Students win science fair

South River High sophomore Ava Grounds won the grand award at the 48th annual Anne Arundel County Regional Science and Engineering Fair, and schoolmates Ashlee Brennan and Hannah Hall took second with their joint project.


Both projects will be entered in the International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh in May.

Grounds' project, "Biosorption of Heavy Metals by E. coli" focused on the role metals play in the degradation of aquatic environments. Organisms that take in the metals pass them up the food chain in accumulating amounts that can become dangerous to humans eating fish and shellfish.

The project done by Brennan and Hall, "Capsaicinoids as a Pesticide," investigated the ideal concentration of capsaicinoids — the natural substance that makes chili peppers hot — in a natural pesticide using Habanero peppers.

More than 300 projects in 17 categories presented by science students from across the county were entered in the fair. Students won awards and prizes worth thousands of dollars from organizations that included Anne Arundel Community College, the Johns Hopkins University, Lockheed Martin, Marine Science and Technology, and Northrop Grumman.

AACC job fair

Anne Arundel Community College will host its Spring Job Fair from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at the David S. Jenkins Gymnasium, 101 College Parkway, Arnold.

More than 50 employers are expected to attend. Only employers with jobs to fill may purchase booths at the fair. Employers can visit and link to the registration page.

For last-minute polishing, plan to attend the workshop "The Spotlight is on You" from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Dragon Science Building, Room 110, the day of the fair. Attendees get priority meetings with employers at 11:30 a.m. before the fair officially opens.

For more information, email or call 410-777-2770 or 410-777-2512.

Financial aid access

Financial aid is available at Anne Arundel Community College. The college also has a no-fee, interest-free payment plan that allows the cost of tuition to be spread throughout a term. Payment plans are available. For information about financial aid, call 410-777-2203 or go to Students can also meet with a financial aid representative on a walk-in basis at the Arnold campus, Glen Burnie Town Center, AACC at Arundel Mills or the Fort Meade Army Education Center.

Internship program

Anne Arundel Community College seeks employers to participate in its internship program. Students get real-world experience and mentoring from leaders in business, industry, government, and nonprofit agencies and organizations. For information, go to or