Education Digest


February 16, 2005

`Women Change America' student essays are invited

Howard County students in grades six through 12 are invited to submit essays on the theme "Women Change America" for a contest sponsored by the Howard County Commission for Women.

This year's theme celebrates National Women's History Month. The American woman chosen as the subject for the essay can be living or historical. Winners will be invited to read their essays at the Women's Hall of Fame induction ceremony at 7 p.m. March 22 in Ellicott City.

Completed essays, which must be received by Feb. 25, can be e-mailed to citizen@co.ho. or mailed to Commission for Women Student Essay Contest, P.O. Box 348, Simpsonville 21150-0348.

Information: 410-313-6400.

Course that aims to reduce test angst to start March 2

"Reduce Test Anxiety," a course for high school students taking standardized or classroom tests, will be offered from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, March 2 through April 6 (excluding March 30), and again from April 13 through May 11 at Centennial High School in Ellicott City.

The cost is $165.

Information or registration: Betty Caldwell, 410-740-4659.

Tai Sophia Institute schedules class on herbs

Tai Sophia Institute in North Laurel will offer Herbs 101, a new program designed for the plant enthusiast or prospective student with little science background.

The eight-session class will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, next week through April 13.

Students can attend any or all of the sessions, which cover the language of herbalism, plant chemistry, being an educated consumer, making herbal extracts, the clinical perspective and other topics.

The cost the $360 for the series or $50 a session.

Information: 800-735-2968, ext. 6611.

Centennial junior a finalist for Md. school board seat

Josh Michael of Centennial High and Gabrielle Wyatt of Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Baltimore County won a vote of student government leaders Saturday and were named finalists for the student seat on the Maryland State Board of Education.

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. will select one of the juniors to serve a one-year-term, starting July 1.

Five semifinalists gave speeches and answered questions Saturday at the Maryland Association of Student Councils' legislative session at South River High School in Anne Arundel County.

The student board member has many of the same powers as the other members but cannot vote on personnel matters, budgets or appeals from local boards.

Leadership U accepting applications for program

Leadership U, a youth leadership and community service program sponsored by Leadership Howard County, is accepting applications from high school sophomores for its 10th class.

The four-month program prepares students to be effective leaders by exploring the inner workings of the county and involving them in a team service project.

An information session will be held at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at the central library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway.

Leadership U begins July 31 and includes a one-week interactive training experience to teach leadership and team-building skills and expose students to critical issues facing the Howard County community.

The program, which continues through the fall semester, includes a "Shadow Day," when students will spend the day with business or community leaders.

Tuition is $400; financial aid is available. Applications, available in high school guidance offices and at www.leadership, are due by March 11.

Information: 410-730-4474.

HCC schedules event for prospective students

Howard Community College will hold a high school night for prospective students and their parents at 7 p.m. tomorrow in Room 100 of the Instructional Lab Building. The snow date is Tuesday.

The events are designed to help graduating seniors prepare for a successful transition to college.

Information or to reserve a seat: 410-772-4599.

Performance poetry workshop set tonight

High school students interested in writing, drama, performance poetry, politics, public speaking and spoken rap are invited to participate in a free 10-week performance poetry workshop series, "The Art of the Spoken Word."

Interested students should contact the Gifted and Talented Program resource teacher in their school or call Tom Payne.

Information: 410-313-6672.

School board to meet tomorrow on budget

The Howard County Board of Education will meet in closed session at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The board will hold a public work session on the superintendent's proposed fiscal 2006 operating budget at 7 p.m. in the boardroom.

Student art to be featured on festival poster, T-shirt

The Columbia Festival of the Arts will feature an original piece of art by a Howard County student -- kindergarten through grade 12 -- on posters and T-shirts for its 18th arts festival June 10-19.

The artwork will be purchased from the student for $500. Entries should represent the essence of a multidisciplinary arts festival.

The entry deadline is 5 p.m. Friday. Information: 410-715-3044.

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