Student wins writing award at Western Md.

May 29, 1994

Western Maryland College biology major Joy L. Gigeous has won the Edith Farr Ridington-Phi Beta Kappa Writing Award, given by the college's Phi Beta Kappa chapter.

The award was made on the basis of papers submitted by department chairmen as representatives of their discipline's best student paper. The judges are an interdisciplinary panel of Phi Beta Kappa faculty members. This is the fifth year for the award.

The winning entry sought a way to detect a type of fungus that is atypical because it lives inside tall fescues and ryegrasses. Animals grazing in pastures where these infected grasses thrive often experience low weight gain, low milk production and decreased reproductivity.

Ms. Gigeous, a former Taneytown resident and the daughter of Larry and Gale Gigeous of Wake Forest, N.C., began the research project last summer while a laboratory research assistant for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture.

A valedictorian graduate of Francis Scott Key High School, she received a scholarship to attend Western Maryland, where she was vice president of the Circle K volunteer group for three years and a member of the College Activities Programming Board and the College Choir.

Ms. Gigeous graduated summa cum laude, earned departmental honors in biology and was selected a College Scholar for completing the four-year honors program that offers enriched activities. She plans to pursue graduate studies.

She is a member of the college's chapters of the Beta Beta Beta biology honor society and Phi Beta Kappa.

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