Glenelg Country students learn ways of business in ACES program

Neighbors

June 18, 1998|By Geri Hastings | Geri Hastings,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

GLENELG COUNTRY School is excited about its new business education program for upper-school students.

Called, "Americans for the Competitive Enterprise System Academy for Students," or "ACES for Students," the program caters to students interested in exploring the Howard County business community.

This year, 14 students in the 10th and 11th grades enrolled in the program -- a collaborative effort between the school and the Columbia Town Center Rotary Club.

Rotary members provided the students an opportunity to learn about their businesses in on-site visits, and guest speakers came to the school to share business expertise.

"The ACES Academy experiences will expose the students to the rich array of products and services provided by the Howard County business community," said program coordinator June Frisby.

The students learned about economic issues, marketing plans, resumes, strategies for effective networking, career options and the realities of work environments.

In April, the Howard County Tourism Council welcomed the ACES students and led a tour of Historic Ellicott City focused on small-business entrepreneurs.

Afterward, the students visited Zip Publishing and heard a presentation by editor Phyllis Greenbaum, who invited students to submit articles for publication.

This year, students visited financial planner Douglas Hostetler of Hostetler Associates; Michael Reimer, Christine Petrlick, Sandi Riegert, Jennifer McFalls and Kori Washington of the Howard County Chamber of Commerce; The Sun in Howard County; landscape architect John B. Slater of Slater and Associates; Pam Muegge of Riemer Muegge and Associates, a human resources company; Drew Clark of Clark Internet Services and Computer Technology; Victor Broccolino of Howard County General Hospital; Wylene Burch of the Howard County Center for African American History and Culture; and Karen Justice of the Howard County Tourism Council.

The experimental program was inspired by the school system's program, "ACES for Educators."

Nancy Szlasa, Glenelg's director of development and public relations and coordinator of business partnerships, helped organize many aspects of the program -- along with John Miller of the Columbia Town Center Rotary Club and Mike Reimer of the Howard County Chamber of Commerce.

Headmaster Ryland O. Chapman III, a member of the Town Center Rotary, said the interaction between Glenelg and the business community is a way to further the school's mission to develop young leaders and responsible citizens.

Glenelg students completing the experimental program's first year were Lisa Cowley, Russell Frisby, Jackie Gonzales, Jason Greenberg, Karla Greene, Shawn Hack, Margo Hammond, Kristen Meckel, Dare Ogunfolaju, Dan O'Keefe, Sarah Seigel, Kylan Seals, Joon Um and Landon Unninayer.

Scholarship winner

Marni Rosenbaum, a recent graduate of River Hill High School, has been awarded the Steve Duckworth Memorial Scholarship for 1998.

The $1,000 scholarship is given each year to a senior who plans to major in environmental studies, physical education or another fitness-related field in college.

In the fall, Marni will attend Ithaca College, where she plans to major in health and physical education. She hopes to teach and coach.

At River Hill, Marni was a member of the National Honor Society, the varsity softball team, and the varsity field hockey team. She was River Hill's Outstanding Field Hockey Player of the Year, a member of the All-County Field Hockey Team, and a Maryland Scholar Athlete.

Graduate student award

Jennifer Patico, daughter of Alex and Elaine Patico of Columbia, has been selected to receive a Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) Scholar Award for the 1998-1999 academic year.

Suzanne Perry of Clarksville is president of Columbia PEO Chapter W, which nominated her.

The International Chapter of the PEO Sisterhood Office in Des Moines, Iowa, says the organization works to improve educational opportunities for women. Patico, a graduate student New York University, is one of 80 women selected for the $7,000 award.

The award recognizes outstanding women in the United States and Canada who are pursuing graduate study or research and have demonstrated excellence and exemplary academic achievement.

Patico is pursuing a doctorate in cultural anthropology.

Lisbon graduates

On May 9, Lisbon Elementary School's fifth-grade class had its graduation celebration at Mount View Middle School.

Receiving the President's Award for Educational Excellence at the ceremony were Kasey Belt, Jaime Castner, Kaitlyn Clark, Meghan Haspert, Allison Hayes, Christina Hill, Mark Jubar, Chelsey Martin, Tawny Martin, Garret Maxson, Michelle Menner, Kevin O'Connor, Hayley Peterson, Garrett Queen, Kevin Reed, Michael Richardson, Laura Siemer, Jason Strewig, Steve Walsh, Erin Wojcik and Amanda Yanulevich.

To qualify for the award, the children had to maintain a 3.5 grade point average in third, fourth and fifth grades and score 85 percent or higher on the California Test of Basic Skills.

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