Baltimore County Digest


June 19, 2008

2 to represent Md. in auto competition

Two students from Eastern Technical High School in Essex will represent Maryland on Tuesday in the national finals of the 59th Annual Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition in Dearborn, Mich.

Juniors Zachary Bryant and Cory Zamenski, both automotive students at the high school, defeated teams from nearly 60 other high school automotive programs in the state to advance to the national competition. According to their instructor, Eldridge Watts, their accomplishment was impressive because they were juniors competing against seniors who had an extra year of automotive experience in the classroom.

"If there ever was a definition of a wunderkind, these two kids are it," Watts said.

For winning the state championship, each student was awarded almost $75,000 in scholarship money, Watts said.

They will compete against two-member student teams from each state in a timed challenge to diagnose and repair "deliberately bugged" 2008 Ford Focuses at Ford headquarters in Dearborn.

Thousands of dollars in scholarships and other prizes are up for grabs for the top 10 teams, and Watts said that reaching the top 10 is his team's goal.

Eastern Technical High School has won the state competition three times in the past four years, but it has never won the national championship, Watts said.

Kevin Rector

Police seek shooters who wounded 4

County police were searching yesterday for those responsible for wounding four men in two unrelated shootings late Tuesday.

Three men were wounded when gunfire broke out about 11:20 p.m. at a backyard cookout in the 7400 block of Lexham Court near Woodlawn, police said. The three were treated for injuries that were not life-threatening at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

One man was wounded when two men approached him about 10:45 p.m. while he was on the porch of a house in the 1900 block of Mountain Ave. near Carney and one of them opened fire, police said. The victim was released after treatment at Sinai Hospital, police said.

Authorities did not release the victims' names and said the investigations into both incidents were continuing.

UMBC receives grant of $987,000

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $987,000 grant to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County's Bridge to the Doctorate Program, which assists minority students working toward doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The money will be used to provide research and mentoring support for 12 students, according to U.S. Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Benjamin L. Cardin, who announced the grant yesterday.

Each student will receive a $30,000 scholarship over two years to study at UMBC's partner institution, University of Maryland, College Park, they said.

Groundbreaking set for family center

We Are Family Community Development Corp. will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday for the construction of a family life intergenerational center in Randallstown.

The 26,700-square-foot center in the 8600 block of Church Lane will offer a variety of services, including home ownership, employment and financial education programs.

The corporation was founded in 2003 as a nonprofit arm of the Union Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

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