Western Maryland College honors five local students

May 11, 1994

Five Western Maryland College seniors from Carroll County received academic, activity and leadership awards at the college's annual Senior Investiture and Honors Convocation May 1.

Joanne M. Engler of Sykesville received the Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award. It is presented annually to the student who, in the judgment of the economics and business administration faculty, has exhibited the best overall academic performance. Ms. Engler, a business administration and economics major, is a member of the WMC Non-Traditional Students Organization for students 25 years and older.

Susan C. Head of Westminster received the Faith Millard Medal, which is presented annually to the outstanding senior woman athlete who displays a knowledge of skill and leadership, and a sense of fair play.

Ms. Head, a physical education major, was on the women's basketball team. She ranks fifth among all former WMC players in scoring, fourth in assists, fifth in steals and seventh in rebounds. She was chosen for the GTE Academic All-America College Division women's basketball team.

Jeffrey N. Sharp of Sykesville was a co-recipient of the Michael and Polly Beaver Award for Excellence in Education. The award was established in 1985 by the family, colleagues, students and friends of Michael and Polly Grayson Beaver as a memorial of their lives and their impact on education. The recipient, chosen by the Education Department, is a graduating senior completing a minor in elementary or secondary education who has had a distinguished college career.

Mr. Sharp is an art and art history major.

Karl W. Tomak of Eldersburg was a co-recipient of the Hugh Barnette Speir Jr. Prize, given to the student or students who show excellence in European history. The award was established by the parents of Hugh Barnette Speir Jr., who was killed in Germany in World War II.

Mr. Tomak also was inducted into the WMC chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society for liberal arts students. A history major, he is a member of the Phi Alpha Theta honor society for history students.

Maura A. Ziolkowski of Westminster received the Frank and Margaret Malone Award for Excellence in a Foreign Language. The award was established in 1987 by Col. W. Frank Malone in memory of his wife Margaret C. Malone. The award is given each year to the senior who has demonstrated the highest level of excellence in a foreign language.

Ms. Ziolkowski also received the Phi Delta Gamma Award from the national fraternal organization's WMC chapter for graduate students. Ms. Ziolkowski was a co-recipient of the Alumni Citizenship Award given annually to a senior man and senior woman who have displayed a steadying loyalty to their classmates and college.

A French major, Ms. Ziolkowski has been active in the Student Environmental Action Coalition, Women Making Changes and Women's History Month, and was a disc jockey for the student radio station. She also was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

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