Celebrations & News
Recent Alumni News
Zach Cantales, class of 2012, has successfully completed Marine Bootcamp, May 3, 2013. Later this month Zach will complete another 9 weeks of training and then be assigned a permanent duty station. Zach express a desire for military service in his junior year of high school. The Lord has blessed Zach with an accomplishment that few attain. His parents have seen him mature in spiritually, physically, and mentally during this time. Congratulations Zach.
Harford Christian Alumnus, Kim Grant, has won an award for her excellence in education. She teaches third grade at Paris Elementary School in South Carolina, and successfully uses a significant amount of sign language in her regular education classroom. It is easy to see why she was recognized. Click here to view the story on her home-town news station.
Wilsons Visit HCS Alumni at Bob Jones University 9/17/2012
Natalie Myers - On June 6, 2012, Natalie Myers will be the Student Speaker at the 2012 Commencement for Harford Community College. Natalie was nominated by one of her professors, making her eligible for the audition process. After submitting a speech about the joys and challenges of college, a panel of judges, including Dean Hathaway, would decide which student should speak for his/her graduating class. They agreed that Natalie was the best candidate for Student Speaker. Congratulations Natalie!
Jenni Tittel, HCS Class of 2010, daughter of Barb Brooks, HCS Class of 1982 is an Academic All American for Cecil Community College. She earned a 3.86 GPA while playing womens’s soccer for CCC . Congrats to Jenni Tittel!
Becky McManus, HCS Class of 2010 achieved College Academic All District Honors
HCC Women’s Soccer – 2 years 14 goals, 30 wins, Junior College State Champions 4.0 GPA (while playing soccer) 3. 6 GPA overall. Congratulations to Becky!
Harford Christian School 2007 alumnus Mr. Donald T. McKnight has just been published in Herpetology Notes, volume 4: 097-102 (2011) (published online on 24 March 2011). The HCS faculty remembers Donny for his passion for the outdoors and love of scientific research. That passion obviously lives on for the 2010 graduate of Messiah College. Donny requested that Mr. Jeremiah White (HCS class of 2010) be acknowledged for his assistance in research leading to this publication. Please enjoy the abstract below:
Observed plant preferences of eastern box turtles
(Terrapene carolina carolina) in a Maryland forest
Donald T. McKnight*
Abstract. A study was conducted to determine if Terrapene carolina carolina (eastern box turtle) has a preference for habitat containing certain species of shrubs and herbaceous plants. Forty-nine thread surveys were conducted on ten turtles in a 45x45m grid. There was an average of 4.8 visits to each plot in the grid. Plots that consisted of at least 50% bare ground were visited an average of 3.2 times, and plots in which at least 50% of the area was covered by plants less than one meter tall were visited 7.1 times. Plots containing Boehmeria cylindrica (false nettle), Campsis radicans (trumpet creeper), Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose), Rhododendron periclymenoides (pinkster), and Kalmia latifolia (mountain laurel) were visited an average of 13.3, 11.3, 5.5, 3.8 and 0.7 times respectively. These results show that T. c. carolina has a general preference for areas with dense plant cover, and they may have a specific preference for B. cylindrica, C. radicans, and R. multiflora and an aversion to K. latifolia.
Alumni News – HCS Alumnus Published
We congratulate Andrea Settle (Class of 2003) for a recently published article in the Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science. The article entitled, “Five Year Monitoring of the Wood Duck Usage of Nest Boxes Installed on the Melvin G. Bosley Conservancy Property, Edgewood, Maryland,” is the culmination of years of the combined efforts of Andrea, Ada Stambaugh, the program’s director, Harford Christian School and the biology department of Grove City College. Please enjoy reading the abstract below:
Five Year Monitoring of Wood Duck Usage of Nest Boxes Installed on the Melvin G. Bosley Conservancy Property, Edgewood, Maryland
Abstract. A five-year monitoring of the use of the nest boxes by nesting female wood duck (Aix sponsa) was undertaken on the Melvin G. Bosley Conservancy Property in Edgewood, Maryland by Harford Christian High School Students. Nest boxes were installed in five locations (HaHa Cove, Wood Duck Cover, Hidden Cove, Lagoon 1 and Lagoon 2) on the Melvin G. Bosley property. Nest success varied from 31% in 2004 to 55% in 2006 with an overall average of 46% of the 231 of nest boxes used by females. During the 5 year monitoring program, 73% of the 316 available nest boxes were used at least once by female wood ducks. The usage of the nest boxes by nesting females was significantly greater in boxes oriented in a southerly direction that it was in boxes oriented either toward the north, east or west. The use of boxes by nesting females was also significantly high in HaHa Cove and in Lagoon 2 than it was in the other three locations. Over the 5 years, an estimated 564 ducklings were fledged on the Melvin G. Bosley Conservancy property at a cost of $0.78/duckling. [J PA Acad Sci 84(2/3: 67-73, 2010]
Michael Raymond, HCS class of 2008, completed USMC basic training at Paris Island, SC. He will experience MCT (Marine Combat Training) at Camp Lejeune, NC. Following MCT, Michael will spend one year in MOS (Marine Occupational Specialty) school in Palm, CA.
2005 graduate of Harford Christian School, Aubrey Collette Tippett, completed her Air Force basic training in January and is now stationed at the Presidio Defense Language Institute and Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California. After graduating in the top 10% of her Air Force class, Aubrey is studying the Russian language in preparation of becoming a linguist. After graduating from HCS, Aubrey completed a bachelor’s degree in public relations/journalism at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina in 2009. Aubrey’s younger sister, Alexis, in in 6th grade at Harford Christian.
Craig DeFrancisco (HCS class of 2008) is a rising junior at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He is majoring in business with a concentration in human resources, while minoring in law. This 4-semester dean’s list student was accepted into a credit internship program in the fall of 2010 at the International Labor Organization (ILO) at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Craig collected data and conducted research related to international standards for child labor, forced labor, and discriminatory practices in the workplace. Craig was elected as treasurer for two terms.