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Pupil makes finals of Braille Challenge

Christopher Nusbaum, a third-grader at Runnymede Elementary School, has qualified for the final round of the Braille Challenge.

Christopher traveled to Los Angeles to participate in the event yesterday.

The Braille Challenge is a two-stage academic contest designed by the Braille Institute to encourage students to improve their Braille reading and writing skills.

Students are grouped according to age and tested in several different competencies. Christopher was tested on spelling, reading comprehension and proofreading.

Phys. ed. program at Taneytown noted

Taneytown Elementary School has been recognized as a Physical Education Demonstration School for the state by the Maryland State Department of Education and the Maryland Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

A site visitation team of state education officials and physical educators determined that students receive high-quality physical education experiences in line with the state physical education curriculum.

John Code and Jamie Hitchner teach the Taneytown physical education program.

Awards given for safety posters

Sixty-five Carroll County fourth-graders recently received awards for the third annual "Safety is Only a Click Away Buckle-Up" poster contest, sponsored by Carroll County Public Schools and the Carroll County Youth Intervention Officer Program.

The all-county winner, Winfield Elementary's Taylor Whittington, will have her poster printed on a county billboard.

Environmental poster contest

Three Eldersburg Elementary School fourth-graders recently were named the winners of the 21st annual Environmental Health Poster Contest, a countywide contest sponsored by the Environmental Health Bureau of the Carroll County Health Department.

The theme was "Safe Food is Good Food."

The first-place winner was Grayson Miller, while second and third places went, respectively, to McKenna DeBandi and Kyle Burrows.

Century senior gets engineers award

Christopher Niznik, a Century High School senior, has been awarded an American Society of Mechanical Engineers scholarship.

The scholarship was presented at the FIRST(For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology) Robotics Championships in Atlanta.

An honor student, Niznik completed two years of Project Lead the Way, the engineering curriculum at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center.

The Century High School graduate will attend the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and major in mechanical engineering.

5 in Carroll receive Byrd scholarships

Five Carroll County students have received a Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship for 2007.

They are: Kimberly Bittler, South Carroll High; Michael Meadows, Liberty High; Daria Murosko, Century High; Nicholas Wagman, Winters Mill High; Megan Warzinski, North Carroll High.

The Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program is designed to promote student excellence and achievement and to recognize exceptionally able students who show promise of continued achievement.

Carroll Arts Council gives eight awards

The Carroll County Arts Council has awarded eight local students Tevis College Arts Scholarships for their pursuit of a degree in the fine arts.

The $600 awards were based on artistic promise and financial need and are awarded in memory of one of the Arts Council's most loyal patrons, Dorothy Tevis.

Recipients are: Julie Ransdell, Century High; Jennifer Barber, Francis Scott Key High; Marlayna Green, Liberty High; Jeremy Norris, North Carroll High; Samantha Nickey, South Carroll High; Christina M. Carvin, Westminster High; Christopher Thomas Meyers, Winters Mill High; and Cailin Nealon, Mount de Sales Academy.

Muschik is honored for food services

Eulalia Muschik, supervisor of Food Services for Carroll County Public Schools, has received the School Nutrition Association's Outstanding Director of the Year Award.

Muschik is responsible for all aspects of food service operations, including budgeting, staffing, training and marketing. She is starting her 25th year with the Carroll County school system.

Criteria for the award include being in charge of a food services program for at least 10 years, serving on at least one state or national executive board or association committee, and showing involvement in the community by sharing food service knowledge.

Burger King awards $1,000 to Seipp

The Burger King/McLamore Foundation has awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Jonathan Seipp, a senior at Liberty High School.

The award is part of Burger King's annual Scholars Program.

FSK blood donors thanked at O's game

Francis Scott Key High School was recently recognized by the American Red Cross for being one of the top 20 high schools in the region for blood donations.

The Red Cross provided 50 tickets to the May 25 Baltimore Orioles game against the Oakland Athletics to Francis Scott Key students and staff.

FSK students and staff donated 158 pints of blood during the 2006-2007 school year.

Nicole Brown and Nicholas Mills represented FSK in an on-field recognition ceremony before the game.

Robert Moton noted for wildlife habitat

The National Wildlife Federation has recognized the establishment of an official Wildlife Habitat at Robert Moton Elementary School and has awarded the school a Wildlife Habitat Certificate.

The habitat is certified because of the conscientious planning, landscaping and sustainable gardening provided by students and staff. Wildlife may find necessary food, water, cover and places to raise their young at the habitat.

Three in county get agricultural award

Three Carroll students have received the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award, sponsored by Monsanto Company.

Jonathan Harman of Winters Mill High, Brian Martin of Francis Scott Key High, and Buddy Niner of North Carroll High recently received their school's highest agricultural honor.

The awards are presented to high school seniors based on their experiences and accomplishments.

Harman was president of the Winters Mill Future Farmers of America, works as a crop farmer, participates in steam shows, and completed the Diesel Technology Program.

Martin was president of the Francis Scott Key FFA, and participated in poultry and agricultural mechanics career development events at the state and regional levels, and in Ag Day demonstrations at FSK and surrounding schools. He works at Finch Services in the landscape equipment division.

Niner was vice president of the North Carroll FFA, and a member for four years. He was recognized for his outstanding work in the Ag-Business completer program.

State picks 6 schools in Carroll for honor

The Maryland State Department of Education has recognized six Carroll County schools for outstanding application of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) process.

Honored schools are Cranberry Station Elementary, a recipient for the third consecutive year, along with second-year recipients Robert Moton Elementary and East Middle. First-year winners are Carrolltowne, Friendship Valley and Winfield Elementary schools.

PBIS focuses on improving a school's ability to teach and support positive behavior for all students.

CCCTC's PrintED program accredited

The Carroll County Career and Technology Center has been awarded PrintED accreditation in the areas of Introduction to Graphic Communications, Digital File Preparation, and Digital File Output, effective June 2007 through June 2012.

The PrintED program, administered by the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation, is a national accreditation and certification program, based on industry standards, for graphic communications courses at the secondary and post-secondary levels.

Programs must meet standards in at least two of the following areas to receive accreditation: instructional staff; facility, equipment and safety; instruction; purpose; administration; and program budget.

Students in PrintED accredited programs who meet specific requirements are eligible to participate in PrintED national online examinations in their respective area.

Jordan is named Presidential Scholar

Ashley Jordan of Finksburg has received a Presidential Scholarship to the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

The award is for $17,000 a year.

Jordan is a student at Carroll Christian School.

College junior wins award to go abroad

Katherine College of Woodbine, a junior in international studies and sociology major at Virginia Tech, has been awarded the Education Abroad Scholarship.

The scholarship is awarded to undergraduate and graduate students who wish to study abroad. Academic performance and financial need are considered.

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