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Howard County can claim an elementary and high school teacher among the 216 nationwide recipients of the 1991 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics teaching.

Carol Cobb, a science teacher at Elkridge Elementary School, will be recognized during ceremonies in Washington this week.

The events include an awards presentation at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, plus a reception at the Air and Space Museum and dinners at the Department of State and the National Press Club.

A $7,500 grant from the National Science Foundation is also included for each recipient.

Mary Jo Messenger, a mathematics instructor at Centennial High School, will be honored with fellow secondary education teachers in Washington in March.

To be eligible for the award, teachers must have at least five years' experience teaching kindergarten though grade 12 science or mathematics at least half-time in a public or private school.

A panel of scientist, mathematicians and science and math educators select Presidential Award winners from a slate of teachers previously selected in each state and jurisdiction.

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