Graduate shares her academic gifts to help others succeed – The Star Democrat – Easton, Maryland: Local

Graduate shares her academic gifts to help others succeed – The Star Democrat – Easton, Maryland: Local.

This is one of my nieces, and I am so proud of her. Hoping I can paste the article here. If it doesn’t work just click on the link. Katie was born with Cerebral Palsy, but that has never stopped her.

Posted: Wednesday, May 20, 2015 5:45 am | Updated: 9:30 am, Wed May 20, 2015.

WYE MILLS — Katie Lipsius of Cambridge uses struggle as motivation to succeed and uses her academic success to help other students at Chesapeake College. Lipsius, 20, of Cambridge, was selected to receive the John T. Harrison Award, Chesapeake’s top student honor.

Lipsius will graduate tonight with a perfect 4.0 grade point average, admiration from Chesapeake’s staff and appreciation from her classmates. She is also a member of Phil Theta Kappa National Honor Society and a Scholar Laureate.

“I was probably the only kid in my preschool class planning for college,” Lipsius said. “I can’t remember a time in my life when graduating from college was not a goal. I truly believe that education is the best way to make a better life for yourself. It’s not easy, but getting an education is well worth the effort and is the best path to the life that you want.”

A graduate of Cambridge-South Dorchester High School, Lipsius was an integral part of Chesapeake’s part-time tutoring program, working with math and science students in both Wye Mills and at the Cambridge Center. In addition to tutoring, Lipsius also gives her time in community service. She serves as secretary for the Nause Waiwash, a local Native American tribe, and has been a Mallard Bay volunteer.

Katie’s record of academic achievement and community service has come while dealing with challenges that arise from her cerebral palsy. There are days, she said, when it is difficult to attend class and walk around campus. Focusing on the goal of finishing college helped Lipsius push ahead during challenging times.

Now that she has earned her associate’s degree, Lipsius will transfer to the University of Maryland this fall for a bachelor’s degree in biological science. Her eventual goal is to become a veterinarian caring for large animals or doing research on endangered species. Her dream is to open a sanctuary for large, endangered animals.

“I realized early on that it would be a struggle for my family to pay for college,” Lipsius said. “I knew that I would have to depend on getting good grades to make my college dreams a reality. It’s that way for a lot of people, especially students at community colleges.”

Lipsius wasn’t content to focus solely on maintaining her own perfect GPA, but shared her philosophy with the students she tutored at Chesapeake College.

“It’s always important to do your best, but it is critical for a student who is struggling to pay for college,” Lipsius said. “Make good grades, and you’ll be eligible for scholarships, which can mean the difference between reaching your goals and never getting ahead. Academic success can open so many doors.”

That understanding of financial challenge and the power of education drives Lipsius in her dedication to tutoring classmates, sometimes as a paid student tutor in the Academic Support Center, and at other times on her own. As she guided other students through challenging coursework, Lipsius also provided them with encouragement.

“I have balance issues, so I sometimes have to ask for help carrying liquids in science lab. I want to be independent, but there are times when I need a hand. We all need help at some point, and we have to realize when it is time reach out,” Lipsius said. “I hope that I’ve been able to help my classmates with tutoring, but also by showing them that it is okay to ask for help. “

Lipsius said she understands how difficult it can be to ask for help, so she tries to reach out to students who may need extra assistance.

“Many students find it scary or very difficult to even approach a tutor for needed help,” said Academic Support Services Specialist Mary Lu Towey. “Katie is a natural. Her students find her totally approachable, she listens to what her students tell her so that she can figure out how best to guide them. She is skilled at breaking concepts down in different ways. She asks questions that require her students to think and she gives them time to do the thinking. Katie is patient beyond belief.”

Illness and medical treatments took a toll on Lipsius’ attendance through her school career. Always playing catch-up in her classes, she said the setbacks motivated her to work harder and study with more focus. She said she sees other students facing a variety of challenges and knows that their studies can be adversely affected.

“I hate to see a small thing stand in the way of a student’s success,” Lipsius said. “A little extra time to learn or asking additional questions or seeing a concept demonstrated in a different way can be key. Sometimes that’s all it takes, so I want to do all I can. If that means working with a student on my own time, I’ll do it.”

Towey said in addition to her paid tutoring assignments in the Academic Support Center, Lipsius would spend unpaid hours working with students. She said she was impressed by the dedication Lipsius showed to her students.

“I hadn’t considered being a teacher before this experience, but that may change,” Lipsius said. “It’s great to see a student learn a concept or finally feel like they understand. My goal has always been to work with animals. Now I know that I also love to work with people.”

Katie Lipsius

On The Road

Just a quick note to my internet friends and followers: I will be away from my computer for a week, so please no messages or replies until I’m back online Tuesday, May 26. I’ll need time to recuperate from a quick up-and-back trip to WV for my mother-in-law’s funeral.

When I get back, though, look for some exciting new material. I’ll introduce you to some of my fictional characters. See you Tuesday. Have a great Memorial Day weekend.

Update on Ladies’ Luncheon

The luncheon will still be held at Bethel Baptist Church, 216 E. Park Street, Lake Placid, FL 33852. Missionary Jamie Knickerbocker will be speaking about her first ever experience with an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal. The time is from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, 2015. The church is located behind Chef Buddy’s Italian Restaurant on Interlake Blvd.

A charge of $10 for adults, or $5 for children will be taken at the door for the dinner. However, if someone wants to attend and is unable to pay, no one will be turned away. A love offering will be taken up later.

There has been a change in the menu. Fried chicken will be served along with a variety of salads, baked beans, and desserts.

My husband and I will not be able to attend to due his mother’s funeral being held in West Virginia that same day.

