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College news

• Christina Ludwig, of Strasburg, will showcase 10 charcoal drawings depicting the five stages of grief at the Bridgewater College senior art thesis show. The show will open with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. April 25 in the Beverly Perdue Art Gallery. The exhibit will be open through May 6. For a full list of participating students, visit

• Dave Dougherty, of Front Royal, has been inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. He attends James Madison University.

• Rowan Daniels, a 2015 graduate of Sherando High School, graduated from Temple University with a bachelor’s of arts degree. She spent two years studying abroad in Japan. She is employed with Camdem County, New Jersey. She is the daughter of Tina Daniels, of Stephens City, and the granddaughter of the late Robert Bly and Nancy Polk Bly, of Edinburg.

• Mikayla Michael, of Front Royal, was named to the dean’s list for the winter term at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Port Orange, Florida.

• Daryl Funk, of Front Royal, was recognized on April 9 with the Young Alumnus Award by Bridgewater College for his achievements and humanitarian service. Funk earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Bridgewater College and a law degree in 2009 from the University of Baltimore. He worked in private practice for several years, was elected as Warren County Clerk of the Court in 2016 and was selected in 2021 by the Virginia General Assembly to be a district judge for the 26th Circuit Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, presiding for both Warren and Clarke counties. He and his wife, Noelle, have a daughter, Marie.

• Two local students at Bridgewater College have been awarded Alumni Legacy scholarships for the 2022-23 academic year:

Garrett Estep, a junior psychology major from Mount Jackson, son of Matthew and Elizabeth Simmons, both 1997 graduates.

Alexander Smith, a junior business administration major from Basye, son of Ann and Ashley Smith, who graduated in 1985.

School news

• Ian James Hoelsher, of Front Royal, is one of five graduating seniors receiving the Lyle B. Wright Scholarship in the amount of $3,000 given by American Municipal Power Inc.

Ian attends Warren County High School and plans to attend Virginia Tech to study engineering. He is the son of Andrea Hoelsher and Mary Ellen Lynn.

4-H news

Winners have been announced in the recent Shenandoah County 4-H Share-the-Fun Talent Show Contest, which was held at Zion Lutheran Church in Edinburg.

Receiving blue ribbons and Best in Show Scholarship awards were: Maggie Eaton, New Market 4-H Club, in senior vocal; Morgan Maher and Dillon Maher, Cabin Hill 4-H Club, in senior drama; Olivia Hawkins and Tanner Hawkins, St. Luke-Saumsville 4-H Club, in intermediate instrumental; and Hannah Biby, New Market 4-H Club, in senior instrumental. The Lebanon Church 4-H Club won Best in Show for its variety act which included Erin Van Norton, Kerrigan Bauserman, Natalee Peterson, Lillie Jo Bauserman, Lleyton Jarrell, Daniel Shoemaker, Remi Watkins, Natalie Corbin and Otis McWilliams.

Other acts receiving blue ribbons were: Lizzi Zirkle, 4-H Livestock Club, in senior vocal; Sara Atkins, Abagail Newton and Morgan Maher, Cabin Hill 4-H, in senior drama; and Maggie Eaton, Chad Biby and Hannah Biby, New Market 4-H, senior drama.

Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative sponsors the contest and provides the scholarship awards.


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