Education Notes

Sports columnist to present lecture at McDaniel College

Michael Wilbon, Washington Post sports columnist and co-host of ESPN's Pardon the Interruption, will present the Wenner-Wingate Lecture on the "History of Literature and Sport" at 8 p.m. Tuesday in McDaniel Lounge at McDaniel College.


Wilbon -- who has covered four Summer Olympics, two Winter Olympics, 12 Super Bowls and four World Series in his 23 years at the Post -- has offered commentary on national issues as they relate to sports.

Wilbon has won awards for his articles and columns, and finished second in 1994 and third in 1995 in the Associated Press Sports Editors' national contest for sports columnists.


Wilbon also wrote the introduction to Charles Barkley's autobiography, I May Be Wrong but I Doubt It, and contributed to two books on the Washington Redskins.

Information: 410-857-2294.

Steele scheduled to visit Manchester Elementary

Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele will visit Manchester Elementary School at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

He will visit two classrooms, tour the school, and meet with a parent volunteer, an administrator, a teacher and a pupil.

Information: 410-751-3020.

Carroll schools planning Youth Art Month exhibits

Carroll County public schools will celebrate Youth Art Month during March to emphasize the value of art education for all children and encourage support for school art programs.


Artwork by elementary and middle school pupils from the public schools will be displayed at TownMall of Westminster through March 11. The exhibit is being coordinated by Cristina Gruss, an art teacher at Cranberry Station Elementary School.

Artwork by high school students will be shown at Carroll Community College from March 8 to April 22. A reception for the high school artists will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 14. The high school display is being coordinated by Jim Roberts, an art teacher at Westminster High School.

Information: 410-751-3020.

Gerstell Academy announces open house

Gerstell Academy will hold an open house at 2 p.m. March 7 at the school, 2500 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg.

The school is accepting registration for the 2004-2005 school year for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.


Information: 410-861-3000.

Training sessions set for school volunteers

Carroll County public schools will hold volunteer training sessions around the county.

Anyone interested in becoming a school volunteer may attend the session nearest them. Training will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. as follows:

March 9: Shiloh Middle School, 3675 Willow St., Hampstead.

April 6: Friendship Valley Elementary School, 1100 Gist Road, Westminster.


Information: 410-751-3047.

SAT, PSAT courses offered at high schools

Carroll County high school students who need to take the SAT can prepare by taking SAT or PSAT preparation courses.

Classes will be given from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. as follows:

Chapelgate in Marriottsville, March 13 and 20, and Aug. 7 and 14.

Century High School near Eldersburg, April 17 and 24.


Liberty High School in Eldersburg, May 8 and 22.

Tuition is $100, plus $50 for materials. Registration is open to all high school students. A portion of the proceeds will go to the school.

Information: 410-442-1600.

Officials seek comments on '05-'06 school calendar

The Carroll County school system's department of human resources is seeking suggestions and comments regarding the 2005-2006 school calendar.

Suggestions should be submitted in writing by 4 p.m. March 26 to Jimmie Saylor, department of human resources, Carroll County public schools, 125 N. Court St., Westminster 21157; or by e-mail to jlsaylo@


Information: 410-751-3070.

16 students represent college in Annapolis

Sixteen Carroll Community College students recently represented the school in Annapolis for Student Advocacy Day.

Carroll students were part of the 300 students from all 16 Maryland community colleges who gathered to meet with legislators and discuss issues regarding higher education.

The students spoke to the county delegation about the positive impact Carroll has had on their lives, and explained the need for more classrooms and parking on campus due to a 38 percent increase in enrollment in the past five years.

The student representatives were Adam Atwell, Jeana Biondo, Sherry Bowman, Casey Callari, Patricia Dash, Robert Debaufre, Elizabeth Dunn, Chris Hutchison, Anna Isner, Christian Jennings, Kirsten Jensen, Seth Miller, Troy Pfister, Kaitlyn Reinhardt, Vanessa Shaw and Larry Yingling.