THE RIVER Hill High School chapter of the Maryland Technology Honor Society has been visiting middle schools to tell the future high school students about the Technology Magnet program.
Senior Aneesha Griffin is leading a committee of society members whose mission is to inform students about the program.
Howard County's Technology Magnet Program offers a combination of regular high school studies and technology courses. Students take a normal program and participate in school activities at Long Reach or River Hill high schools. In addition, they attend the Applications and Research Laboratory, which has specialized facilities for their fields of study.
Students can choose one of five fields, or "clusters," in the program - biotechnology; communications ("data" or "visual"); construction and manufacturing; energy, power and transportation; or human services (health-related or hotel, restaurant and tourism.)
The committee members visited eighth-graders at Clarksville, Mount View, Lime Kiln, Elkridge and Burleigh Manor middle schools, where they spoke to two groups for an hour apiece.
Each of the five fields of study was represented by a student on the committee. When a student wasn't available, Natalie Meyers, the magnet program director, filled in. They presented slides, showed examples of the books studied in each cluster and discussed the advantages of the program.
In addition to the middle school visits, the Honor Society also held information sessions at River Hill to explain the program to parents.
Along with Griffin, committee members are seniors Rebecca Jacober, Neeraja Murali, Cara Kunst, Xiaosong Meng, Laura Boetcher and Anna Hansen. Juniors on the committee are Elise Lanio, Ben Schwartz, Pooja Desai, Britt Boras, and Stephanie Reed.
Griffin says the committee's work has paid off.
"I think we definitely sparked the interests of many students around the county who were once not familiar with the program, and I was very happy with the outcome of our visits and information sessions," she said.
Adviser Annette Mooney agrees. "By students talking to students, it always gives people a better feel for what the program offers," she said.
The Maryland Technology Honor Society is a high school organization sponsored by the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals. Members must carry at least a 3.4 average, have completed two or more technology classes and exhibited good conduct.
Seniors serve as officers of the group. Michael Rexroad is president. First vice president is Jessica Lee, and second vice president is Ashish Patel. Aneesha Griffin is treasurer, and Candace Almond is the group's secretary.
Along with Mooney, Rick Robb also is a faculty adviser.
A gift of reading
Manor Woods Elementary School donated 2,522 Books to Calvin Rodwell Elementary School in Baltimore last month.
During November and December, the Manor Woods community held a book drive to collect new and gently used books to donate to Rodwell Elementary. The response was tremendous. So many books were donated that the school doubled the goal for the collection.
Under the guidance of Linda Feldmesser, Manor Woods Gifted and Talented Program resource teacher, student council members sorted and boxed the books. Just before winter break, the books were delivered to Rodwell Elementary.
According to Feldmesser, the students and staff were thrilled to see the books arriving and clamored to find out if some of the newly arrived books would be available for their classes.
In the partnership between Manor Woods and Rodwell, the two schools have agreed to share resources and ideas that enrich both school communities and extend new opportunities to staff members and students.
A relaxing Sunday
Start off Super Bowl Sunday with a relaxing breakfast at the Fifth District Volunteer Fire Department from 8 a.m. to noon. The country breakfast - an all-you-can-eat buffet - will include pancakes, gravy, eggs, sausage, bacon and scrapple.
The cost is $6 for adults; $3 for children ages 4 to 10. It will be held at Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane, Clarksville. Information: 410-313-7215.
Finish your breakfast early enough and head over to Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church in Glenwood. After the regular 10 a.m. service, the congregation will participate in a "Souper Bowl of Caring."
After the service, children will offer soup pots for collecting monetary donations. They will also be collecting canned soups to donate to St. Michael's food pantry.
The event, part of a national project, supports the Lutheran World Hunger program as well as efforts to alleviate hunger in our community. The church is at 14551 Burntwoods Road.