THUMBS UP: The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce recognized 596 teachers at the 30th annual Outstanding Teacher Awards program Wednesday at Winters Mill High School. Eight outstanding teachers were named from the Carroll County Public Schools teachers at the annual event. They are: Aaron Robinson, a social studies teacher at Westminster High School, Jean Luebke, a Title I resource teacher at Robert Moton Elementary School, Samantha Feeser, a special education teacher at East Middle School, Brandi Jason, an instrumental music teacher at Liberty High School, Kelly May, an ELA specialist at Elmer Wolfe Elementary School, Kimberly Johnson, a library media specialist at South Carroll High School, Jennifer Borcik, a social studies teacher at Northwest Middle School and Lauren Stevens, a biology teacher at Manchester Valley High School. One of the eight will be chosen as the Carroll County Teacher of the Year on April 25 and represent the county in the Maryland Teacher of the Year program. The Chamber also awarded Wilhelm Scholarships to teachers to assist in their continuing education. The recipients were Melissa Allen, a sixth-grade social studies teacher at Sykesville Middle School; Marissa Luipersbeck, a seventh-grade life science teacher at Mount Airy Middle School; and Andrew Mann, an adapted physical education teacher at Shiloh Middle School. The Chamber also presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Steve Johnson, the assistant superintendent of instruction.