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Western Tech News

Recent developments at Western School of Technology and Environmental Sciences.

The National Achievement Scholarship Program, an academic competition established to honor Black American high school students, recognized three Western Tech students: Bitsiti Hagos, Kamsi O. Odinammadu and Brianna S. Reed.

These students were among 4,700 high school seniors whose 2011 qualifying test scores ranked among the top 3 percent of more than 160,000 Black Americans who requested entry into the progam.

On Oct. 12-13 students from the Culinary Arts Program catered for the Catonsville Kennel Club’s Annual Dog Show, hosted at the Howard County Fairgrounds.

Sophomore Grace Spencer participated in a mission trip to South Africa, travelling to Pretoria and Johannesburg. During the trip sponsored by her church, Grace joined members of the congregation to visit a high school, an elementary school and an orphanage. The group donated eighty uniforms, computers and a copying machine to the elementary school. Grace also helped deliver duffel bags full of clothes, shoes, books, toiletries, games, snacks, and school supplies to the orphanage.

Although the bulk of the trip was devoted to mission work, Grace was able to visit the homes of South African heroes Nelson Mandela and Bishop Desmond Tutu. Grace also visited the Apartheid Museum and The Voortrekker monument.

September's 9th Grade Students of the Month were announced:

  • Tara Bland
  • Laurel Brinker-Cole
  • Alicia Kennedy
  • Junaid Malik
  • Muswe Monga
  • Hannah Parker
  • Mitsoo Patel
  • Sarah Ross
  • Eleanna Santos
  • Awais Sheikh
  • Monae' Wilmore

These students are nominated and selected by ninth grade trachers for performing well academically and following the CPR2—the school code of Courteous, Punctual, Respectful and Responsible—in all of their classes and in the hallways.

Chillin October 26, 2012 at 02:21 PM
I'll begin my comment with a congratulations to these students for their achievements, but I'm a little confused about this article as a whole and about one of the topics within it. It headlines as a school newsletter, but then seems to blend the different topics into one lump, confusing the reader. The first topic, -- National Achievement Scholarship Program honoring only black students caught my eye in particular, especially when the photo above it shows students of multiple and/ or mixed races. By the 4th reading of the article it became clear to me that the photo wasn't associated with the Scholarship blurb. Focusing back on the Scholarship blurb--I find it amazing that programs like this still exist and that the students and their parents that are excluded from it because of their non-blackness are not outraged. It sounds like Jim Crow in the polar opposite direction. A total of 11 students made "September Student of the Month" on their own merit. 4 appear to be to be black. So, if these black students are keeping pace with their non-black peers, are government backed 'black scholarships' really needed. Are they fair? They wreak of discrimination? Congrats to all 11 students on their achievement.
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