State educators honor Clarksville Elementary's Bob Schwab [Clarksville]

Like spring rains, good news, kudos and awards pour into our area as the school year draws to a close. Our schools field winning teams and produce high-achieving, award-winning individuals.

Awards are not limited to students. Outstanding teachers make a huge contribution to all those student awards by the teachers' efforts in the classroom and by going above and beyond normal school hours in dedication to our children.

Bob Schwab is one of those special teachers. He was one of three teachers recognized as Gifted Teacher of the Year by the Maryland Educators of Gifted Students with emphasis on his curriculum development for advanced learners.

He is in his 15th year at Clarksville Elementary School. His fellow educators note his ability to look at things from multiple perspectives.

His wife is also a teacher. They have shared goals of excellence in education and are a consummate example of what we all hope for in our schools. Schwab not only teaches, but has coached his children's teams through the years.

Schwab is a credit to the teaching profession. Co-workers past and present congratulate him on receiving this well-earned honor.

River Hill's Noah Scholl received a 36, the highest possible score on his ACT college placement test. Way to go, Noah.

Out of 3,900 outstanding students, River Hill's Anthony Yu has been named a semifinalist in the 2013 Presidential Scholars program. The scholars are evaluated on superior achievements, leadership qualities, personal character, and involvement in community and school activities.

HC DrugFree Teen Advisory Council member Athena Kan, a freshman at River Hill, received the Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award from HCDrugFree executive director and past president of Soroptomist International of Howard County, Joan Webb Scornaienchi. The award is presented to a young woman age 14 to 17 based on volunteer activities that make a difference in the community and make the world a better place. Keep up the good work, Athena.

The HC DrugFree Teen Advisory Council conducts open sessions and is open to more involvement if you would like to learn more.

The River Hill programming team of Stephen Chen, Brian Zhu and AJ Yom came home with a $300 cash prize for winning first place in the High School Java Programming competition held by the Community College of Baltimore County computer science department. Our team competed against other high school teams in the Baltimore metropolitan area.

On damp and chilly days, we may feel that summer will never arrive, but it surely will. Soon, many will plunge into swimming pools and enjoy watery activities. Atholton Swimming Club will host an open house Saturday, May 25, from 1 to 5 p.m., and again on June 2, from 1 to 5 p.m. You can learn more about the club by going to For more answers to questions, send an email to

May 21 brings a special annual event to the Scott household. That's the day Shelby Scott was born 15 years ago.

Happy birthday, Shelby. Hope you had lots of celebrations with friends and family. Have a magical year.

Great Sage restaurant in the Clarksville Square shopping center will host its monthly charity benefit day on Sunday, May 26. This month's beneficiary will be Animal Advocates of Howard County. They will receive 10 percent of the day's proceeds.

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