Two Carroll County residents will meet President Clinton in the White House Rose Garden next week to receive Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science and Mathematics.
They are Robert Foor-Hogue of Millers, a science teacher at South Carroll High School, and Judy Faye Bruchey of Keymar, a math teacher at Green Valley Elementary in Monrovia, Frederick County.
The other Maryland award-winners are Sally Edgerton Bell of Baltimore's Hilton Elementary School, and Linda K. Agreen of Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Prince George's County.
The National Science Foundation gives the annual awards to four teachers from each state -- one each for science and math at both the elementary and secondary levels.
In addition to meeting the president, each teacher gets $7,500 to spend on school materials, a $1,000 award, a personal computer and other materials donated by businesses.
Mr. Foor-Hogue said he plans to use most of his $7,500 to buy new computers and related materials for South Carroll's science department.
"We're really desperate for computers," he said.
Mr. Foor-Hogue, 41, came to the Carroll schools in 1980 and has become one of the system's most celebrated teachers.
In the past six years, he and his students have raised about $50,000 for science projects, he said, through such activities as selling pizzas and applying for federal and private grants to study and preserve the wetland area behind the school.
The students also built a wood footbridge to keep cross country runners and others from trudging through the stream.
"Good ideas are expensive," Mr. Foor-Hogue said. "My philosophy, when I was teaching in Baltimore City, was, 'when there wasn't any money, I'd raise money.'
"The students do a lot of the work," he said. "We either raise the money or we don't do the idea. Science research is driven by the ideas and dreams of kids. By raising the money, I can fulfill the VTC dreams of the kids. That's my motivation."
Mr. Foor-Hogue said that in the next year his students will be writing a grant proposal asking federal agencies for $40,000 to $100,000 to build a wet-dry retention pond behind South Carroll High.
The pond would catch rainwater after heavy storms and let it drain back into the ground water.
Now, the rainwater runs into the stream, which causes erosion and could jeopardize his students' plans to reintroduce brown trout.
The retention pond would use the latest experimental technology, and serve as a research project for students to monitor its effectiveness.
The Presidential Award brings additional responsibilities, such as serving on boards by invitation from the National Education Association and National Science Foundation.
But Mr. Foor-Hogue said he will participate as much as he can, and estimated he gives a dozen presentations a year outside the school.
"A lot of what I am, I learned from other people who presented," he said. "I do feel a responsibility to pass on what's been passed on to me."
Ms. Bruchey could not be reached yesterday.