Local graduates win awards at WMC honors convocation

July 04, 1999

Academic, activity and leadership awards were presented to members of the Class of 1999 at the annual Senior Investiture and Honors Convocation at Western Maryland College, held in May before commencement.

Local honorees included student award winners and those inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and the following 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.

Graduating members of the college's four-year honors program also were recognized. Student honorees were:

Joy Fourhman, Westminster, Hugh Barnette Speir Jr. Prize. The Speir prize is given to the student who shows highest excellence in European history.

Natalie Hannibal, Sykesville, Faith Millard Medal. The Millard medal is named for Faith Millard, who is credited with furthering women's athletics at WMC. Hannibal also was honored for her inclusion in the 1999 edition of Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.

Brian Hayes, Westminster, Michael L. Waghelstein Award. This award is given to the graduating senior who demonstrates military proficiency and leadership potential, athletic ability, sincerity, a zest for living, and loyalty to country, college and friends.

He achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average at WMC and was one of four students to earn this year's Argonaut Award for top academic students. He received the WMC Transfer Scholarship, one of the highest academic honors for transfer students.

Thomas Lapato, Mount Airy, John A. Alexander Medal. Endowed by the Class of 1917 in memory of John A. Alexander, '17, the medal is given to the member of the graduating class with the best record in athletics.

He also had a perfect GPA and earned the Argonaut Award. Lapato also earned straight A's at South Carroll High School and received a WMC Academic Scholarship.

In fall 1998, Lapato was named the Burger King Division III Scholar Athlete of the Year and traveled to Orlando, Fla., for the nationally televised awards show. He also earned third team All-America honors and was named to the first-team Academic All-America team. A three-year starter at defensive back, he was named the 1999 Maryland College Scholar Athlete of the Year.

He also was inducted into the WMC chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's paramount academic honor society, and included in the 1999 edition of Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.

Courtney Risch, Westminster, Philip & Azalea Myers Award for Creativity in English. The Myers Award is awarded to outstanding seniors in the English department. Risch was one of two students to earn this prize.

Risch also was recognized for her selection to Phi Beta Kappa and as a graduating member of the WMC four-year honors program.

The following local students were recognized for induction into WMC's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa: Sandra Ruby, and Erika Wunderlich, both of Westminster.

Ruby was a member of Beta Beta Beta (biology) honor society and Students Engaged in Rural Volunteer Experience (SERVE).

Also honored for their inclusion in the 1999 edition of Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities were: Amy North, Sykesville, and Michael Puskar, Westminster.

North was a member of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority and Gamma Sigma Alpha (Greek academic) honor society.

Puskar was a member of Commuter Student Association; AIDS: Support, Awareness and Prevention (ASAP), a campus and community service organization; the Society for Collegiate Journalists, a national organization for student journalists; Kappa Delta Pi (education) honor society; WMCR student radio; WMC-TV; Contrast campus literary magazine; and The Phoenix student newspaper. He also was the founding president of Comics-Arts-Based Advancement League (CABAL), exhibited as a commuter lounge muralist and produced the film "Exist."

Pub Date: 7/04/99

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