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HCPSS, McDaniel Announce Inaugural T4T Scholarship Recipients

Words and Photos: Sabrina Han


On Wednesday, May 4, the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) and McDaniel College joined together to acknowledge the inaugural group of recipients of the Teachers for Tomorrow (T4T) scholarship.
The cohort of recipients, comprising six male and five female HCPSS students and representing six Howard County schools, was a very diverse and academically successful group.

Before introducing the recipients, Dr. Roger Casey, President of McDaniel College, shared a long list of achievements included in the resumes of these 11 students.

The students were born in six different countries and are fluent in a combined total of six languages – not including English. Additionally, the students represented multiple sports teams, honor societies, clubs, student governments, and more.

“One day, these students are going to help us change tomorrow,” Dr. Renee Foose, Superintendent of Howard County Schools said.

The recipients of the 2016 T4T Scholarship are Nicolette Brookman (Hammond); Austin Metzler (Howard); Dorothee Cadet (Long Reach); Lucero Espinal and Kevin Rockwell (Oakland Mills); Ricardo Loyola, Irma Murhutta, Kory Williams, and Moises Zelaya Caceres (Reservoir); and Philip Bonsu and Daniela Yacobucci Lapaitis (Wilde Lake).

T4T is a program that was developed with the goal of increasing diversity and opportunity within the teaching workforce. In spring of 2015, Foose approached Casey with the idea for this program.

The T4T scholarship program provides 11 Howard County students with a 4-year education at McDaniel College, fully paid for by HCPSS, McDaniel College, and various sponsors, specifically the Kahlert Foundation.

The selected students will receive a free education, with an agreement with HCPSS that, immediately following their graduation in 4 years, they will return to HCPSS to work for a minimum of 3 years.

Candidates for the program had certain requirements they had to meet. The intended group was full of academically successful students with limited resources. All applicants were required to qualify for the Free and Reduced Price Meals Program, as well as a certain academic criteria. Additionally, the recipients applied and were accepted into McDaniel College before being awarded the scholarship.

Forty HCPSS students applied to the T4T program and were accepted into McDaniel College. From that group, 20 were invited to partake in an interview process for selection. In April 2016, 11 students were notified of their success in obtaining the scholarship.

While studying at McDaniel, recipients will be required to maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.75. In addition, they must graduate in four years. Students will have the option to pursue a degree in any subject they choose, but are required to obtain at least a minor in education, and serve as a student teacher.

The goal of the program is to provide every available opportunity for students and open up new ones for students with limited resources.

Karalee Turner-Little, the Coordinator of HCPSS Systemic Initiatives, stated that this was one of the main reasons that the partnership with McDaniel College is so advantageous.

“McDaniel shares our philosophy about really supporting kids individually… [they] ensure that every student has what they need,” she said. “They were really a great match for this kind of partnership.”

Casey stated that he felt this program was a “great vision.” During the ceremony, he took time to congratulate the students and acknowledge the great achievement that winning this scholarship was.

“We had remarkable interest in this program…you should be very proud that you are the first group of people who have been chosen,” he said. “You are a great group of young people.”

During the ceremony, Cadet, a senior at Long Reach, addressed the group and shared who she was and what the scholarship meant to her.

While interviewing before she was chosen for the scholarship, Cadet shared that she feels she is called to serve through teaching.

“I am a proud Haitian and American who seeks to make a difference within her community and her countries,” Cadet said. She also shared her belief that it is “important to be passion driven when going after what you want.”

Cadet shared that she believes T4T will have a positive impact on her future.

“T4T has allowed me an opportunity to build a strong and stable future,” she said.

In addition to Cadet, Loyola, from Reservoir, had a chance to speak to the group about his personal experience, and what the program means to him. Loyola will be the first in his family to attend college, a goal of his since he was young.

“As a child, college was always a dream of mine. As I grew up, I saw [that] my opportunities to further my education declined as my knowledge of the college expense increased,” he said.

Loyola was informed about the T4T scholarship opportunity by his school counselor, and felt that it was the best way for him to obtain his long-time dream. Now, he looks to create a tradition that he hopes his younger brothers will follow.

