School for the Deaf wins national academic tournament
For the second time in school history, the Maryland School for the Deaf in Frederick, won first place at Gallaudet University's National Academic Bowl championship tournament.
The competition was held April 25-26 at the university's Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in Washington, D.C. The Frederick team, including Andrew Biskupiak, Todd Bonheyo, Christy Hediger, Asher Kirschbaum and Ethan Sonnenstrahl, defeated the Metro Deaf School/Minnesota Star Academy team to win the tournament. Sixteen teams competed.
Gallaudet University established the Academic Bowl for Deaf and Hard of Hearing High School Students in 1997, with the goal of promoting academic competition among school teams. At each regional Academic Bowl, teams compete against each other in answering questions in the following categories: history and government, language and literature, science and technology, geography, mathematics, the arts, deaf studies, current events and popular culture, leisure and sports.
Maryland School for the Deaf has competed in the national championship eight times. The win followed three months of regional competitions involving 76 teams of deaf and hard of hearing students from all-deaf and mainstream high schools from across the country. The three highest-ranking teams (plus one at-large team) from those matches challenged each other in the national contest at Gallaudet.
For more information about the tournament, go to ab.gallaudet.edu.
Odd Fellows send
care packages to troops
Members of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, King David No. 50 in Frederick recently sent care packages to Marines serving in Afghanistan to "applaud their role in keeping our country safe."
Contributing members included Rosy Swain, noble grand and president of the lodge; Donald Rogers, secretary; Sharon Botkin, chaplain; Carroll Sayler, treasurer; Terry Clark, financial secretary; Marshall Botkin, vice grand; Charles Clark, member at large.
featured at Country Meadows
Country Meadows Retirement Community of Frederick featured resident Ilajean Jones as its artist of the month for April.
An exhibit of Jones' work consisted of nature-inspired wood carvings and wall art crafted from wood burning and needlework.
According to her son-in-law, Milt Higgins, director of the Alan P. Linton Jr. Emergency Shelter in Frederick, Jones, 86, began woodcarving about eight years ago after attending a show in Florida, where she and her husband spent their winters for about a decade.
Jones now lives with her husband, Marti, at Country Meadows. Married for 63 years, they were former residents of Gaithersburg. Their daughter, Jacquelyn Higgins, lives in Jefferson and teaches special education at New Market Elementary School; their son, Larry, lives in the Whittier community in Frederick; and son Richard lives in Gaithersburg.
Students honored in essay contest
The Alliance Francaise de Frederick recently awarded winners in its annual French essay contest.
High school students entered for the Margaret J. Carpenter Award and college students entered for the Dalal Greiss Award. The awards are given in memory of two deceased members who were "promoters of the French language and civilization." Seven winners received $100 each, and a book or video to help them in their future studies.
Allison Short and Edward Blankenship III, students at McDaniel College, won the Dalal Greiss Award.
Winners of the Margaret J. Carpenter Award included Elena Sorba, a student at St. John's Catholic Prep in Frederick; and Jenni Bernier of Tuscarora High School.
Winners of the Prix d'Honneur were Pauline Xu of Gov. Thomas Johnson High School, and Michelle Oswald and Sam Price of Urbana High School.
Prizes were distributed by the group's president, Marguerite Gerum, program director Eleanor Monnet and secretary Linda Motton during an April ceremony at Hood College.
The Alliance Française de Frederick offers a variety of courses, social activities and cultural events, including lectures, films, concerts, exhibits, and discussion groups. Members include native French speakers and others who are all eager to share their passion for France and the French culture. For more information about the group, go to www.affrederick.org.
White graduates from military training
Air Force Airman Brandon M. White graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
He is the son of Michael White and Donette Jones, both of Frederick, and is a a 2008 graduate of Tuscarora High School in Frederick.
Krauss earns university honor
Sarah Krauss, daughter of Paul and Sybil Krauss of Frederick, was recently accepted into Phi Eta Sigma, the national freshman honor society, at Salisbury University, located on the Eastern Shore.
Krauss is a freshman and a presidential scholar. She is a 2009 graduate of Saint John's Catholic Prep in Frederick.
Frederick Community College
president earns award
Carol Eaton, president of Frederick Community College, recently received Phi Theta Kappa's Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction.
The award was announced during the community college honor society's 2010 International Convention. Eaton was nominated by Frederick students in Phi Theta Kappa, and the award acknowledges her support for the school's chapter.
Phi Theta Kappa membership is based primarily upon academic achievement. Members of FCC's chapter must have a 3.7 grade point average. The organization offers opportunities for scholarships, intellectual enrichment and personal development. The Shirley B. Gordon Award is named in honor of Phi Theta Kappa's longest serving board chair.
Two other FCC staff members were also recognized at the convention. Jeanni Winston-Muir, director of FCC's Center for Student Engagement and Student Life, received the Administrator Award of Distinction, which is given to community college vice presidents, deans or leaders other than college presidents and CEOs. The recognition is for those who serve community colleges in an administrative capacity and demonstrate a strong level of support for Phi Theta Kappa. Kenneth Kerr, professor of English and advisor for FCC's Phi Theta Kappa chapter, received the Paragon Award for New Advisors for a second year.
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