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By Liz Bowie | June 25, 2012
Speculation that Andres Alonso would leave the Baltimore City school CEO job for a new superintendent post has been rampant for years. Whenever an opening for the top job in an urban district appeared, Alonso's name seemed to be mentioned. He has always denied he was searching for a new job. When the Philly job came open, many education insiders insisted that Alonso was a strong contender. The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote today that the school system has announced the name of two finalists, and Alonso isn't one of them.
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By Kym Byrnes and For Baltimore Sun Media Group | September 15, 2014
Clarksville resident Hannah Silverman has spent this summer flipping, jumping and dancing her way across the Radio City Music Hall stage in New York City. On Tuesday, the 15-year-old River Hill High School sophomore will perform those feats with a chance of winning part of a $1 million prize. Silverman is a member of the acrobatic gymnastics crew AcroArmy, a team scheduled to compete as one of six finalists on the NBC television show "America's Got Talent. " On Wednesday, the crew will find out if viewers' votes make them a million-dollar act. This past week, the team made the cut in a round that narrowed the competitors from 12 to six. AcroArmy is the lone dance act advancing to the finals; it will compete this coming week against a musical group, three solo singers and a magician.
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SPORTS
Sports Digest | December 7, 2012
Colleges Nairn a finalist for MAC Hermann Trophy Penn State senior midfielder Christine Nairn (Archbishop Spalding) was named one of three finalists Thursday for the MAC Hermann Trophy, which is awarded by the Missouri Athletic Club to the nation's best women's soccer player. The other finalists are Virginia's Caroline Miller and North Carolina's Crystal Dunn . — Sun staff Men's lacrosse : Severna Park junior attackman Jonah Kozireski has committed orally to UMBC.
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Staff Reports, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
Hammond High School teacher Jody Zepp has been named one of seven finalists for Maryland Teacher of the Year for 2014. The Maryland State Department of Education announced the finalists Thursday. Other finalists are Kelly O'Hara of Cecil County; Erin Doolittle of Frederick County; Jane Lindsay of Montgomery County; Anna Breland of Somerset County; Bridget Whited of Talbot County; and Courtney Leard of Washington County. The winner will be announced at an awards gala Oct. 20 at Martin's West.
ENTERTAINMENT
by Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2013
The James Beard Foundation announced the finalists for the 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards, and Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen is among the five finalists for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic, one of 10 regional categories. This is the first time Gjerde has made it to the finalist level. Among Baltimore chefs, only Cindy Wolf has made it to the finalist round, twice, in 2006 and 2008. “It's exciting,” said Gjerde, who learned about his nomination soon after it happened.  “We were in our managers' meeting at Woodberry, and unbeknownst to me a couple of employees were following the Twitter thread [of the nominations announcement]
SPORTS
Sports Digest | March 28, 2014
Colleges Terps ' Alyssa Thomas is Wade Trophy finalist Maryland senior forward Alyssa Thomas was named one of 12 finalists for the Wade Trophy, presented annually to the nation's most outstanding Division I women's basketball player. This is the second straight year Thomas has been named a finalist for the award. The winner will be announced during the WBCA Awards Show, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. April 7 in Nashville, Tenn. Thomas was named Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year for the third consecutive year earlier this month.
NEWS
By Liz Bowie and By Liz Bowie | August 12, 2014
Ridgely Middle School principal Susan Evans has been named one of six finalists for National Principal of the Year. Evans, a longtime Baltimore County principal, will be one of those honored during a September awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. Each finalist receives a $1,500 grant. The national winner will receive an additional $3,000 that can be used to improve learning at the school. The award is given by the National Association of Secondary School Principals to middle and high school principals.
NEWS
March 13, 2012
Renee Foose, the deputy superintendent in Baltimore County, is one of three finalists for the superintendent's job in Orange County, Florida, a school district that is larger than Baltimore County's. The Orlando Sentinel reported last week that the Orange County school board will meet this Thursday to make a selection after interviewing Foose on March 15. Foose is the only external candidate. The other candidates include a John Edwards, an area superintendent and longtime administrator with the district, and Deputy Superintendent Barbara Jenkins.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2014
The president of Morgan State University was recently a finalist for a job as head of the public college system in Wisconsin, but ultimately withdrew his name from consideration. David Wilson was one of five finalists vying to be head of the University of Wisconsin System, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. The job went to Ray Cross, an internal candidate, in January. Before coming to Morgan, Wilson had worked as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges and the University of Wisconsin Extension.
