The American Defense Preparedness Association has ranked Western Maryland College's Maj. Ruben Navarro as No. 1 in training the nation's future military leaders.
The assistant professor of military science was given the first-place Colonel Leo A. Codd Memorial Award April 21 at Fort Monroe, Va., for his innovative leadership in the Army Reserve Officer Training Program.
"During the past 2 1/2 years, Major Navarro has left a truly notable mark on the soldiers and cadets of the First Region [ROTC] Cadet Command," said Lt. Col. Bayard Keller, professor of military science, in recommending Major Navarro for the award.
"Major Navarro is a tenacious and motivated officer and instructor who exhibits exceptional leadership skills which impact favorably on future Army officers," he said.
In teaching freshman cadets, Major Navarro ensures that hands-on training occurs outside the classroom with land navigation, small unit organizations and the M-16 rifle. In teaching sophomore cadets, he draws on his experiences as a graduate of the U.S. Military History course at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
In addition to his regular academic teaching load each semester, Major Navarro and Capt. Michael Drumheller, assistant professor military science, also developed a new course on the Persian Gulf war.
Major Navarro also was selected by the student members to pledge the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity as a Renaissance Brother and now serves as faculty adviser. He will receive a master of liberal arts degree in May.
Education group elects Blevins as president
Members of the Carroll County Education Association recently elected Ralph C. Blevins as their president for the 1995-1997 term.
Mr. Blevins is vice president of the association. He will assume duties as president Aug. 1.
Mr. Blevins teaches sixth grade and social studies. He has taught at North Carroll Middle School for 20 years.
He, his wife, Lisa, a teacher at Taneytown Elementary, and their two children live in Westminster.
Education group re-elects Fair treasurer
Harold Fair has been re-elected treasurer of the Carroll County Education Association. Mr. Fair is a fifth-grade teacher at Taneytown Elementary School.
Members elected to the executive board are Terrence Borneman, Marie Clouser, Cindy Cummings and Kay Sutter.
Westminster company donates $500 to college
Carroll Community College has received a $500 donation from Thomas, Bennett and Hunter Inc. of Westminster.
The company, which responded to the college's area business campaign, made its second contribution to the Founders Endowment Fund.
The financial aid office announced the Thomas, Bennett and Hunter Scholarship, which will be awarded for the first time in the fall semester.
Board of Education sets meeting for May 10
The Board of Education of Carroll County will hold its monthly meeting May 10 at Manchester Elementary School. The board will begin moving through its split agenda at 4 p.m. and will reconvene at 7:30 p.m. after a dinner break.
Routine business matters will be addressed at the 4 p.m. session. Items of public interest, including staff and student recognition, will be held at the 7:30 p.m. session.
Scholarships open to high school seniors
The board of directors of the Charles Carroll Recreation Council has announced that applications are being accepted for the new College Scholarship Program.
Two $500 scholarships are being offered, one to a male and one to a female graduating high school senior from the Union Mills-Silver Run area or to any senior who has participated in the rec council's programs.
Applications may be obtained by calling Randy Bachtel at 857-4105. The application deadline is May 15.
Instructional materials available for review
The Carroll County public school system is inviting the public to review instructional materials being considered for adoption. The materials will be displayed until May 18 at the Resource Center.
The center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.
The Curriculum Council will meet May 18 to approve or disapprove the materials. Materials approved are sent to the school board for final adoption.