick, B.A., summa cum laude, departmental honors in English, winner of the Phi Beta Kappa Writing Award


Michael L. Accardi, B.A.

Dianne M. Bankard, B.A., cum laude

Marrianne Neighoff Carpenter, B.A.

Jan C. Coleman, M.S.

Mary S. Cunningham, M.S.

Joseph C. Embrey, B.A.

*Rosalie A. Gardner, M.S.

Cheryl A. Griffin, B.A.

Lynn A. Habicht, M.S.

Raymond B. Hartzell, B.A., cum laude

*Steven C. Heacock, M.S.

Daryl F. Heinz, M.L.A.

Donn T. Hicks, M.S.

Gina F. Hicks, M.S.

Tammy K. Lee, B.A., cum laude, departmental honors in Communication

JoAnn Levy, B.A.

Christopher M. Madden, B.A.

Paula Marciniak, M.S.

Susan M. Mitchell, B.A., magna cum laude

Eric C. Newman, B.A., cum laude, College Scholar

Michelle L. Norris, M.S.

John L. Olsh II, B.A.

*Mary G. O'Rourke, M.L.A.

Amy B. Parks, B.A.

Alfred A. Parone Jr., M.L.A.

*Denise J. Porter, M.S.

*Cynthia M.J. Raines, M.S.

Roslyn P. Rawles, M.S.

Dorraine L. Reeb, M.S.

*Matthew J. Robinson, M.S.

Janet Salomone-Shearer, M.S.

Kelly D. Schoen, B.A., departmental honors in Art and Art History

Grant R. Sheehan Jr., B.A., magna cum

laude, departmental honors in Communication

*Christina H. Snively, M.S.

Stacy A. Spielman, B.A.

Laura A. Tull, B.A., magna cum laude, departmental honors in Theatre Arts

*Cynthia M. Washington, M.S.

Karen L. Weaver, B.A.

Janet E. Wessel, M.S.

Dorothy Lynn White, M.S.

Lia C. Whittle, M.S.

Gary L. Wilson, M.L.A.

Marjorie Woodward, M.S.

*Donna S. Yeager, M.S.

Christopher L. Yingling, B.A.

Linda A. Yingling, M.S.

Charlotte C. Young, B.A.

Jeanne H. Zoulias, B.A., summa cum laude, departmental honors in American Studies


Kent P. Husted, B.A., cum laude

Tammy S. Norwood, B.A.

*awarded in August 1991

**awarded in December 1991

Other highlights of commencement included greetings from a graduating senior and a master's candidate, a parent and a Western Maryland educator.

They are, respectively: Margaret T. Farrelly of Frederick, an English major; Matthew J. Robinson of Westminster, receiving an M.S. in school administration; A. Darlene Boggs, mother of English major Jenifer-Jo Boggs of Stevens, Pa.; and Dr. Donald R. Rabush of Westminster, a WMC education professor.

For the first time, three Western Maryland College seniors -- two of whom were co-valedictorians at their high school in Cumberland -- shared the annual Argonaut Award for having perfect 4.0 grade-point averages. They are Michelle L. Kloss, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Kloss of White Hall, Harford County; Keith B. St. Amand, son of Mr. and Mrs. Philip St. Amand of Cumberland, Allegany County; and Trevor L. Wysong, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Wysong, also of Cumberland.

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