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Education Briefs

Teacher of the Year finalists

Teachers from two high schools, one middle school and one elementary school make up the field of four finalists announced this week for the 2014 Anne Arundel County Public Schools Teacher of the Year.

The teachers will be among 53 to be honored at the 28th annual Excellence in Education banquet at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum on April 10. The county public school finalists, selected from a field of 15 semifinalists, are:

Christina Houstian, a social studies teacher at Broadneck High School.

Susan Sheehy, a fourth-grade teacher at Millersville Elementary.

Jennifer Swiech, an AVID teacher at Meade Middle School.

Brad Wray, a social studies teacher at Arundel High.

In addition to the public school finalists, three teachers from the county have been nominated for the 2014 Independent Schools Teacher of the Year. They are:

•Amy Brunner, Archbishop Spalding High School.

•Erin Kolarik, St. Martin's Lutheran School.

•Matthew Martelli, St. Mary's High School.

The banquet is presented annually in partnership between the Anne Arundel public schools and the Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce.

Prom dresses and accessories

The Anne Arundel Community College Student Engagement Office and Campus Activities Board are collecting prom-style dresses and accessories for the spring prom season to help local girls who might not otherwise be able to afford to dress up.

Drop off donations by Saturday, March 1, in the college's Student Union Room 202, 101 College Parkway in Arnold. Dresses should be gently used, clean, free of stains or tears and preferably on a hanger. Shoes and accessories must be in "like new" condition.

For more information, call Kimberly Herrera at 410-777-2043 or email kfherrera@aacc.edu.

Rotary scholarships

The Rotary Club of Annapolis is accepting scholarship applications from graduating seniors attending Annapolis high schools, including home-schooled students. Up to four cash scholarship awards of $1,000 each are available to students who plan to attend an accredited college or university and have demonstrated a commitment to community services. Relatives of Rotary members are ineligible. The application deadline is April 1. Information: annapolisrotary or email cf1729@yahoo.com.

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