July 9, 2020 The Dundalk Eagle Page 17 Superintendent’s first year brings national distinctions to Baltimore County schools Fourth quarter marked by excellence in music education and digital responsibility Students Carmelli Leal (Eastern Technical High) was elected president of the Maryland Association of Student Councils for 2020 – 2021. Ferdinand “Vee” Virtudes (Pikesville High) was selected from nearly 7,000 applicants as one of 575 NHS Scholarship semifinalists. Eleanor G. Queeney (Catonsville High) and Sreesaisowmya Potluri (Dulaney High) were named among the first group of winners in the 65th annual National Merit® Scholarship Program. Flory Thomas (Stoneleigh Elementary) earned the grand prize in the Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association Snowpass design competition. Six students from Hereford and Pikesville high schools and George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology were accepted into the prestigious Johns Hopkins University’s Future Scholars Program for 20202021. Three students were elected officers of the Maryland Future Business Leaders of America for the 2020-2021 school year: Kathy Yao (Dulaney High) as state president; Vinay Khosla (Dulaney High) as state secretary-treasurer; and Neha Mupparapu (Eastern Technical High) as Region 2 vice president. Ayodele Ayoola (Franklin Middle) advanced to the National Histor y Day competition. Seven students qualified to compete in the 2020 HOSA – Future Health Professionals Virtual International Leadership Conference by achieving top three rankings in events at the Maryland HOSA – Future Health Professionals Leadership Conference. Victoria Jin (Dulaney High) and Mary Kumcheva (Eastern Technical High) were named among the 2,500 distinguished high school seniors who won $2,500 National Merit Scholarship awards financed by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. Rakrish Dhakal (Towson High), Emma Evans-Nolet (Parkville High), and Amir Moon (Eastern Technical High) earned the three one-time scholarship grants from the Engineering Society of Baltimore Education Foundation. Logan Welsh (Patapsco High School) earned the prestigious 2020 Charles Perry McCormick Scholarship, valued at $40,000 over four academic years. Mike Reid (Owings Mills High) and Korianna Skinner (Parkville High) each earned $5,000 scholarships through McCormick’s Unsung Heroes program to honor Baltimore area student-athletes. Evan Barnard (Hereford High) and Sofia Grose (Towson High) were named among the 18 recipients of 2020 Minds in Motion Scholar-Athlete Scholarships from the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association. A short story by Claire Doll (Catonsville High) was published in the fifth volume of “Otherwise Engaged Literature and Arts Journal,” a biannual publication featuring work by artists, writers, and photographers worldwide. Five students were named among the first group of CollegeSponsored Merit Scholarship winners in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Ninety-two BCPS seniors earned the Maryland Seal of Biliteracy this year, an honor that recognizes their high proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages other than English. Staff Mikea Hugley (visual arts teacher, Milford Mill Academy) was named one of eight finalists in the Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA) UP/Start Venture Competition for her project called “Makers for Humankind.” Eight BCPS administrators earned a prestigious Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) designation, joining three other BCPS educators who were recognized last year by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN). Bridget Moore (English language arts teacher, Golden Ring Middle) was selected from among 1,800 international applicants to receive one of 20 grants from the Sustainable Arts Foundation. Victor Medina (video technician, BCPS-TV) earned a bronze prize from the 41st Annual Telly Awards in the category of General – Educational Institution for Television for “Trashy Fashion Show at Sparrows Point High School.” Schools The U.S. Department of Education announced that Wellwood International School is among the 2020 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award honorees. Twelve schools were honored by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education for their 2019-2020 achievements in the Maryland Green Schools program. — Baltimore County Public Schools is celebrating its first year of leadership by Superintendent Dr. Darryl L. Williams with continued national recognition. Quarter four brought two of these honors. For the fifteenth straight year, BCPS has been recognized among the Best Communities for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation. And for the fifth year, BCPS earned the designation of Common Sense District for its commitment to responsible student use of digital media, a particularly relevant achievement during remote learning. Additional systemwide honors for the fiscal year recognized outstanding procurement and financial reporting in BCPS. Highlights below from the fourth quarter include student, staff, and school honors at the national, state, and regional levels, following a proud tradition set during the first, second, and third quarters of the school year. TOWSON READY TO SERVE WHEN YOU NEED US MOST Let our Knowledgeable and Caring Staff Explain How Pre-Arranging Your Funeral Or Cremation Can Lock in Today’s Low Cost From Future Increases Immediate Burial: $2,000 Tribute Burial Service: $5,480 plus casket (Caskets begin at $795) plus Casket (Caskets begin at $795). 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