Digest

April 23, 2008

Banquet honors top county teachers

Thirty-seven Anne Arundel County public school teachers and 12 businesses that have built partnerships with county schools will be honored tomorrow at the 22nd annual Excellence in Education banquet at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum.

The event, presented in partnership by Anne Arundel County Public Schools and the Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Comcast, will culminate with the naming of the 2007-2008 Anne Arundel County Public Schools Teacher of the Year.

Finalists this year are: Jane Robinson Ciupek of Hillsmere Elementary School; Clayton Culp of Broadneck High School; Kathryn Davis of Southern High School; and Amy Weissenburger of Meade High School.

Also to be honored at the banquet will be 33 Teacher of the Year nominees. C-SPAN bus stops in Annapolis

C-SPAN's Campaign 2008 Bus will make two stops in Annapolis this week as part of its inaugural "Road to the White House" tour, named after the political program that is marking its 20th year on the air.

The 45-foot mobile production studio is traveling to major political events such as candidate debates and speeches in early primary states, touring state capitals and conducting educational programs for teachers and students.

The bus will be at the Naval Academy from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. tomorrow and at the Annapolis Book Festival at the Key School, 534 Hillsmere Drive from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Sex assault work brings recognition

The Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault will honor a Naval Academy senior tomorrow for her work on behalf of victims of sexual assault.

As the Brigade Sexual Harassment and Assault Prevention Education program (SHAPE) commander, Midshipman 1st Class Joy Dewey from Sacramento, Calif., coordinated and ran a new sexual assault and harassment prevention initiative. It allows midshipmen peer educators to take a direct role in prevention training.

"The idea is to get midshipmen to notice the social norms present in today's society that allow sexual assault to persist," she said.

In addition to managing sexual assault awareness internally, Dewey attended a national conference on preventing Sexual Assault in schools where she spoke to delegates from other colleges know about the significance and effectiveness of the new SHAPE program.

The Hats Off! Awards Gala tomorrow falls during Sexual Assault Awareness month.

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