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2008 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS.  The Foundation is proud to announce the following recipients of this year's Foundation scholarships:

SAMANTHA SHERRI STANCIL (08) - Charles Waddell Memorial Scholarship:  Samantha graduated with a GPA of 3.5, and was active in Marching Band, the National Honor Society, the Student Government, and the Principal's Roundtable Member.  She was the Manager of the Tack Team, a JROTC Officer, the Captain of the Flag Team, Associate Editor of the Yearbook, a participant in Girls' State, and took simultaneous courses at PGCC while successfully completing Calculus I and II and computer programming.  Outside of school, Samantha served as an Assistant Sunday School Teacher at her church.  Samantha will be attending North Carolina Central University in the Fall.

BRITTANY MARIE BEAN (08) - General Fund Scholarship: Brittany graduated as the Valedictorian of the Class of 2008, was JROTC Vice Wing Commander, and was a member of the National Honor Society, the Advanced Art Club, the Future Business Leaders of America and the Principal's Roundtable.  Brittany will be attending Norwich University in the Fall.

DANYELLE DEVONNE MCELRATH (08) - General Fund Scholarship:  Danyelle graduated with a GPA of 3.51, was on the Honor Roll, and was a member of the Kitty Hawk Air Society of JROTC, the Honor Guard.  Outside of school, Danyelle sang in her church choir and was on her Church Junior Usher Board.  Danyelle will be attending the University of Maryland in the Fall.
Congratulations to these outstanding members of the Class of 2008!  (Photos and bios of this year's -- and past years' -- scholarship recipients can be found on the web site at

2008 ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENTS.  We also are extremely proud to announce the three members of the Surratts community elected to receive this year's Foundation Achievement Awards.  Each of this year's recipients has had an extraordinarily distinguished career in academia, science and/or medicine.

RUSS BARKLEY, Ph.D. (67) is an internationally recognized expert on child and adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders.  Currently, Russ is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina, and Research Professor of Psychiatry at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.

After serving in the Air Force from 1968 to 1972, including a tour of duty in Vietnam, Russ obtained his Bachelor's Degree from the University of North Carolina in 1973.  He received his Master's Degree in 1975 and his Ph.D. in 1977 in Clinical Psychology from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He then attended the Oregon Health Sciences University for internship training in developmental, learning, and behavioral disorders of children.  Thereafter, he joined the Department of Neurology at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Milwaukee Children's Hospital where he founded the Neuropsychology Service and served as its Chief until 1985.  He then moved to the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he served as the Director of Psychology for more than 15 years (1985-2000) and established the research clinics for both child and adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders.  In 2002, he relocated to the Charleston, SC region.

Russ is a Diplomate in three specialties, Clinical Psychology (ABPP), Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, and Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN, ABPP).  He is a clinical scientist, educator and practitioner who has authored, co-authored, or co-edited more than 20 books and clinical manuals.  He has published more than 230 scientific articles and book chapters related to the nature, assessment, and treatment of ADHD and related disorders.  His most recent books include Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Handbook for Diagnosis and Treatment (2nd ed., 1998), Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete Authoritative Guide for Parents (2000, 2nd ed.), Defiant Children:  A Clinicians Manual for Assessment and Parent Training (2nd ed., 1997), and Child Psychopathology (2003), and Your Defiant Child: Eight Steps to Better Behavior (1998). In 1993, he founded a bimonthly newsletter for clinical professionals, The ADHD Report (Guilford).  He has created seven professional videotapes on ADHD and defiant children, three of which have won national awards, including the 1992 and 1994 Golden Apple Award for educational videos from the National Education Association.

Russ has served on the editorial boards of 11 scientific journals and as a reviewer for numerous others. He was the President of the Section of Clinical Child Psychology, Division 12, of the American Psychological Association (1988), and was President of the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (1991).  Russ has presented more than 600 invited workshops, public addresses, and scientific presentations internationally, including in Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Israel, Russia, Kenya, Venezuela, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Finland, Spain, Italy, Canada, and Great Britain.  He has appeared on the nationally televised 60 Minutes, the Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN, and many other programs on behalf of those with ADHD. In 1994, he received the Distinguished Contribution Award from the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology, and in 1996, he was awarded the C. Anderson Aldrich Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics for his research career in child development. In 1998, he received the Award for Distinguished Contribution to Research from the Section on Clinical Child Psychology, (now Division 53) of the American Psychological Association.  In 2002, he received the Dissemination Award from the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology, Division 12, of the American Psychological Association for his career long efforts to dispel misconceptions about ADHD and to educate the public and other professionals about the science of this disorder.

