High school graduates accrue diplomas, honors and scholarships


June 30, 1994|By JONI GUHNE

Ooops. Last week, when we talked about ASPIRE Inc. (Association for Severna Park Improvement, Renewal and Enhancement) we failed to mention that the new organization's secretary/treasurer is Linda Zahn, executive director of the Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce.

& Information: 647-8402.

For more than a month in auditoriums throughout the county, lTC caps and gowns have been de rigueur. Eager seniors have lined up to receive their diplomas, then shed their commencement covers like butterflies celebrating freedom.


At ceremonies on May 21, seniors from Archbishop Spalding High School heard addresses by their valedictorian, Marie Daniels, daughter of William and JoAnn Daniels of Severna Park, and their salutatorian, Kerri Warfield, daughter of Alfred and Catherine Warfield of Arnold.


Marie received numerous honors. She was named a James Monroe Scholar at the College of William and Mary, accepted in the honors program at the University of Delaware, and received a $32,000 scholarship at Mount St. Mary's, a full-tuition Presidential Scholarship at Loyola College and a $50,000 scholarship at Washington College.

Kerri received an $8,000 Presidential Scholarship plus a $1,000 biology scholarship renewable annually, and was accepted at Elizabethtown College, Randolph Macon College and Washington and Lee University.

Scholarship money earned by the 120 graduates was almost $704,000.

Officers for the Class of 1994 were: Mary Babington of Pasadena, president; Matthew Moneyhon of Fort Meade, vice president; and Okeysha Brooks of Pasadena, secretary/treasurer.


Walt Guzik, senior class faculty adviser, fills us in on who's who among the Severna Park High School graduating class.

Graduation ceremonies for the 409 seniors took place on June 3 at University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

The guest speaker was Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, deputy assistant U.S. attorney general.

Salutatorians were Mi Kim, daughter of Myeong and Dong Suk Kim; Christine Diblasi, daughter of Richard and Kathryn Diblasi; and Christopher Hall, son of Stephen and Marcia Hall.

Valedictorians were David Ng, son of Harold and Helen Ng; and Christina Emerson, daughter of James and Judith Emerson.

Scholarship money totaled $3.4 million.

Seniors are still smiling over the results of the class superlatives voting:

* Teacher's Pet -- Janet Rupert and Matt Almes;

* Best Dressed -- Allison Cole and Dave Orso;

* Most Likely to be Remembered -- Ashley Gibbs and Scott Sparkman;

* Most Attractive -- Tressa Campbell and Sean Miller;

* Most Studious -- Chris Diblasi and David Ng;

* Most Congenial -- Meghan Dolan and Jason Erwin;

* Class Couple -- Marie Howell and Jason Hayes;

* Most Athletic -- Erin Wylde and Chad Moran;

* Best Eyes -- Karen Schultz and Bryce Poland;

* Class Gossip -- Robin Sosnow and Walt Morgan;

* Most Spirited -- Sara Morgan and Warren Elsaesser;

* Most Likely to Succeed -- Mary Jo Mahoney and Chris Hall;

* Best Smile -- Julie Kasprazak and Brian Morehead;

* Best Legs -- Sarah Noble and Matt Long;

* Most Changed Since Freshman Year -- Erin McNeally and John Waszak.


ASPIRE, Inc. (Association for Severna Park Improvement, Renewal and Enhancement) is a new organization devoted to developing a master plan for Severna Park, the development of community facilities and historic preservation.

It is an outgrowth of the Severna Park Planning Coalition formed by the Greater Severna Park Council and Chamber of Commerce.

ASPIRE, Inc. will be incorporated, and will be governed by a board of trustees. Current officers are: Pat Troy, chairwoman; Maggie Miller, vice chairwoman of development; George Moran, vice chairman of finance; and Dan Nataf, vice chairman of programs.

Eventually there will be a board of about 20 members, plus advisers. There will also be contributing memberships, and input will be sought from all civic groups.

Information: 647-8402.


Mel Merritt was recently honored for his 13 years as a youth leader at Severna Park United Methodist Church.

A building contractor, Merritt teaches building techniques in preparation for each summer's Appalachia Service Project. He is a leader on the week-long trips.

Congratulations to Mel.

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