College students from Laurel recognized for achievements

April 25, 2013

Yawar Raza and Catherine Turner, both of Laurel, were named to the dean's list for the winter quarter at Rochester Institute of Technology, in Rochester, N.Y. Raza is a third-year student in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, while Turner, a second-years student, is in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.

Alexandra Durso and Jacqueline Sams, both of Laurel, were among the 300 James Madison University students who embarked on 30 spring break trips around the country and world. Students participating in this alternative spring break week lived simply, focused on service in the communities they went to and also on teamwork and reflection within their groups.

Leslie Beard, of Laurel, a junior majoring in natural resources conservation at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., won second place in the Virginia Outdoor Writers Association/Dominion Collegiate Undergraduate Writing Contest. Her entry, "to Life, Outside," details her introduction to the outdoors through a trip to Lake Tahoe with her aunt, who fostered her love of nature. Beard dedicated her essay to her aunt who died from cancer in September 2012.

Rachel King, of Laurel, was inducted into the Zeta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at St. Mary's College of Maryland, in St. Mary's City. King is majoring in French and biology at the college.

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