Ocean City Today

Community Briefs 07/14/2017

Jul 13, 2017
First Lt. Andrew Murrell


First Lt. Andrew Murrell graduated from A-10 Thunderbolt II (Warthog) fighter training on April 27 and is now a mission-qualified pilot.

During the last nine months at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, Arizona, Lt. Murrell flew multiple sorties learning dog-fighting tactics, navigation, close-air support, air-to-air missile warfare, as well as the bombing and strafing of ground targets.

This month, Lt. Murrell reported to Moody AFB in Valdosta, Georgia where he joined the 75th Fighter Squadron (Flying Tigers). He will likely be deployed overseas next year.

Lt. Murrell is a 2010 graduate of Stephen Decatur High School and a 2014 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. He is the son of Scott and Patti Murrell of Bishopville.

Dean’s List

Cassidy Larwood, of Ocean Pines, has earned a spot on the Dean’s List for three consecutive years in the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, at the University of Central Florida. She is majoring in biomedical studies. She will begin her senior year this fall.

Larwood is a 2014 graduate of Stephen Decatur High School and the daughter of Robyn and Dave Baker, and John and Debbie Larwood.

Borlaug Scholar

Craig Birckhead-Morton, a rising sophomore at Snow Hill High School, was named a Borlaug Scholar. He was selected as the Maryland World Food Prize delegate and will move on to the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute in the fall.

Birckhead-Morton will attend the three-day conference held in Des Moines, Iowa with Ashley Streebig, his teacher-mentor, in October 2017.

Birckhead-Morton is a member of the Boy Scouts, Southern Eastern Shore Association of Student Councils (SESASC) and was selected for the Worcester County Youth Council.

He is a Ben Carson Scholarship Winner, has been on the Principal’s List since elementary school and a Worcester County School System WeXL honoree.

He is a member of the SHHS track team, marching band, National Guard Youth Program and legal intern, the Adopt a Highway Team responsible for cleaning a 2-mile stretch of Maryland highway four times a year, Appalachia Service Project and he participates in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.


Worcester Prep senior Reid Scott Carey received his official appointment to the United States Merchant Marine Academy from Lt. Col. USMCR (Ret.) Steve Rakow at WPS on May 24.

A Dagsboro resident, Carey, is one of approximately 250 students chosen throughout the United States to attend this academy.

Carey is an outstanding scholar athlete who has attended WPS since Pre-Kindergarten. He is a member of the WPS National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Art Honor Society, varsity golf team, varsity lacrosse team and vice president of his senior class.

He was a member of the US Naval Sea Cadets Corps - Annapolis Division, where he served in a leadership role as Master at Arms. Carey attends Mariners Bethel United Methodist Church in Ocean View and resides in Dagsboro, Delaware with his parents, Scott and Jennifer, and younger sister and WPS freshman, Rylie.

Karsli honored

Worcester Prep junior Sandra Karsli of Ocean City was selected by the Distinguished Young Women of Maryland to represent the area in the state competition in July.

The Distinguished Young Women of Maryland is part of a national scholarship program that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent in young women.

Film runner-up

Worcester Prep senior Tate Shockley placed runner-up for his cinematography on the film “Dockyard Chief,” in the seventh annual Daniel A. Citron Gilman School Film Festival.

The film was written and directed by his older sister, Emmi, (WPS ’15) who is a sophomore at Fordham University in New York.

Forty filmmakers from 15 schools around Maryland submitted 56 films to the festival. Judges selected one winner and runner-up in five categories. Twenty-three films were shown at the festival, held March 31.

The Shockleys garnered their interest in film working with WPS Upper School technology teacher Nancy Raskauskas. Tate Shockley plans to attend UNCW in the fall to pursue a degree in Film Studies.

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