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.
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.
The public is invited. For information or to purchase tickets, go to http://www.carsonscholars.org.
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.
For information, go to http://www.TowsonArtsCollective.org.
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.
For information, call 443-840-4231.
Applications accepted for Naval Academy Summer Seminar
Deadline is March 31 for applications for the U.S. Naval Academy Summer Seminar.
The seminar is designed for students who will have just completed their junior year of high school who may be interested in pursuing an appointment to one of the nation's service academies and serving as a military officer after graduation.
The three sessions are June 2-7, June 9-14 and June 16-21.
Students will live in the Bancroft Hall dormitory, eat in the King Hall dining facility, participate in academic and leadership workshops and experience a variety of other activities at the academy.
Midshipmen at the academy will run the program, which attracts more than 2,250 students from around the country.
Students who apply to the summer seminar are also applying for admission to the Naval Academy.
Seminar fee is $350.
For information, call 410-293-4361 or go to http://www.usna.edu/admissions.
Eighth-graders awarded scholarships from Mount de Sales
Catonsville residents Rebecca MacDonald and Claire Noppenberger were among 10 eighth-grade students at Trinity School in Ellicott City who have been awarded academic scholarships to area high schools.
MacDonald was awarded a partial scholarship to Mount de Sales Academy.
Noppenberger received an academic recognition award and partial scholarship from Maryvale Preparatory School and a partial scholarship from Mount de Sales Academy.