John Torres

John Torres

The Maryland Farm Bureau board of directors recently named John Torres the organization’s new executive director, effective mid-July. He has already served several key positions within the Farm Bureau family since 2006. He also majored in agricultural business and applied economics with a minor in agricultural education from Ohio State University and holds the Certified Association Executive credential from the American Society for Association Executives. For more information, visit

U.S. Air Force Airman Xzavier E. Sykes graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Sykes is the son of Greer Garcia, of Frederick. He is a 2016 graduate of Gov. Thomas Johnson High School, Frederick.

Grayson Rule, of Frederick, is one of 34 Lebanon Valley College students, in Annville, Pennsylvania, who competed on the varsity eSports team this year. Rule, a graduate of Tuscarora High School, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in politics.

The following area students made the dean’s list for the spring semester at Bucknell University, in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania: Sue Conteh, of Smithsburg; Nick Soares, of Jefferson; Xeniya Tsoktoyeva, of Clarksburg; and Jackie Zaybekian, of New Market.

Caylee Winpigler, of Walkersville, was inducted into the Ionic Society for rising juniors at Hood College and received dean’s list honors for her sophomore year. Linsey Winpigler, of Walkersville, was inducted to Alpha Lambda Delta for rising sophomores at Hood College and received dean’s list honors for her freshman year.

Vikas Mendhiratta, of Darnestown, recently graduated from Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, in Medford/Somerville, Massachusetts.

Logann Braun, of Hagerstown; Trajon Brown, of Charles Town, West Virginia; Chretienne Damaska, of Frederick; and Dylan Grove, of Dickerson, were named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Eastern Mennonite University, in Harrsionburg, Virginia.

Matthew Jay Graciano, of Charles Town, West Virginia, has been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Husson University, in Bangor, Maine.

Andrew Graciano, of Charles Town, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in exercise science from Castleton University, in Castleton, Vermont.

Tyler Goldberg, of Laytonsville, graduated with a Master of Science in veterinary biomedical science from Lincoln Memorial University, in Harrogate, Tennessee, on May 4.

Elizabeth Wilson, of Darnestown, has been named to the Plymouth State University president’s list for the spring semester. The university is in Plymouth, New Hampshire.

Kylie Norwood, of Thurmont, made the dean’s list for the spring semester at Moravian College, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

The following Frostburg State University students were inducted into Phi Eta Sigma this spring at the university in Frostburg: Robert Bole, of Mount Airy; Olivia Hubble, of Frederick; Cassidy Watson, of Hagerstown; and Hanna Westwood, of Mount Airy. Phi Eta Sigma is the oldest and largest honor society for first-year students.

Allison Jones, of Adamstown, was named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at The College of Saint Rose, in Albany, New York.

Kutztown University, in Pennsylvania, welcomes new members of the Class of 2023: Katerina Feerrar, of Gaithersburg, from Frederick Community College; Marykate Geppert, of Jefferson, from Middletown High School; Cameron Baumgardner, of Emmitsburg, Catoctin High School; Noah Lucas, of Poolesville, Poolesville High; and Alyssa Thomas, of New Market, Oakdale High School.

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