Education Notes


July 16, 2006|By ANICA BUTLER

Board of Education names new officers

The Anne Arundel County Board of Education elected new officers this week. Tricia Johnson was elected board president, and Eugene Peterson is the new vice president for the 2006-2007 school year.

Johnson, a Davidsonville resident and a mother of five, has been a member of the board since 2003 and served as the board's vice president last school year. Peterson, a Laurel resident whose daughter graduated from Meade High School, has been on the board since 2002.

Old Mill students beat world average

Students from Annapolis and Old Mill high schools beat world-average scores on their first International Baccalaureate Diploma Program exam, according to county school officials.

In May, 92 students took the first International Baccalaureate exams administered by the county in three categories: Math Studies, Mathematics Standard Level, and Information Technology for a Global Society. Students must earn a score of 4 or higher on a 7-point scale to pass the examinations.

Countywide, the average score was 5.23 for the Math Studies portion of the exam, 5.23 for the Mathematics Standard Level and 5.03 for the Information Technology for a Global Society. The world averages in those categories are 4.52, 4.82 and 4.65.

Fourteen students - nine from Annapolis, five from Old Mill - earned the highest possible score of 7.

The first class of IB students is scheduled to graduate in 2007. Next year, those students will take four or five additional IB exams to earn the International Baccalaureate diploma.

Workforce group gives scholarships

The Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corp. has awarded $15,000 in scholarships to six future and currently enrolled Anne Arundel Community College students.

Four students have successfully completed the Step Up to Success program, which helps county youth, ages 16 to 21, prepare for and obtain their GED, secure job skills and employment, and make the transition to college or further training.

Scholarship recipients are Robert Lewis of Baltimore, Matt Campbell of Severn, Randy Hyson of Gambrills, Keith Noipoom of Severn and Danielle Rockey of Fort Meade. The scholarships are valid for five years and can be used to pay for tuition and books.

Corey Reid of Lanham received a scholarship to participate in the Hospitality, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute's 10-week internship program with world-class chefs on the Amalfi Coast of Italy.

Ravens kick off Honor Rows

The Baltimore Ravens and the governor's office are kicking off the seventh annual Honor Rows program. During each Ravens home game throughout the 2006 season, the program will honor youth groups or organizations that provide outstanding volunteer service to communities.

Winning groups will receive up to 100 tickets to a game, Honor Rows T-shirts, a pre-game on-field visit, recognition during the game and recognition in a public service announcement after the game.

Honorees will be selected by a panel of youth judges from the Maryland Youth Action Corps.

Organizations must fill out an application and submit a 100-word essay. Each nominee must demonstrate a strong youth volunteer service program. The deadline is Aug. 18.

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