Traci Prouser gets Wiesel scholarship


October 06, 1998|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IT'S SAID THAT no good deed goes unnoticed. Eldersburg resident Traci S. Prouser can attest to that.

Traci was recently awarded the first Elie Wiesel Scholarship at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pa.

The scholarship was established by the college in honor of Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate. The annual award will be presented to a freshman at the college who has shown a strong dedication to community service with a preference given to students of Jewish heritage.

Traci, a 1998 graduate of Liberty High School and one of the school's five valedictorians, was recognized for her fund raising for CROP and the Multiple Sclerosis Society while she was a member and president of the National Honor Society.

Traci and her parents, Stan and Lonie Prouser, attended a reception before the scholarship presentation and were privileged to meet Wiesel, who was awarded an honorary degree by Cedar Crest College President Dorothy Blaney.

"I was so excited," said Traci, "I got to shake his hand and I gave him a hug."

Traci is studying genetic engineering at Cedar Crest College and is considering working in research after graduation.

While quite proud of his daughter, Stan Prouser was also extremely impressed with Wiesel.

"I was more impressed with this award than any she had ever won, because I've never met a Nobel laureate before," Prouser said.

Apple festival

Piney Run Park will hold its annual Apple Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The Apple Festival offers a way for the family to welcome fall.

In addition to apple desserts and treats, the festival will offer hayrides, crafts and games. Events include scarecrow stuffing, using a cider press and cooking demonstrations.

No admission is charged to the Apple Festival, but normal park entrance fees apply. Information: 410-795-6043.

CROP walk

ESCAPE Ministries Inc. is sponsoring its annual River Road CROP Walk to help fight world hunger. The event begins at at 2 p.m. Sunday.

G; ESCAPE, a coalition of 20 churches in South Carroll and

western Howard County, welcomes individuals or groups as participants in the 10K walk.

The walk will be held rain or shine and begins at St. Paul's United Methodist Church on Main Street in Sykesville. The route winds along River Road before ending at the church.

CROP also helps support local food banks by donating one quarter of the funds from each walk. ESCAPE is hoping to donate more than $1,000 to Carroll organizations.

Community service hours are available for students who complete the walk and turn in funds promptly. Information: the Rev. John Morrill, 410-795-9174.

Rummage sale

St. Joseph's Catholic Community will hold its annual rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in the gym. Information: 410-795-7838.

Open house

To mark National Fire Prevention Week, Sykesville-Freedom District Volunteer Fire Department will hold an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The open house will provide information on keeping families safe from fire and related dangers. Information: 410-795-9311.

Pub Date: 10/06/98

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