Vice President Al Gore bestowed the U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award to Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn during White House ceremonies Thursday.
The school was one of 260 secondary schools nationwide to be commended for exceptional achievement in areas such as leadership, teaching environment, curriculum and instruction, student environment and parent and community support. Spalding was one of only five schools in the state to receive the recognition and the first school ever in Anne Arundel County.
The Blue Ribbon Award is granted after committees, composed of professional educators from both the Council of American Private Education and U.S. Department of Education, study an extensive application and perform on-site visits.
National Merit program commends 2 students
Two county students who attend Severn School have been named as "Commended Students" in the 1994 National Merit Scholarship Program.
They are G. B. Lawrence of Pasadena and Daniel Shin of Glen Burnie. Commended students have shown exceptional academic promise by placing among the top 5 percent of more than 1 million program entrants.
Students may enter VFW essay contest
Glen Burnie High School students in grades 10 through 12 are invited to participate in the Veterans of Foreign Wars annual Voice of Democracy program sponsored by Marley Post 434.
"My Commitment To America" is the theme of this year's contest. Students must record a three- to five-minute taped presentation of their essay for competition. The entry deadline is Nov. 15.
The winning essay selected by Post 434 will advance to the district competition with the potential to continue to the finals in Washington.
For more information, contact Glen Burnie High counselor Ray Johnston at 761-8950, or VFW representative Henry Bullen, 761-8337.