From left, Mary Katherine Helm, Emily Horton, Laura Paquin and Brogan Sheehey, all seniors at Notre Dame Preparatory School, have been named National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists. (Submitted photo / October 4, 2011)

Notre Dame Preparatory School has announced that four seniors have been recognized as National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists. They are: Mary Katherine Helm, Emily Horton, Laura Paquin and Brogan Sheehey.

School officials said this is the first time Notre Dame Prep has had so many semifinalists in this program.

The four will now compete for some 8,300 Merit Scholarship awards, worth more than $34 million, that will be offered next spring.

Carver student to attend elite 'Ballet for Boys Only' program


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Tres McMichael, 14, of the George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, is one of nine Baltimore County Public Schools students who have been awarded full-tuition scholarships for a Ballet for Boys Only program, coordinated by the Greater Pikesville Recreation Council and funded by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.

Classes, led by Tim Fox, formerly with the New York City Ballet, began last month and will continue through May 12, 2012.

Slots are still available. Applications and information about process are available at http://www.baltimorecounty youthballet.com or by calling 410-833-3738 or e-mailing lauradolid@gmail.com.

BCPS welcomes special guests to help 'Read for the Record'

Special guests will visit Baltimore County Public Schools on Oct. 6 to participate in the "Read for the Record" campaign.

The campaign is designed to raise public awareness about the importance of early childhood education programs, early literacy, and community involvement for all children. This year, readers will be sharing the book "Llama, Llama, Red Pajama," with students at schools across the district.

Some of the special readers include County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, who will read to students at Riderwood Elementary School, 1711 Landrake Road in Towson, at 11:15 a.m.

The Pearson Foundation has provided a special edition of "Llama, Llama, Red Pajama" to all BCPS preschool and primary grades teachers and has made the book available online at through We Give Books, http://www.wegivebooks.com

A variety of event materials and activities are also available at http://www.wegivebooks.org/readfortherecord.

Catonsville Steel Drum Bank to visit Ridge Ruxton School

The Catonsville High School Steel Drum Band will perform for students and staff at Ridge Ruxton School on Oct. 7 at 1:15 p.m.

The musicians will transport Ridge Ruxton to the Caribbean for an hour, and Stephanie MacAdam, a vocal music teacher for neighboring West Towson Elementary School, will bring some of his students to join in the performance.

Dulaney High student is National Achievement semifinalist

Lacie G. Garrett, a student at Dulaney High School, has been named as a semifinalist in The National Merit Scholarship Corporation's 2012 National Achievement Scholarship Program.

The program recognizes high achieving African American students and provides approximately 800 scholarship awards worth more than $2.4 million.