Oakland Mills lauds class achievements 1994 HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATIONS

June 01, 1994|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Sun Staff Writer

The piece of paper that Ethan Geoffrey Fingerman received from Oakland Mills High School last night was his passport to a different world.

"It means a closing of one chapter and the opening of another," the 18-year-old said of the high school diploma that symbolizes for him the bigger responsibilities and opportunities he faces as an adult.

The Yale University-bound student, who is thinking of studying genetics, was among 241 seniors who graduated from Oakland Mills High School last night during a ceremony at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia.

The graduating seniors -- the young men in black gowns, the young women in white -- sat on stage as others complimented them on their achievements and encouraged them to continue to do well.

Principal David A. Bruzga said that 88 percent of the Class of 1994 plans to enter a two- or four-year college or university; 40 percent earned a 3.0 GPA; and many received scholarships.

The class also brought 11 athletic titles to the school and participated in community-service projects long before the state made community service a graduation requirement, he

said.

"As a principal, I've never been prouder of a graduating class," he told hundreds of relatives and friends at last night's ceremony.

Senior Class President Maya A. Thompson, who graduated in the class's top 5 percent, urged her fellow graduates to make opportunities happen and to give back to the community.

"There's so much potential evident in the faces of these seniors," she told her peers. Ms. Thompson also urged the students to "keep on keeping on till you reach your destination."

Oakland Mills was where Kelly Ann Naylor served as co-president of Students Against Violations of the Earth, or SAVE; helped plant trees in the community; and managed, for a time, to have nonrecyclable plastic foam lunch trays replaced with recyclable trays throughout the county.

"It's kind of disappointing," she said, noting that the plastic foam trays are back. "We tried our best."

A field hockey player, she has received a scholarship to study chemical engineering at Stanford University in California.

Yesterday's graduation ceremony left her with mixed emotions.

"It seemed like it would never come. Now that it's here, it's hard to believe that it's really here," she said.

For Eric Fingerman, the commencement demonstrated that "four years of hard work has really paid off."

In his time at Oakland Mills, he earned a 4.0 GPA and several scholarships, was vice president of the Student Government Association and a member of Students Helping Other People, or SHOP, a drug-free teen organization.

Oakland Mills, he said, has been a second home for the students, providing them chances to make life-long friends.

"I learned to be more comfortable with myself and definitely more outgoing," he said. "Nobody came around and waved a magic wand. I guess I grew up."

3' He added, "I will miss the school."

OAKLAND MILLS GRADUATES

Sara Jean Adelman

Amy Katherine Anderson

Nkechi Onyema Arah

Detra DaNae Ayers

Jean Bahram Azarbal

Antoine Vontrece Barnes

John Whitman Bartley

Adam David Baumwald

Amy Jennifer Baumwald

James A. Beale, Jr.

Neil Stuart Beck

Stacey Amanda Beckenstein

Janice Annilia Bell

Trent Channing Bellew

Heidi Ann Berry

James Blackwell

Marwan M. Bokari

Lauren A. Bownes

Michael Thomas Bramer

Xavier Eugene Brisco

Charlene Regina Brooks

Alicia Michelle Brown

Christopher Thomas Brown

Nancy Honore Browne

Stephen Paul Bruce

Martha T. Buckingham

Candice M. Burke

Mary Kathleen Byrd

Amy Beth Caldwell

Kelley E. Callaway

Tamika Sherelle Callender

Erynn Campbell

Jessica Elizabeth Carson

Dylan Chaffinch

Guetty Chapron

Shannon Marie Cherone

Hyejin Cho

Joong Yup Cho

Joanne Oksana Chorney

Lisa Marie Cline

Joshua Patrick Coleman

Mary Kristina Combs

Caroline Lucy Conley

James Neal Cook

Karissa Janel Cook

Steven Bradley Cook

Christopher Ryan Costantino

Richard Paul Cressman

Paul Joseph Crickard

Janette Lisa Dafner

Joshua Adam Daft

Van Dang

Toya Charise Dates

Thanh Mau Diep

Kirk Bruce Dillon

Carey L. Dodd

Phillip Matthew Dodge

Gary Michael Donovan

James O. Dorriety III

Nedje Michelle Douyon

Michael Joseph Draminski

Michael Albert Duclos

Tracey Lauren Durham

Lacey Fairchild Edge

Vastoria Jacquel Edmondson

Timothy Edwards

Terrell Edward Elliott

F. Mark Ellis

Elizabeth F. Esposito

Jay Lawrence Fair

James Frederick Feagin

Chad Byron Fekel

Alicia Beth Feldman

Whitney Ann Fentress

Kerry C. Ferdinand

Damon Lamont Ferguson

Ethan Geoffrey Fingerman

Julianna C. Fleshman

Robert Peter Foglia

Michelle Kristyn Fowler

Lamont Lee Fowlkes

Erin Johanna Franklin

David Juri Freeman

Amy Elizabeth Furr

Kinyon David Gallashaw

Shawn Orlando Galloway

Wildon Conrad Garrett

Walter Kevin Gassaway III

Christopher Michael Goff

Angela Michelle Goodwin

Rebecca Vera Gorelik

Shirra Elaine Graves

Heather E. Griffin

Eryka Renee Groover

Joel Ian Hampshire

Thomas Jonathan Harbaugh

Kristina Wanda Harris

Daniel Walter Hart

Micah Richard Hart

Kimberly A. Hatcher

Kathryn Conti Haverstick

Giovanni Brooks Hearn Jr.

Bethany Ann Hickman

Mary Rebecca Hicks

Marques Alexander Holmes

Amanda Joyce Holtschulte

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