“I’ll be showing them that hard work really does pay off,” he said.

To Bonsu, a senior at Wilde Lake, this scholarship means everything.

“We [my family] came from Ghana and we really didn’t have that much. And then to receive this opportunity is one of the best moments of my life right now,” he said.

The idea of becoming a teacher is new to Bonsu, but he is looking forward to being able to give back to the community using this opportunity.

“It’s kind of new to me right now, but when I really thought about it, I was like ‘You know, I can do this,’” he said. “I can actually help people out, like future students.”

Though teaching may not have been Bonsu’s original plan, he is extremely grateful for the opportunity he has been given, and looks to make the best of it.

“I’m glad I received it, and I really want to help out [in the future] with HCPSS,” he said.

The students themselves are not the only ones affected by this opportunity. One mother had the chance to share just how deeply this opportunity has affected her, her child, and their family.

Tanisha Rowe, mother of Kory Williams, who also attends Reservoir, shared with the group what the scholarship means to her and her family. In addition to sharing Williams’ story, and the hardships he has overcome, she spoke about how proud she was of her son, and how deeply the scholarship opportunity has affected their family.

“I [told] Corey from the time he was about three or four – he was destined for greatness,” she said. “You can see what a proud Mom I am…I set the tone, he followed. And he didn’t have to.”

Additionally, Rowe took time to acknowledge the success of her son, and the initiative he has taken in his endeavors.

“Everything you’ve seen from him – the words that he’s written for his opening speeches – are all Kory. We are extremely proud of him,” she said.

Both HCPSS and McDaniel College look forward to many more celebrations of this type to come.

“We definitely look to continue this every year,” Turner-Little said. “This is a huge endeavor for HCPSS and McDaniel College, and it will take a lot of people’s efforts and financial resources and commitment, but we do hope to have scholarship recipients every year.”

Aside from being a huge opportunity for a free education, this program provides a chance for Howard County students to give back to the school system they were brought up in, and have an effect on the futures of many students.

“Today we are beginning the first day to changing what tomorrow looks like,” Foose stated. “It’s normally a sad time when we see students leaving…but this isn’t such a sad day; this is a happy day because I’m going to see them back here in just a few years working for us in our classrooms, making a difference.”

For more information about the T4T scholarship program, contact your school principal or guidance counselor, and visit the HCPSS (www.hcpss.org) and/or McDaniel College (www.mcdaniel.edu) websites.

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A Night of History for Howard County Sports (and OMHS Game Photos)

Photos and words: Giana Han

On March 14, 2015, the Centennial boys’ basketball team won the 3A boys basketball state title.  Less than three hours later, Oakland Mills, Centennial’s rival for the county title and ally as the only other Howard County team to make it to state semifinals, took the 2A boys’ basketball state title.

There were Centennial fans in the Oakland Mills crowd who stayed to support the other representative of Howard County, and the Centennial basketball team had stated before leaving that they wished Oakland Mills the best.  The fans that stuck around got to witness a night that made history.

The Oakland Mills team had not won a boys basketball state title since 1990.

The Centennial team had never won a boys basketball state title.

And, on top of that, never before have two Howard County teams brought home a boys basketball state championship victory in the same season.

While the two teams may have battled on the court against each other earlier in the season, it took both teams to mark this night down in history for Howard County.

For coverage of the Centennial game, see Mike Moore’s article here.

For photos of the Centennial game, click here.

Photos from the Oakland Mills game:

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Centennial Football Team Improves to 2-0

Words: Giana Han

Although there were grumbles at the postponement of the Eagles’ game scheduled for last Thursday against Oakland Mills, the Eagles were able to start the week with a win at their first home game against the Scorpions on September 16, 2013.

By the second quarter, the Eagles were winning, 17-0.  The Scorpions answered with a touchdown of their own, however, they missed the extra point, making it 17-6.

After another second quarter touchdown by the Eagles, the momentum shifted only for the Scorpions to return a kick for a touchdown. However, they missed the extra point, making the score 24-12.

