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Education Notes


Community college unveils buildings for arts, business, fitness

Carroll Community College will unveil three buildings in ceremonies beginning at 1 p.m. Friday at the 1601 Washington Road campus.

After a dedication ceremony, students and faculty members will give tours of the Robert Annis and Phyllis Barrett Scott Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, the Business Training Center and Life Fitness Building.

The performing arts center features a 425-seat theater, music and art rooms, and a gallery with an exhibit of landscapes by Michael Bare and Joanne Hicks.

Other art gallery exhibits and an outdoor exhibit by Howard Riopelle called Radical Fish can also be viewed by visitors.

The new business center includes the William E. and Eleanor B. Miller Small Business Development Center and offers employee training and development for businesses of any size.

The fitness building will offer information, seated massage appointments, health and fitness information, free blood pressure readings, body composition analyses and stress testing.

Events are open to the public.

Information: 410-386-8411.

GED preparation and tests offered by county schools

The Carroll County public schools system offers GED tests and exam practice sessions for those 16 and older who wish to earn their high school diploma equivalency.

The two-day GED test consists of five sections: math, science, social studies, literature and the arts, and writing skills.

To take the test, an individual must be a state resident who has been out of school for 90 days and must pay a fee. It is recommended that individuals take the practice test.

The next practice tests will be given from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 18 at Carroll Adult Learning Connection, 224 N. Center St., Westminster. The next test sessions are from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 14 and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 16 at Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Road.

Information: 410-751-3680.

Literacy Council selling 'Entertainment' books

The Literacy Council of Carroll County is selling Entertainment books for 2003 as a fund-raiser for adult literacy programs.

The books cost $25 each and include coupons for restaurants, movies, lodging, travel and more.

Books from the Literacy Council are available at Rexall Drugs on Main Street in Westminster; Washington Heights Pharmacy; Book & Card; Diane's Hallmark in Taneytown; and Village Pharmacy at Carroll Lutheran Village.

Information: 410-848-6506.

Carroll Community College plans spring break in Italy

Humanities 160, a Carroll Community College course scheduled for spring, offers the opportunity to visit northern Italy during spring break week.

This nine- to 11-day trip is open to community members and students. The cost is $1,568 for those younger than 25, $1,813 for 25 and older. A two-day Rome extension is available for an additional $245 for those younger than 25 and $285 for others.

The trip begins April 10 with arrival in Nice, France, where a bilingual tour director will meet the group. "The Northern Italian Classics" tour continues to Cinque Terre, five cliffside towns on the Italian Riviera; Florence; Venice; and the Lake Como region.

Several independent study options for one to three credits are available to students.

Information: Connie Skewers, 410-386-8202.

Carroll students honored as distinguished scholars

A number of Carroll County high school students were recently honored as finalists and semifinalists in Maryland's Distinguished Scholar Recognition Ceremony.

The daylong program included performances and exhibits by students, workshops on financial aid, opportunities to learn about Maryland colleges and universities, and a recognition ceremony.

The Distinguished Scholar Program awards $3,000 a year for four years to selected students as an incentive to attend a Maryland college or university. Applicants in the achievement category must have a grade point average of at least 3.7, and those in the talent category must audition before a panel of professionals.

Honored Carroll County students, their school and placement are:

Calvert Hall College High School: Matthew B. Hughes and Christopher K. Turnes, semifinalists.

Francis Scott Key: Joshua R. Kellemen and Eric M. Offutt, finalists; Lindey M. Keller, semifinalist.

Liberty: Andrew K. Gackenbach, finalist; Leslie J. Dragan, Diane E. Krainak, Graham C. Long and Jeremy M. Rife, semifinalists.

McDonogh: Keith M. Allen and Katie R. Bray, finalists.

Mount St. Joseph High: Daniel R. Terc, finalist, visual art.

North Carroll: Katheryn M. Black and Laura E. Brench, finalists; Stephanie L. Crumbaugh and Jennifer J. Gehret, semifinalists.

Out-of-state high school: Sarah M. Eichstedt, semifinalist.

South Carroll: Colleen E. Finecey and Jeffrey S. Zamostny, finalists; Adam M. Blincoe, Elizabeth M. Chmielewski, Corinne E. Hamblet, Kerstin M. Miller and Bradley P. Streett, semifinalists.

Westminster: Laura E. Harbold, finalist; Amanda A. Hepler, Sean A. McGrew, Victoria E. Tevis, Julie L. Twigg and Angela M. Wells, semifinalists.

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