Severna Park eighth-grader and his math teacher meet Clinton

February 11, 1997

Jeremy Hsieh, an eighth-grader at Severna Park Middle School, and his math teacher, Mary Beth White, attended President Clinton's speech to the Maryland General Assembly yesterday and met briefly with the president.

They were joined by Kenneth Lawson, associate superintendent for instruction and student services.

"I mentioned how much I appreciated him signing into the law the Family and Medical Leave Act, because I have been able to use it. I have two young daughters," said White, who has been teaching for seven years.

County school officials said the White House requested that an eighth-grade student and teacher attend. School administrators chose White, and she chose Jeremy.

"He really is my top student. He really is a very bright young man, a straight-A student," the teacher said.

During his speech, the president asked state lawmakers to embrace his education goals, starting with national testing standards to help American children "learn for a lifetime of working."

Gunman wearing ski mask robs Pizza Boli's restaurant

A gunman robbed a Pizza Boli's restaurant in Arnold of an undisclosed amount of money Sunday, county police said.

A man wearing a dark ski mask walked through the rear door of the store in the 1400 block of Ritchie Highway shortly after 9 p.m., pulled out a silver automatic handgun and ordered Azhar M. Sher, 26, the manager, to the floor.

The gunman went to the office, got cash from a money drawer, and fled out the back door, police said. Police did not have a detailed description of the gunman.

Rhode Island educator named AACC vice president

Anne Arundel Community College has named a Rhode Island college administrator vice president for academic and student affairs.

John J. Sbrega, associate dean of academic affairs at the Community College of Rhode Island since 1986, will replace Dennis Golliday, who left to assume a similar position at a community college in New York.

Sbrega, who will start June 1, will oversee all academic programs and student support services.

He is the chief academic officer at the Rhode Island college's new Providence campus. He also has taught at least one course every semester.

Sbrega earned a bachelor's degree from Union College in New York, a master's degree from Georgetown University and a doctorate with distinction in history from Georgetown.

He was an Air Force captain from 1963 to 1968.

Sbrega has written numerous articles and several books, including "The United States at War: The War Against Japan 1941-1945," which was nominated for the 1991 Leland Prize by the American Historical Association and was selected by the American Library Association as an Outstanding Bibliography in 1991.

Pub Date: 2/11/97

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