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By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2010
Havre de Grace senior outfielder Zack Tabor is in his usual spot, hunched over the fence with his arms dangling as the Warriors' leadoff hitter digs in for the game's first pitch. Tabor has taken baseball chatter to a unique level. Nicknamed "el pollo loco" — which means "the crazy chicken" in Spanish — he speaks the language fluently, and his constant chirping gets teammates revved up and opponents baffled. Directly behind him, sitting on the bench, is fellow senior David Jacobs.
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July 10, 2013
Loyola University of Maryland Sellinger School of Business and Management graduate Matthew Marzicola, formerly of Bel Air, and now living in Frederick, didn't plan to achieve a 4.0 grade point average, the highest in his class of more than 800 people, when he entered the Sellinger School four years ago. "I don't think I could have done it if I'd just come in and said I'm going to get a 4.0," Marzicola said. "I couldn't have achieved it without a sincere love of learning. " Marzicola graduated in May as valedictorian of Loyola with a bachelor of business administration in business economics with a math minor.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | June 3, 2000
Until two weeks ago, J. J. Kasper believed he was valedictorian of Severna Park High School's 2000 graduating class. He was recognized as the class' academic leader at the school's awards ceremony and at two graduation rehearsals. School officials told him to write a valedictory speech. But on May 22, Kasper learned that he had been bumped from the top spot after school officials calculated the final class rankings. The difference between him and the new valedictorian, Robert Schaefer, is little more than one-hundredth of a point.
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Staff Reports | March 8, 2012
McDaniel College has chosen Sandra Lagana, a Sykesville native and South Carroll High School valedictorian, as the school's next women's soccer head coach. Lagana, a 2000 graduate from South Carroll, was announced at the Green Terror's new coach on March 7 by Director of Athletics Paul Moyer. "Sandy is not only an outstanding coach but also someone we wanted running our women's soccer program," said Moyer in a statement on the hiring. "She has outstanding character, is bright, hard working and has been successful as both a player and coach, and we know she will be able to take our program to next level," he said.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | February 6, 2003
Concerned that the annual naming of a high school valedictorian encourages some straight-A contenders to forgo challenging courses in favor of those in which A's are more easily had, the faculty at South Carroll High has voted to abolish the long-held graduation tradition. The decision will not affect this year's graduating class or the juniors, sophomores and freshmen enrolled at South Carroll. The practice will begin with next year's freshmen and will leave only one Carroll County school - Liberty High in Eldersburg - that plans to continue recognizing the top-ranked student or students at a public graduation ceremony.
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By John J. Goldman and John J. Goldman,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 10, 2003
CAMDEN, N.J. - A federal judge issued a temporary injunction yesterday barring school officials from naming more than one valedictorian in a bitter dispute that has divided a suburban New Jersey high school. Judge Freda L. Wolfson ruled that Blair L. Hornstine, who is taught at home part of the day because she suffers from an immune disorder with chronic fatigue symptoms, should not have to share the honor. Hornstine, who has the highest grade point average in the senior class at Moorestown High School, filed a $2.7 million lawsuit claiming her privacy and federal equal opportunity laws protecting people with disabilities were violated.
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By Jodi Bizar and Jodi Bizar,Contributing writer | May 26, 1991
The painful disease Lupus hasn't held 16-year-old Andrea Y. Forde back.At the June 7 commencement for Edgewood High School, she'll bethe class valedictorian and, despite undergoing chemotherapy and missing many days of school, the young woman has managed to earn a 3.9 grade-point average. You can also catch her playing the violin in the school orchestra and helping to run the school science club."I just try and keep in mind what's important," she said, when asked how she managed to get such high grades while suffering from a degenerative disease of the kidney.
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By Frank D. Roylance and Mary Maushard and Frank D. Roylance and Mary Maushard,Staff Writers | June 4, 1993
Former Baltimore Colt Stan White went to court this week in a bid to force Dulaney High School to name his daughter co-valedictorian of her class, claiming that negligence by school officials allowed Amanda White to be edged out by another student, Angela Lee.Baltimore County Circuit Judge Joseph F. Murphy refused to issue the order on the grounds that he had no jurisdiction, and the family has since decided to drop the issue.But papers filed in the case charge that school officials at the highest levels participated in the intrigue over the girls' long-standing academic rivalry, at one point agreeing to keep Amanda's attempts to regain her top-ranked status a secret from her ultimately successful rival.
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By Mike Bowler and Mike Bowler,SUN STAFF | May 27, 1996
Seniors at Kent County High School are biting nails over this holiday weekend. Bright and early tomorrow, county school officials will calculate final grades to determine a valedictorian for the Class of '96, graduating Saturday.Across the Bay Bridge, there is no such nervousness at Howard High School in Ellicott City. The school's nine students who have had straight A's for four years will be honored equally at commencement Wednesday night, along with eight other graduates in the top 5 percent of the class.
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By Alec MacGillis and Alec MacGillis,SUN STAFF | May 23, 2002
Most of the time, Ian Stucky comes across as any other high-achieving college senior with a raft of successes behind him and countless more ahead. Then, there are moments when the truth comes out -- like the cocktail reception for Rhodes Scholarship semifinalists where Stucky was too young to legally have wine. Stucky, of Owings Mills, is the valedictorian at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County's commencement today. He is the recipient of a $50,000-a-year Jack Kent Cooke scholarship that will pay all of his bills at William and Mary School of Law. He is a few credits shy from his master's degree in intercultural communications.
