Education Notes


May 20, 2007

Field house named for athletic director

Old Mill High School's new athletic field house will be named in honor of longtime teacher, coach and athletic director Bruce Lawton, the school announced last week.

Lawton has taught physical education at the school for 30 years and coached football, lacrosse, and golf before becoming athletic director about 10 years ago.

The announcement was made Tuesday before about 100 people at the groundbreaking for the 4,000-square-foot complex.

"I'm shocked," Lawton said. "It's not about me. This is supposed to be about the kids and the school and the community. There are about a dozen other people this field house could be named for who have done great things at this school. ... I'm honored."

The $350,000 field house at Bob Golliday Field will be paid for by private donations and matching government grants. It will have a concession stand, restrooms and team rooms for the home and visiting teams.

Minister to speak at graduation

The Rev. John Guest, evangelist, author, singer and co-founder of several evangelical Episcopal outreach programs, will speak at the 23rd commencement exercises at Annapolis Area Christian School.

The graduation will be held at 1 p.m. June 2 at the Kerr Center for the Arts on the Severn Run campus of the Upper School, 109 Burns Crossing Road in Severn.

Diplomas will be awarded to 99 members of the Class of 2007.

AACC honors eight for service

The Anne Arundel Community College Student Association honored eight students, faculty and staff members April 27 with its Distinguished Service Award for exceptional contributions and significant changes affecting the college community.

The 2007 winners are:

Chelsea Adams of Severna Park, who has twice served as first vice president of the Moonlight Troupers drama club.

Mark Bacolod of Glen Burnie, Student Association president

Garwood Diggs of Severn, security officer, who installs child safety seats at the college and in the community

Gideon Fernandez of Crofton, president of Phi Theta Kappa and the International Student Association

Sandra King of Arnold, assistant professor of English and communications, who also worked with the Center for the Study of Local Issues in its infancy and helped provide data to establish AACC's Child Development Center

Janelle Littlejohn of Pasadena, editor-in-chief of Amaranth, for her leadership at and promotion of the journal and coffeehouses

Shirley Parry of Baltimore, professor of English, who started the Women's Studies program and the Women's Institute, and mentors students and faculty members

Anne Kathryn Peria of Annapolis, for her leadership as chair of the Campus Activities Board, the student organization responsible for planning, promoting and producing most of the social activities on campus.

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St. Mary's College honors students

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

Erin Jennifer Del Collo, a senior from Odenton, was awarded the Public Policy Award. She is a member of the History Club and the College Democrats and won the 2005 William Donald Schaefer Internship Program for Governmental Service Award. Erin plans to begin the Master in Library Science program at the University of Iowa in 2008.

Laurie Carol Hofmann, a senior from Crownsville, was awarded the Elizabeth Reynolds Scholarship Environmental Studies Award. She is captain of the women's soccer team, vice president of Tri-Beta and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Sigma Kappa. She plans to attend graduate school to study marine science.

Brian Richard Sekinger, a senior from Pasadena, was awarded the Margaret B. Marlay Award for English or history. He has been a member of the Student Government Association, is vice president of the White Room Theatre Board, has served on the Great Mills High School Public Relations Board, is the Governor's Cup Yacht Race coordinator and won the 2006 Joshua L. Siegert Memorial Scholarship for Future Educators.

Joseph Andrew Child, a senior from Severna Park, was awarded the Rhoda-Stark Memorial Award in Gender Studies. He is an English major.

Melissa Autumn Puzak, a senior from Arnold, was awarded the Mattie M. Key Award in Mathematics. She was the captain of the varsity field hockey team in 2006 and of the the varsity women's lacrosse team in 2006 and 2007. Melissa is also a member of Chi Alpha Sigma and was a Student Athlete Advisory Board representative. She plans to pursue a master's degree in teaching at St. Mary's.

Hanover resident gets leadership post

Hanover resident Amanda Mitzman, a student at College of Notre Dame of Maryland, was elected to a student leadership position for the 2007-2008 academic year. Mitzman will be vice president of the Inter-Organization Council, which coordinates the programming and activities of more than 30 student groups.

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