Anyone wishing to donate to the Nepal Relief fund may do so through Jamie Knickerbocker’s gofundme page

or by sending donations to: Word For The World Baptist Ministries, P.O. Box 849, Rossville, GA 3741. The phone number for the mission board is 706-866-8826. This is the mission board that sends the money to our missionaries while they are in the field, spreading God’s word.


Tony A. Smith knows the key to happiness. Read on. A lovely poem showing us that happiness really is a choice.

Tony A. Smith

Happiness Happiness

Happiness is something we create in our mind.  

It’s not something we search for and so seldom find.

It’s just waking up and beginning the day, by counting our blessings and kneeling to pray.

It’s giving up thoughts that breed discontent, and accepting what comes as a gift heaven sent.

It’s giving up wishing for things we have not, and making the best of whatever we’ve got.

It’s knowing that life’s a responsibility for us, and pursuing our tasks without fret, fume, or fuss.

For it’s by completing what GOD gives us to do that we find real contentment and happiness too.

Author Unknown

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Follow Me – A Christian Poem About Following Jesus

This is powerful. Following Christ does require giving up one’s self, and being willing to suffer the persecution that Christ and many others have endured. The world says Christians are crazy (but that’s not hate speech when applie to Christians, right?) and weak. Well, it would take a brave child to carry a Bible to school, woudln’t it? Enough of my thoughts here. The poem speaks for itself.

Along the Barren Road

small__13500195574The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him,“Follow me.”44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”46 Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!”48 Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”49 Nathanael answered him,“Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”50 Jesus answered him, “Because I said…

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The Dark Night of the Soul – A Christian Poem About Doubt

This young man has a firm grasp on the Christian growth process. He’s also a great poet. Hope you all like this as much as I did from

Along the Barren Road

282536042_7fbcf7f726This is a continuation of my post yesterday about dealing with the topic of doubt. It is a common misconception that there is something wrong with doubts, that if you doubt you don’t really believe. This is simply not true. Even John the Baptist had doubts. “Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?’ And Jesus answered them, ‘Go and tell John what you hear and see:the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them.And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.’ (Matthew 11:2-6)

Now at this point we know from the Gospel of…

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A Little Girl Named Alex and Cancer

This is such an incredible story that I have to share it here. If I wasn’t a horse racing enthusiast I would never have heard this story, but as I watched the Preakness Stakes today this story was shared in part. After the race I had to go online and do some more research.

Alexandra “Alex” Scott had cancer when she was just a year old. She beat it the first time but it came back when she was around four years old. She told her parents she wanted to start selling lemonade at the Preakness, the second leg of the Triple Crown races held every year. The Preakness is held near Baltimore, Maryland. The foundation was begun by her parents in 2000.

According to the commentators at the race, her original goal was to raise one million dollars for childhood cancer research. The goal was reached shortly before her birthday eight years later. She died ten days after the goal was reached. As of today, the foundation has raised more than One Hundred Million dollars.

Here is a link to donate:

Self Righteous Arrogance

Beautiful Life with Cancer

It was pride that led an angel to turn against the God that HE KNEW formed the Universe, that HE KNEW was all powerful, and that HE KNEW deserved all praise.  Satan got so full of himself that he turned from God and LOOK WHAT IT LED TO!

Perhaps that is why the greatest trick up Satan’s sleeve is pride.  Just look at this world!  We are/I am a bunch of self righteous pride.  Oh, Don’t you dare say that ABOUT ME!  Oh, Don’t you dare try to correct me!  Oh no you did not just cut ME off in traffic!  You did not just say that to ME, do you know who I am?!  Why do you expect ME to help?  We/I are so full of ourselves!

Father, take me down a notch!  Ouch!  That prayer hurts!  And I don’t like to hurt!  BUT I WOULD RATHER HELP!  I…

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The Enemy Within and the Art of Fighting for Your Life

Great artistry and writing for children. Must check this out. Y’all enjoy and share with your little ones. Reblogged from

The Secret Kingdom

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“Like Clockwork” by Michele Bledsoe

A couple of years ago, I experienced a home invasion.

I was alone when a man kicked in the back door and entered our house.

To make a long story short..

As we confronted each other in the middle of my living room

I did not feel fear – I felt anger.

And in that moment of fight or flight.. I chose to fight.

Eventually, we ended up in the laundry room where I tried to chop his face off with a pair of branch loppers.

He managed to stumble outside, shouted “Sorry, wrong house!” and ran for his life.

When I started working on The Secret Kingdom, I faced an even greater enemy…


Not a physical fight, but an intensely psychological one.

This enemy had powerful weapons: Self-doubt. Procrastination. An arsenal of laziness, distraction and fear.

What was at stake was not…

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I Want a Bicycle–a joke

Little Joey went to his mother and requested a new bicycle for his birthday.

“Now, Joey, do you really think you’ve been a good enough little boy to deserve a bicycle? Tell you what. Go to your room and write God a letter telling Him why you deserve a bicycle.”

Joey rushed upstairs to his room and began to write.

Letter #1: “Dear God, I have been a good boy. . .” He crumpled up the paper and threw it away. He knew that wasn’t true.

Letter #2: “Dear God, I have been an okay boy this year.  . .” He crumpled it again. That was another lie.

Letter #3: “Dear God, I have not been a good boy this year, but I really would like a new bicycle.” He crumpled that one as well. There was no way God was going to give him a bicycle for his birthday. He hadn’t been good at all this year.

He ran down the stairs and out the door, running to the church two blocks down the street. His mother was so pleased. Surely he was going to get things straight with the Lord and everything would be okay.

Joey came running back into the house with a small statue of the virgin Mary clutched tightly in his hand.

Letter #4: “Dear God, I’ve got your mama. If you want her back, give me a bicycle.”