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January 03, 2005

Maryland group sponsors fifth annual essay contest

ANNAPOLIS - Maryland Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (MDCALA) is sponsoring its fifth annual essay contest for Maryland high school seniors.

The authors of the top three essays on the topic "How Personal Responsibility Affects Our Maryland Courts" will receive prizes. The author of the winning essay will receive $1,000, with $500 going to the author of the second-place essay and $250 going to the author of the third-place essay.

Entries of 250 to 300 words may be submitted to High School Essay Contest, MDCALA 214 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis, MD 21401.

MDCALA also is sponsoring a new essay contest for fourth-graders throughout Maryland.

Fourth-graders are asked to prepare a three-paragraph essay on the topic "Why It Is Important To Be Responsible." The top three fourth-grade authors in each Maryland county will receive a $25 cash prize.


Entries of three paragraphs may be sent to Fourth Grade Essay Contest, MDCALA 214 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis, MD 21401.

Entries for both contests must be postmarked no later than Jan. 10 and include the student's name, address, phone number, school and county. Winners will be announced in February.

Additional information on the contests may be found on the MDCALA Web site at, or obtained by calling MDCALA Executive Director Carrie Capuco at 410-280-3800 or 800-210-8222.

T.J. Middle School's Long is named Counselor of the Year

FREDERICK, Md. - Kim Long of Gov. Thomas Johnson Middle School in Frederick was named Maryland's Middle School Counselor of the Year by the Maryland School Counselor Association.

With 22 years of experience as a school counselor, Long established one of the first peer-mediation programs in Frederick County. She mentors new counselors and leads training sessions for her peers.

A licensed clinical professional counselor, Long is on the board and is a past officer of the Maryland School Counselor Association, representative for the American School Counselor Association to the American Counseling Associations Board and is involved in the Frederick County Association for Counseling and Development. She also serves on her church's pastoral counseling committee.

She will be recognized by the Frederick County Board of Education at its Jan. 26 meeting.

Three new master's programs approved at Shepherd University

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Three new master's programs developed by Shepherd University unanimously were approved by the Higher Education Policy Commission during its Dec. 15 meeting.

The three are a master of business administration, master of music in music education and a master of arts in teaching.

The programs are to begin with the fall 2005 semester, contingent on receiving accreditation during the spring.

Shepherd University currently offers a master of arts in curriculum and instruction degree.

For more information, call Dr. Michael Austin, interim dean of graduate studies, at 304-876-5313 or send e-mail to maustin@

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