Education Briefs Summer 2020

June 17, 2020

Local students graduate from Clemson

Clemson University announced three local students were among its May 2020 graduates. Grace C. Brokaw of Lewes graduated with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering. Laura Elizabeth Issel of Lewes graduated with a bachelor of  arts degree in biological sciences. Kathryn E. Richardson of Rehoboth Beach graduated with a bachelor of science degree in health science.

Sierra Riedel graduates from University of New Hampshire

The University of New Hampshire announced that Sierra Riedel of Lewes graduated with a bachelor of science degree in business administration, international business and economics.

Alyssa Craig graduates from University of Tampa

The University of Tampa announced Alyssa Craig of Rehoboth Beach graduated with a bachelor of science degree in forensic science.

Local students graduate from Western Governors

Western Governors University announced two local graduates. Kimberly Moreira of Lewes earned a bachelor of science, business management degree. Bobbi Hensey of Milton earned a bachelor of science, nursing degree.

Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi inducts Jordan Crume

Jordan Crume of Millsboro was recently initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Crume was initiated at University of Maryland Global Campus. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership.

Cedar Crest names local students to dean's list

Cedar Crest College dean's list recognizes students who have earned a grade point average of 3.65 or higher in the academic semester. Local students earning the honor are Madison Maksymow of Lewes and Jade Shomper of Rehoboth Beach.

Local students named to York College of Pennsylvania dean’s list

York College of Pennsylvania announced that Zachary Beard of Rehoboth Beach and Kevin Fredrickson of Lewes were named to the dean’s list. To be eligible, a student must be registered for at least 12 academic credit hours and earn a semester GPA of 3.50 or higher.

Brittany Dundas named to Grove City dean’s list

Grove City College announced Brittany Dundas of Millsboro was named to its dean's list.

Tess Foraker named to Elon president’s list

Elon University announced that Tess Garland Foraker was named to its president’s list honoring students with no grade below an A-minus in a minimum of 12 semester hours. Foraker is the daughter of  Donald J. Foraker Jr. and Margaret D. Foraker of Salisbury, Md.

Sussex Academy ranked fourth among Delaware high schools

The U.S. News & World Report has ranked Sussex Academy high school fourth in the state for the second consecutive year. U.S News publishes the Best High Schools rankings to identify the top-performing public high schools in the United States. Rankings are based on the performance of all students on the state assessments in reading and math, performance of underserved students, graduation rate and the degree to which Sussex Academy prepares students for college. Sussex Academy is a public charter, tuition-free school. Beginning in the 2020-21 school year, Sussex Academy will have a main campus and an elementary school campus, both in Georgetown. The school will serve students in kindergarten through 12th grade. All grades are fully enrolled. For more information, email

Local students travel to London with Cedar Crest College

Cedar Crest College students recently  traveled to London as part of the Carmen Twillie Ambar Sophomore Expedition, a guaranteed study-abroad program. In the spring semester of their sophomore year, students participate in a series of classes to prepare them for the trip. Then they spend 8-10 days traveling as a class to an international destination where they participate in a number of service activities. This year they traveled to London Feb. 29 to March 7. Participating local students include Madison Maksymow of Lewes and Jade Shomper of Rehoboth Beach.

Lewes resident earns honors at Clark University

Clark University announced that Phyo Phyo M. Thu of Lewes has been named to second honors on its dean's list for the fall semester. To be eligible for second honors, students must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

Sussex Tech business students win top honors at states

Sussex Technical High School students recently won top honors at the statewide conference of Business Professionals of America, a career-technical student organization which prepares members for careers in business, finance and other related fields. Lizbeth Cortez-Galindo, a junior from Milford, won first place in payroll accounting and third place in basic office systems and procedures. Turner Lee, a senior from Seaford, and Cameron Veazey, a senior from Laurel, won second place in presentation management (team). Daniel Rubini, a sophomore from Harbeson, won second place in basic office systems and procedures. Trinity Kelso, a junior from Millsboro, won fourth place in business law and ethics. Cameron Veazey also placed in the top six for human resource management. Amith Tatineni, a sophomore from Lewes, placed in the top six for interview skills.

These winners are eligible to compete at the national BPA competition.

Sussex Tech’s business, finance and marketing career-technical area area gives students direct, hands-on experience with running in-school businesses as well as a practical grounding in soft skills like public speaking, organization and team management. Students gain a firm foundation in business topics and can complete specialties including accounting or marketing management.

Sussex Tech electronics students earn FCC ham radio licenses

Electronics students at Sussex Technical High School recently earned their federal amateur radio operator technician-class licenses, a new step along their career pathway. 

Eight sophomore students earned the Federal Communications Commission certification, which allows them to operate an amateur or “ham” radio station and communicate with other operators worldwide.

Earning their licenses were Shaun Stanton, Milford; Kenneth “Jack” Morris, Milton; Austin Drace, Seaford; Alexander Horan, Milton; Chase Horton, Millville; Jack Blatz, Laurel; Bonnie “Abby” Gerhardt, Greenwood; and Callum Neely, Selbyville.

“Amateur radio is a great entry into the world of radio frequency engineering, as well as a useful asset in emergency communications for the community,” said Sussex Tech electronics teacher Anthony Carmen, himself a licensed ham radio operator.

Volunteers from the American Radio Relay League, Sussex County Amateur Radio Emergency Services, and Sussex Amateur Radio Association assisted with training and preparing students for the licensing exam.

Salisbury University awards scholarships

Salisbury University’s School of Social Work announced $70,000 in scholarships awarded. Generated from a revenue-sharing program, the awards were distributed to 40 graduate and 20 undergraduate candidates and range from $500 to $2,000. Local recipients include Sydney Smyk of Milton, Shelby Wright of Georgetown, Nhiya Harmon of Delmar and Alexa Lynn Shoultes of Selbyville. Scholarship recipients must be social work majors who are currently enrolled, have demonstrated financial need and have earned at least a 3.0 grade point average.

Unico Foundation offers scholarships

Applications are open for Unico Foundation scholarships. Four undergraduate scholarships are available in the amount of $6,000 each. Graduate scholarships for students matriculated at an accredited college or university are available in general studies, medical doctor or doctor of osteopathy, nursing, literary scholarships, study abroad, engineering, Italian studies, science, fine arts and more. For more information and applications, go to

Reunion organizers seek Cape High Class of 1970 contact information 

Planning for the 50th reunion is underway for the Cape Henlopen High School Class of 1970. Organizers want to make sure everyone is invited. To send classmates’ contact information, email Tony Podraza at

Kindergarten registration underway in Indian River district

Kindergarten registration for the 2020-21 school year is underway in Indian River School District for children who will be 5 years old on or before Monday, Aug. 31. Parents can register their child by presenting an original birth certificate, proof of immunization, proof of residency and the required district registration forms to the child’s home school. To obtain a district registration packet, go to and follow the Registration link under the Parents & Students tab. Parents can search Delaware’s school locator website to see which school their child will be attending. The district will also hold a series of kindergarten registration sessions from Monday to Thursday, April 6 to 9. Parents are encouraged to call the school in advance to schedule an appointment.

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