The Anne Arundel County Master Gardeners recently won second place in the state's 2004 Master Gardeners Search for Excellence Awards competition.

The honor was for a composting and native plant gardens project at Quiet Waters Park.

The two-part project, which includes shady, sunny and woodland garden plots, highlights ways to use yard and kitchen waste to make compost and explains the benefits of using compost in gardens.

The Anne Arundel gardeners' group has conducted composting demonstrations at the park the first Saturday of each month from April to November since it started the project in 2002.

In addition to talking about composting, the gardeners have given away composting bins and "goodie bags" filled with information about composting.

The Annapolis Water Reclamation Facility recently received the Platinum Award from the Association of Metropolitan Sewer Agencies.

The Annapolis facility was one of 23 wastewater treatment plants nationwide to receive the award for 100 percent compliance with national pollutant discharge permit standards for five consecutive years.

The Broadneck Water Reclamation Facility received the Gold Award for 100 percent compliance with national pollutant discharge permit standards for one year.

Christopher Hughes of Severna Park recently won the Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest, sponsored by the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution in Pittsburgh.

Hughes, a Severn School junior and Maryland's 2004 oration contest winner, competed against 18 other state winners. He presented the speech "Ready When Served," which explored the influence of the American Revolution on present-day America.

Hughes received a certificate, a medal and $3,000.

He is a member of the National Honor Society and captain of the Severn School's cross-country team.

Stephanie A. Chambers of Arnold, Lacey P. Sugarman of Annapolis, Daniel E. McAllister of Severna Park, Jeff S. Seddon of Crownsville, Peter K. Kostiuk of Gambrills and David A. McLaren of Severn recently received scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

The six Anne Arundel County students were among 8,150 high school seniors nationwide to receive merit, corporate-sponsored or college-sponsored scholarships through the organization.

Chambers, of Broadneck High School, received the Northrop Grumman Merit Scholarship, and Sugarman, of Annapolis High School, received a New York University Merit Scholarship.

McAllister, of Severna Park High School, received a University of Maryland Merit Scholarship, as did Seddon, of Mount St. Joseph, and McLaren, of Old Mill High School. Kostiuk, of Severn School, received a Vanderbilt University Merit Scholarship.

Students were honored based on their academic records and National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test scores.

-- Compiled by EILEEN RIVERS

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