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Powell named special

educator of the year

Elizabeth “Lisa” Powell, a special education teacher at Greenview Knolls Elementary School, was recently named the Sam Kirk Educator of the Year, an award offered by the Learning Disabilities Association of America to recognize the contribution of an exceptional educator to individuals with learning disabilities.

In addition to her 20 years of service as a teacher of students with special needs, Powell also is the special education department chairperson at her school, providing leadership through collaboration with and mentoring of her fellow educators.

Her community service volunteer activities include participation in the St. Mary’s public schools Citizens’ Advisory Committee for Special Education, Learning Disabilities Association, hospice, Relay for Life, and Friends of the St. Mary's County Public Library. She has been a guest lecturer to multiple organizations, raising awareness and advocating for those she serves.

Soup cookoff scheduled

The Dr. James A. Forrest Career & Technology Center will host its annual Soup Cook-off on Monday, Jan. 14, in the school’s state-of-the-art kitchen. The contest has two age groups, a junior division for students and a senior division for adults. Cooking begins at 3 p.m.; doors open to the public at 5:30 p.m. with tasting and judging of the junior division starting at 6 p.m. followed by the senior division.

The contest is open to the public. The public is invited to sample the soups and be part of the event. Soups will be grouped in six categories and will be judged by expert chefs, local celebrities and community leaders. A people’s choice award will also be chosen by the public.

House soups will be provided by the Forrest center’s culinary arts program so visitors can make a meal of the event. The public can purchase tickets for the contest and house soup sampling, priced at $6 for adults, $3 for students, and children younger than 4 are free.

The contest is open to the first 20 individuals or teams of up to three that register. Contestants will have use of the facility and will have access to necessary equipment but will need to provide their own ingredients.

The Forrest center’s graphic communications program may produce a “Forrest Center Soup Cook-off Cookbook,” if contestants want to be included in the cookbook they must provide a copy of their recipe prior to the event. Inclusion is optional.

Sponsorship is available to businesses and organizations. Sponsors will be given free passes to the event and will be recognized during the event.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Forrest center’s programs and SkillsUSA student organization. For more information on registration or sponsorship, contact Chef Amanda Granados at 301-475-0242 or

Bee set for March 5

The 35th annual St. Mary’s County Middle School Spelling Bee will be held on Tuesday, March 5, at 7 p.m., at Leonardtown High School. Students from public and private middle schools will compete for the opportunity to advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee later this year. The St. Mary’s County Middle School Spelling Bee, sponsored by The Enterprise newspaper, the Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, Chaney Enterprises and the College of Southern Maryland, is open to the public. For more information, contact Michelle Gallant-Wall, supervisor of instruction for English/language arts, at 301-475-5511, ext. 119.