(More information about Russ' distinguished career can be found at

[Ed Note: Russ is perhaps even better known as the bass player in the original Tuesday Boots!  (See photo at]

RICK LIFTON, M.D.,  Ph.D. (71), an internationally recognized expert on hypertension, is Sterling Professor of Genetics, Medicine and Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Chair of the Department of Genetics, Director of the Lifton Lab, and Director of the Yale Center for Human Genetics and Genomics at the Yale University School of Medicine.

Earlier this Spring, Rick was awarded the Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences for discovering genes that cause many forms of high and low blood pressure.  Rick joins a very distinguished roster of past Wiley Award recipients, among them Nobel Prize-winning scientists Andrew Fire, Craig Mello and Robert Horvitz.  The Wiley Prize recognizes contributions that have opened new fields of research or have advanced novel concepts or their applications in a particular biomedical discipline. It honors a specific contribution or a series of contributions that demonstrate "significant leadership and innovation."

Rick has identified ten genes that cause very high blood pressure and ten genes that cause very low blood pressure. He also found that these genes are involved in the regulation of salt balance by the kidney.

Dr. Liftons findings highlight the importance of dietary salt in the causation of hypertension, a major risk factor in cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of death worldwide, said Gnter Blobel, M.D., chair of the Wiley Prize awards jury.  Robert Alpern, M.D., Dean of the Yale School of Medicine, said, Liftons research has demonstrated unequivocally the importance of renal salt handling in the regulation of blood pressure. While hypertension can be due to over constriction of blood vessels or abnormal salt handling by the kidney, Lifton has found in multiple genetic causes of high and low blood pressure that the etiology resides in the kidney.  These findings have settled a controversy that persisted for much of the 20th century.

Rick received his Bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College, and his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University.  (Additional information about Rick's distinguished career can be found at,,, and

DAVE DECENZO, Ph.D. (73) has served as the President of Coastal Carolina College since 2007.  Dave joined Coastal's administration in 2002 when he was named dean of the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration. He was named provost and senior vice president of academic administration in May 2006. Before joining the Coastal faculty, Dave served as director of partnership development in the College of Business and Economics at Towson University from 1999 to 2002.

Dave earned a Bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Maryland College Park and a Master's degree and Ph.D. from West Virginia University.  An experienced industry consultant, Dave has served a wide variety of clients including Citicorp Global Technology, Moen Inc., Motorola and others.  His major academic interests are in human resource management, management and organizational behavior.  He is the author of textbooks that are used widely at colleges and universities throughout the United States and the world.

He serves on the board of directors of the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Center, and he served a two-year term on the Conway Chamber of Commerce's board of directors.

As Dean of Coastal's Wall College, Dave led the move to establish a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program.  He also helped create the Wall Center of Excellence, designed to enhance and reinforce business students' skills through experiential learning. As provost, he instituted Centers for Excellence to support student internships, research and travel in each of the university's four colleges.

(You can visit Dave's Blog at

Congratulations to these three members of the Surrattsville community on their stellar career achievements!

(Photos and bios of this year's -- and past years' -- Achievement Award recipients can be found on the web site at

FASHIONABLE ALUMNI WINDOW DECALS AVAILABLE.  As noted in the last e-Notice, by popular demand -- and thanks to the efforts of Pat Becker Oles (71) -- the Foundation is now making "Surrattsville Alumni" window decals available.  (A sample is found at    Note that the actual size of the decals is 4" x 4" rather than the size shown on the web site, and they have a white background and green lettering.)

These decals are of the "static peel-off" variety, so they have "repositional adhesive backing," and attach, and detach, easily from windows with no muss or fuss.  The suggested donation for the decals is $2.50.  If you'd like to show your Hornet pride by displaying a decal on your vehicle's window, please send your donation and your mailing address to Henry Smith at 815 Stoneleigh Road, Baltimore, MD 21212, and we'll mail a decal to you.