NEWS
Erica L. Green | September 7, 2012
Baltimore City and Prince George's County's school boards will vie for the 2012 title of "Urban School Board of Excellence" this year, as both are named finalists for the national award, due to presented in October. The two will compete against Nevada for the honor. According to the National School Boards Association, the finalists for the 2012 Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) award were selected by an independent judging panel--and were judged based on excellence in school board governance, building civic capacity and closing the achievement gap, and demonstrated success in raising achievement.
ENTERTAINMENT
Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2014
Chef Bryan Voltaggio was arrested on drunken-driving charges June 6 on Howard Street, according to public records. The "Top Chef" finalist was stopped at 12:20 a.m. in the 100 block of S. Howard St. and charged with three drunken-driving counts, including driving under the influence, which indicates a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent or higher. Courts records indicate that Voltaggio did not contribute to an accident or injury. The 38-year-old Frederick-area resident opened his first restaurant in Baltimore in late June.
NEWS
By Liz Bowie and By Liz Bowie | August 12, 2014
Ridgely Middle School principal Susan Evans has been named one of six finalists for National Principal of the Year. Evans, a longtime Baltimore County principal, will be one of those honored during a September awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. Each finalist receives a $1,500 grant. The national winner will receive an additional $3,000 that can be used to improve learning at the school. The award is given by the National Association of Secondary School Principals to middle and high school principals.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2014
A few months ago, Gov. Martin O'Malley grew frustrated with state government's lack of creativity on the environment. He challenged his staff to look for new ideas to help the Chesapeake Bay. In response, 80 bright minds from around the state — from precocious high-schoolers to CEOs of technology companies — hunkered down over the weekend at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater for a Chesapeake-oriented marathon programming competition,...
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | July 11, 2014
Imagine a life without smartphones, without Skype, without Wi-Fi-enabled laptops. Now imagine being a soldier in Afghanistan, patrolling remote valleys with only the most basic form of communication: A radio that can transmit only to other soldiers within your line of sight. For a decade, Patrick DeGroodt and his colleagues labored to improve battlefield communications for U.S. troops. The result is the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, or "WIN-T" - a secure mobile communications system that allows soldiers to place phone calls, use military computer programs and send videos and photos via email, all from a souped-up Humvee driving down a dirt road halfway across the world.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2014
If you had to describe the 2014 Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalists Exhibition at the Walters Art Museum in a single word, "visceral" would fit well. "It is about line, color, shape, texture and sound," says Robert Mintz, chief curator at the Walters, who curated the display now on view. Like the 2013 exhibit, this one is being held at the Walters while the usual venue, the Baltimore Museum of Art , is undergoing renovations. Six of the finalists are based in Baltimore, one in Washington.
SPORTS
By Alexander Pyles and The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2014
Former St. Frances standout Dwayne Morgan is one of 15 finalists for the 2014 USA Basketball Men's U18 National team. Morgan, who played forward for the Panthers, was selected on Thursday after four training sessions over three days. He and the other 14 finalists will will continue training June 12 to 19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., and the 12-member team will be selected during that period. "I thought the group all-together was really, really great.
NEWS
September 26, 2013
Neighbor Ride has been selected as the only finalist from Maryland in the fifth annual Tom's of Maine 50 States for Good community giving program, which seeks to uncover local nonprofit groups that address community needs and engage volunteers to get the work done. With its team of more than 340 volunteer drivers, Neighbor Ride is dedicated to enhancing seniors' health and quality of life by providing transportation for day-to-day needs, including healthcare appointments, religious services, social outings and fitness activities.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2013
Richmond, Va. police chief Bryan Norwood, who sources said was a finalist for Baltimore's police commissioner position last year, has stepped down amid a controversy over R&B singer Chris Brown's probation, according to reports.  Los Angeles prosecutors have been critical of the Richmond department's oversight of the community service work of Tappahannock, Va., native Chris Brown following the singer's conviction for assaulting his girlfriend, pop...
SPORTS
By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2014
At first, Megan Douty ignored the call from the strange number lighting up her cellphone during class in College Park a few weeks ago. When the number showed up again, she had left class, so she answered. The news stopped her in her tracks. The call came from a Tewaaraton Foundation official congratulating the Maryland defender on being named a Tewaaraton Award finalist. Walking across campus, Douty froze as the words hit her: "Tewaaraton finalist. " She, a defender, was one of the top five players in all of women's college lacrosse this spring.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2014
Singling out someone as the top player in any sport is never easy, and I certainly don't envy the task that awaits the Tewaaraton Foundation, which must choose from Loyola Maryland senior defenseman Joe Fletcher, Princeton senior midfielder Tom Schreiber, Albany junior attackman Lyle Thompson, Albany senior attackman Miles Thompson and Duke senior attackman Jordan Wolf as the winner of college lacrosse's version of the Heisman Trophy. But, as with any honor of this nature, there is bound to be some second-guessing.
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