South River student to be considered for state school...

Education Notes

February 13, 2000

South River student to be considered for state school board

Lauren McAlee, a sophomore at South River High School, is one of two students selected by the Maryland Association of Student Councils for Gov. Parris N. Glendening to consider for appointment to the Maryland State Board of Education.

The other student -- selected with Lauren at the council's Feb. 5 legislative session -- is Aaron Merki of Charles County.

The board's student member serves a one-year term and has partial voting rights.

In an interview process, five students were selected initially by a councils association panel that included students and adult advisers. Each candidate was required to make a presentation of three to five minutes on an issue facing Maryland schools. Lauren chose to talk about school safety.

The final five gave speeches and participated in an open question-and-answer session with more than 500 student delegates attending the legislative session.

Lauren is active in student government at the school, county and state level. Her activities include serving as assistant editor of the school newspaper, playing violin in the all-county and all-state orchestras and serving as a prosecutor and defense lawyer in the Anne Arundel County Teen Court.

Her volunteer activities include work with Habitat for Humanity and the Central Special Education School.

The daughter of Beverly Klimkowsky and Richard McAlee, Lauren lives in Gambrills.

Public hearing to be held on redistricting of 2 schools

The county Board of Education will hold a public hearing on redistricting for feeder systems of Arundel and Meade high schools at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 in the auditorium of Meade High, on Clark Road at Fort Meade. A sign-up sheet for speakers will be available at 6 p.m.

The hearing will review redistricting decisions in the Chesapeake and Northeast feeder systems and the cancellation of boundary changes for Glendale, Quarterfield and Severn elementaries.

Superintendent Carol S. Parham's redistricting recommendations are available in the offices at each of the affected schools.

Information: 410-222-5140.

Students, parents invited to program on financial aid

Anne Arundel public school students and their parents are invited to attend a program on financial aid for higher education at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Annapolis High School.

The event is an attempt by school counselors to connect students and their families to resources.

It will include information on procedures students should follow in applying for financial aid.

Information on the Financial Aid Night program: Arundel High guidance office, 410-266-5240.

School rock band `battle' to take place Feb. 26

A "Battle of the High School Rock Bands," sponsored by Leadership Anne Arundel, will be held Feb. 26 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis.

Ten bands from nine county schools will compete for cash and prizes.

Volunteers from Woods Community Center Holy Grounds Youth Center and St. Margaret's Church will help chaperon the event, whose sponsors include the county school system, the Evolve Board Shop in Annapolis, Record & Tapes Traders, Guitar Canter Inc. of Towson, and WHFS-FM.

Tickets are $10 at the door, or $7 in advance -- available at Evolve's Main Street store and the Record & Tape Traders outlets in Severna Park and Glen Burnie.

Participating bands and sponsoring schools are Random Order, Archbishop Spalding High; The Cob Project, Broadneck High; Inspected by 3, Chesapeake High; Gained Aggression, Meade Senior High; Point Blank, North County High; Kracker Jack Majik, Old Mill Senior High; Ignition, St. Mary's High; Emphatic!, Severna Park Senior High; and Crimson Bliss, and Captain Chaos and the Butane Boyz, both from Southern High.

Profits from the event will go to the music departments of the sponsoring schools of winning bands.

Information: 410-295-5809 or 410-757-8610.

Peer mediation essay contest open to middle school pupils

A statewide essay contest for middle school pupils focusing on the topic of peer mediation is being sponsored by the Anne Arundel and Montgomery County chapters of Peace Action, a national grass-roots organization.

The contest is open to 7th- and 8th-grade pupils in public or private schools in Maryland, and home-schooled pupils corresponding to the same grade levels. The prizes are $300 for first place, $200 for second place and $100 for third place.

Eligible pupils may submit an essay of up to 1,200 words on this topic: "Some middle schools use peer mediation to help resolve differences between students. Trained student mediators work with the parties in conflict to find a solution in which both sides win. What are ways in which peer mediation could benefit or has benefited your school?"

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