Bowie teacher honored for passion, excellence

As she made her way through high school, Daleisha Myers wasn't interested in becoming a teacher. During her senior year of high school, she worked in the office of a child psychologist – and quickly concluded that it wasn’t for her. So, when she started her undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland in College Park, she finally yielded and started on her journey to becoming a teacher. Myers’ career choice gained some serious validation last week when the Glen Burnie resident, who teaches fifth grade at Tulip Grove Elementary in Bowie, was named the 2018 Prince George’s County “Teacher of the Year.” (Capital)

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Naval Academy Commissioning Week: Herndon Monument climb is history

A cannon boomed, and it began. Feet, knees, elbows, hands were planted, strained, linked, stretched to build a steady base Monday afternoon. Then, there’s the climbing, screaming, laughing, falling. The Herndon Monument climb, which got underway around 1:30 p.m, was history more than two hours later. Midshipman Peter Rossi did the honors of replacing the Dixie cup atop the greased monument. The time: 2 hours, 9 minutes and 35 seconds. Better than last year. (Capital)

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Churchill High students hang more than 250 T-shirts to memorialize teen victims of gun violence

Scores of white T-shirts labeled with the names of teenage victims of gun violence – first hung last month around the perimeter of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School—on Monday lined the fence around Winston Churchill High School in Potomac. The display has grown by 59 shirts for its second appearance. “It was hard to write the names,” Elizabeth Kaprielian, a Churchill sophomore who helped with the display, said Monday. (Bethesda)

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May 21 // First, she took a knee to call out injustice. Now, this 11-year-old is fighting for her own rights.

Mariana Taylor is a sixth-grader with strong beliefs about racial injustice, sexism, gay rights and President Trump’s proposed wall at the Mexico border. Earlier this year, as her middle school class stood for the Pledge of Allegiance, she stayed seated. A couple of weeks later, she silently took a knee rather than sit — inspired by former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who ignited a national debate on patriotism and protest as he knelt during the national anthem to protest racial inequality and police brutality. “I kind of wanted to show people that what’s going on is not okay,” said Mariana, an 11-year old from Baltimore County, recalling that Kaepernick began kneeling rather than sitting after a military veteran told him it was more respectful. (Wash. Post)

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'Agents of change:' A year with the UMBC program shaping some of the nation's best and most diverse scientists

Adrian Davey hunched over a small plastic air quality sensor and threaded a red wire through one end. Freshmen Nick Balasus and Katherine Ball looked on. Davey has been stuyding the low-cost sensors since the end of his freshman year. They measure particulate air pollution from sources such as car exhaust or coal plants. Exposure to particulate matter has been linked to premature deaths. The sensors are widely available to the public. But the accuracy has not kept up with availability, according to Christopher J. Hennigan, the professor and lab director who oversees Davey’s work. Hennigan believes Davey would have been successful anywhere. The Meyerhoff program, he says, “lets their natural talents flourish.” (Balt. Sun)

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Denver Nuggets Star Donates Game Room To Baltimore School

Friday wasn’t a regular day for students at Johnston Square Elementary School. “I was out of my mind when I saw this game room,” student Tamil Daniels summed it up. A spare room was converted into a game room, thanks to a donation from NBA Denver Nuggets player Will Barton, who grew up in Baltimore and was looking for a way to give back. “How can I help this school and help kids stay in school with good attendance and keep striving to get good grades,” Barton said. (WJZ-CBS)

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Under Armour workers spend "Armour Day" fixing up three city schools

Hundreds of Under Armour employees fanned out to three Baltimore elementary/middle schools on Friday to help renovate aging buildings for “Armour Day.” Two thousand of the athletic apparel brand’s Baltimore-based workers took part in the company’s annual day of community service, typically held each May. The service day this year coincided with the start of Preakness weekend, when for the first time in years, the company chose not to host a race-day hospitality tent for top athletes and other celebrities. (Balt. Sun)

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Finding a challenge: Torrington Ford graduates from Anne Arundel Community College at 15

Torrington Ford can’t legally drive a car, but he’s landed a plane. He could read and write before most kids his age knew how to spell their names. Thursday, he’ll graduate from Anne Arundel Community College — at age 15. Before he heads off to Ohio State University in July, Torrington will be one of about 2,000 students to graduate from AACC this week — and indisputably the youngest. His college journey is three years in the making, more if you count from the day he jumped up and yelled at his mom in church. (Capital)

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