May 22 // Biden urges Morgan graduates to stay engaged

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaking at commencement exercises Saturday at Morgan State University, decried the decline of "civilized discourse" during the election campaign last year and urged graduates to stay engaged in the world. Speaking to more than 700 graduates and their families at the historically black university in Baltimore, Biden touched on his eight years as vice president under Barack Obama, his personal life, the 2016 election and the current political climate. (Balt. Sun)

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Carroll County woman wins Washington College's $66,000 writing prize

A passing conversation with a chemistry teacher at Manchester Valley High School set Catalina Righter on a path that led Friday to her winning one of writing's most lucrative prizes. The 22-year-old Righter, who grew up in northeastern Carroll County, was awarded Washington College's Sophie Kerr Prize — and the $65,768 in winnings that go with it to foster a future in literature. The Manchester woman thanked her high school teacher, a graduate of the Eastern Shore college, for encouraging her to consider attending the college to develop her writing and compete for the prize. (Balt. Sun)

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High school English teacher lands top honor in Montgomery County

Nancy Shay has been an English teacher for more than 30 years, and the principal at her Maryland high school describes her simply: There’s no student she can’t teach, no adult she can’t inspire. “It’s this equal combination of deep content knowledge and a keen sense of who people are and what drives them and how to reach them,” says Damon Monteleone, principal of Richard Montgomery High in Rockville, Md. Shay was recently tapped as Montgomery County’s 2017-18 Teacher of the Year. Chosen from three finalists, she is now in the running for the state title, competing against winners in 23 other school systems. (Wash. Post)

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Police, FBI investigating University of Maryland killing as possible hate crime

Authorities are investigating whether the stabbing death of a black college student who was visiting the University of Maryland during graduation weekend was a hate crime. The chief of the university police said Sunday the suspect, a white University of Maryland student, is a member of a racist Facebook group. An FBI official said the federal agency will assist with the investigation. (Balt. Sun/AP)

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Boyce Williams to serve as interim dean at FSU

Boyce C. Williams, a nationally renowned educator in the field of public and teacher education, has been named Frostburg State University’s interim dean of the College of Education. Williams is currently president and CEO of the National Alliance for Learning Inc., a higher education consulting agency. Previously, she was senior vice president and chief of staff at the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education. (Times-News)

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South Carroll's Kim Johnson brings passion, innovation to media center

Kim Johnson stood among shelves and shelves of books and rows of laptops on a Thursday in May, pointing out possible sources for research, and explaining MLA format for citations. She explained how to use the index of a book, something that in this day and age of technology, isn't done nearly as much. People are more used to just scrolling through things until they find what they're looking for, she said. For South Carroll High School's media specialist, her job is about melding those two worlds together — the traditional library and the technology that now fills it. And, having been named the Maryland School Librarian of the Year, it's clear Johnson has a handle on the gig. (Carr. Co. Times)

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University of Maryland commencement features fanfare, emphasis on societal responsibilities

 

When Shuping Yang arrived in the United States from China four years ago, she said, she took a deep breath and immediately realized the difference in air quality. She no longer needed her respiratory mask to go outside. Yang, the student speaker at the commencement ceremony for the University of Maryland, College Park, said college exposed her to experiences that filled her lungs with a sense of exhilaration and opportunity. (Balt. Sun)

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McDaniel graduates share hugs, hope at 147th commencement

Two-and-a-half-year-old Quin sat on his mom's lap in the last row of Baker Memorial Chapel, cuddling into Deb Brothers' black robe. He reached for her hat, snatching the graduation cap and putting it on his own head, playing with the tassel and smiling. Brothers was one of hundreds of graduates Saturday at McDaniel College, though her day was a little bit different than most. Her husband, who works for the government, is currently in Afghanistan, Brothers said, and couldn't make the commencement Saturday, though he was watching from the live stream the college provided on its website. (Carr. Co. Times)

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