In MarylandLegal group honors judge for improving...


In Maryland

Legal group honors judge for improving state's legal services

ANNAPOLIS -- Maryland Chief Judge Robert M. Bell has received the American Bar Association's award for improving legal services in the state.

The organization noted several initiatives that have taken place, including creation of family law courts, expansion of out-of-court settlement of disputes, and work by several commissions aimed at making the courts more accessible for jurors, people without attorneys and low-income residents.

In Baltimore County

Student council group honors principal of year

HUNT VALLEY -- Joyce Smith, principal of Annapolis High School, was selected 1999-2000 Principal of the Year by the Maryland Association of Student Councils this week at the group's annual convention.

Barbara Fuller, regional adviser for the Baltimore County Public Schools, was honored as the group's Mike Michaelson Advisor of the Year.

In Montgomery County

Fifth-grader advances to national competition

ROCKVILLE -- Molly Sugar, a fifth-grader at Whetstone Elementary School in Montgomery County, won first place and a $1,000 U.S. savings bonds in the Maryland competition of the 2000 U.S. Savings Bonds National Student Poster Contest.

Christie Sheridan, a sixth-grader at Holabird Middle School in Baltimore County, won second place, and sixth-grader Becky Turek from St. John Elementary School in Carroll County won third place.

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