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HCC honors students’ academic achievements at 11th annual Honors Convocation

Hagerstown Community College recently held its 11th annual Honors Convocation. The event recognized special awards, Phi Theta Kappa membership, graduation honors, Future Educators Honor Association membership, and dean’s list honors.

Following remarks from HCC President Guy Altieri, attendees heard from David Warner, vice president of academic affairs; Paul Jozik, professor, physics; and student speakers Sarah Lum and Christopher Omps, both of Hagerstown.

The awards were presented by Judith Peisen, chair, mathematics and science division and Margaret Spivey, director, technology and computer studies division.

Winners of the competitive awards included Andrea M. Theodoru, of Smithsburg, and Richard S. Howe, of Boonsboro, for the All-Maryland Academic Team for Community Colleges – 2013 award; Joseph M. Knight, of Hagerstown, for the Alumni Association Life Membership Award and the Student Government Association Award; Nicholas J. Rauch, of Greencastle, Pa., and Kimberly D. Locke, of Hedgesville, W.Va., for the Award for Personal and Professional Growth in Nursing; Richard S. Howe, of Boonsboro, for the Campus Leadership Award; William S. Miller, of Hagerstown, for the College Community Service Award and the Outstanding Student in Education Award; Jeremy T. Prince, of Hagerstown, for The David Wayne Moser Memorial Award; Stephen Barber, of Keedysville, for the Hawk Journalism Award; Megan M. McGonigal, of Greencastle, Pa., for The Judith Kofoet Professionalism Award for Radiography; Georgia C. Bain, of Hancock, for The Lowry Johnson Award for Excellence in Radiography; Jamie L. Leese, of Shippensburg, Pa., for the Maryland Society of Radiologic Technologists Ted Lynch Award; Lisa A. Gerringer, of Hagerstown, and Catherine I. Szuchnicki, of Boonsboro, for the Nurses Alumni Association of Washington County Hospital School of Nursing award; Katherine E. Sprecher, of Smithsburg, for the Outstanding Scholar Athlete Award; Mitcha Lisa Shay, of Hagerstown, for the Outstanding Student in Human Services award; Lashontá Baldwin, of Hagerstown, for the Outstanding Student in Paralegal Studies award; Alison M. Kretzer, of Hagerstown, for the Outstanding Student in Psychology award; Rebecca A. Schrimsher, of Hagerstown, for the Outstanding Student in Political Science award; Nouhoun A. Barry, of Hagerstown, for the Outstanding Tutor Award; Krissandra F. Martin, of Waynesboro, Pa., for the Paramedic Emergency Services Outstanding Graduate Award; Sherrie-Lynn Hollomon, of Hagerstown, for the Phi Beta Lambda Outstanding Scholar Award; Leann N. Tomlin, of Hagerstown, for the Phi Theta Kappa Award; Ethan A. Leabhart, of Waynesboro, Pa., for The Richard A. Reynolds Memorial Award; Sydney V. Tooley, of Fairplay, for The Robinwood Players Drama Award; Christopher D. Giannoumis, of Waynesboro, Pa., for The TCS Leadership and Service Award in Alternative Energy Technology; John A. Cavey, of Hancock, for The TCS Leadership and Service Award and The TCS Professionalism Award in Commercial Transportation Administration; Ian C. Snyder, of Hagerstown, for The TCS Leadership and Service Award in Cybersecurity; Matthew L. Hast, of Hagerstown, for The TCS Leadership and Service Award in Graphic Design Technology; George D. Kretzer, of Hagerstown, for The TCS Leadership and Service Award in Information Systems Technology; Brody N. Barbour, of State Line, Pa., for The TCS Leadership and Service Award in Web and Multimedia Technology; Randall K. Ball, of Kearneysville, W.Va., for The TCS Professionalism Award in Alternative Energy Technology; Jamie Booth, of Clear Spring, for The TCS Professionalism Award in Computer-Aided Design; George T. Owens, of Chambersburg, Pa., for The TCS Professionalism Award in Graphic Design Technology; Michael G. Freeman, of Hagerstown, for The TCS Professionalism Award in Information Systems Technology; Ronald M. Fritz, of Mercersburg, Pa., for The TCS Professionalism Award in Mechanical Engineering Technology; Robert S. Myers, of Greencastle, Pa., for The TCS Professionalism Award in Web and Multimedia Technology; and Amber E. Allen, of Hagerstown, and Matthew E. Hopkins, of Chambersburg, Pa., for the Washington County Medical Society Awards.

Winners of the Career Programs Awards of Excellence were Patty J. Leasure, of Mercersburg, Pa., for accounting and business; Shuntais T. Danzy, of Frederick, for administration of justice; Christopher D. Giannoumis, of Waynesboro, Pa., for alternative energy technology; Heather R. Eichelberger, of Greencastle, Pa., for biotechnology; Kim A. Ritchey, of Smithsburg, for early childhood and primary grades education; Eric G. Wiles, of Hagerstown, for graphic design technology; Kathy J. McKenzie, of Cascade, for human services technician; Laura L. Aguilera, of Hagerstown, for information systems technology; Roberto Torres Cartagena, of Smithsburg, for management; Leann N. Tomlin, of Hagerstown, for medical assisting; Jessica M. Deuel, of Boonsboro, for nursing; Bryan L. Huntzberry, of Chambersburg, Pa., for paramedic emergency services; Linzie E. Wolford, of Bluemont, Pa., for radiography; and Meredith L. Brown, of Fayetteville, Pa., for Web and Multimedia Technology.

Winners of the Commendation for Academic Excellence in Mathematics and
Science were Sarah A. Mullin, of Martinsburg, W.Va., for biology; Ross M. Reid, of Hagerstown, for biotechnology; Christina H. Russell, of Boonsboro, for chemistry; Harshal P. Desai and Ivan S. Zanko, both of Hagerstown, for engineering; Victoria L. Tomlinson, of Great Cacapon, W.Va., for mathematics; Joshua N. Wright, of Chambersburg, Pa., for physics; Ann E. Dillon, of Montgomery Village, Md., for pharmacy technician; and Lori A. Collins, of Inwood, W.Va., for pre-pharmacy. Winner of the Commendation for Outstanding Computer Science Graduate was Adam M. Bright, of Big Pool. Winner of the Commendation for Outstanding Mathematics Graduate was Andrew J. Consoletti, of Greencastle, Pa. Winner of the Commendation for Outstanding Science Graduate was Carrie E. Reed, of Keedysville.

Winners of the TRiO Student Support Services Awards of Excellence were Maria P. Edmonds, of Hagerstown, for outstanding participation; Mariah L. Birdine and Dawn M. Summers, both of Hagerstown, for perseverance; and Harshal P. Desai and Ivan S. Zanko, both of Hagerstown, for scholastic achievement.

Members inducted into the Future Educators Honor Association included Rebekah R. Brown, of Sabillasville, Md.; Megan K. Long, of Boonsboro; Spencer E. Taylor, of Williamsport; and Christopher L. Omps, Andrea M. Robison, and William S. Miller, all of Hagerstown. Members of this society must attend at least 75 percent of chapter meetings, activities, and events, maintain a 3.0 GPA, and complete six service hours per year.