Annapolis High wins math competition

EDUCATION NOTES

December 09, 2007

Annapolis High School, which won the first round of the 2007-2008 Anne Arundel County High School Mathematics Competition at Anne Arundel Community College, repeated its victory in the second round.

Annapolis High led the round with 11.33 points, followed by Archbishop Spalding High with 10.67 points and Key School with 10.33 points. Competing in this round at AACC were 124 students from 15 public and private schools along with a team of homeschooled students nicknamed the Independents.

Organized by the community college, the competition is a series of five matches divided into two phases.

In the first phase, students work individually to answer as many of six questions as possible during a 30-minute time limit. The only students achieving a perfect score were Huaiyu Wu and Stephen Guth of Annapolis High. Wu was the only student to achieve six correct answers in round one.

In the second phase, the students work in teams of up to five members each to answer another set of six questions in 30 minutes.

Achieving a perfect score were the two teams from Annapolis High, one of three teams from the Key School, one of two teams from Southern High and one of two teams from Archbishop Spalding.

School scores are computed by adding the best team score to the average of the top three individuals' scores.

Round two results for the rest of the field: Broadneck High, 9.33; Meade High, 9.0; Chesapeake High, 8.67; Southern High, 8.33; North County and South River High, tied at 8.0; Severn School, 7.67; Northeast High, 7.33; Indian Creek, 5.67; Old Mill High, 5.33; Arundel High, 5.0; Severna Park High, 4.67; and the Independents, 2.67.

Scores from both rounds have Annapolis High in first place with 22.0, Archbishop Spalding High in second place, 18.0; and Key School in third place, 16.67; followed by Severn School, 15.67; Chesapeake High, 15.0; South River High, 14.67; Meade High, 13.33; North County High, 12.67; Broadneck High and Southern High, tied at 12.0; Northeast High, 8.33; Independents and Severna Park High, tied at 7.67; Arundel High, 7.0; Old Mill High, 6.0 and Indian Creek, 5.67.

For information, call Evie Robbins, AACC associate professor of mathematics and the competition director, 410-777-2556 or e-mail ebrobbins@aacc.edu.

Goddard School celebrates 2 years

The Goddard School, 7538 Teague Road in Hanover, is celebrating its second anniversary.

The celebration on Wednesday will be an all-day event, with staff and students being treated to a pizza party, cake and balloons, school officials said.

"We are eager to celebrate our second anniversary," said Dipti Singh, owner of the Goddard School. "We look forward to sharing great activities, including our coat drive to benefit the community until Friday and our birthday party celebration on Wednesday, and a lot of fun with our families and guests."

The Goddard School offers a program, for children ages 6weeks to 6 years old, that focuses on building a strong and balanced foundation of emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills for each child. Families have the flexibility of half- or full-day schedules and extended hours from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Massage therapy students win $500

Two students in Anne Arundel Community College's Therapeutic Massage programs received $500 scholarships to continue their final year of study.

The college's Massage Advisory Committee selected Kristin Walker of Grasonville and Joleen Johnson of Fort Washington to receive Jeff Young Scholarships based on grades, application essays and interest and ability in therapeutic massage.

The Jeff Young Scholarship was established through the AACC Foundation Inc. to honor the memory and ideals of Jeff Young, who helped introduce massage at the college.

Michael Sullivan, director of AACC's Therapeutic Massage degree and certificate programs, said that Young's enthusiasm for massage was contagious -- as a teacher, therapist and activist.

To be eligible, students must attend AACC full or part time in their final term of coursework, be registered in the class "Advanced Massage Techniques," and have at least a 3.0 grade point average in the "Swedish Massage" and "Deep Tissue Massage" courses.

AACC has had more than 235 graduates in its 27-credit-hour certificate and 60-credit-hour associate of applied science degree programs since they began in 2000.

For information about the program, call 410-777-7310 or visit www.aacc.edu/massage therapy.

Arundel teachers earn credentials

Nearly three dozen Anne Arundel County educators have risen to the top of their class by earning National Board Certified status, the highest teaching credential in the nation.

The 34 educators who have successfully completed the rigorous professional development assessment bring to 124 the number of National Board Certified teachers in Anne Arundel County.

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