Education Notes

County adult learning program schedules graduation ceremony

Carroll Adult Learning Connection, a program of Carroll County public schools, will hold this year's recognition ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Westminster High School auditorium.


The accomplishments of 102 graduates from the External Diploma Program and General Educational Development classes and testing will be recognized in a traditional graduation celebration.

Speakers will include Thomas McCarthy, Deb Myers and Terri Beth Lach, graduates of the External Diploma Program; and Misty Miley, who earned a GED diploma.


The External Diploma Program offers adults the opportunity to earn a diploma by mastering academic and practical life skills they have learned through their job, family and community involvement.

Graduates from the GED program pass a comprehensive 11-hour exam split over two days and covering five academic areas.

Information: 410-751-3680.

CCC seeking authors for November book fair

Carroll Community College is seeking authors to participate in the eighth annual Random House Book Fair to benefit the Carroll Community College Foundation.

Published authors who want to reserve a table at the Nov. 13 book fair should call Edie Hemingway at 410-386-8405 or e-mail her at ehemingway@carrollcc. edu by July 1.

Due to space limitations, authors will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Authors are expected to spend at least two hours at their tables in the Great Hall of Carroll Community College. Book fair hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Bill of Rights essay contest deadline set for Sept. 21

The National Foundation for Women Legislators, the National Rifle Association and Republican Del. Carmen Amedori of Carroll County are cosponsoring their seventh annual Bill of Rights essay contest for female high school juniors and seniors.

This year's topic focuses on students' vision of the American dream.

Applicants must write an essay on what the American dream means to them and what they envision it to be for their generation.

Seven winners will each receive a $3,000 college scholarship and all-expense paid trip to NFWL's annual conference in November, where they will be mentored by and speak to hundreds of women lawmakers from across the country.

Deadline for essays is Sept. 21. Essays will be judged on original research and analysis, knowledge and understanding of current issues and the U.S. Constitution, fresh insight, storytelling and other writing skills.


Information: 410-840-2204.

Carrolltowne principal wins inclusive education award

Martin Tierney, principal of Carrolltowne Elementary School, has been named a winner in the Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education's annual "Embrace the Spirit - Excellence in Inclusive Education" awards program.

The coalition helps disabled students attend their neighborhood school and be educated with their friends in regular classes.

The award recognizes teachers and administrators who are models for how to include students with disabilities in general education.

Century High senior wins $19,000 in scholarships


Century High School senior Samantha Aikins recently was awarded the sixth annual Ella and Irl Beall High School Student Scholarship Award from EMA, an organization that operates retirement communities and health-care facilities for seniors.

Aikins will receive $18,000 over her four-year college career. The scholarship program was started in 1999 by funds from the Bealls, former Fairhaven residents and educators.

Aikins has been a student employee with Fairhaven in the dining and nutritional services department since November 2002, and plans to pursue a degree in education at St. Mary's College.

She also received a $1,000 student scholarship from EMA for one year of service to Fairhaven.

McDaniel College honors top graduating students

McDaniel College announced the top student honors that were conferred during commencement ceremonies last month.


Katrina Buckley of Pasadena earned the college's top academic honor, the Argonaut Award, for the highest cumulative grade-point average in her class. An English major with a 4.147 grade-point average, Buckley will pursue a doctorate in English literature at North Carolina State University.

The Edith Farr Ridington Phi Beta Kappa Writing Award for the best honors paper went to Mark Christopher Gorman of Odenton. A history and music major, Gorman wrote his paper on "From Crusader to Monk: Bernard of Clairvaux's In Praise of the New Knighthood." Gorman will pursue graduate studies in organ at Emory University this fall.

The college honored Sam Case, provost and dean of the faculty, and Brian Lockard, associate professor of education, who both retired.

College of Notre Dame grads recognized at event

Two Carroll County residents who graduated from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland received awards and honors at the recent senior luncheon.

Sykesville resident Christina Miller received the 2004 Excellence Award from the Business and Economics Department for outstanding achievement in business.


She also was recognized for membership in Kappa Gamma Pi, the national honor society for graduates of Catholic colleges; and the Epsilon Rho Chapter of Delta Mu Delta, the business honor society.

Eldersburg resident Rebecca Cowart was recognized for membership in the Epsilon Rho Chapter of Delta Mu Delta.