Community Briefs 07/10/2020

Top scores

Six out of 42 Worcester Preparatory School juniors – Charles “Chipper” Becker, Waverly Choy, Sophia Ludt, Hannah Perdue, Joseph Schwartz and Summer Walker – scored in the top 2.5 percent of high school junior PSAT test-takers from a rural area, earning the chance to participate in College Board National Recognition Programs.

In addition to this recognition, two members of the Class of 2021, Daniel Chen and Joseph Schwartz, earned a perfect ACT score (36 out of 36) this past February.

First place

Stephen Decatur High School junior Houston Phillips finished first place in the state in the Economic Education Stock Market Game.

Phillips set a school record, earning a return of over 90 percent on a $100,000 virtual investment.

The program is sponsored by the SIFMA Foundation, an independent educational corporation, which has served more than 17 million students since 1977.

Phillips participated in the program as a student in business teacher Kurt Marx’s Advanced Marketing course.

Kiwanis scholarships

Every year, the Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines-Ocean City awards scholarships to local graduating senior students.

This year, though not with all the pomp and circumstance, Kiwanis Club presented scholarships totaling $11,500 to Stephen Decatur High School students.

Recipients of $1,000 scholarships are: Zehra Mirza, Zachary Hickman, Kayla Janek, Hanna Beck, Caroline Gardner, Abigail Yesko, Branden Manuel, Matthew Wrench, Caela Berri and Sydney Boger.

Alexa Upperman, Mikayla Denault and Gabrielle Izzett received $500 each.


Jason Chrysanthis of Berlin, University of Vermont, Bachelor of Science Degree, Natural Resources; Lauren Dykes of Berlin, University of Alabama, Bachelor of Science, Commerce & Business Administration; Ryan Murphy of Berlin, College of Charleston, Bachelor of Science, Biology; Lexi Mathabel of Ocean City, Ohio University, Bachelor of Science, Journalism; Kyla Walker of Berlin, Hood College, Bachelor’s Degree, Mathematics.

Dean’s List

Several Worcester County residents earned Dean’s List honors from their respective colleges.

They are: Laila Mirza of Ocean Pines, Georgia Tech; Chadwick Fischer of Berlin, Nichols College; Mitchell Forrest of Bishopville, York College of Pennsylvania; Elsa Quillin of Berlin, College of William & Mary; Lexi Mathabel of Ocean City, Ohio University; Jillian Griggs of Berlin, Adelphi University; Max Bisaha of Berlin, College of Charleston; Molly McCormick of Berlin, College of Charleston; Samantha Hill, Tanner Leonard and Kyla Walker, all of Berlin, Hood College; Patrick Miller of Ocean City; Coastal Carolina University; Hannah Slacum of Ocean City, Coastal Carolina University.

President’s List

Several Worcester County residents earned President’s List honors from their respective colleges.

They are: Abby Nicole King of Bishopville, Clemson University, Marketing; Rachael Weidman of Berlin, College of Charleston, Psychology; Maya Ziashakeri of Berlin, College of Charleston, Exercise Science.

New students

McDaniel College welcomes members of the Class of 2024, who are graduates of Stephen Decatur High School.

Those students and their areas of study are: Emma Beachley of Berlin, Social Work and Health Sciences; Hannah Burke of Ocean City, Biology and Business Administration; Sierra Eisemann of Bishopville, Biology and Kinesiology; Branden Manuel of Berlin; Andrew Mathews of Berlin, Psychology and Theatre Arts.

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