THUMBS UP: Westminster native Robin Weber used her training to react quickly and help her Salisbury University professor, who had passed out during a recent class. Weber was well prepared when her instructor announced she felt as if she was going to pass out and then slumped back in her chair. “I was like, well, I’m trained, I’m in this wilderness first-aid class right now so, I just kinda ran up there and was holding her up,” Weber told us. She took a few moments to calm herself, and then took control of the scene, delegating one person to call 911, another to call university police, another to help her lay the instructor on the floor and telling everyone else to get out. It was exactly what Weber had been taught to do in her wilderness first-aid course, according to professor Diana Wagner, who said Weber’s response was “textbook.” The instructor was fine after a while, just dealing with an ear infection that affected her equilibrium. But that didn’t take away from Weber’s response. Said Wagner: “I wasn’t all that surprised she was the one that leapt into action. She had a nice calm leadership quality about her from the beginning of the semester.” It wasn’t even Weber’s first time doing something like this. While she was still a student at Winters Mill High School and working as a hostess at Sakura Japanese Steak House in Westminster, Weber said she responded when an elderly man lost consciousness, reacting immediately to help lay him down and hold his head. In that situation, she was taking instructions on the phone from paramedics. But, Weber told us, “Now that I am taking this class, I am learning I can tell myself what to do.”
THUMBS UP: Hundreds of high school students from around the state, including local teams from Gerstell Academy, Liberty, Francis Scott Key and South Carroll, convened at Liberty High School last weekend to compete in the annual Physics Olympics, allowing them to show off the type of STEM skills that will serve them well in college and the workforce. Liberty physics teacher Tim Durkin said he has been running this event for 27 years and said because this is the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, each “event” in the competition was tied to the Apollo space missions of the 1960s and ’70s. The egg drop, designing something to protect two eggs from breaking during a 4-meter drop, was inspired by the lunar lander successfully delivering Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the moon’s surface, Durkin said, while six other events also engaged the students in tasks requiring physics knowledge and engineering skill. Tasks included creating a device to shoot ping-pong balls into targets, solving wild physics questions in the style of Enrico Fermi or using CDs, pencils and duct tape to create a “rover” that could roll down a ramp. Said Durkin: “They have a problem to solve, they have to build a device to solve that problem, they have to demonstrate the device and, hopefully, they taste some success.” Boonsboro A won the event, with Arundel D in second and Liberty C coming in third.
THUMBS UP: This is the second year for the Carroll One Book initiative with many Carroll County Public Library activities planned, including a display at Winters Mill High School for National History Day on Saturday, March 2. Carroll One Book is the local and logical extension of the Maryland One Book program. Dorothy Stoltz, the library’s director for community engagement, told us that in 2017, Carroll County Public Schools suggested a collaboration between the schools and the library, offering a countywide initiative to encourage reading and discussion with the overarching purpose to bring out the best in oneself and others. This became the basis for Carroll One Book. The first choice for Carroll One Book was “In Carrie’s Footprints: The Long Walk of Warren Dorsey.” This year, the title chosen is “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, published in 2015. “Celebrating the joy of lifelong learning is contagious. Many individuals and organizations, besides the schools and the library, have participated in this effort and are instrumental to its success, including, the Carroll Chapter of the NAACP, Carroll Citizens for Racial Equality, Carroll Community College and McDaniel College,” Stoltz told us.