FOUNDATION "GETTING YOUNGER" CORRESPONDENT FEATURED ON CBS.  Some of you who watch golf on CBS might have seen our own Ann Weaver Pelle (71), and her husband Mike, featured on the "Rules of the Game" feature during the Wachovia Championship.  Although the questions stumped them, they really enjoyed their 15 minutes of golf trivia fame! 

TIP ON FINDING LOST YEARBOOKS.  We received this email from Grover Stanley (67):  "I noticed the items in recent e-Notices about help finding a yearbook. I found that the school has many left overs, but the big problem is they want $125 each for one. I found mine on eBay for $15. Just run a search for Surrattsville and they will come up if any are on there.  Thanks, Grover"

78/79 REUNION DETAILS.  The Classes of 1978 and 1979 have finalized their 30 Year Reunion plans, as follows:

-Friday, July 11, Golf Outing at Twin Shields
-Saturday, July 12, Cocktails & Appetizers (Cash Bar), Annapolis Elks Lodge (8-12),
    "Featuring the Eric Scott Band (Class of 81)"
-Sunday, July 13, Picnic (12-6), Sandy & Gene's

$55.00 Per Person before May 15.  $65.00 after May 15.  Final deadline is June 15.  Make checks payable to: Karen White, 11803 Crown Drive, Dunkirk, MD 20754.  One price for Saturday & Sunday!

For more information contact Jeanne LaRoque (78) at or Karen White (79) at

HISTORICAL PHOTOS ON WEB SITE.   Please don't forget that we're attempting to get as much background information as possible about the historical photos on the Foundation's web site at   (For this purpose, "historical photos" means any of the photos on the web site from 2007 to the present.)  If you have any background information on any of the photos on the web site, please send it to

ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SURRATTS HISTORY (CON'T).  Please don't forget: to celebrate Surrattsville's first century, we're looking for facts and stories about Surrattsville's history to include in e-Notices and add to the Foundation's archives.  If you have any, please send them to  We'd also love any historical photos for the Foundation's archive.

Here's this month's installment of the Surratts history story.  These "Facts About Surrattsville" appeared in the Clinton VFD Old Timers Club's 2006 calendar (along with lots of great historical photos of Clinton):

"In 1869 it was a small white frame building with adjoining stable and outside plumbing fixtures.  In 1907, on June 3rd, Surratts had its first graduate, Blanche Teresa Hurtt.  In 1917 a new two story frame structure was built.  In 1919 the old school building was sold.  In 1948 two rooms were added to the two story frame.  In 1952 a new annex building, containing a modern cafeteria, multi-purpose room, gymnasium, home economics facilities, science lab and six classrooms, was added.

School Colors: 1907: blue and gray; 1929: blue and gold; 1944: maroon and gold; 1950: green and white.  Yearbooks: 1929: The Blue and Gold; 1938: The Shield; 1944: Salmagundi (Spanish for mixture of things); 1946 - Present: The Boomerang.

Alma Mater: written by Rosa Ferris in 1951.

Principals: Mr. Eugene Burroughs, 1898 - 1899, 1901, 1014; Mr. Arthur Meloy, 1899-1901; Mr. T. B. Gwynn, 1914-1918; Mrs. MacKay, 1918-1922; Mr. Summers, 1922-1927; Mr. High, 1927; Mr. Truman Klein, 1927-1942; Mr. John Bond, 1942-1948; Mr. John M. Pryde, 1948-1967; Mr. Kalman J. Vozar, 1967-1970; Mr. Donald Buck, 1971-1977, Dr. Mildred Biedenkapp, 1977-1981; Mr. Eugene Colgan, 1981-1992, Mr. Robert Dredger, 1992-1994; Mrs. Francis Collins, 1994-1997; Mr. William Barnes, 1997-2005; Ms. Alice Swift-Howard, 2005-Present."

