Education Notes


June 15, 2008

Eastport teacher to be honored

Eastport Elementary School physical education teacher Stephanie Legacy has been named the National In-School Educator of the Year by the Bowling Proprietor Association of America.

Legacy will be honored during an all-expense-paid trip to the BPAA's annual conference June 24-27 in Orlando, Fla.

"Stephanie is a self-motivated and amazing educator. Not only has she integrated our physical education program with a bowling curriculum, she incorporates all subjects and social skills into her lessons," said Eastport Elementary principal Lynn Evans.

The Bowler's Education In-School program was developed to introduce the sport to students as a part of their physical education class. The curriculum is designed for students in grades K-8.

Students awarded scholarships

Seniors Yaa Kumah of Arundel High School, Anne Thompson and Elleena Grove of Old Mill High School, and Victoria Jones of Southern High School have been awarded scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

Kumah, who plans to study foreign diplomacy in college, was named a National Achievement Scholar, receiving $2,500 toward her college studies. The National Achievement Scholarship Program is an academic competition that honors outstanding African-American high school students. Approximately 800 National Achievement Scholarships were awarded this year.

Thompson will continue her studies at Oberlin College in Ohio, and Jones has matriculated to the University of Maryland, as recipients of National Merit scholarships sponsored by postsecondary institutions.

With the intent to study biomedical engineering in college, Grove is one of 2,500 students recognized "to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies." She earned a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship.

Ex-coach inducted into hall of fame

Anne Arundel Community College has inducted a former coach and an outstanding student-athlete into its Pioneer Athletic Hall of Fame.

Marjorie J. Schaller of Severna Park, a retired assistant professor and coach from 1964 to 1984, and Christina Napora of Catonsville, a 1995-97 student-athlete, were inducted in a May ceremony.

Schaller taught at Ohio State University and Severna Park Elementary School before joining AACC in fall 1964 as its first full-time women's athletic instructor. The first year she coached women's volleyball, later adding tennis and badminton to her coaching duties. Her teams won many National Junior College Athletic Association honors.

"This was a time when women's sports were secondary and the men's programs came first," said Leslie Salvail, coordinator of AACC Alumni Relations. "It was before Title IX. She paved the way for the women's programs that are here at the college today. She's a true pioneer."

Since retiring in 1984, Schaller has taught contra dance at the Arnold Senior Center and is currently taking exercise classes and line dancing there.

Napora's accomplishments at AACC on the softball field include being named to the 1995-96 second team All-JUCO, 1996-97 1st team All-JUCO and as a 1st team All-American.

After graduation, she earned a full softball scholarship to Towson University and was named 2nd team All-Region All-American. In 1999, Napora won a spot on the America East All-Tournament Team.

She is a special education teacher in Howard County and coaches softball teams at Towson University, Coppin State University, Archbishop Spalding High School and Roosevelt High School.

Student to take part in ballet contest

National Ballet student Mary Steward, a junior at Archbishop Spalding High School, will compete in the second Cecchetti International Classical Ballet Competition in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The Cecchetti International Classical Ballet organization, which sponsors the competition, is committed to the work of the maestro Enrico Cecchetti.

Steward was chosen by the Cecchetti Council of America out of 600 applicants to represent them at the competition and will cover all expenses associated with the trip from July 26 to Aug. 2. She will be accompanied by her coach, Pamela Moore, artistic director of the National Ballet Company. Steward began her ballet training at the National Ballet School at the age of 4.

Hood College students named to dean's list

The following Anne Arundel County students were named to the dean's list this spring at Hood College:

Annapolis: Robert Bartlett, Emily Heflin, Jill Manion;

Glen Burnie: Keenan Coutland, Jennifer Gribben, Jessica Rose;

Linthicum Heights: April Penn;

Odenton: Emily Heys;

Pasadena: Dominique Marsalek;

Severn: Holly Crawford, Kendall Parsons.

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