Arundel students honored for projects in science competition
Two Anne Arundel County students were honored for projects in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, held May 12 in San Jose, Calif. The contest drew 1,205 students from 44 countries. Glen Burnie High School senior Kristin Gayle Kiriluk, 18, received a $1,500 college scholarship from the Air Force for her experiment, "Deformation and Recovery of Shape Memory Alloy," and was offered internships with Intel and Agilent.
Christina Matthews, a South River High School freshman, received an honorable mention for her experiment, "Effect of Color on Peripheral Vision."
They were among the top winners in a regional competition held this spring at the Naval Academy for students from Anne Arundel and Queen Anne's counties. Kiriluk was encouraged by the Air Force to apply for a patent based on her project. To compete in the California event, students had to win top honors in local, regional, state and national ISEF-affiliated science fairs.
The International Science and Engineering Fair is sponsored by Intel and administered by Science Service, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the understanding of science through educational programs and publications.
AACC Student Association presents service awards
Anne Arundel Community College Student Association has presented Distinguished Service Awards to six students, two college staff members and a 12-member team of faculty and staff.
Recipients include Victoria Campion of Annapolis, editor of the Campus Crier student newspaper; Dominic D'Andrea of Severna Park, president of the Moonlight Troupers drama club; David Johney of Pasadena, chairman of the student Campus Activities Board; Tammy Noe of Severn, president of the student association; Robert Reichert of Pasadena, a Moonlight Troupers member; Christina Taylor of Pasadena, a Moonlight Troupers crew member; Lynda Fitzgerald of Arnold, director of the AACC Dance Company; and Loretta Lawson-Munsey of Annapolis, the college's substance abuse education coordinator.
12 students honored with achievement awards
Winners of $1,000 Comcast Student Achievement Awards -- one from each of the county's 12 high schools -- were announced at a reception last week by County Executive Janet S. Owens and Superintendent Carol S. Parham.
The scholarship recognizes students deemed to have shown the most improvement during their high school years and minority students who exhibit academic excellence.
Recipients are Joy Medley of Annapolis High, Aaron Delano Surgeon of Arundel High, Margaret Lindsay Nickerson of Broadneck, Mary C. Bell of Chesapeake, Gregory W. Sharps Jr. of Glen Burnie, Raven N. Martin of Meade, Kyle Eide of North County High, Charles Kuska of Northeast High, Richard A. Wiles Jr. of Old Mill, Mark Mahon of Severna Park, Heather Dawn Angle of South River and Nicole Monique Smith of Southern High.
AACC appointment: Mary Ellen Mason of Severna Park has been named assistant director of Anne Arundel Community College's Hospitality, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute.
Elected to board: Sherrie B. Smith of Annapolis, coordinator of business and industry training at Anne Arundel Community College, has been elected to a two-year term on the board of the Association of Junior League International Inc. -- an organization that teaches women leadership skills. Smith will represent 37 Junior League groups on the East Coast.
Back from Croatia: James F. Adomanis of Arnold and Marcie Taylor-Thoma of Annapolis, directors of the Maryland Center for Civic Education, returned last week from a trip to Croatia, which they made at the invitation of its Ministry of Education and Sport. They assisted in civic education teacher training programs in Dubrovnik. The initiative is part of Civitas, an international civic education exchange program coordinated by the Maryland Center for Civic Education, based in Arnold.
Red Cross training: Five county students have graduated from the disaster-relief training program of the American Red Cross. They are Rachel Belitz, Ashley Condict and Ira Kita, all from the Key School in Annapolis, and Jeremy Putt and Andrew Blankenheim of Meade High School.