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Meny wins environmental award

Emily Meny, a seventh-grade teacher at Esperanza Middle School, was recently named the 2013 Chesapeake Bay Trust Environmental Educator of the Year. Meny has taught her students the importance of writing legislators about bay issues; installed rain gardens on school property; is co-chair of her school’s engineering club and science festival; and has created lesson plans that include school yard report cards, tree identification, water quality testing and more. Along with the award, Meny will receive a $2,500 grant to be used for environmental projects and programs for her school.

Special education workshop to be held

The St. Mary’s public schools’ Partners for Success Resource Center for Families and Schools is offering a workshop for parents and educators entitled Special Education 101 on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the board of education meeting room, 23160 Moakley Street in Leonardtown. Missy Alexander, parent educator with the Parents’ Place of Maryland, will present information regarding the special education process, timeline, general information about IEP (Individualized Education Program) and the 504 Plan. Registration is required for this free workshop; contact Susan Shannon at 301-863-4069 or email partnersforsuccess@smcps.com.

Staff awards presented

St. Mary’s public schools’ Work Hard and Be Nice Award recognizes accomplishments of school system employees. The award recipients for January are: Jennifer Arkley, Diane Ball, Linda Ball, Trish Barry-Utzig, Bonnie Beavan, Allison Behrens, Nora Blasko, Susan Boas, Kathryn Bogdan, Todd Burroughs, Amanda Connolly, Jessie Cotugno, Pat Davidson, Tamarah Dishman, Laura Elwell, Leslie Fancella, Emily “Kathy” Fletcher, Kristina Fuentes, Tom Galligan, Nesrin Gibb, Kristen Gyorgy, Christine Halloran, Stacey Hazuda, Tracey Heibel, Bert Hindman, Tina Hofer-Heisner, Jeanette Hubley, Jean Illingworth, Alex Jaffurs, Margaret James, Alfred Jordan, John Joyce, Sandy Kerner, Niki Lewis, Jeff Maher, Gabriella McFadden, Laurie McGrath, Francis Mills, Donna Mix, Jill Morris, Amanda Myatt, Alita Myles, Kathy Norton, Melissa O’Dell, Jeanette Offenbacher, Sandra Oliver, Jennifer Overstreet, Sarah Polgreen, Fredericka Rhodes, Sue Sellers, Allen Skinner, Mary Pat Smith, Irv Smoot, Karen Weimert, Mary Wild and Charlottis Woodley.

Kepferle scholarship offered

The Pat Kepferle Friendship Memorial College Scholarship will be available to at least one college-bound student from a St. Mary’s County high school is $2,000 this year. Applications must be postmarked by May 11 this year. Students should contact their high school counseling offices or the scholarship committee at kepferle@ctic-inc.com for more information.

The scholarship was established to help increase awareness among all St. Mary’s County high school students and their families regarding the dangers of meningococcal meningitis and the strong recommendation of the scholarship committee to learn about the disease and the vaccine that can help prevent it, according to a press release. Parents should consult the health department or their family doctors regarding vaccine availability. The scholarship was established in memory of Joseph Patrick “Pat” Kepferle, a 1999 Great Mills High School graduate and Towson University freshman who became a victim of meningococcal meningitis on March 5, 2000. Two seniors received awards in 2012, Tobin Cooper and Claudia Garcia-Flores, both of Great Mills High School.

Marine scholarship available

The Marine Corps Aviation Association John Glenn Squadron is accepting applications for their 2013 merit-based college scholarships. Applicants must be St. Mary’s, Calvert or Charles high school seniors or the dependents of MCAA members who are pursuing a STEM-based degree in college and show an intent to work in a career field that supports the Department of Defense. Visit www.mcaa-jgs.org/scholarship.html to apply; applications are due by March 15.

Since the inception of its scholarship program in 2007, the John Glenn Squadron has awarded $183,500 in scholarships to 45 Southern Maryland students. Individual scholarship awards have recently ranged from $4,000 to $6,000 with an average of $4,800 last year. The scholarships are funded through the donations of corporations, local businesses and philanthopic individuals.

Spelling 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 to advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee later in the spring. Other prizes include Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, a $100 U.S. Savings Bond and an online subscription to Encyclopaedia Britannica.

The St. Mary’s County Middle School Spelling Bee, sponsored by The Enterprise, 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.