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Dave Lehr, the first chief strategy officer for Meritus Health, Hagerstown, was officially appointed to serve as a commissioner on the Maryland Community Health Resource Commission (CHRC) by Gov. Larry Hogan. As a commissioner on the Maryland CHRC, an independent group operating within the Maryland Department of Health, Lehr will work to help expand access to health care services in underserved communities in the state.

Rebeckah Trainor, of Poolesville; McKenzie Morgan, of Damascus; and Bryce Punsalan, of Mount Airy; made the dean’s list for the spring semester at Kent State University in Ohio.

Carmine Guynn, of Charles Town, West Virginia, is enrolled in the physician assistant graduate program at Marietta College, in Marietta, Ohio. Guynn is scheduled to earn a master’s in physician assistant studies in July 2023. She earned an undergraduate degree from Shepherd University, in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. She is the daughter of Virginia Guynn and Steve Alenskis, both of Charles Town, and granddaughter of Richard and Susan Guynn, Frederick.

Eleanor Earles, of Damascus, made the dean’s list for the spring semester at Lee University, in Cleveland, Tennessee.

Cheryl K. Simmons, of Monrovia and Frederick, received a Master of Business Administration degree with a Certificate of Organizational Development from Mount St. Mary’s University, in Emmitsburg.

Lakshmi Darbha, of Frederick, is one of 66 educators from across the country to receive a stipend and support to help guide their students in scientific research. Darbha says “My mission through Aavanee (Earth) is to work today to bring a change tomorrow in the lives of girl child/women through helping them gain education in STEM field, improve nutrition, mental health and plan towards future financial stability. We hope that programs such as STEM for kids will impact the future career path chosen by these young minds.” Educators w in the program work with students from underrepresented groups and from low-income households by helping them to develop STEM projects that can be entered into science research competitions.

Bethelehem Araya, of Frederick, earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and global studies, and Danielle Creedon, of Poolesville, a bachelor’s degree in theater arts from Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York.

Aden De Los Reyes-Kundey, of Frederick, recently attended Space Camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, in Huntsville, Alabama. This program is specifically designed for trainees who have a passion for space exploration. Aden spent the week training with a team that flew a simulated space mission to the International Space Station (ISS), the Moon or Mars. The crew participated in experiments and successfully completed an extra-vehicular activity (EVA), or spacewalk. Aden and crew returned to earth in time to graduate with honors.

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