Western Maryland College honors its top graduates

June 14, 1998|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Academic, activity and leadership awards were presented to members of the Class of 1998 at the annual Senior Investiture and Honors Convocation at Western Maryland College.

Honorees included student award winners and those inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and these other honor societies and organizations: Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities; Omicron Delta Kappa, a national honor society recognizing leadership qualities; and the Trumpeters, a local honor society honoring students dedicated to service.

Student honorees were:

Julie D. Backof, Westminster, Faith Millard Medal. The medal is named for Faith Millard, who furthered women's athletics at WMC. The medal is presented to the senior with the best record in women's athletics.

Backof, daughter of Beverly and George Backof, was a two-sport star at WMC, earning honors in softball and soccer.

Frederick M. Butler Jr., Eldersburg, Clyde A. Spicer Award. The award is given to the outstanding math major.

Butler, son of Judy and Frederick Butler, also was recognized for his selection to Phi Beta Kappa, the academic honor society.

Sarah A. Chenoweth, New Windsor, Eloise B. and Lowell S. Ensor Memorial Award for Graduate or Professional Study. The award is presented to the senior whose excellence while at WMC best predicts success in attaining a graduate or professional degree.

Chenoweth also was recognized for her selection to Phi Beta Kappa and as a graduating member of the WMC four-year honors program. She is the daughter of Catherine and Thomas Chenoweth.

Dudley J. Cobb, Westminster, Michael L. Waghelstein Award. The award is given to the graduating senior who demonstrated military proficiency and leadership potential, athletic ability and loyalty to country, college and friends.

A graduate of WMC's ROTC program, he will serve in the U.S. Army's Air Defense Artillery. This year, he was awarded the ROTC Medal for Heroism for saving a woman's life after a traffic accident.

Deidre A. Cruickshank, Union Bridge, Reuben Holthaus Award in Philosophy. The award recognizes an outstanding senior majoring in philosophy with at least a 3.0 grade-point average throughout the student's career at WMC.

Cruickshank, daughter of Catherine and Stephen Cruickshank, majored in philosophy and psychology. She also was recognized for her selection to Phi Beta Kappa.

Colleen Ricker Dietrich, Woodbine, Phi Beta Kappa. She graduated in December after transferring from Catonsville and Carroll community colleges.

Rachel K. Harrison, Woodbine, United States History Award for students excelling in U.S. history. The daughter of Bettye and Russell Harrison also was recognized for her selection to Phi hTC Beta Kappa and as a graduating member of the WMC four-year honors program.

Christopher W. Kulp, Taneytown, Phi Beta Kappa. Son of Linda and Chester Kulp, he also was recognized for his inclusion in the 1998 edition of Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. He also received the Harry Clary Jones Scholarship in Physics.

Amy E. Larrick, Mount Airy, Phi Beta Kappa. She also received the Charles Miller Award, recognizing excellence in math and a bright future in teaching. She is the daughter of Nancy and Michael Larrick.

Rebecca M. Sommer, Sykesville, Phi Beta Kappa. The daughter of Sally and Gerald Sommer, she also was recognized for her inclusion in Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, and as a graduating member of the WMC four-year honors program.

Sarah E. South, Sykesville, Michael and Polly Beaver Award for Excellence in Education. The award is for seniors who have had distinguished college careers as reflected in their scholarship and contributions to life on and off campus.

South, daughter of Brenda and James South, also was recognized for her selection to Phi Beta Kappa.

Pub Date: 6/14/98

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