Baltimore County recognizes Eastern Tech

Kamenetz Eastern Tech NicheAs part of Baltimore County’s celebration of American Education Week, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz honored seven Baltimore County public high schools ranked among the region’s 25 best by Niche, a nationally recognized website that evaluates schools and neighborhoods.

Niche recently released its 2018 rankings of every public and private school in the country, ranking them by city, state, and metropolitan area. High schools were given a final letter grade, based on a series of grades given in a wide variety of categories, including diversity, quality of the teachers, academic curriculum and the promotion of health and wellness. The Baltimore Business Journal reviewed Niche’s data and published a listing of the top 25 high schools in the Baltimore region, including seven BCPS high schools.

Kamenetz presented Executive Citations to the principals and student and staff representatives of these schools:

  • Catonsville High School
  • Dulaney High School
  • Eastern Technical High School
  • Hereford High School
  • George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology
  • Towson High School
  • Western School of Technology

“We are delighted that almost one-third of the top 25 high schools in our region are right here in Baltimore County,” said Kamenetz, who joked to the parents present at the event that their property values had just gone up based on the rankings. “These ranking are another testament to the excellent work being done by everyone in our school system.”

“I appreciate this opportunity to celebrate these schools that are truly jewels of their communities,” said BCPS Interim Superintendent Verletta White. “There is no mystery behind such excellence. It is the result of everyday commitment and dedication by leaders, staff, and families to prepare students for lifelong success. I am particularly proud of our schools for their well-rounded combination of high achievement, positive climates, and strong academic and extracurricular programming.”

Essex high school ranked among region’s top rated

Eastern Tech HSTOWSON, MD – Baltimore County Public Schools boasts seven of the region’s best high schools, according to Niche, a Pittsburgh-based company. The schools were graded on a range of factors including academics, college preparation, extracurricular activities, and diversity.

“Our high schools keep raising the bar in order to provide the skills and knowledge that students need for success,” BCPS Interim Superintendent Verletta White said. “I commend the leaders and staff of these schools, as well as their students and families, for demonstrating such dedication to well-rounded excellence.”

The top 25 high schools in greater Baltimore for 2018 include the following BCPS schools:

  • Eastern Technical High School, ranked 6th
  • Dulaney High School, ranked 7th
  • Hereford High School, ranked 11th
  • George W. Carver Center for Arts and Technology, ranked 12th
  • Towson High School, ranked 13th
  • Western School of Technology and Environmental Science, ranked 15th
  • Catonsville High School, ranked 19th

Niche produces rankings, report cards, and profiles for K-12 schools, college, and neighborhoods across the country. The company bases its rankings on an analysis of dozens of publicly available data sets as well as reviews and survey responses.

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.