Some 50 students to participate in Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program

October 03, 2011

Junior Dwight Carmon accepted the challenge of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award along with about 50 other McDaniel students as a way to say that college success isn’t measured only in the classroom.

“Too often success in college is measured mostly by what you do in the classroom. Outside things count too – and this shows that,” the Psychology major said after the award program was launched by President Roger Casey, who learned about the opportunity when he met Prince Edward during his U.S. visit last summer.

The students will fulfill requirements in community service, physical fitness, and special skills. Once these are completed, each student will take an adventurous journey – two days and one night – with a clearly defined purpose. And, all 50 have set the goal of completing these requirements for the Bronze Award by April 1, 2012, when the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, will represent his father and founder of the program, Her Majesty The Queen's husband, HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, to present the awards sometime that month. McDaniel is only the third U.S. campus to host a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program.

Among the students participating in the non-competitive, self-development program are:
Dan Alderman of Sykesville, Md.
Melissa Black of Atglen, Pa.
Ashley Day of Baltimore, Md.
Steve French of New Windsor, Md.
Marisa Hrbal of Erie, Pa.
Lydia Hubble of Chambersburg, Pa.
Sara Krome of New Windsor, Md.
Kwei Maduot-Parek of Lanham, Md.
Jessica Oros of Eldersburg, Md.
Caitlin Pozmanter of East Setauket, N.Y.
Douglas Rivera of Essex, Md.
Karla Saravia of Silver Spring, Md.
Tiffani Scott of Highland, Md.
Brittany Starlings of Hagerstown, Md.
Betsy Warner of Hagerstown, Md.

Kerry Campbell of Gaithersburg, Md.
Dwight Carmon of Capitol Heights, Md.
Philippa McCafferty of Portsmouth, RI.
Lisa Vasapollo of Westville, N.J.
Jonathan Wixen of Calabasas, Calif.

Mileyni Alvarenga of Silver Spring, Md.
Oliver Avaritt of Loganville, Ga.
Adriana Mendoza Cervantes of Centreville, Va.
Angel Gutierrez of Los Angeles, Calif.
Le Hoang of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Kaylee Hoover of Winter Garden, Fla.
Brandon Morfoot of Upperco, Md.
Monica Parcell of Prospect Park, Pa.
Cindy Reid of Brooklyn, N.Y.
Daniel Scott of Monkton Md.
Amber Slater of Westminster, Md.
Kerrie Vanscoy of Frederick, Md.

First-year students
Kelsey Burkhardt of Keedysville, Md.  
Allison Cannon of Hampstead, Md.  
Mirko Fernandez Valdes of Silver Spring, Md.  
Lucas Frangou of Silver Spring, Md.   
Bradley Illescas of Silver Spring, Md.  
Maria Moreno of Quito, Ecuador
Sandra Ovalle of Silver Spring, Md.     
Maria Reyes of Chevy Chase, Md.  
Agustina Rius of Rockville, Md.  
Lindsey Rothrock of Macungie, Pa.  
Zachary Royal  of West Deptford N.J.  
Logan Smith of Hyattsville, Md.  
Emma Wingerd of Pittsburgh, Pa.

From the award website:
Founded in 1956 in the UK by Her Majesty The Queen's husband, HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the international Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a non-competitive, self-development program for youth ages 14 to 25. Dedicated to achievement in community service, physical fitness, special skills, and adventurous journey, the Award aims to build self-esteem and promote character development within every participant. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is an exciting, non-competitive experience that cultivates and instills confidence and self-worth within every participant. Through its proven and trusted quality framework, participants enjoy an unparalleled experience that hones their talents and skills and instills within them a crucial sense of belonging and achievement.