Education Notes

EDUCATION NOTES

May 18, 2008

Cancer society honors Severna Park

The American Cancer Society will honor Severna Park Middle School students and staff tomorrow for their outstanding fundraising efforts for cancer research and other programs.

The school raised $19,813.13 - the most of any school and the second most of any organization in the region - in the annual Daffodil Days campaign.

This is the 11th year in which Severna Park Middle has been the top school fundraiser in the region, and this year's total is more than $8,000 above what the school raised a year ago.

Grasmick visits Broadneck school

State Superintendent of Schools Nancy S. Grasmick was scheduled to visit Broadneck Elementary School on Friday to honor the school for being named a Maryland Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.

Broadneck Elementary, which has 647 students, is the 12th Anne Arundel County elementary school to be named a Blue Ribbon School. It is a candidate to be named a National Blue Ribbon School, an honor achieved by eight other county schools.

AACC places second in ethics contest

A team of five Anne Arundel Community College students placed second in Maryland at the fifth annual Community College Ethics Bowl sponsored by the University of Baltimore's Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics.

Jeanie Blevins of Pasadena, Phillip Cobb of Arnold, Brian Cook of Annapolis, Paula Pereira of Crofton and Joshua Shumway of Pasadena finished four points behind the winner, the Community College of Baltimore County - Essex.

Organized through AACC's Honors Program, the team was coached by Monna G. Clark, professor of paralegal and legal studies. Other AACC faculty and staff assisting the team included Kevin Murphy, philosophy instructor; Katherine Voss, honors; Sue Wilson, part-time legal studies instructor and Jill Voran, professor of communications.

"We only had three weeks to get ready for it," said Clark, who praised the students' efforts. AACC competed against teams from event host Baltimore City Community College, each of the three campuses of the Community College of Baltimore County and Howard Community College.

The competition took place in three rounds that pitted two teams against one another to present or respond to ethical issues in six cases. These cases were also used on the national level by four-year colleges competing in their own Ethics Bowl competitions.

Business plan contest names winners

A Stevensville resident who plans to open a retail space for her business "Fields of Heather" this fall won first place in the fifth annual Business Plan Competition hosted by Anne Arundel Community College's Entrepreneurial Studies Institute.

Heather Howe won $3,000 from event corporate sponsor BB&T for her proposal involving a business that will sell homemade desserts, pastries, confections and cakes. Howe earned two degrees from AACC and a bachelor's degree from Johnson & Wales University, and will graduate again from AACC this month with an associate of applied science degree in entrepreneurship.

Second place and a $1,000 prize went to Ashley Nicholson of Annapolis for her business, "Lefty's Specialty Sweets, 'The Art You Can Eat,' " sweets for dietary needs. She also will complete AACC requirements for an associate of applied science degree in entrepreneurship this month.

The third-place prize of $500 went to Kristine Breault of Glen Burnie for her plan for a massage therapy business, "Just What You Knead!" Breault is studying integrated health and therapeutic massage at AACC.

Reception honors student artists

Anne Arundel County students who participated in County Executive John R. Leopold's first annual art compeition on environmental issues were recently honored at a reception.

"Each piece was a very personal reflection of the artist's awareness of the environmental challenges we face in Anne Arundel County," he said.

Students in grades K-12 submitted artwork in the contest, co-sponsored by Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Each piece was accompanied by a statement that reflected the students' concern regarding the environment of the county.

Leopold and a panel of local environmentalists and artists judged the artwork on criteria including originality/creativity, artistic composition, technical craftsmanship and alignment to the theme of "Connecting to the Chesapeake: How do I make a difference?"

Winners received a combination of park passes, passes to county aquatic centers, Best Buy gift cards, recycling bins and composting kits.

The artwork is on display at the Arundel Center through Thursday, then at Barnes & Noble in Annapolis May 31-June 21.

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