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By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2010
Havre de Grace senior outfielder Zack Tabor is in his usual spot, hunched over the fence with his arms dangling as the Warriors' leadoff hitter digs in for the game's first pitch. Tabor has taken baseball chatter to a unique level. Nicknamed "el pollo loco" — which means "the crazy chicken" in Spanish — he speaks the language fluently, and his constant chirping gets teammates revved up and opponents baffled. Directly behind him, sitting on the bench, is fellow senior David Jacobs.
NEWS
By Cassandra L. Fortin | May 18, 2008
As Harford County seniors completed their Advanced Placement exams, valedictorians and salutatorians were selected at most of the county high schools. After four years of hard work and dedication, these academic leaders from most of the county high schools shared their future plans, advice, and reflections. *Lauren Carter School: Joppatowne. College attending: University of Maryland, College Park School of Journalism. What do you want to do when you grow up? Journalism. What is the secret of your success?
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By Ruma Kumar and Ruma Kumar,SUN REPORTER | May 27, 2007
Severna Park junior Victoria Vidal missed her chance of becoming valedictorian when she decided to take a sociology class. Sociology is "a general," an increasingly derogatory term for electives that have no added value when calculating grade-point averages. Vidal's A in that class was worth only four points, versus the five she could have earned in an Advanced Placement course, or the 4.5 in an honors class. Vidal said the race for valedictorian or salutatorian is "a numbers game" to squeeze in as many high-point classes as possible within the six-hour, 40-minute school day. The honors student has revived the effort in Anne Arundel County to use a cum laude system that would recognize the top 1 percent to 5 percent of a class, instead of rewarding just the top two students, and has quickly garnered support from at least two school board members.
NEWS
May 28, 2006
The following is a list of valedictorians and salutatorians for county public schools for the 2005-2006 school year: Aberdeen High Valedictorian: Michelle McVey Age: 18 Hometown: Aberdeen College plan to attend: George Washington University Major: International affairs Career aspirations: CIA counterintelligence threat analyst Favorite subject: Government Least favorite subject: AP Spanish Biggest issue teens face: Being responsible Advice for...
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By Cassandra A. Fortin and Cassandra A. Fortin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 29, 2005
It's uncommon for a household to have one valedictorian. But two? That's the case with the Berry family. Anyone wondering what the odds are could ask Andrew and Adam, if the twin brothers weren't so busy working on the speeches they'll give at the Bel Air High School commencement Wednesday. Principal Joe Voskuhl said he's decided to speak before the co-valedictorians and plans to keep it short. "Those boys give great speeches," Voskuhl said. "I wouldn't want to be the one to follow them."
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By Ariel Sabar and Ariel Sabar,SUN STAFF | June 7, 2004
SMITH ISLAND - On this windswept fishing community off the Eastern Shore, the people call Jenny Evans "the genius" and "the smartest girl on the island." The 17-year-old crabber's daughter with piercing green eyes cruised by boat to Crisfield High School each morning. She piled up A's the way a waterman reels in fish. Across the sound, in the mainland town of Crisfield, Sara Grosky, 18, a popular field hockey and softball player with a taste for stylish clothes, compiled an academic record every bit as impressive.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | February 6, 2003
Concerned that the annual naming of a high school valedictorian encourages some straight-A contenders to forgo challenging courses in favor of those in which A's are more easily had, the faculty at South Carroll High has voted to abolish the long-held graduation tradition. The decision will not affect this year's graduating class or the juniors, sophomores and freshmen enrolled at South Carroll. The practice will begin with next year's freshmen and will leave only one Carroll County school - Liberty High in Eldersburg - that plans to continue recognizing the top-ranked student or students at a public graduation ceremony.
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By Ariel Sabar and Ariel Sabar,SUN STAFF | June 7, 2004
SMITH ISLAND - On this windswept fishing community off the Eastern Shore, the people call Jenny Evans "the genius" and "the smartest girl on the island." The 17-year-old crabber's daughter with piercing green eyes cruised by boat to Crisfield High School each morning. She piled up A's the way a waterman reels in fish. Across the sound, in the mainland town of Crisfield, Sara Grosky, 18, a popular field hockey and softball player with a taste for stylish clothes, compiled an academic record every bit as impressive.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF | June 2, 2004
They sat side by side in the front row, each wearing a green cap and gown, each a portrait of success - in his own way. Atholton High School valedictorian David Reshef graduated yesterday with a perfect grade point average. He received multiple awards and plans to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after finishing work over the summer on his groundbreaking concept for using computers to diagnose malaria. Sitting next to him at the graduation ceremony, held at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, was Michael Waschak, whose grade point average was never calculated.
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June 21, 2003
CIVIL RIGHTS luminary Coretta Scott King. Supermodel Cindy Crawford. Drug dealer D. Michael Woodward, who pleaded guilty to charges that he ran an Oxycontin empire. Jazz diva Alicia Keys and country singer Emmylou Harris. Clifford Boggess, executed for murder in Texas. Late-night wisecracker Conan O'Brien; actress Jodie Foster. President Jimmy Carter, Class of 1944, Plains, Ga. All were high school valedictorians. Note that those who achieve fame or ignominy are not the norm. Judging from one of the very few studies of valedictorians, Lives of Promise, by Boston College Professor Karen Arnold in 1995, most grow up to be well-rounded, stable, reliable, successful hard workers.
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