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The Foster D. Bittle Chapter of the National Honor Society celebrates the graduation of 43 senior members from Southern Garrett High School. Five seniors were inducted virtually into membership due to the cancelation of the ceremony which would have been the Fifty-Fifth Induction Ceremony this spring.
"We regret that we could not hold a traditional Induction ceremony this past spring for our new members, juniors and seniors alike," advisor Heather Savage said.
The senior National Honor Society members conducted their annual canned food drive for the House of Hope in December and a highly successful Operation Christmas Child campaign in the fall. Both of these endeavors engaged the participation of students throughout the school.
"The hard work of all of our seniors does not go unrecognized. They have been active members in our school and community, not just in academic endeavors but in service as well. We wish them the best of luck in their future."
The five seniors newly inducted in the spring were Landon Custer, Julia Gamber, Kaelyn Glotfelty, Samuel Kennedy and Kimberly Stemple.
Senior Landon Custer attends Loch Lynn Church of God, where he has served as a youth camp counselor and taught drum lessons. He also serves as a member of the church’s worship team. Landon is a past member of the Southern Garrett Pep Band, where he supported the basketball team’s run for the state championship for the past two seasons. As a sophomore, he competed as a member of Envirothon. Landon plans to study computer science at Garrett College in the fall and then transfer to Liberty University to study music. Landon is the son of Coit and Melissa Custer of Oakland.
Senior Julia Gamber is a past member of the school newspaper staff. Julia has donated her time and service to local nursing homes and after school programs. In the fall, Julia plans to study marine biology at Coastal Carolina. Julia is the daughter of Erin Mowery of Berkeley Springs and Jason Gamber of Frostburg.
Senior Kaelyn Glotfelty is a past member of the school newspaper staff and an active member of the FIRST FRC team 1629 where she has served as safety captain. She has devoted many hours to FIRST robotics in service and the school theater program’s Haunted Hayride. Kaelyn is an active member of Brenda’s Body Shop. Kaelyn would like to study computer science in the fall at Garrett College and then move on to a four-year university. Kaelyn is the daughter of James and Diane Glotfelty of Oakland.
Senior Samuel Kennedy is a member of the Ram baseball and cross country teams. He was a leader in RBIs his freshman year in baseball and was awarded the coaches award his junior year in cross country. He competed in Model UN as a sophomore and in the math competition as a junior. Samuel also served as the Autumn Glory King in the fall of 2019. Samuel is also a member of Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church where he serves as an acolyte. As a member of the Ryan‘s Glade 4H Club, he has served as a junior leader. Samuel has over 100 hours in service with the blind skiers program, his church, the Southern Garrett Athletic Association and youth basketball. Samuel plans to study mechanical engineering at Ohio University in the fall. Samuel is the son of Audrey Kennedy and Mike Kennedy of Oakland.
Senior Kimberly Stemple serves as the editor of the school yearbook. She has also donated many hours to Samantha Funding the Arts, Oak Park Church of the Brethren soup kitchen and the town of Mountain Lake Park. After she graduates, Kimberly plans to attend Garrett College to earn her associate degree in general studies and then advance to a four-year institution. She is interested in pursuing a degree in mortuary science or possibly social work. Kimberly is the daughter of Missy and William Stemple, both of Oakland.
The chapter plans to conduct an induction ceremony to celebrate the twenty-six new junior members in the fall semester that follows state guidelines.
"The juniors will have a unique opportunity to help design their Induction ceremony. Normally, the seniors conduct the program for the incoming members with the help of the advisor but this group will be able to play a larger role in what they would like their ceremony to look like, following any state guidelines in place at that time," Savage said.
