The Annapolis Area Christian School Golden Eagles marching band recently won first place at Severna Park High School's Tournament of Bands competition. The Golden Eagles performed music from the movie "The Passion of the Christ." The band has won the Group Two division of the competition (for bands with 36 to 55 members) every year since 1998.

Broadneck High School's marching band won first place in the Group Four division (for bands with 80 or more members); Arundel High School won first place in the Group Three division (for bands with 56 to 80 members) and Chesapeake High School won second place in the Group One division (for bands with 35 members or fewer). Bands from across the state competed in the tournament.

Marc Peters of Laurel and Melissa Valliant of Easton were recently named Syracuse University Chancellor's Scholars. Peters is a journalism major, and Valliant is a public communications major. Chancellor's scholarships are given to entering first-year or transfer students for outstanding academic achievement, community activism and good character. The scholarships, of up to $8,000, are renewable every year.

Bradford Engel, a social studies teacher at Kent Island High School in Queen Anne's County, has been named the 2005 Maryland teacher of the year. Engel has been teaching at Kent Island High School for 15 years and is the Social Studies Department chairman. He is also a school leadership development coordinator. Engel is a graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore County and has done graduate work at Virginia's Shenandoah University.

-- Compiled by EILEEN RIVERS

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