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Two students win scholarships

Two Anne Arundel County students were recently included among more than 800 minority high school seniors honored by the National Achievement Scholarship Program.

Isaac P. Businger, an Arundel High School senior who is interested in engineering, and Julian L. Bouma, a St. Mary's High School senior who is interested in conducting scientific research in college, won $2,500 scholarships.

The National Achievement Program is a privately financed academic competition for academically talented black youths. It provides scholarships to a substantial number of the most outstanding participants in each annual competition. Over the past 43 years, more than 27,800 participants have received scholarships worth a total of about $88 million.

Speaker to address abuse of steroids

A local fitness club is sponsoring a talk about the dangers of adolescent steroid abuse and how the community can fight it at Severna Park High School on Thursday. Fernando Montes, executive director of the Taylor Hooton Foundation, will speak at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria. Admission is free, but a $2 donation is suggested.

All proceeds will go directly to the foundation, which was founded in 2004 after a 17-year-old Plano, Texas, high school athlete committed suicide after heavy steroid use.

Officials with the Hooton Foundation travel across the country offering seminars to parents, coaches, young athletes and sporting officials on the dangers of steroid use.

The event is being co-sponsored by Sport Fit Severna Park, Chesapeake Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, and Corky's Hard Bean Cafe, which will provide coffee and dessert.

Information: 410-428-5430 or

Public forum April 17 on federal law

The League of Women Voters of Anne Arundel County will hold a public forum to discuss the federal No Child Left Behind law at 7 p.m. April 17 in the Norair Auditorium at Bay Woods Retirement Community, 7101 Bay Front Drive in Annapolis.

County teacher and former teachers union head Sheila Finlayson, now an Annapolis alderwoman, and Howard Zeiderman, president of the Touchstones Discussion Project, will speak about the key parts of the law and its effect on local schools.

The law requires students to be working at grade level in math and reading by 2014.

The only local school to fail state standards for four consecutive years is Annapolis High School, which has been placed on the state's "corrective action" list and could face state takeover next year. County Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell has asked the school's 193 employees to reapply for their jobs.

Information: Anne Nelson, 410-280-5312.

Expo focuses on AVID programs

Anne Arundel County public schools will hold an expo on the district's 31 AVID programs from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 17 in the Parham Administration Building at 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis. The AVID program provides middle and high school students who are considered to be in the academic middle with the skills, support, and academic challenges that can prepare them to advance to more rigorous college-preparatory courses. The expo will give educators and members of the community a chance to review AVID certification portfolios and displays from schools that have AVID programs. AVID teachers will showcase their students' work. Visitors are welcome. Information: 410-222-5829 or cmccurdy@

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