Two students' essays garner SECU scholarships

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Two Anne Arundel County students have won $2,000 scholarships in the SECU Credit Union college scholarship essay contest.

SECU received a record 101 applications for the contest, based on a 750- to 1,000-word essay.

Mike Tornabene of Harwood, a freshman at St. Mary's College of Maryland, and John R.F. Hewitt of Arnold, a graduate student at the University of Maryland, College Park were honored at a ceremony Thursday night.

Tornabene's essay won because he provided real-life statistics on debt, spending and saving in America. He also wrote about high school students' lack of financial knowledge.

Jewitt's essay explained the benefits of financial education through his 3-year-old daughter's perspective. As a parent, he wrote about the desire for his child to learn about investments, stocks, student loans, and business in high school.

Back-to-school program planned for Lansdowne kids

Leadership Through Athletics, the Lansdowne Family and Youth Coalition and Walk-the-Walk Foundation will sponsor a back-to-school readiness celebration Tuesday evening for 93 students in the Lansdowne community of Linthicum.

Each child, selected in partnership with the local schools, will be treated to back-to-school backpacks filled with supplies, and a trailer of new clothing will be provided for the children to go "shopping."

Everyone in attendance can enjoy food and games.

This celebration has been made possible by donations of time, money and spirit from our supporters.

Volunteers needed to buy school supplies

The Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services seeks volunteers to buy school supplies for local low-income students.

Cash donations are welcome.

To sponsor a child in kindergarten through fifth grade, call 410-269-4462.

Glen Burnie resident earns modern languages degree

Paul W. Gery of Glen Burnie received a doctorate in modern languages from Middlebury College in Vermont last week.

Gery, who has two master's degrees from Middlebury, is a retired Army lieutenant colonel who previously taught French and German at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and taught in public schools in New York, Florida and Maryland. He is now a French linguist at CACI International Inc. in Elkridge.

Eastern Shore graduates from Arundel announced

The following Anne Arundel County students graduated from the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore in May, the school announced last week:

Tiffany Renee Cone of Pasadena, bachelor of science in biology

Thomas Kevin Ferguson of Severna Park, master's of education in career and technology education

Jason LeMar Shipp of Fort Meade, bachelor of arts in applied design, cum laude

Todd Robert Lester of Annapolis, bachelor of science in environmental science, dual degree

Steven G. Monroe of Pasadena, bachelor of science in computer science

Dayle Marie King of Churchton, bachelor of science in biology

Jennifer Denise Brown of Annapolis, bachelor of arts in sociology

Erica Wheeler Anuszewski of Pasadena, bachelor of science in environmental science.

29 graduates of physician assistant program honored

Anne Arundel Community College recently honored 29 students who graduated from its physician assistant certificate program.

The faculty selected three students for awards and class president Jamy Batdorff of Baltimore presented two awards to faculty members selected by the graduating class.

Greg Pauling of Minnesota and Laurie Skuraton of Annapolis tied for the Dean's Award, which recognizes the student with the highest cumulative grade point average. The Faculty Award went to Pam Obst-Buckner of Baltimore, who was recognized as the student who best exemplified the code of ethics of the Physician Assistant profession.

The students selected Pauling to receive the Clinician's Clinician Award for his professional integrity and clinical excellence.

They also gave the 2007 Clinical Preceptor of the Year award to Dr. Jeffrey Hong, who works in the emergency room at Doctor's Community Hospital in Lanham. The 2007 Faculty Award honoring the PA program's top professor went to Doug Burr of Annapolis, an assistant professor and full-time faculty member since 2002.

The deadline is Sept. 1 to apply for admission to the physician assistant class that begins in May. For information, visit and click on orientations or call 410-777-7310.

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