County Board of Education rewards students, teacher of the year, principal and athletes


The Carroll County Board of Education honored employees and students at its monthly meeting Wednesday night.

The board recognized Elissa M. Streaker as the county's teacher of the year. Streaker, who has worked in education for 27 years, teaches high school English and serves as the alternative education service learning coordinator at the Gateway alternative school.

The panel recognized Principal Robert L. Cullison Jr. of the Gateway school for being named a National Service Learning Leader School for combining service with the curriculum, promoting civic responsibility, improving student and school performance and strengthening the community. Gateway was one of 64 schools awarded this honor nationally and the only school in Maryland to be recognized.

The board thanked departing student representative Sarah M. Hund, a Westminster High senior, for her year of service to the school board.

Also recognized were Westminster High students Kirsten Graff and Anna Kulow for winning the NASA Engineering Challenge in the nine-state northeast region. They will receive $3,000 to buy equipment for the engineering program.

The board honored more than two dozen student athletes for outstanding seasons, including South Carroll High wrestler Bryan Hamper for winning the Individual Boys Class 4A/3A state wrestling championship at 140 pounds; the South Carroll High boys cross country team for winning the state championship; and the North Carroll High girls cross country team for winning the state championship.

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