St. Mary's Student Honored for Service

St. Mary's College of Maryland student Stacy Miller was honored recently for her service to the community and the college.

Miller was recognized for her work with several community agencies and local schools. She has organized new student outreach opportunities, provided campus-wide leadership training, developed a brochure and Web site for the new Service and Social Change program and compiled a database of student projects related to community service. She also helped inform students about on-campus recycling and assisted in the development of the farmers market at Historic St. Mary's City.

Leadership in Law Award

Christopher J. Reynolds of Reynolds and Manning P.A. in Calvert County recently received the Maryland Leadership in Law award for 2002. The award recognizes members of the legal community who have played an important role mentoring future professionals and community leaders.

Reynolds is involved with Smile, an organization that collects and distributes food, clothing and money to needy people in the southern part of the county. He is also director of Christmas in April and a board member of the American Heart Association's county chapter.

2 Teachers Get National Certification

Jennifer Smialek, a fifth-grade teacher at St. Leonard Elementary School, and Bridgett Kluwin, an English teacher at Northern High School, were honored in December by the Calvert County Board of Education for achieving National Board Certification.

Teachers winning national certification must demonstrate commitment to students and their learning; knowledge of the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects; responsibility for managing and monitoring student learning; systematic thinking about their practice; and the ability to learn from experience.

Quilter's Work Featured in Exhibit

Quilter Debbie Babin of St. Leonard recently was accepted into the 21st annual Quilts=Art=Quilts exhibit at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center in Auburn, N.Y.

Babin's quilts, "Sea Grasses" and "Somewhere in the Rain," are featured among 103 on display in the exhibit.

Technology Company Recognized

Heron Systems Inc. of California, a small, woman-owned software engineering company that specializes in modeling and simulating real-time embedded applications -- crucial technology for the Patuxent River Naval Air Station -- recently received the TechnoRising Star Award for contributions to the advancement of technology, philanthropic activities and success in a niche market as minority or woman-owned technology companies.

Owner Norry Darcey accepted the award at the eighth annual Maryland Technology Showcase in Baltimore. Heron Systems also supports several Department of Defense programs, and employees donate funds, time and services to community activities.

Special Olympics Presents Awards

Special Olympics Maryland recently presented awards to businesses and volunteers in St. Mary's County.

Greenwell State Park was honored with the Training for Life award for the use of park facilities for equestrian sports and kayaking. The Tester newspaper won the Media award for its year-round coverage of the Special Olympics programs in St. Mary's County.

Serge Lefebvre from BAE Systems was named Coach of the Year for his commitment to the basketball, soccer and bocce ball programs and for setting up a Web site. Samantha Oliver of Leonardtown High School was named Female Athlete of the Year for her achievements in soccer, basketball, track and field and downhill skiing. Oliver is a member of the basketball team that will present Team USA in Dublin in June 2003.

5 Get Civista Health Honors

Civista Health recently presented its annual spirit awards.

The Spirit of Civista award went to Nallan Ramakrishna, a doctor at Civista Medical Center.

Tom and Janie Fritz received the Spirit of the Community award for their efforts in cancer control and education in the county and throughout the area.

Ramakrishna and Cecil Marshall were recognized for reaching 25 years as medical staff members with the medical center.

J. Elaine Ryan, chief of the College of Southern Maryland, was recognized for her role as chairman of the board of directors of Civista Health.

2 on Council Graduate From Program

Chesapeake Beach Town Council member Stewart B. Cumbo and Vice President Bruce A. Wahl recently graduated from the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance, a program of the University of Maryland's Institute for Governmental Service.

Elaine M. Kramer, St. Mary's County director of finance, also attended the certificate program.

The officials must attend a minimum of 12 courses over two years to graduate. The program seeks to increase understanding of local government and how it functions; promote high ethical standards in public service; provide an information base for more informed policymaking; develop the capacity of local officials to govern effectively; and recognize local officials for their educational efforts.

-- Compiled by Bonnie Smith