Education Notes

EDUCATION NOTES

May 21, 2006

2 Arundel seniors win Tawes Awards

Two Severna Park High School seniors were honored Wednesday at the 29th annual Tawes Awards for a Clean Environment.

Sara Flowe and Samantha Morrow, members of the High School Leadership Institute and co-chairs of the Senior Environmental Project, were honored in the youth category.

They formed the Shipley's Choice Elementary School environmental club, in which more than 60 pupils, the "Nature Nuts," learned about soil, air and water pollution, energy needs, endangered species and their role in solving environmental problems.

The Tawes Awards, which were distributed in an Annapolis ceremony, are an environmental recognition program sponsored by the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Maryland Petroleum Council in the name of former Maryland Gov. J. Millard Tawes, who was also the state's first secretary of the Department of Natural Resources.

School raising funds for reading garden

The Shady Side Elementary School PTA is selling engraved bricks to raise money for a reading garden.

When it is completed, teachers will be able to take children outside for lessons, and pupils and staff will have a pleasant place to spend free time.

The commemorative bricks will be used for the walkway and patio area. Each costs $25 and can fit a message in three lines of up to 15 characters apiece.

Information: 410-867-1981; or Shawna Simmons, 410-841-0028 or 410-867-1440.

Poster contest winners named

More than a dozen students have been named winners of the Mentoring Roundable Poster Contest, sponsored by the Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County, the Anne Arundel Mentoring Roundtable and the Carl M. Freeman Foundation.

The contest, open to all school-age youth in the county, drew more than 100 entries encouraging adults to become mentors. The winners were:

Third and fourth grades: Joshua Franklin, 9, Briana Jacobs, 10, and Ryan Heiland, 9, all of Glen Burnie.

Sixth grade: Amanda Haines, 11, of Millersville, and Andrea Zapata, 12, and Taylor J. Stevenson, 11, both of Glen Burnie.

Eighth grade: Hallie Barnes, 14, Allie Ward, 14, and Joel Bourland, 13, all of Severna Park.

Honorable mentions: Elijah Davis, 8, of Laurel, and Crystal Tasker, 13, Jessica M. Robey, 13, and Alexis Otto, 13, all of Severna Park.

The top entries are on display at Marley Station mall in Glen Burnie this month.

Social work student wins scholarship

Stacy Ritter of Brooklyn Park is one of 10 recipients of the William Donald Schaefer Scholarship Program for 2007, the Maryland Higher Education Commission announced Wednesday.

The program, launched last year, requires recipients to commit to working in public service in Maryland for each year the scholarship is paid out. The award can equal tuition and fees of up to $8,550. Last year's 10 awardees plus the 10 new ones will receive a total of $150,000.

Ritter is pursuing a master's degree in social work at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

St. John's appoints new treasurer

Bronte Jones has been appointed treasurer for the Annapolis campus of St. John's College.

The Dorchester County native will begin July 1. Jones will assume various fiscal responsibilities and be a member of the management committee that oversees all aspects of the college's administration and strategic planning.

She earned her doctorate in higher education from the University of Texas after obtaining a bachelor's degree in finance and an MBA from American University. Jones is a 2000 graduate of the Harvard Institute for Higher Education.

She comes to St. John's from Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, where she has been vice president for administration and finance since 2004.

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