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Matthew Smith graduated as a Doctor of Osteopathy from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, West Virginia. Smith will start his neurology residency at Grandview Medical Center/Kettering Health Network in Dayton, Ohio, in July 2018.

While at WVSOM Smith was a medical student volunteer with the Himalayan Health Exchange in the Spiti Valley of northern India. He and his wife, Aleka, also actively volunteered with the Greenbrier Humane League and I-81 Transports.

A 2008 honors graduate of Penn Manor High School, Smith received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Lebanon Valley College, where he was co-president of TriBeta Biology Honor Fraternity and president of the Ministry Team.

He is the son of the Reverend Randolph and Marianna Smith, of Vale, North Carolina, formerly of Lancaster.

Zac Burke received a Bachelor of Science in business management from the University of South Carolina Beaufort and was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2018 semester.

A pitcher for the school’s Sand Sharks baseball team, Burke was selected to the Sun Conference Academic All Conference team.

Burke will be pitching this summer in San Francisco for Top Speed Baseball, a top amateur wood bat league.

A 2013 graduate of Penn Manor High School, he is the son of Pat and Kim Burke, of Lancaster.

Dana E. Droz graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia on May 24, 2018. Droz double majored in mathematics and physics and minored in classics.

Droz is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Mu Epsilon honor societies. She received the Williams Prize in mathematics and the Reese Prize in physics.

Droz will pursue a doctorate in applied mathematics at North Carolina State University in the fall, where she has received a graduate fellowship.

A graduate of Veritas Academy, she is the daughter of George and Barbara Droz, of Lancaster.

Dean’s list

Alexandra Wolf was named to the dean’s list with a 3.7 GPA for the spring 2018 semester at Widener University, Chester, where she is a rising junior majoring in social work with a minor in psychology.

She is the daughter of Gail Rittenhouse, of Lancaster.

Matthew Van Gorden, of Lancaster, was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2018 semester with a 3.6 GPA at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky, where he is pursuing a degree in integrated strategic communications.

A graduate of Manheim Township, he is the son of Scott and Lori Van Gorden.

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