Education Notes


June 08, 2008

2 students honored for performances

Two Annapolis High School graduates, Sharnae Wallace and Andrew Bowen, won Cappies for their theater performances at the annual Critics and Awards Program awards gala in Baltimore.

Brianna Becker, Liz Burdick, Julia Chambers and Martin Thompson received nominations.

The Cappies program trains high school theater and journalism students to be critics. The students attend shows at other schools and write reviews, and the reviews are published in local newspapers.

This year, Annapolis High School participated in the Baltimore Cappies program, the first time an Anne Arundel County school has taken part.

Annapolis debuted with the musical revue, Smokey Joe's Cafe. It earned six nominations: Best Male Vocalist, Best Female Vocalist, Best Male Dancer, Best Female Dancer, Best Choreography and Best Cameo Actress. Bowen won the Cappie for Best Male Dancer, and Wallace won for Best Female Vocalist.

Key School student wins $1,000 prize

A Key School student was presented with a $1,000 first prize and the Rachel Carson Scholar Award by the Newton Marasco Foundation for taking an active role in protecting the environment in her community.

Olivia Smith created a schoolwide recycling program that helped reduce the trash output of the Annapolis school by half. She led the school's Key Cup activity that eliminated the need for wax paper cups by giving each freshman a mug to keep throughout their high school career. Her efforts in "greening" the school's annual book festival resulted in the elimination of plastic products used in food service. She also petitioned for the inclusion of vendors that encouraged eco-friendly practices through sales of canvas bags, native plants and other green products. She led a campus Earth Day event, complete with a showing of An Inconvenient Truth, followed by discussion groups and workshops on environmental issues. She also led environmentally themed backpack trips for middle school students.

Students were given their awards May 20 at the Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center in Millersville.

Adult basic skill classes offered

Annapolis-area residents can work toward earning high school diplomas, improve basic skills in reading, math or language, or improve their English language skills at two Annapolis locations.

The Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) directed by Edward Greene and the Stanton Community Center directed by James Turner are collaborating with Anne Arundel Community College to offer adult basic skills courses, GED preparation classes and English as a second language classes. All are free, thanks to funding from grants awarded to AACC. OIC also offers an introduction to basic computers.

To schedule an assessment or for information about Adult Basic Skills and GED classes, call 410-799-9099 or visit For information about AACC English as a second language classes, call 410-777-2901 or visit

Middle school wins national honor

Chesapeake Bay Middle School has been named one of the nation's top schools by the American School Counselor Association for its efforts to foster an environment where students can feel safe and openly discuss issues they face.

The school was given the Recognized ASCA Model Program designation for "making an exemplary commitment to comprehensive school counseling programs," according to the ASCA. Nationally, 60 schools received the honor.

"This is the first and only school in the state of Maryland to be recognized for having a school counseling program that is aligned with national standards," said Gayle Cicero, coordinator of school counseling for the county public schools.

Winners will be honored at ASCA's annual conference in Atlanta on June 30.

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