Robert Foor-Hogue of Millers is one of 12 state finalists for a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching.
Foor-Hogue teaches science and photography at South Carroll High School. Among the projects his students have attempted this year is monitoring a stream and 300 acres of wetlands behind the school. He and the students raise money for their projects through grants and by selling pizza kits.
If Foor-Hogue is chosen as the top state winner, the award will bring $10,000 worth of equipment for his school, which is why he was willing to put in the time to fill out the 20-page application for the award.
"That's the incentive -- I've already spent the money," he said. If he wins, he said, he will use the money to buy more computer hardware for the wetland monitoring project and the wind tunnel his classes are building.
Other winners from Maryland: David Rockefeller Savage of Montgomery County; Linda K. Agreen, Umbrenda Herrington and Pamela Jean Birch Blankinship of Prince George's County; Kathleen Burke House and Joyce Faye Bruchey of Frederick County; Aline Novak of Washington County; Susan M. Howe and Robert W. Keddell of Howard County; and Sally Edgerton Bell and Carolyn Routh Bereske of Baltimore.