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Cecil to offer classes for 'Kollege' kids

Cecil College's Kids in "Kollege" summer program, offering a variety of classes for children ages 7 to 12, will be held for four consecutive weeks starting July 7 on the North East campus.

Children and their parents can select from 60 classes in science fiction, sports, art, music, dance, writing, science and history.

Campers may select up to four classes each week, and can participate in one, two, three or all four weeks. Sessions are from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays and include field trips, guest speakers and demonstrations.

Tuition is $150 a week and offers before and after care for an additional fee.

A parent orientation meeting will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 106 of the Technology Center on the North East campus.

Information: 410-392-3366, ext. 626 or

Friends School hires first-grade teacher

Harford Friends School, founded in 2005 as a middle school, has hired its inaugural first-grade teacher to open its elementary school in the fall.

Sarah Lanigan, most recently a Baltimore City school teacher, was hired after a five-month search. She is a 2000 graduate of Randolph Macon College in Virginia, where she majored in sociology and minored in elementary education.

She has previously taught first grade in Baltimore County as well as the city.

Bel Air resident earns master's degree

Susan A. Ambridge of Bel Air has earned a master's degree in public administration from the University of Delaware.

She is a 2002 graduate of Bel Air High School and earned a bachelor of arts in Criminal Justice from the university in 2006.

She has accepted a position with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Byrdsong earns a Bachelor of Arts

Alexis Byrdsong of Havre de Grace recently graduated from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology.

UM graduate wins international award

David S. Bindel, who holds a doctorate, has won the Alston S. Householder Award XIII, an international award given every three years to the author of the best dissertation in numerical linear algebra.

He earned his doctorate in computer science with a specialty in scientific computing in 2006 from the University of California, Berkeley.

His dissertation was on "Structured and Parameter-Dependent Eigensolvers for Simulation-based Design of Resonant Mico-Electrical-Mechanical Systems."

Bindel also has a Bachelor of Science summa cum laude from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a dual major in computer science and mathematics.

He is a 1995 graduate of C. Milton Wright High School and was class valedictorian.

He currently is an instructor and researcher at the Courant Institute for Mathematics at New York University.

Annual event honors award recipients

The John Carroll School named Erika Stasakova and Coleman Zurkowski the recipients of the annual Black and Gold Award for 2008 at its Senior Awards Program.

Nominees are selected by members of the senior class and the top three female and male nominees are voted on by the faculty members for the school's highest senior award.

Stasakova is the daughter of Stefan and Gabriela Stasakova of Bel Air. She has performed numerous hours of community service, is a member of the National Honors Society and the Spanish and Slavic Honors Societies.

She is an accomplished runner and holds many of the school's and IAAM conference records. She plans to attend Lafayette University in the fall on an athletic scholarship.

Zurkowski is the son of Paul and Christine Zurkowski of Havre de Grace.

He was editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, a member of the pit orchestra and music ministry, and a member of several athletic teams.

He will attend DePaul University in Chicago to study music composition.

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