A defensive player from Oakland Mills then intercepted a pass from the Eagles’ quarterback, Tyler Morris that led to another Scorpions’ touchdown.  The Scorpions decided to go for the two point conversion and succeeded, making the score 24-20.

Chase Conley stepped up on defense with a sack and then an interception, but the half ended with the Eagles only up 24-20, having lost their 17-point lead.

Within minutes of the second half, Wesley Brown of the Eagles intercepted the ball, creating a wave of momentum that couldn’t be stopped. During the following drive, Walter Fletcher had a 25-yard rush, and then ran for a touchdown. The score was 31-20.

Seniors Quinn Western and Conley helped the defense keep the Scorpions from scoring, and the Eagles quickly got the ball back. Fletcher rushed for 15 yards with an amazing block by Logan Tignall. Morris and Conley hooked up for a 25-yard pass to the end zone for another touchdown, increasing the lead to 38-20.

Big offensive plays from Tignall, and Western, with help from Conley on defense, would help the Eagles extended their lead to 52-20.

Within the last two minutes of the game, Austin Kraisser scored the Eagles’ final touchdown, ending the game with a score of 59-20.

“We came out really intense in the second half,” said Fletcher, who rushed for a staggering 229 yards and had three touchdowns.  “We have a lot of experience, a lot of team chemistry; we know what to do.  We worked, we won.”

Boys Basketball: Centennial vs. Oakland Mills

Words: Naomi Batten

On Thursday, December 6, The Centennial Eagles Boys Varsity Basketball team took their first flight and landed at Oakland Mills, home of the Scorpions. Their flight ended with the score 48-53, with Oakland Mills taking the victory.

Last year’s number one County and Regional champions, the CHS Eagles, are making a big transition this year, with lots of new faces on the team. This years players include Seniors Joe Eads, Omari Ringgold, Bradley Benson, Zach Olmstead, Kendall DeVries, Timi Tinuoye, and Kyle Ruygrok, along with returning Juniors Walter Fletcher and Chase Conely. New additions to the team include, Juniors Stephen Driscoll, Matt Ung, Logan Tignall, and Robert Wilkin.

The expectations for the Eagles are very high this season, thanks to their 17-2 overall record the previous year. Thursday, they started off fairly ending the quarter 12-18, Scorpions up. Still trailing behind OM in second quarter with an ending score of 24-27. Towards the second half of Thursday’s game the Eagles stepped it up, ending the quarter 40-37, Eagles up. Eagles being up in the fourth quarter by 3, OM Scorpions caught up to Centennial Eagles, tying the game 40-40. With 8 minutes left on the clock, both teams battled for the victory. The game went to Oakland Mills with a final score of 48-53.

With Centennial’s new starting line up, the season will be very different from last year and the team will have to adjust. By the turn around and burst of energy and endurance shown in the second half of Thursday’s game, the Eagles will be just fine. The Eagles are very structured and disciplined and should have no problem showing that in this week’s game. The Eagles are going up against Mount Hebron Vikings, Wilde Lake Wildcats, and Atholton Raiders in the coming weeks. Playing their rival Hebron on Monday (12/10), the Eagles are going to soar.

Eagles Win Against Oakland Mills (Carolyn Eichhorn)

This past Friday, August 31st, 2012, the Centennial Eagles Varsity Football team played their first season game against Oakland Mills at 7pm. It was an exciting game for fans as the Eagles fought there way to a 20-6 win. Michael Price, Quinn Western and Tyler Morris all scored for the Eagles while Nick Cooper made two extra points.

“The game showed how aggressive we play and fast we are,” said Head Varsity Coach Todd Kriner. “They will be some of our biggest strengths on the field this season.” The win against Oakland Mills was the first home win for Kriner since he took the coaching position in 2011. “The game was exciting for the players, coaches, and the fans.  It’s nice to start [the season] with a win.”

Kriner expects this team to do well this season due to the increased strength of the players and players with more experience.

This week the Eagles will play at Wilde Lake against the Wildecats at 7pm. “Our goal is to play hard and not shy away from anything” Kriner added.