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Top Scholars Feted at Chesapeake College

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Posted on Sunday, September 30, 2012

Chesapeake College President Barbara A. Viniar recently honored the 2012-2013 Presidential Scholars. Pictured here, left to right, are: Alec Chosta, Kaley Schreiber, Melynn Readmond, Dr. Barbara Viniar, Courtney Whitby and Kaitlyn Casey 

WYE MILLS – Chesapeake President Barbara Viniar recently honored the 2012-2013 Presidential Scholars and their guests at a reception in the Todd Performing Arts Center. Each year the president of Chesapeake College awards a full scholarship to a top graduate from each of the public high schools in the five-county service area.

"You represent some of the best and brightest students in our area, and we are so proud to have you here," Dr. Viniar told the students at the event.

The incoming freshman students are selected based on a 3.5 high school grade point average and counselor recommendation. The scholarship provides one year of Chesapeake tuition. The scholarship is renewable for another year provided the recipients maintain a 3.0 grade point average and take Honors Program courses.

The Presidential Scholars for the 12-13 academic year are: Carson Adams of Cambridge, Alexis Baynard of Easton, Kaitlyn Casey of Chestertown, Alec Chosta of St. Michaels, Elizabeth Churchill of Chestertown, Hannah Gowe of Preston, Samantha Hartman of Worton, Caitlyn Heidler of Rock Hall, Laura Jackson of Easton, Adam Miley of Federalsburg, Lauren Phillips of Hurlock, Colby Plummer of Cambridge, Melynn Readmond of Grasonville, Colleen Ruark of Hoopersville, Kaley Schreiber of Hurlock, Amanda Scott of Greensboro, Jordan Tieder of Taylor’s Island, and Courtney Whitby of Queen Anne.

Courtney Whitby, a 2012 North Caroline High School graduate, she appreciates beginning her college career at a cost savings but without sacrificing challenging academics. She plans to eventually transfer to Salisbury University has an education major.

"I enjoy my classes and already feel comfortable on campus,"Whitby said. "I’m also looking forward to getting more involved on campus in organizations like the Educator’s Club and Honors Program."

St. Michaels High School graduate Alec Chosta agreed, saying that he has enjoyed his time at Chesapeake since fall semester began in late August.

"This is a great scholarship and I’m grateful," said Chosta, an aspiring civil engineer who plans to eventually transfer to the University of Maryland.

English professor and Honors Program advisor David Harper encouraged the scholars to enroll in Chesapeake’s Honors Program and join the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society


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