Education briefs

December 30, 2002

Family Life committee has vacancies

FREDERICK, Md. - The Board of Education of Frederick County is seeking two at-large members and two parent members, one to represent the Gov. Thomas Johnson feeder area and the other to represent the Linganore feeder area, to serve on its Family Life Advisory Committee.

The committee examines all instructional materials proposed for use in the Family Life and HIV/AIDS prevention units and makes recommendations for approval or disapproval. It also consults with the professional educators charged with developing, implementing and evaluating the program.

The application deadline has been extended to Jan. 31, 2003. To obtain an application and further information, visit the Frederick County Public Schools Web site at or contact Judith Ricketts, 301-696-6917,

Students receive service awards

Two county students have been selected as the 2002-03 Maryland Student Service Alliance Service Star Award winners for Washington County Public Schools: Jennifer Miller, Hancock Middle/Senior High School, and Sarah Di Carlo, Boonsboro High School.


"These students have exceeded expectations for the school district's service-learning graduation requirement and are excellent role models for other students," said Alan Zube, career and internship teacher for the school system.

Beginning in 1996-97, the Maryland State Department of Education, the Maryland Student Service Alliance and community businesses have recognized students who have displayed exemplary attributes and dedication to the field of service within their schools and communities. This year, there were 11 nominees, representing seven county high schools.

Jennifer Miller plans to graduate early from Hancock Middle/Senior High School. She has volunteered over the summers at Camp Joy, a Christian camp that helps people in financial need or with health problems and in the repair and upkeep of their homes.

Through her family's participation in Revolutionary Times Living History, Sarah Di Carlo educates others through participation in re-enactments and educational presentations. She has already earned one student service learning credit through the Student Volunteer Program and is working on another half-credit. She also works with the Ranger Foundation Inc. taking care of retired service horses.

All the nominees will be honored at a reception in early March. They will also be invited to attend Maryland's 12th annual Service-Learning Conference on March 20 at Villa Julie College.

Jury duty is subject of essay contest

MDCALA sponsored its second annual essay contest for all Maryland public, private and parochial high school seniors.

This year's topic was the importance of jury service. The three top winners were selected by a panel of distinguished community leaders.

The third-place award was given to Collin Calhoun, Clear Spring High School.

MDCALA Executive Director Nancy Hill presented the first-place prize of a $1,000 scholarship to Vincent Crawford, Riverdale Baptist School in Prince George's County. Nancy Hill also presented the second-place prize of $500 to Gregory Price, Severn School in Anne Arundel County.

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