August 22, 2001
The student: Beth Baniezewski, 16 Special achievement: Beth was one of three students from Wilde Lake High School recognized as a National Merit semifinalist. Educational goals: She would like to study mechanical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Favorite subject: Science. How she describes herself: Persistent, helpful, ambitious. Hobbies: She enjoys swimming, writing and completing three-dimensional puzzles.
April 4, 2001
The student: Megan Hill, 17 School: Hammond High School Special achievement: Megan was one of three students to be recognized as a National Merit semifinalist from Hammond High. Education plans: Megan wants to attend a competitive four-year university. Her top choices are Georgetown, and Washington and Lee. She plans to major in environmental science. Her favorite subject: Independent research. How she describes herself: Reflective, persevering, open-minded. Hobbies: Megan enjoys working with Maryland Search and Rescue, helping to find people who are lost.
January 31, 2001
The student: Neeraja Murali, 17 School: River Hill High School Special achievement: Neeraja is one of two River Hill seniors to be recognized as a National Merit semifinalist. College: She plans to attend a competitive four-year school. Her top choice is Brown University. Career choice: She is planning to pursue a career in medicine. Favorite subject: Biology. How she describes herself: Hard-working, friendly, well-rounded. In her spare time: Neeraja enjoys singing in choirs and performing.
January 10, 2001
The student: Aneesha Griffin, 17 School: River Hill High School Special achievement: Aneesha is one of two students from her high school to be recognized as a National Merit semifinalist. Favorite subject: Math Educational future: She is planning to attend a competitive four-year college and major in computer science. How she describes herself: Dedicated, hard-working, diverse Hobby: Softball Her reaction when she found out she was a semifinalist: "I was surprised. I didn't expect it, but I think it will help me get into college."
April 7, 1999
To show students that doing well can bring them recognition, the Citizens Advisory Committee of Quarterfield Elementary School has asked The Sun to help publicize its Student of the Week. Winners of the honor must write about themselves.Hi. My name is Tamara Bogdanowicz. I'm 10 years old, in 5th grade at Quarterfield Elementary. I have brown hair and eyes. In my family there is me, my two sisters and my mom and dad. I'm the Oldest out of my two sisters, Nicole and Hayley. I have a fat hampster named Zipper.
January 13, 1999
HAVE YOU ever had a child implore, "Can I stay up tonight and read my textbook?"Read a textbook? Eagerly? Teachers know better. So do kids.This isn't funny. We have a reading, thinking and learning problem in our schools and we give children books that are so dumbed-down that most people laugh at the idea of anyone actually wanting to read them.Meanwhile, around the country, both sides of the ideological textbook debate -- the multicultural left and the Christian right -- shout invective at each other.