Nominees for Service Academies

Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) recently announced this year's local nominees to three U.S. service academies.

The following area students have been nominated.

Air Force Academy:

* Sarah Lowry, Great Mills High School, St. Mary's City

* Jonathan Hoang, Leonardtown High School, Leonardtown

* Megan Togni, Thomas Stone High School, St. Charles

* Michael Darland, home-schooled, Leonardtown

* Animari Fermaint, Great Mills High School, Great Mills

* Caleb Vlahos Northern High School, Owings

Merchant Marine Academy:

* Thomas Laurence Chopticon High School, Mechanicsville

* Leiden Tochterman, Patuxent High School, St. Leonard

* Jacob Miller, Chopticon High School, Mechanicsville

West Point:

* Brendan McCarthy, Northern High School, Dunkirk

* Erich Eshelman, Patuxent High School, Lusby

* Aaron Palmer, Gonzaga High School, Port Tobacco

* Caleb Vlahos, Northern High School, Owings

* Jason Brown, Calverton School, Dunkirk

* James Compton, McDonough High School, Port Tobacco

* Stefanie Stone, Leonardtown High School, Hollywood

Award for Schools Nurse

Phylis Reinard, supervising school health nurse for Charles County Public Schools and school health program manager for the Health Department, was recently awarded the Maryland State School Health Council Leadership Award. The award recognizes individuals who have helped make significant improvements in health programs.

Students Win Math Contest

Mattawoman Middle School placed first in the regional Mathcounts competition last month at Mechanicsville Elementary. Nico Montes, of Mattawoman, placed first in the individual competition. The team is coached by Kathy Miles. Team members are Nico , Jeffrey Crouse, Debbie Subocz and Joyce Hones.

Word Power of Middle Schoolers

Caitlyn Quinn, Ashin Shah and Dwayne Riley, students from John Hanson Middle School, recently qualified for the state championship at the Reader's Digest National Word Power Challenge at Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro.

In addition, three students at Mill Creek Middle School in Lusby qualified for the state-level competition. Sixth-grader Ryan Moore, seventh-grader Brittany Hailer and eighth-grader Lauren Taylor participated in the state competition, held Jan. 21.

Brittany made it to the top 10 of approximately 70 Maryland students and finished in fourth place.

La Plata Grad Joins Honor Society

Derek Samuel Coffren, a 1998 graduate of La Plata High School, recently accepted membership in the Golden Key International Honor Society at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

The society is a nonprofit, academic honors organization that provides academic recognition, leadership opportunities, community service, career networking and scholarships. Coffren's parents, Laura and Robert Coffren, live in Dentsville.

Board Honors Three Students

Three students were recognized by the Charles County Board of Education recently for their accomplishments in various high-priority areas of the school system's five-year plan.

Julia Park, a fifth-grader at J.C. Parks Elementary School, was honored for academic achievement. Zachary Tyrrell, a fifth-grader at Mount Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary, was recognized for personal responsibility; and Joey Irby, a senior at Henry E. Lackey High School, was recognized for his career readiness.

Leader for Archaeology Group

Julia A. King of the Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum recently became president of the Society for Historical Archaeology. King is also director of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory at the museum and adjunct faculty member at St. Mary's College of Maryland.

March of Dimes Honors Siblings

Nicholas, Samanatha and Nathan Lockard of Clements in St. Mary's County have been selected as youth ambassadors of the March of Dimes, Southern Maryland division, for 2003.

The children will walk with their parents, Kim and Lou Lockard, in the March of Dimes Southern Maryland WalkAmerica on April 27. The walk starts at the Charles County Government Building.

Proceeds will support research and programs to prevent birth defects and improve the health of newborns. The Lockard children, ages 9, 6 and 4, were all premature babies who spent the beginning of their lives in neonatal intensive care units but are all now healthy and active.

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-- Compiled by Bonnie Smith