Education Notes


September 26, 2004

Service academy aspirants can get nomination form

Those who wish to attend one of the four U.S. service academies next year may request a nomination application from Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes' office. The deadline for submitting completed applications is Nov. 5.

Students interested in attending the Naval Academy, Military Academy, Air Force Academy or the Merchant Marine Academy may obtain a nomination application packet, which contains information and forms to apply for consideration of a nomination.

After the completed applications are reviewed, candidates who appear to meet the minimum entrance standards will be invited to appear before an academy interview panel.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are Maryland residents; at least age 17 but have not yet passed their 23rd birthday by July 1, 2005; have high academic standing in school; and demonstrate extracurricular or community activities, or both, which show leadership potential.

Obtain a nomination application packet by writing to Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, Tower One, Suite 1710, 100 S. Charles St. Baltimore 21201.

Arundel High to mark its 150th anniversary

Arundel High School will celebrate its 150th anniversary from Oct. 8 to Oct. 10. Organizers seek the participation of alumni and supporters.

A parade with the theme "Arundel Through the Years" will be held on the Crofton Parkway on Oct. 8, starting at Crofton Elementary School at 4:30 p.m. Arundel graduates are invited to march in the parade and enter floats. The parade will end at Crofton Elementary School, and participants are encouraged to move from there to the school's Carroll Field to watch the Arundel Wildcats take on Southern High School at 7:15 p.m. Pre-game festivities and half-time shows are planned.

Another parade is scheduled for 10 a.m. Oct. 9 for the Odenton Gambrills community, featuring a reviewing stand and judging by former principals of AHS. The parade will form at the Odenton Shopping Center at 10 a.m.

The parade will end at the school with an Arundel Family Celebration, including free food and drinks provided by local businesses, a car show, music by alumni and student bands, an alumni tent and a 150th birthday cake.

Exhibits of the history of the school and other memorabilia will be displayed. The Arundel High Boosters will sell school apparel. Extra copies of past Arundel High yearbooks will be sold.

Alumni are invited to attend the homecoming dance from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the school cafeteria. The theme for the dance is "A Midnight Stroll in Central Park." Tickets are required.

An Alumni/Student/Friends of Arundel Golf Tournament is planned for Oct. 10. Golfers are hoping to make this an annual event.

The school is interested in contacting past homecoming court members to feature in the parades and football pre-game show. AHS also is soliciting alumni and community volunteers to help with the events. Additional plans are being made to continue the anniversary celebration for the rest of the school year. Information: 410-674-6500 or e-mail

Library branches to take 2005 room reservations

Fourteen branches of the Anne Arundel County Public Library will accept reservations for the use of library meeting rooms during next year beginning Friday. Bookings will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

Rooms are available free of charge at all branches. They can be reserved by nonprofit groups for use during library operating hours.

Branch hours Friday are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Annapolis, Crofton, North County and Severna Park branches. All other branches will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Odenton residents and West County-based organizations should note that the Odenton branch library closed Sept. 18. Reservations for the new meeting rooms at the new West County area library will be accepted at the branch beginning at 9 a.m. Dec. 13. Nonprofit groups can reserve the meeting rooms at that facility for the remaining service days this year as well as next year. Information: 410-222-7371.

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