HCC honors students’ academic achievements at 17th annual Honors Convocation

(Hagerstown, Md.) – Hagerstown Community College recently held its 17th annual Honors Convocation. The event recognized special awards, graduation honors, dean’s list honors, Phi Theta Kappa membership, Educators Rising Honor Society, and TRiO Support Services awards.

Following remarks from HCC President Jim Klauber, attendees heard from David Warner, vice president academic affairs and student services; Terri Bidle, professor, biology; and student speakers Michael Schwartz and Kelle Blubaugh.

The awards were presented by Carol Rothstein, dean of instruction, and Vidda Beache, dean of distance learning.

Recipients of the competitive awards included Joshua William Burdette, of Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., and Marissa J. Durst, of Hagerstown, for the All-Maryland Community College Academic Team – Transfer Pathway Award; Katelyn N. Hogue, of Greencastle, Pa., for the All-Maryland Community College Academic Team – Workforce Pathway Award; Jalonda R. Brooks, of Hagerstown, and Saleena Marie Meyers, of Sharpsburg, for the Award for Personal and Professional Growth in Nursing; Jamichael L. Smart, of Hagerstown, for the Campus Leadership Award; Heather Lee Wallen, of Williamsport, for the HCC Alumni Association Life Membership Award, Student Government Association Award, and Robinwood Players Drama Award; Mark L. Goodnight, of Hagerstown, for the College Community Service Award; Marissa J. Durst, of Hagerstown, for Phi Theta Kappa Award; Bailey E. Martin, of Clear Spring, for Outstanding STEMM Technical Middle College Graduate, and Commendation for Outstanding Mathematics Graduate; Ocoee A. Chapelle, of Sharpsburg, for the David Wayne Moser Memorial Award; Eddie H. Wiley and Gracie Mae Wiley, both of Waynesboro, Pa., for the HCC Alumni Association Outstanding Alumnus Award; Brett A. Gabriel, of Purcellville, Va., for the Hu-Friedy Golden Scaler Award; Janay Hamilton, of Shippensburg, Pa., for the Maryland Society of Radiologic Technologists Ted Lynch Award; Clayton P. Haworth, of Martinsburg, W.Va., for the Judith Kofoet Professionalism Award for Radiography; Royce P. McGwin, of Hagerstown, for the Lowry Johnson Award for Excellence in Radiography; Shelly Rae Northcott, of Waynesboro, Pa., for the Nurses Alumni Association of Washington County Hospital School of Nursing; Matthew George Frushour, of Keedysville, for the Outstanding Scholar Athlete Award; Savannah A. Saunders, of Hagerstown, for the Outstanding Student in Business; Taylor L. Trenary, of Martinsburg, W.Va., for the Outstanding Student in Dental Assisting; Brittney Ruth Weise, of Westminster, for the Outstanding Student in Dental Hygiene; Holly F. McKee, of Hagerstown, for the Outstanding Student in Education; Keith W. Daugherty, of Hagerstown, for the Outstanding Student in Human Services; Krista L. Polk, of Waynesboro, Pa., for Outstanding Student in Medical Assisting; Jennifer R. Kerns, of Hagerstown, for the Outstanding Student in Paralegal Studies; Vialeta Brodava, of Maugansville, for the Outstanding Student in Psychology; Olivia June Porter, of Sharpsburg, for the Outstanding Student in Sociology; Kimberly Nichole Duff, of Hagerstown, for the Outstanding Student in Political Science; Michael R. Tucker, of Williamsport, for the Outstanding Peer Tutor Award; Luke R. Shoemaker Hooper, of Frederick, for the Outstanding Student in Paramedic Emergency Services; Alesa C. Good, of Waynesboro, Pa., for the R. Benjamin and Rebecca Jones Visual Arts Merit Award; Robert Tyler Mort, of Hagerstown, for the Richard A. Reynolds Memorial Award; James Collier, of Boonsboro; Phillip Wallace DiMercurio, of Hagerstown; and River A. Willingham, of Williamsport, for the Technology and Computer Studies Leadership and Service Award. Douglas H. Gil, of Hagerstown; James Collier, of Boonsboro; and Ian S. Lauffer, of Waynesboro, Pa., each received the Technology and Computer Studies Professionalism Award. Lindsay D. Clark, of Hagerstown, and Melissa Anne Stambaugh, of Falling Waters, W.Va., received the Washington County Medical Society Awards.

Recipients of the Career Programs Awards of Excellence were Tiffany B. Franklin, of Hagerstown, for accounting and business; Devon Allison, of Hagerstown, for administration of justice; Ngoc C. Nguyen, of Williamsport, for biotechnology; Alex Denzel Snyder, of Hagerstown, for dental hygiene; Douglas H. Gil, of Hagerstown, for digital instrumentation and process control; Elizabeth C. Litton, of Fairplay, for early childhood and primary grades education; James Collier, of Boonsboro, and Ian S. Lauffer, of Waynesboro, Pa., for electrical engineering technology; Oluwakemi O. Moses, of Hagerstown, for human services technician; Kimberly Marie Scott, of Chambersburg, Pa., for management; Elizabeth A. McIntyre, of Falling Waters, W.Va., for medical assistant; Wendy Kay Rollyson, of Chambersburg, Pa., for nursing; Taylor M. Berger, of Mt. Airy, for paramedic emergency services; and Dawn Michelle Burger, of Waynesboro, Pa., for radiography.

Recipients of the Commendation for Academic Excellence in Mathematics and Science were Ethan Donald Sandy, of Smithsburg, for biology; Leann Michael, of Frederick, for biotechnology; Devon Michael Truax, of Hancock, for chemistry; Matthew George Frushour, of Keedysville, for engineering; Zechariah D. Hillman, of Farfield, for mathematics; and Zachary D. Klein, of Hagerstown, for physics. The recipient of the Commendation for Outstanding Computer Science Graduate was Joshua William Burdette, of Blue Ridge Summit, Pa. The recipient of the Commendation for Outstanding Science Graduate was Samantha Lee Kline, of Smithsburg.

Recipients of the TRiO: Student Support Services Awards of Excellence were William Thaddeus Atkins, of Rohrersville, and Kenny L. Hinkle, of Hagerstown, for academic achievement; Joshua William Burdette, of Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., and Jaqueline Jimenez, of Hagerstown, for aspiring scholar; and Robin Denise Holtzinger and Misty Marie Morris, both of Hagerstown; Lisa M. Jardina, of Waynesboro, Pa.; and Rebecca G. Strunk, of Martinsburg, W.Va., all for perseverance.

Members recognized for induction into the Educators Rising Honor Society included Emily S. Daly, of Middletown; Holly F. McKee, of Hagerstown; and Nicole Alexandra Stonestreet, of Boonsboro. 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.

Kelle Jo Blubaugh, of Waynesboro, Pa., was recognized for induction into the Maryland Zeta Chapter of Lambda Nu for Radiological Sciences. Members of this honor society must have a minimum 3.0 GPA after one full-time semester of a professional program and additional recognition such as a professional paper.

Members recognized for induction into the Honors Program included Lynn M. Martin, of Hagerstown. Honors Program students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher and participate in plenary enrichment projects designed by faculty members. 

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