The National Honor Society is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, National Honor Society serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
Previously inducted Class of 2020 senior members:
These seniors were inducted into membership in the spring of 2019 as juniors. Front Row: Mariah Bolden, Harleigh Wildesen, Jocelyn Fredlock, Madison Sweitzer, Kristen Massey, Jessica McClurg(2019 graduate), Emilee Tasker, Laina Holler, Andie Ward, Josilyn Evans, Bailey Skiles, Historian Lillia Rose, Hailie DeWitt, Sara Manley
Middle row: President Zachary Rohrbaugh, Treasurer Nicholas Davis, Miranda Dillsworth (2019 graduate), Carmen Smith, Caleb Friend, Jacob Nazelrod, Kaysi Todd, Bryson Wilt, Caid Andrews, Andrew Helbig, Corey Ashby, Holly Buckley
Back Row: Nathan Spiker, Eldon Stemple, Jacob Sweitzer, Brayden Warnick, Madison Prudnick, Jocelyn Schoch, Emma Rush, Kerri Kordyban, Cheyenne Reckart, Vice President Katherine Catulle, Tia DeGiovanni, Secretary Daniel Nickel
Not pictured: Madison Embleton, Alexx Grady
Summer Dual Enrollment Courses with Garrett College:
If you are interested in taking a high school dual enrollment course through Garrett College over the summer, please contact Melissa Wass at Melissa.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students must be eligible to take dual enrollment courses as outlined in the Student Education Planning Guide(can be found on Garrett County Board of Education site, under parents, click on “high school information”). Students can view the GC summer schedule online at : https://my.garrettcollege.edu/ics/.
Please also notify your high school counselor if you are enrolling in a summer course. Students need to provide the SGHS Guidance Office with a parent signed release of information to determine eligibility for enrollment in a GC class.
Senior Edition 2020 needs help from seniors
The journalism staff of the school newspaper, The Acorn, is asking for the help of seniors and their families. The staff is committed to producing the 2020 Senior Edition keepsake for the senior class but producing the book is a tough endeavor without school physically in session and limited access to seniors. The staff normally works on the majority of the book in March, April and May. The staff is requesting photos, especially group photos, of seniors engaged in school activities, programs and athletics to be sent to the journalism advisor Ms. Heather Savage. This would include group photos of seniors for all fall, winter and spring school athletic teams. We would also appreciate additional photos of seniors engaged in any of the following clubs and activities: JROTC, FFA, Skills USA, Six Man Club, Theatre, student council, Honor Society, yearbook, Model UN, Stock Market Game, FBLA, Envirothon, Emergency Services, Mock Trial, Robotics, Chorus, Band, and FOR CLub. Some photos may be from their junior year because some activities and athletic seasons are unable to be held at this time. Photos of individual seniors participating in these school activities and athletic teams are welcomed, but the staff can not guarantee they all will be used in the Senior Edition due to space constraints. In addition to photos, the staff is writing articles about each of these senior activities and athletics. Questionnaires are being shared with senior participants of each of these activities this week in their school account Google Drive. To access the shared Google docs, seniors should go to their Google Drive and select "Shared with Me" from the left-hand menu. Senior responses in the Google docs questionnaires are needed for the staff to write their articles. Questionnaires can also be emailed out to seniors, contact the Acorn advisor. No orders for the 2020 Senior Edition are being taken at this time. Ordering will be worked out at a later time. Please contact advisor Heather Savage at email@example.com with any concerns, questions, and photos.
TEACHER MASTER PHONE LIST
In an effort to provide additional support to students and parents as we implement this phase of the GCPS Continuity of Learning Plan, a master phone list has been developed. The IT team, in conjunction with principals, teachers, and the instructional leadership team, has identified a process in which educators can be contacted for help. When support is needed, teachers will be the first option to provide help for technical issues. GCPS has implemented an internal process that will then signal a system of support for the issue. Please see the link below for a list of telephone numbers to reach your child’s teacher. Principals have been asked to post the list of phone numbers on their website along with the teachers’ office hours. If your child’s teacher is not listed, please reach out to the principal to identify the best way to reach him or her.
You will need to use the tabs at the bottom of the google spreadsheet and find the SH tab to see Southern High School staff.
We, at GCPS, want to reassure you again that we are here to support you as you work with your child at home. Please do not hesitate to reach out via the phone numbers listed or via email to teachers and administrators.
GOOGLE CLASSROOMS AND CLASS CODES:
For those participating in the online platform you will find this document about google classrooms helpful. Some teachers already had google classrooms set up before the school closure. If this was the case and students were already enrolled you may not find the classroom on this document. This document was designed to share NEW google classrooms that have been recently set up for the purposes of learning during the time of the school closure. Pre-existing google classrooms are continuing as well. If you have questions, please contact your teacher directly via email. Email addresses can be found on the office hour document that was posted/sent earlier today.
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