Carson Scholars

Veronica Rittie, a junior at Mount de Sales Academy, was one of nine high school students from Baltimore County named 2012 Carson Scholars.

Rittie was among 402 students in grades 4-11 recognized by the Carson Scholars Fund for their outstanding academic achievement and humanitarian qualities.

Selected students will receive a $1,000 college scholarship award as a Carson Scholar and be honored at a recognition banquet April 29 at Martin's West in Woodlawn.

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Former network newscaster Sam Donaldson will serve as master of ceremonies for the event. Honored guests include Lou Dobbs, former host for Fox Business News, and William H. Gates Sr., co-chairman of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, along with his son and daughter-in-law.

World-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson will deliver the keynote speech.

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Eighth-grader Asena Ulug (Arbutus Middle), ninth-graders Quinten Austin (Western School of Technology and Environmental Science), Megan Runge (Catonsville High) and Alliana Warner (Western Tech), tenth-grader Morgan Prioleau (Western Tech) and twelfth-grader Alice Flanagan (Catonsville) were among the 730 students who renewed their Carson Scholar status by maintaining maintained high academic standards and a strong commitment to their communities.

Artistic talent on display

Three students from Western School of Technology and Environmental Science are among the 75 students from 28 public and private high schools who will have their works of art on display in the annual art show sponsored by the Timonium Optimists and Towson Arts Collective.

Seniors Tolulope Alegbeleye and Samuel Dahne and junior Zoe Cox, all students of art instructor Jesse Dortzbach, will be represented in the exhibition of paintings, drawings and photos on display at the Towson Arts Collective Gallery, 406 York Road (lower level) until Mar. 30.

Admission is free.

Gallery hours are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from noon to 5 p.m., or by appointment by calling 410-916-6340.

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Free tax preparation from accounting students

Accounting students at the Community College of Baltimore County will offer free assistance with 2011 federal and state tax returns to members of the community, as well as school staff and their fellow students.

The service, through the Internal Revenue Service's IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program and supervised by CCBC instructors, will be offered Wednesdays, 2-4 p.m., on the third floor of the Y Building on the Catonsville campus, 800 South Rolling Road.

Those who have a hard time preparing the forms on their own and want help must make less than $50,000 a year.

No appointments are needed. Returns will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

There will be no tax preparation on April 4 during the college's spring break.