During its general membership meeting on June, the Women’s Club of Ocean Pines awarded four $1,000 scholarships to seniors from Stephen Decatur High School.

Donna Potenza, chair of the Scholarship Committee, presented the awards to Rafe Grant Parson, Brooklyn Pugner, Grace Watson and Kathrine Elizabeth Wrench, in recognition of their academic achievements, extracurricular involvement and dedication to their community.


Several Worcester County residents were recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society.

Madison Fritz of Berlin, Fritz was initiated at James Madison University, and Blaine Mason and Zach Davis of Berlin, and Veda Nowowieski of Ocean City at Salisbury University; Erica Lehner of Ocean City, University of Maryland, Baltimore;

They are among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

New students

The following Stephen Decatur High School graduates have enrolled at McDaniel College as members of the Class of 2025:

Eileen Eslin of Berlin, plans to study cinema; Lauren Stull of Berlin, plans to study art; Luke Thomas of Ocean City; and Jordan Milbourne of Berlin, plans to study criminal justice.

McDaniel offers access to both Baltimore and Washington, D.C., plus a European campus in Budapest, Hungary.

Earns degree

The following Worcester County residents earned degrees from University of Maryland Global Campus:

Manuel Isaias Perez of Ocean City, Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security; Melanie Wooldridge of Berlin, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice; Megan J. Keane of Berlin, Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Pamela Tenny Wenninger of Ocean Pines, Master of Science in Accounting and Information Systems; and John Richard O’Brien of Bishopville, Master of Science in Data Analytics.

Dean’s list

A number of Worcester County residents were named to the dean’s list this year at their respective schools.

The students include:

Ryan Sauer of Ocean City, majoring in Mechanical Engineering, Widener University; Katrina Harrell of Ocean City, majoring in Nursing, Widener University; Lily Belle Baker of Berlin, majoring in Elementary Education in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP) University of Hartford; Victoria S. Kerkovich, Bishopville, B.A. in Anthropology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Kathryn Dennis of Ocean City, and Erin Hurley of Berlin, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the National Public Honors College; Devin Wallace of Berlin, Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina.

Honors list

Shea Griffin, of Berlin, a student at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Florham Campus in Madison, New Jersey, has been named to the honors list for the spring 2020 semester.

To qualify for the honors list, a student must carry a 3.5 or better grade point average out of a possible 4.0 and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 letter-graded hours (four courses).

Concordia University Wisconsin officials released the fall honors list for the 2020-2021 academic year, which included Jacob Leitner of Ocean City, Social Studies Brd Fld- Ed. To be eligible for the honor, students must achieve a minimum 3.60 GPA.

President’s list

The University of Hartford announce Lily Belle Baker of Berlin has been named to its president’s honors list for fall 2020.

The list is made up of students who earned a grade point average of 3.75 or higher in the semester. This is the GPA that must be sustained over a full undergraduate career to qualify for a degree summa cum laude.


Audrey Stearns of Berlin, has been placed on the Dean’s Commendation List for outstanding academic achievement in the fall 2020 semester at Gettysburg College.

Students with a quality point average in the range of 3.300 to 3.599 for a semester’s work are placed on the list.


Maggie Bunting, of Ocean City, graduated from the University of Tampa on Saturday, May 8, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Advertising and Public Relations.

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