County Executive John R. Leopold is challenging Anne Arundel County students to increase their environmental awareness and to consider ways they can make a difference in the environment through a new art contest for kindergarten through 12th grade.
"We must instill a culture of environmental awareness in our children today. As adults, they will confront the legacy this generation leaves behind," Leopold said. "There is no better way to stimulate creativity and build awareness on this critical issue than through artistic expression."
The theme of the contest, which will start at the end of the month, is "How Can I Make a Difference?" Students are asked to consider several environmental issues that affect not only Anne Arundel County but also the rest of the world. Art entries may include drawings, photos and three-dimensional works, along with an artist statement to elaborate on the inspiration for the piece.
The contest will run in conjunction with the annual Chesapeake Connections program, with winners selected from each grade. Their art will be displayed in the Arundel Center in May before moving to the Annapolis Harbour Center's Barnes & Noble in June. Some artwork might be used in county literature. First-, second- and third-place winners will be posted on the Department of Recreation and Parks' Web site.
Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell has been named Outstanding Public School Superintendent of the Year by a Baltimore-based nonprofit foundation.
At a reception Jan. 12, the Fullwood Foundation honored Maxwell's efforts to provide more opportunities and access for students during his 28-year career in education.
Maxwell has been superintendent since 2006. Before that, he was a community superintendent for the Montgomery County public schools. He has also been a teacher, administrator and chief administrative officer in Prince George's County.
Other honorees at the 20th annual breakfast were pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson and Black Enterprise magazine publisher Earl G. Graves Sr.
For 24 years, the Baltimore-based Fullwood Foundation has raised funds to provide enrichment and scholarships for Baltimore students.
Maxwell will receive another award Feb. 6, when he is named Alumnus of the Year in Humanities at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He received a doctorate in philosophy, language literacy and culture from UMBC in 2002.
Arts classes at St. John's
Registration is open for the St. John's College Continuing Education and Fine Arts Program, which offers fine-arts workshops, seminars and preceptorials.
The programs are held weekday evenings or weekend mornings on the Annapolis campus and are open to the public.
Spring classes begin Feb. 9, and the registration deadline is Thursday. Tuition is $175 for fine-arts workshops, and some also have a materials or model fee.
In a new offering, participants can learn the illumination technique of the Old Masters. They can also learn how to create Raku pottery, carve stone sculptures, observe light and value patterns to paint and draw the figure, and study writing.
To receive a brochure and registration card, call the Community Programs Office at 410-626-2881 or visit www.stjohns college.edu.
Nominees to academies
Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest has nominated 40 students from the 1st Congressional District to attend U.S. service academies this fall, including 11 students from Anne Arundel County.
Each academy will review the nominees over the next several months before offering appointments.
Gilchrest's nominees were chosen by a nonpartisan committee that interviewed each applicant. The applicants were evaluated on criteria that included academic background, leadership abilities, extracurricular activities and desire for a military career.
Nominees for the Naval Academy are:
Gary John Beier, 18, a student at Virginia Tech and the son of Nanci Beier of Arnold.
Katherine E. Bollino, 17, a student at Severna Park High School and the daughter of Vernon and Barbara Bollino of Severna Park.
Kevin Barrett Flood, 17, a student at Broadneck High School and the son of Brian and Gina Flood of Arnold.
Kristopher M. "Kris" Gallagher, 18, a student at Severna Park High School and the son of Kevin and Karen Gallagher of Severna Park.
Matthew K. "Matt" Hardie, 17, a student at Broadneck High School and the son of Charles and Debra Hardie of Arnold.
Nominees for the Air Force Academy are:
James W. Neat, 17, a student at Chesapeake High School and the son of James and Patricia Neat of Pasadena.
Edward W. Puffenbarger, 17, a student at Severna Park High School and the son of James and Kathryn Puffenbarger of Millersville.
Nominees for the U.S. Military Academy are:
Matthew Balleza, 17, a student at Severna Park High School and the son of Jesus and Elizabeth Balleza of Severna Park.
Nominees for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy are:
Patrick O. O'Keefe, 18, a student at Severna Park High School and the son of Thomas and Mary O'Keefe of Marstan Court in Millersville.
Bradley W. Schatz, 17, a student at Chesapeake High School and the son of Lewis and Linda Schatz of Pasadena.
Zachary T. West, 17, a student at Northeast High School and the son of Donald and Terri West of Pasadena.
Forum set for parents
St. Martin's in the Field Day School will hold a middle school forum for the parents of fourth- through seventh-graders at 7 p.m. Jan. 31 at 375a Benfield Road, Severna Park.
The forum will include a question-and-answer session. The transition from elementary to middle school will be covered.
All classroom and special-area teachers will attend.
Winning writers named
Waugh Chapel Elementary recently held its annual Young Authors Contest, in which students in grades two through five submitted poems and short stories. The winners are:
Grade 2 Short Story: Esra Maghoub
Grade 2 Poetry: Rebecca Hewitt
Grade 3 Short Story: Kimberly Smolen
Grade 3 Poetry: Deja Von Hendricks
Grade 4 Short Story: Madeline Beaudry Grade 4 Poetry: Lauren Leahey
Grade 5 Short Story: John Buchleitner
Grade 5 Poetry: Danielle Dandrea
Their entries were forwarded to the Young Authors Contest sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Reading Council and the Maryland International Reading Council.
Post filled at Spalding
Joseph McCall has been appointed director of institutional advancement at Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn.
He replaces Martha Wentz Kendall, who had held the post for seven years.
McCall previously taught social studies at Good Counsel High School for 15 years and was the director of development and public relations for three years.
He was also the head boys basketball coach, leading his team to national rankings and establishing several school records.
He holds a bachelor's degree in government and politics from the University of Maryland, College Park and lives in Silver Spring.