Dulaney High School is proud of the accomplishments of students and teachers, and we're happy to share their achievements as well.

The College Board recently released the names of the Dulaney High School National Merit Semifinalists, and they are Aysha Khan, Amanda Olsen, Minwei Cao, Casey Lim, Lisa Ann Tang, Helen Gao, Gabrielle Welsh, Kevin Jia and Kushal Byatnal.


The College Board has also released the list of 29 Dulaney students named as commended students in the 2013 National Merit Program. These students are recognized for exceptional academic promise, as demonstrated by outstanding performance on the 2011 PSAT. Congratulations to the following seniors: Patricia Bai, Kyle Bowers, Stephanie Carroll, Ji Chung, Courtney Cooper, Clayton Cuddington, Yilin Feng, Elizabeth Fordyce, Matille Gibbons, Benjamin Greene, Jaesang Han, Erin Hanmer, Erol Hoke, Amy Hong, Anna Jensenn, Julia Kudryasheva, Heateek Lim, Robert Mo, Trevor Morgen-Westrick, Sumanth Neerumalla, Kaeli O'Connor, Steven Pappas, Matthew Rafferty, Timothy Roys, Tiffany Sun, Jillian Turlington, Jennifer Wall, Yejin Yoon and Hanzhe Zhang.

Also, four Dulaney students have been named as outstanding participants in the National Achievement Scholarship Program. These students scored in the top three percent of more than 160,000 black students who requested consideration in the program when they took the 2011 PSAT. Congratulations to Zoscales Assefa, Stephen LeBlanc, Michael Njau and Andrew Wicks.

There are 95 Dulaney High students who qualified to join the National Honor Society this year — 54 from the senior class and 41 from the junior class. To qualify for membership, students need a minimum GPA of 3.30, but the NHS looks for criteria in addition to scholarship, including service to the school and community, demonstrated leadership ability and good character.

Some of the ways in which NHS members provide service include sponsoring an holiday wreath sale and organizing a Red Cross blood drive at Dulaney. Members have also volunteered at Habitat for Humanity, soup kitchens and walk-a-thons, according to Rachel Wassel, NHS president.

She said the organization also helps out at most school functions, including concerts, plays, sports events, dances, National Education Week and other activities.

In addition, scholarships are awarded to a few National Honor Society members at the end of their senior year. Funds that the NHS collects in annual dues, fundraising events and donations provide the money for the scholarships.

"NHS is more than just a good line on a college application," Wassel said. "We have representatives at just about every activity that takes place at Dulaney, and we serve food to the homeless, clean up the environment, welcome new students and most importantly, we demonstrate that we care."

Other NHS officers are Sasha Maraj, vice president; and Allison Kennelly, secretary. Kathleen Roeder and Sharon Baylin are faculty co-sponsors of the organization. Roeder said that there were 104 NHS members last year.

And finally, kudos and congratulations to Dulaney's teacher Ken Nwocha, who is the recipient of the Raytheon Corp. MathMovesU Math Hero Award. Students and parents nominate teachers who they feel have made math challenging, interesting and fun. Nwocha is one of 32 teachers selected nationwide, and the only one from Maryland. Through his selection in the program, Dulaney receives a matching grant of $2,500.

Baltimore County Public Schools' elementary and middle school art students are invited to come together for a day of "quality time" with family, friends, teachers and some great works of art at the Renaissance Family Festival on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Walters Art Museum. For details, call 410-547-9000, Ext. 300.

If you are searching for something closer to home for family fun time, see the following activities in October at Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville. For details on any of these, call 410-887-1815.

• On Oct. 20 and 21, to 2 to 4 p.m., visitors can make their own baby scarecrow — or make a whole scare family — to decorate their house. Bring some old clothes. Cost is $6 per scare person ($4 for nature center members). Space is limited; register early. For ages 5 and older.

• On Oct. 26, 7:30-9 p.m., the program, Ghosts of Miners Past, will be held for ages 8 and older. Oregon Ridge was once a mining town. On this spooky hike, participants will encounter unsettled souls who still roam the Ridge 150 years later. Cost is $3, or $2 for members.

• On Oct. 27 and 28, from 2 to 4 p.m., the program, Harry Potter Halloween, will be offered, allowing youngsters ages 5 and older the chance to make Harry Potter themed crafts and learn about the wizarding world. Cost is $3, or $2 for members.