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Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Duggan earns degree

Terry Duggan of Lexington Park has earned a bachelor of science degree from Excelsior College in Albany, NY.

Kajtez wins award

At final convocation on April 21, Hampden-Sydney College senior Janko Kajtez received the Weyland Thomas Joyner Physics Award, presented by Walter C. McDermott III, associate professor of physics and astronomy. The Weyland Thomas Joyner Physics Award is given to the physics major who exhibits outstanding scholastic achievement in the field.

A Patrick Henry Scholar, Kajtez is a member of the honorary societies Phi Beta Kappa (academics) and Chi Beta Phi (science), the International Club, the Society of Physics Students, and is active in intramural sports. A physics and applied mathematics major, he graduated from St. Mary's Ryken in Leonardtown. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Nenad Kajtez of Novi Sad, Serbia.

Local students receive awards at St. Mary's College of Maryland

On April 30, St. Mary's College of Maryland held its annual awards convocation ceremony, awarding more than 90 students with various departmental and general college awards for exceptional academic scholarship. Several local students were among those honored.

Laurel Jeanne Matthew of Lexington Park received the Joshua L. Siegert Memorial Scholarship for Future Educators.

Holly Fabbri of Leonardtown received the May Russell Historical Achievement Award.

Caleb Lee Redman of Leonardtown received the department award in computer science.

Zachary Silberschlag of Leonardtown received the Mattie M. Key Award in music

Sophia Traven of Lexington Park received the Maryland State Society DAR Scholarship Fund.

Brien recognized

Calvin Michael Brien of Dameron was one of 16 seniors recognized for their membership in the Alphi Chi Honor Society at the senior convocation of Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, N.C., on April 26.

Brien went on to graduate summa cum laude with a dual major in political science and math on May 7.

A 2007 graduate of Great Mills High School, Brien maintained a cumulative 3.95 grade point average and was a member of Alpha Chi and Pi Sigma Alpha. He was captain of the Mars Hill lacrosse team (deep south conference champions 2011, 2010).

He has been accepted to the George Washington University and Catholic University masters programs and plans to attend Catholic in the fall. He spent time as an intern for Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md., 5th) and plans to continue volunteer work at the congressman's Waldorf office.

Hampden-Sydney announces graduates

Local students were among the 218 men who graduated May 8 at commencement exercises marking the end of the 236th academic year at Hampden-Sydney College in Hampden-Sydney, Va.

Kevin Michael McEligot graduated with a bachelor of science degree in biology. A graduate of Leonardtown High School, he is the son of retired Cmdr. Kim and Mrs. Kimberley McEligot of Hollywood.

Janko Kajtez graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in physics and applied mathematics. A graduate of St. Mary's Ryken High School, he is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Nenad Kajtez of Novi Sad, Serbia.

McLaughlin wins scholar award

Cara McLaughlin, a 2011 graduate of Leonardtown High School, is a recipient of a dean's scholar award in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. The dean's scholar award represents one of the most generous scholarships offered to entering freshmen in the college of engineering, awarding $5,000 annually for up to four years of engineering studies. Awards are based upon superior intellectual promise and academic performance, demonstrated leadership ability, personal character and community service.

More than 1,500 applications were received for the awards; scholarship application ranking was determined after review of all application by the award committee. Rank was determined by academic record, extracurricular and community service activity, with concentration on leadership involvement, honors, employment and depth of thinking, clarity, conciseness and professional format of the essay.

Zeba wins scholarship

Frank Zeba, a student at Great Mills High School, was one of 53 scholarship winners from the Eighth Annual McDonald's Educates Scholarship Program run by the McDonald's Family Restaurants of Greater Washington, D.C., the business announced recently. More than 520 applications were received and reviewed by a panel of judges that included Greater Washington, D.C., McDonald's franchisees.

Zeba was awarded $1,500.

For more information on the McDonald's Educates Scholarship Program call 7030-741-7517.

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