Education Notes

EDUCATION NOTES

May 07, 2006|By ANICA BUTLER

Nathan Giles named Presidential Scholar

Nathan Giles, a senior at North County High School, has been named a 2006 Presidential Scholar, the U.S. Secretary of Education announced last week.

Giles, who lives in Linthicum, is one of 141 American high school seniors being recognized for academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship and service at school and in their community. Presidential Scholars will be honored in Washington from June 24 to June 27.

Giles plans to attend Carnegie Mellon University to major in computer science. Ranked first in his graduating class of 433, he is founder of the computer science team Web Master for Future Business Leaders of America and is a member of the math team. He also is a section leader in the concert/marching band and a member of the jazz band and drama club band. Last summer, he worked as a software developer for the National Security Agency.

3 Spalding students are Carson Scholars

Three students at Archbishop Spalding High School have been honored as 2006 Carson Scholars: Joseph M. Wyrwas of Gambrills, Zachary Trotta of Severna Park and Shannon M. Patro of Severn.

The Carson Scholars Fund was founded in 1994 by pediatric surgeon Dr. Ben Carson and his wife to help children stay competitive in science, math and technology.

To be eligible for the award, students must have at least a 3.75 grade-point average, demonstrate strong writing skills and exhibit humanitarian qualities.

Area teacher gets Presidential Award

Susan Brown, an eighth-grade science teacher at Central Middle School in Edgewater, is one of two Maryland teachers to receive the 2005 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

More than 200 teachers were named as state finalists for the award, but only 100 were selected for presidential citations. Teachers are nominated by their schools and school systems for their exceptional contributions in the classroom that demonstrate a higher standard for teaching science and math.

Central Middle School Principal O. Fred Jenkins said in a statement, "She really deserves this for her consistently outstanding performance, involvement, and passion for teaching science."

Brown, who has taught at Central for 11 years, was honored at a ceremony last week at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington. She also received $10,000 from the National Science Foundation.

Pupil recognized for perfect scores

David Campbell, a fifth-grader at Rippling Woods Elementary School, has been recognized as a national winner for earning perfect scores on the Continental Mathematics League test.

The test is divided into five "meets." Each meet is a series of six multi-step math problems that take 30 minutes to complete. Campbell competed in the Euclidean Division, for grades four through nine, and was among 15 students at the Glen Burnie school to participate. The testing began in November and ended in March.

Free health fair to be held May 20

A free health and wellness fair will be held from 9 a.m. to noon May 20 at Severna Park High School, 60 Robinson Road.

The theme is "Building Healthy Lifestyles - One Step at a Time." People who participate in a fitness walk around the school track will receive a free pedometer and T-shirt. Free health screenings and refreshments will be available.

The health fair is sponsored by Anne Arundel County public schools, the county Department of Recreation and Parks, Anne Arundel Community College, Anne Arundel Medical Center and Baltimore Washington Medical Center.

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