Stembler named principal of Calvert Hall; Bullis wins student video contest

Brother Thomas Zoppo, president of Calvert Hall High School College has announced that Charles Stembler, Class of 1983, the school's current assistant principal for Student Affairs, has been appointed Calvert Hall's principal, effective July 1. Stembler will replace Louis Hendrick, who recently retired after 48 years at Calvert, including the last 12 years as principal.

Chuck Stembler embraces the vision of St. John Baptist de La Salle and our mission of developing "Men of Intellect, Men of Faith and Men of Integrity." "With our dedicated faculty and staff, he will work collaboratively to make Calvert Hall an even better educational institution as we prepare our students to take their place in today's world," Brother Zoppo said. Stembler has served in his current role since June 1990 and has been responsible for supervision, coordination and vision of the student affairs of Calvert Hall. He coordinated the summer school program and oversaw schoolwide student fundraising such as the magazine drive, which is one of the largest drives on the East Coast.

"I am excited, honored and humbled at this opportunity. Calvert Hall is blessed to have incredibly supportive alumni, a wonderful faculty and staff, and the greatest students. The leadership and mission of the Christian Brothers and the charisma of St. John Baptist de La Salle has never been more relevant and I look forward to continuing our tradition of excellence," Stembler said.

Nicholas Bullis, a junior at Calvert Hall College High School, has been named the National Video winner in the 2012 / 2013 First Freedom Student Competition and will receive a $2,500 award. This year's student participants included 1,842 students from public, private, parochial schools and home-schooling regions nationwide, including American students as far away as Kenya and Nepal.

The First Freedom Student Competition offers ninth to 12th grade students the opportunity to compete for monetary awards as they examine the history and current-day relevance of religious freedom, and then, by written essay or video production, present their evaluation. This year's topic introduced students to George Washington's letter to the Jewish congregation of Newport, R.I., where he addressed a new standard for religious freedom and religious equality for citizens of the young nation. Click on the following link to view Nick's video:

Springlake's Laura Hillard has a lot of excitement in her life this month. She celebrated her 16th birthday with a limo ride with 10 of her friends to Baltimore's Inner Harbor and Sherwood Gardens. On May 18, she leaves for a trip to China as part of the Baltimore County Public School China Cultural Exchange Program. She has been interested in the Chinese culture since the fifth grade and has been studying Chinese for the past four years. A student from China stayed with Laura and her family during the winter, and she is anxious to renew the friendship when she arrives in China. A sophomore at Dulaney High, Laura plans to attend college after graduation and major in International Relations. Laura's proud parents are Jeff and Janet Hillard.

According to Deborah Wilson-Matusky, China Cultural Exchange Coordinator at Dulaney, the BCPS China Cultural Exchange Program started at Dulaney in 2007. This is the seventh year of the exchange and 27 students from nine different high schools and four teacher/chaperones are being sent from Baltimore County. Seven students from Dulaney, seven from Towson High and five from Hereford High are in this group. The Chinese students come to stay in February and March. They live with Baltimore County families, attend school and visit local attractions. BCPS students then travel to China to live with the student they hosted from mid-May to early July; usually a period of seven weeks in China. Their experiences are often life changing and many go on to college to study Chinese language, diplomacy, international business or Asian studies. This is a capstone experience for Chinese language learners in Baltimore County, one that develops leadership, communication understanding of other cultures among other skills.

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