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July 03, 2005

County graduates perform extra service-learning hours


Ninety-one seniors graduated from Washington County Public Schools in the class of 2005 having performed above and beyond the call of duty for their service-learning requirement.

The students not only reached the 75 hours of service required for graduation, but at minimum, doubled that requirement.

Lauren Belliotti, who graduated from North Hagerstown High School, totaled 1,929 service hours during her school career.

Students earn most of the required hours as part of classroom curriculum from sixth through 10th grades, and after completing eighth grade, are able to earn the rest of the hours in the community.

Sally Poole of Boonsboro High School and Lawrence Myers of Smithsburg Middle School also were honored this year as Maryland Service Learning Fellows for creating excellent service learning experiences for their students and displaying a willingness to share their expertise and enthusiasm with their peers.




FFA members to host students from Virginia


CLEAR SPRING - Students in the Future Farmers of America (FFA) program at Clear Spring High School will host FFA students from Turner Ashby High School in Rockingham County, Va., on Wednesday.

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The 16 Virginia students are on a 30-day, 355-mile canoe and kayak trip down the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers to Chesapeake Bay, accompanied by educators from the Chesapeake Bay Trust.

Activities begin at 8:30 a.m. at Anne Baker's Farm on Beaver Creek. Students will be split into groups for fly-fishing instruction and for a tour of the watershed restoration site in the area of the Baker Farm.

A program at 11 a.m. will feature a check presentation from the Chesapeake Bay Trust to the Beaver Creek Watershed Association. The $150,000 is earmarked for stream bank stabilization and the development of a watershed assessment and protection plan along Beaver Creek.

The Baker Farm is at 9760 Beaver Creek Church Road in Hagerstown.




Advanced computer class receives favorable review


Washington County Technical High School's Advanced Computer Application class recently received a favorable review of a computer game design program that was piloted in the 2004-05 school year.

Joe Biglin, chief operating officer of BreakAway LTD, along with Rosemary Bitzel, Mike Hill, Lisa Donohoe and Jeff Lucas of the Maryland Department of Education Division of Career Technology Education, visited Tech High for a firsthand look at the program. Students presented industry products produced in Macromedia Flash, Game Maker and other software.

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