Four Carroll County high school seniors have been selected as semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
They are Anne Tallent and Gregory Durgin, both of Liberty High School; Matthew Birckof South Carroll High School and Christopher B. Pond of Westminster High School.
The students were among the 15,000 semifinalists in the 1992 National Merit Scholarship Program. They represent one-half of one percent of each state's graduating class.
Semifinalists have an opportunity to advance to the next level in the competition for some 6,100 Merit Scholarships, worth approximately $26 million, to be awarded nextspring.
Students from more than 19,000 high schools across the nation entered the program as juniors by taking the 1990 Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to become finalists. The selection of award recipients will be based on candidates' abilities, accomplishments and personal qualities that are considered important for success in rigorous college studies.
Carroll had two semifinalists last year. Neither, however, was awarded a Merit Scholarship.
TEACHERS ENHANCE SKILLS
WESTMINSTER -- Westminster High School science teachers spent their summer working, studying and teaching to enhance their backgrounds and skills.
Physics teacher Wayne Belt studied "The Mechanical Universe" at the University of Dallas andtook a two-week workshop for Carroll County teachers to learn "New Dimensions in Thinking."
Biology and photography teacher Robert Repsher also participated in the county workshop on thinking.
Dale Fogelsanger, a biology teacher, completed the "Ecology of Maryland" course at Johns Hopkins University. He also was one of a select few invited to study at the Governor's Academy at the University of Maryland Baltimore County campus.
Chemistry and astronomy teacher Al Degennaro was an instructor for the Institute of Chemical Education at Catholic University in Washington.
Physical science teacher George Harman participated in a course entitled "Non-violent Crisis Intervention."
James Ledane, a teacher of chemistry and physical science, coordinated a summit conference for the Institute of Chemical Education and Chemistry in the Community teachers at the University of Wisconsin. He also conducted a one-week workshop at Connecticut State University for new teachers in the American Chemical Society program called CHEMCOM.
Physical science, geology and science research teacher Claudia Lewis took graduate courses at George Washington University andJohns Hopkins on robotics, remote sensing, fiber optics and dinosaurs.
Chemistry teacher Mike Olive participated in cooperative learning workshops and took a vacation to explore an Aztec archaeological site in Mexico.
Chemistry and physical science teacher Doug Yust did scientific research at the U.S. Army Fort Detrick Laboratories in Frederick.
Science Department Chairman Larry Ferguson was a contributing author for a new seventh-grade science curriculum being developed by the American Chemical Society.
He participated in the countythinking workshop and in August taught a three-week advanced placement chemistry course at Franklin and Marshall College as part of the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Summer Program.
SCOTT IS ON COMMITTEE
BALTIMORE -- School board member Carolyn L. Scott recentlywas elected to the Executive Committee of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education during its annual conference.
The state's 24school boards, plus the state BOE, belong to the association, which provides in-service training for school board members and represents them in Annapolis and Washington on school board issues.
BUSINESSES AT SCHOOL
WESTMINSTER -- The Westminster High School Business and Education Partnerships Committee is sponsoring "Business and EducationPartners Night at the Stadium" Oct. 11.
Business managers, professionals or organizational leaders who turn in their business cards will be admitted free of charge to the varsity game against Laurel High.
One guest also will be admitted free.
All must enter through the exact-change gate.
The Business and Education Partnerships Committee thanks those businesses that have formalized partnerships withWestminster High and encourages other businesses in the community tobecome actively involved in the educational process at the school.
In other school news, New Windsor Middle fifth-graders are taking part in a new type of tutoring program, "PM Help."
The program, modeled after Francis Scott Key High's "AM Help" program, is designed for students who need additional tutoring, such as making up tests, completing class work or studying for tests.
Students report to the PM Help room during their activities period from 1:50 to 2:30 p.m.
Parents and teachers volunteer time to work one-on-one with these students. Anyone interested in helping should call the school.
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