Eastern Tech students place in top 10 at national Future Business Leaders conference

BCPS FBLA 2017Towson, MD – Nine Baltimore County Public Schools students placed in the top 10 in their events at the 75th Annual Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference, held in Anaheim, CA, from June 29 – July 2.

The nationally top-ranking students are:

  • Shawn Nijjar, Saharsh Buddula, and Neelesh Mupparapu, of Eastern Technical High School – 1st place in Emerging Business Issues (a team event)
  • Jakob Decker, of Catonsville High School – 4th place in Introduction to Business Communication
  • Adrian Parker, of Randallstown High School – 4th place in Help Desk
  • Jordan Davis, of Randallstown High School – 7th place in Public Speaking II
  • Francis Maglaqui, of Eastern Technical High School – 9th place in Introduction to Business
  • Daniel O’Donnell, of Dulaney High School – 9th place in Mobile Application Development
  • Josh Talley, of Dulaney High School – 9th place in Mobile Application Development

In total, 58 BCPS students and seven BCPS advisers were part of the nearly 200 strong delegation from Maryland. The student participants qualified for their national level events by winning at both the regional and state level.They represented Catonsville, Dulaney, Eastern Tech, Hereford, Overlea, Parkville, Patapsco, Perry Hall, Randallstown, and Sparrows Point high schools. In addition to competing, students took part in a variety of leadership development sessions.More than 12,000 students attended the national conference from all 50 states, as well as China, Haiti, and Puerto Rico.

Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA – PBL) is the largest career student organization in the world. Each year, FBLA – PBL helps more than 230,000 members prepare for careers in business.FBLA is a co-curricular organization for business and computer science students.BCPS has chapters at most high schools and has recently installed some chapters at the middle school level.

Next year’s national conference will be held in Baltimore. The Maryland FBLA will be looking for business partners to help judge the more than 70 business and computer science-related events.

More information on FBLA as well as video clips of the winners, when posted, can be found at the FBLA national website.

Local students honored at 31st annual High School Art Exhibit

BCPS High School Art Exhibit 2017TOWSON, MD – Baltimore County Public Schools students earned honors at the awards reception for the 31st Annual High School Art Exhibit, held at Goucher College in Towson.

In welcoming guests to the exhibit reception, Sherri Fisher, BCPS visual arts coordinator, said: “The artwork in this exhibition represents every high school across Baltimore County. It represents the best of our art students, our educators, and Baltimore County’s commitment to visual arts education. The work you see tonight is the result of great effort and dedication both of art students and their teachers. We would not be standing in here in amazement of these complex and creative artworks had it not been for these students’ art experiences in a robust sequential PreK through Grade 12 program.”

The students recognized at the exhibit reception and their respective high schools and awards are:

Laubheimer Awards
(named after the late James Laubheimer, former BCPS coordinator of art)
Best in Show – Julia Gould, George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology
1st Place – Sarah Huffman, Hereford High
2nd Place – Blossom Ibekwe, Overlea High
3rd Place – Veronica Chen, Carver Center
Best 3D – Arielle Rodgers, Franklin High
Best Painting – Mackenzie Brady, Kenwood High
Best Drawing – Grace Ebacher-Rini, Hereford High
Best Photo – Ringus Chase, Parkville High
Best Other Media – Caddain Moe, Catonsville High

Azrael, Franz, Schwab & Lipowitz Awards
(The law firm of Azrael, Franz, Schwab & Lipowitz has been a longtime supporter of the visual arts in BCPS, and each year selects student works for exhibition in its Towson office.)

