Schools to offer alternative diploma

Carroll County Public Schools offer the External Diploma Program, a self-paced alternative to the GED test.


Information sessions on the program will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. Jan. 24 at Student Support Services/Carroll Adult Learning Connection, 55 N. Court St., Suite G27, Westminster.

Registration is requested at 410-751-3680.


Optimist Club holds essay contest

The Optimist Club of Westminster is holding its annual essay contest for students younger than age 19 as of Dec. 31, 2006.

This year's topic is "I Want to Make a Difference Because ... " Essays should be 400 to 500 words in length, not counting title, footnotes and bibliography.

Students may enter only one Optimist Club essay contest a year and may not compete if they have already won an essay scholarship from the club.

Students should submit essays by Feb. 2 to Westminster Optimist Club, P.O. Box 211, Westminster 21158-0211. The winning essay will be read at the club meeting Feb. 21.

The club winner will go on to the district competition, and if successful there, to the international contest.

Information: 410-848-4173.

Nominations sought for teacher awards


Nominations for the 19th annual Outstanding Teacher Awards are being accepted until Feb. 12 at the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. The awards recognize those in the Carroll County Public Schools who represent the best in teaching professionals.

Students, parents, teachers and administrators may nominate teachers.

Any full-time teacher in the public school system may be nominated. Nomination forms are available at all public schools, public library branches and the chamber office, 700 Corporate Center Court, Suite L, Box 871, Westminster, Md. 21158.

Forms ask for examples of ways teachers help students apply what they have learned to real life situations, and how they inspire students to learn and build confidence and self-esteem.

Teams of judges of retired teachers and the business community review the nominations. All eligible nominees will be recognized at a chamber banquet April 4 at Winters Mill High School. Eight special award recipients will receive a plaque and cash.

The Carroll County Teacher of the Year will be chosen from the eight winners, and that winner will represent the county in the Maryland Teacher of the Year Program.


Information: 410-848-9050.

Financial aid workshop is Feb. 5

Carroll Community College will hold a free financial aid workshop from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Scott Center theater at 1601 Washington Road, Westminster.

This overview of financial aid programs includes information about how to apply and how to meet individual needs, while meeting strict deadlines.

Attendees also can get their questions answered about how to apply online for aid, an increasingly popular option.

Registration is required.


Information: 410-386-8437 or e-mail financial