Education Notes

EDUCATION NOTES

May 13, 2007

Program wins recognition

The Discovery Program at Annapolis Area Christian School, a program for students needing learning accommodations, has been formally recognized as a "Program of Excellence" by the National Institute for Learning Development in Norfolk, Va.

Students in grades one-12 are identified for referral to the program after testing administered by a licensed psychologist and supplemental educational evaluation by AACS.

Discovery students receive two 80-minute sessions of intensive one-on-one educational therapy per week with an NILD-trained therapist.

Information: 410-573-5104.

Christian school donor honored

Alice Sulin and her brother, Victor Sulin, unveiled a plaque last week honoring their mother, the late Emma G. Sulin, that will hang in Sulin Hall, the academic building on the campus of Annapolis Area Christian High School in Severn.

Emma Sulin, who dreamed of having a Christian school built on her family's old tobacco farm, donated 62 acres to the school. A $30 million campus has risen on the property that serves about 450 students.

Sulin Hall, which houses three science labs, an art studio, several classrooms and staff offices, was the first building erected in 2004 on the campus, alongside a fine-arts complex. In August, students will have access to a 90,000-square-foot recreation complex.

Forums planned on agreement

Anne Arundel County Public Schools will hold five forums Thursday updating residents on the progress of its agreement with the NAACP, RESPECT Inc., parents and other concerned citizens.

The forums will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at:

Asbury Broadneck United Methodist Church, 657 Broadneck Road in Annapolis

St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 140 Dorsey Road in Hanover

Empowering Believers Church of the Apostolic Faith, 7566 E. Howard Road in Glen Burnie

Rapture Church at Mills-Parole Elementary School, 103 Chinquapin Round Road in Annapolis

House of Prayer Church, 1427 Snug Harbor Road in Shady Side.

In 2004, the NAACP, RESPECT Inc. and about 20 parents issued a formal complaint to the Office of Civil Rights regarding the disparities in academic achievement, disproportionate expulsions and suspensions, and disproportionate identification and placement of black students in special education.

Th U.S. Justice Department mediated an agreement signed in September 2005 calling for ensuring parity for African-American students.

Information: 410-222-5353.

AACC students in `Who's Who'

Nine Anne Arundel Community College students have been named to the 2007 edition of Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges.

Nominated by AACC faculty and staff, students were chosen based on criteria including academics, athletics, leadership abilities, community service and participation in student activities. A selection committee of college faculty and staff members made the final decision.

The AACC honorees are: Andrea Abdul-Haqq of Odenton, Emily Capone of Edgewater, Donald Cooke of Pasadena, Gideon Fernandez of Crofton, Angela Haney of Annapolis, Kathleen Harrington of Stevensville, Julia Higgins of Linthicum Heights, Katie Shewbridge of Millersville and Amanda Taylor of Gambrills.

Information: www.whoswhoamongstudents.com.

St. Mary's College honors students

The following Anne Arundel students at St. Mary's College of Maryland were honored at its convocation on April 28:

Tessa Nicole Sabol, a junior from Churchton, was awarded the Vasari Prize recognizing accomplishment in the field of art history. She is a WSMC radio DJ, club officer and Boyden Gallery assistant.

Ashley Lynn Meadows, a senior from Lothian, was awarded the Patti Runco Arts Alliance Award for outstanding work in the annual student art exhibit.

Robert Berthel Schou, a graduate student from Annapolis was awarded the Joshua L. Siegert Memorial Scholarship for Future Educators.

Melissa Jean Pumphrey, a senior from Annapolis was named Female Academic Athlete and won the Deak Reynolds Economics Award. She was a member of the Varsity Sailing Team and a 2006 Academic All-American, and is on the Dean's List and a St. Mary's Scholar.

Alexis Nicole Lygoumenos, a freshman from Annapolis was awarded the First-Year Student Award. She is vice president of the 2010 Class; vice president of membership of the Circle K Leadership, Fellowship and Community Service Group; head of the WSMC radio station events department; a member of the Goodpaster Committee; an admissions student ambassador; the Admissions Student Panel first-year-class representative and a Programs Board Coffee House Committee member.

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