1st Place – Sarah Huffman, Hereford High
2nd Place – Blossom Ibekwe, Overlea High
3rd Place – Rachel Henry, Patapsco High

Brendan Colianni, Chesapeake High
Hannah Bewley, Dulaney High
Arielle Rodgers, Franklin High
Maddi Benn, Hereford High
Nataly Rivera, Parkville High
Shreyesh Shrestha, Perry Hall High
Teachers Choice
Julia Gould, Carver Center

People’s Choice
Hannah Bewley, Dulaney High

Superintendent’s Choice
Brett Maul, Franklin High

Superintendent’s Purchase Awards
1st Place – Erin Wilson, Sparrows Point High
2nd Place – Hannah Flach, Perry Hall High
3rd Place – Brett Maul, Franklin High
Laubheimer Honorable Mentions
Andrea Angeles, Perry Hall High
Quinn Batley, Towson High
Alexandra Bellman, Perry Hall High
Maddi Benn, Hereford High
Hanna Bewley, Dulaney High
Morgan Dezum, Randallstown High

Emalee Fritz, Patapsco High
Cheyenne Greear, Parkville High
Sarah Heiland, Catonsville High
Rachel Henry, Patapsco High
Nick Kokoska, Patapsco High
Will Kraft, Hereford High
Maggie Lambert, Patapsco High
Ariel Mitchell, Parkville High
Taylor Muir, Kenwood High
Tiffany Ngacha, Eastern Tech High
Nataly Rivera, Parkville High
Kyla Sklar, Perry Hall High (2 awards)
Grace Toscano, Carver Center
Erin Wilson, Sparrows Point High
Destiney Zelinski, Patapsco High

The exhibit closes on Monday, June 5. Many of the works are available for sale. For more information, contact the Office of Visual Arts at 443-809-4030.

Perry Hall, Eastern Tech students named National Merit Scholarship winners

National Merit ScholarshipTOWSON, MD – The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced that three Baltimore County Public Schools students are among the 2,500 high school seniors who have won single payment $2,500 scholarships sponsored by the corporation.

The honored students are:

  • Olivia A. Banks, Perry Hall High School, who plans to have a career in biophysics
  • Quinton T. Davidson, Eastern Technical High School, who wants to pursue a career in computer engineering
  • Meera A. Rothman, Dulaney High School, who is interested in a law career

The National Merit Scholarship Program was established in 1955 to honor scholastically talented American youth. It is conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance.

By the conclusion of this year’s competition, about 7,500 National Merit Scholar Finalists will have won National Merit Scholarship Awards worth more than $32 million. In addition to the just-announced National Merit $2,500 Scholarships and previously-announced corporate-sponsored scholarships, the college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be announced on June 7 and July 17.

About 1.6 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship competition when they took the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Last fall, some 16,000 Semifinalists were designated on a state representational basis. From the Semifinalist group, some 15,000 met Finalist requirements.

Perry Hall, Eastern Tech educators named finalists for Teacher of the Year

baltimore-county-public-schools-bcpsA pair of local high school teachers have made the cut.

Baltimore County Public Schools will announce its 2017 – 2018 Teacher of the Year and Elementary and Secondary Principals of the Year during a celebration of educational excellence on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at 5:30 p.m.

The ceremony will be held at the George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson.

The finalists are:

Teacher of the Year

  • Rebecca M. Eig, a Grade 2 teacher at Owings Mills Elementary School
  • David J. Kreller, coordinator of the school-to-career transition program at Pikesville High School
  • Megan N. Stewart, a Grade 3 teacher at Mays Chapel Elementary School
  • Shannon M. Strazzire, an Advanced Placement language teacher at Perry Hall High School
  • Rebecca A. Talbott, an English and career and technology education teacher at Eastern Technical High School

Elementary Principal of the Year

  • Cheryl Brooks, Berkshire Elementary School
  • Melissa DiDonato, Padonia International Elementary School
  • Tracy Robinson, Glyndon Elementary School

Secondary Principal of the Year

  • Aubrey Brown, Randallstown High School
  • Kyria Joseph, Milford Mill Academy
  • Michael Weglein, Sollers Point Technical High School

The ceremony will feature student performances and remarks from 2016 – 2017 Baltimore County Teacher of the Year Corey Carter (Northwest Academy of Health Sciences), Elementary Principal of the Year Missy Fanshaw (Rodgers Forge Elementary School), and Secondary Principal of the Year Sandra Reid (Pikesville High School).