AND SPEAKING OF SURRATTS HISTORY ....  We received this great memory from Billie Barr Winstead: "Hello Henry:  Just have to add something to our history of Surrattsville--When I transferred there from Hine Junior High in 1934, the existing school was under construction, classes were held in the multi-purpose room which had been divided by temporary partitions into classrooms.  I vividly remember that Geometry class was held on the stage because that was where I got my first glimpse of the boy I would marry, Jack Gwynn.  Since the school included all twelve grades, for a part of the year we attended only half a day.  Billie"

[Ed Note:  Teachers and students were certainly resourceful in those days!]

SEARCHING FOR 58 GRADS.  The Class of 58 Reunion Committee (c/o Jean Merriman Beardmore (  is searching for three classmates they cannot find: Joy Irving Kearney, Eva Pearson, and Kathy Hummer Grumbling.  Please contact Jean if you have any information about these Hornets or members of their families.

CLASS OF 62 ACTIVITIES UPDATE.  Len Owens (62),, submitted this update on the Class of 62's upcoming reunion plans:

September 27, 2008, Picnic, Noon, Gilbert Run Park, La Plata, MD, Just off Route 6.  Bring your own picnic.

Possible additional events include dinner on Friday night (September 26th) and/or Brunch Sunday morning (September 28th) and golf.  All of these additional events are based on class interest.  After our 45th reunion last September, we discussed the possibility of a picnic in Southern Maryland in this following year.  Many classmates indicated an interest in a picnic this September.  Some who attended the reunion and some who were unable to attend indicated an interest.  Gilbert Run Park is available.  I hope you are still interested in a picnic.  This is meant, primarily, for those classmates in the Washington area.  Of course, if you are in town on this weekend, pleased try to attend.

Some classmates do not always read their emails.  Others have only US mail access.  If you would like to call a few classmates, please indicate your willingness to make a few phone calls.

Note:  It is important.  Please let us know if you will plan to attend.  Thank you, Your Reunion Committee

DWIGHT REED (81) MEMORIAL GOLF OUTING.   Dawn Reed Schumaker (84) reports that the 6th Annual Dwight Reed Memorial Golf Outing will be held on Friday, June 28, 2008 at The Links at Challedon in Mt. Airy, Maryland.  Anyone interested in registering a foursome or sponsoring a hole should contact Dawn at  All proceeds will be donated to cancer research.

CLASS OF 64 PLANS REUNION.  The Class of 64 is planning a 45th reunion in February 2009, in the form of a three night cruise to the Bahamas!  The Class reports that "all are welcome to join us."  For details, contact Jaime Seaman (64) at or 954-316-7498. 

CONGRATULATIONS KARIS CHRISTIAN!  Karis Christian (08) was recently named Scholar of the Week by the Prince George's County Schools.  The e-news item on Karis' selection can be found at    Karis, who will attend Delaware State in the Fall, has a 3.88 GPA, has taken AP Statistics, AP Biology and AP Biology Lab, served as AFJROTC Personnel Officer and Deputy Support Group Commander, is a member of the National Honor Society, the AFJROTC Drill Team, the Prom Committee and was Editor of the Yearbook.  Congratulations Karis, on this very well-deserved recognition!

HUBCAPS TO APPEAR IN CHARLES COUNTY.   We've just learned that The Hubcaps will be performing a free concert at River Artfest in Indian Head on June 7.  Information about the festival can be found at  What a great way to celebrate 350 years of Charles County history!

YEARBOOKS SOUGHT.  Juan Tauler is looking for copies of yearbooks from 1968 - 1970.  Please contact him at if you have any information on how he might find them.

I hope you're all well and enjoying the first hints of the impending Summer!

All the best, Henry Smith (71),


Steve Profilet (71)
Chuck Teubner (64)
Pat Becker Oles (71)
Janet Goddard Sullivan (54)
Vivian Bounds Edelen (Former Faculty; 1938-1942)
Linda Dorsey Blum (66)
Vicky Simontacchi Young (57)
Sally Weingarten (77)
Bill Harris (71)
Ellen Talbert-Miller (61 and Former Faculty), In Memory of Harrison (Bo) Waite (70)
Denise Hope (72), In Memory of Robin Danielson (72)
Nancy Miller (67), In Memory of Virginia Mitchel McLaughlin (64)
Bob Marr (71)
Deborah Cox Marr (72)
Donna Rae Sturtevant Smith (70)
Henry Smith (71)



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