Samuel Bower, a Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society member, graduated from Shepherd University on May 11 with a bachelor’s degree in music and an additional bachelor’s degree in music composition. His numerous honors include being the recipient of the Andrew Bran Farnen Fund for Gifted and Talented Youth, the Shepherd University dean’s list, Most Outstanding Music Theory Student, Most Outstanding Freshman Music Major, the Elise Hoch Award and the distinction of being selected as a McMurran Scholar — the highest academic honor granted by Shepherd University. A resident of Middletown, he graduated from Middletown High School, representing MHS in both All-County and All-State Chorus and was inducted into the TRI-M National Music Honor Society. At Shepherd, he served as a class piano tutor, as well as a music theory and aural skills tutor. During the summer months, he was the assistant director of music for the Frederick Children’s Chorus summer program. He has worked as a vocalist in Hagerstown at Grace United Methodist Church and as a paid performer at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Cumberland. Bower currently teaches music at the Frederick Rock School, works as both a cook and server at The Main Cup Restaurant in Middletown and is the bass guitarist and back up vocalist for Silvertung, a Mid-Atlantic band that tours extensively. A member of the Society of Composers Inc., he was awarded the composer of the week this past summer. He is the son of Edgar Bower and Lori Heinrich Bower of Middletown.

Seaman Darryl Thompson, a native of Walkersville, wanted to join the Navy to better himself. Now, one year later and half a world away at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, Thompson serves aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell, patrolling one of the world’s busiest maritime regions as part of the leading-edge of U.S. 7th Fleet.

The following area students were recently initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society: Blake Capella, of Frederick, at The College of New Jersey; and Courtney Lee, of Jefferson, University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Bridgewater College, in Bridgewater, Va., held commencement ceremonies on May 4. The following area students were awarded bachelor’s degrees: Raymond Alexander, of Knoxville, graduated magna cum laude, majoring in communication, technology and culture; Evrett Campbell, of Walkersville, health and exercise science; Devin Conley, of Walkersville, business administration; Morgan Crespo, of Hagerstown, biochemistry; Chloe Ferguson, Walkersville, enviornmental science; Johnny Haizel-Cobbina, of Frederick, graduated cum laude, information systems management; and Kara Kline, of Frederick, communication, technology and culture.

Madison Karch, of Frederick, and Hunter Mcmillion, of Keedysville, qualified for the dean’s list for the spring semester at Greensboro College, in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Among the graduates awarded degrees in May from Coastal Carolina University, in Conway, South Carolina, were Jacob Dietzel, of Walkersville, bachelor’s in marine science; Myles Gough, of Frederick, bachelor’s in intelligence and national security studies; Andrew Gross, of Poolesville, bachelor’s in marine science; Alexandra Johnson, of Darnestown, bachelor’s in elementary education; Jordan Mathias, of Monrovia, bachelor’s in business administration in management; and Madison Ridings, of New Market, bachelor’s in marine science.

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