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Education Briefs

Jan 08, 2015

Scratch programming sessions begin Jan. 24 at Lewes library

Children ages 6 to 11 are invited to explore Scratch, an easy and fun graphical programming language that uses color-coded blocks that fit together like jigsaw pieces. Learn to create interactive stories, animations, and games. This is a series of three workshops to be held from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturdays, Jan. 24 and 31, and Feb. 7, at the Lewes Public Library, 111 Adams Ave., Lewes. Participants must attend all three sessions. One-time registration is required; call the library at 302-645-2733, or stop by the circulation desk. Scratch is developed by the MIT Media Lab and presented by the Barrel of Makers.

Catholic school to hold Open House Jan. 25 in Berlin

Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School will host an Open House from 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 25. Visitors will have an opportunity to tour facilities and speak to administrators on hand regarding enrollment possibilities. The school is at 11242 Racetrack Road, Berlin, Md. For more information, contact Lisa Edmunds, director of admissions at 410-208-1600.

Schools must register for spelling bee by Jan. 29

Registration for elementary school participation in the grade 4-8 State Spelling Bee has been extended to Thursday, Jan. 29.

Schools must register at the Scripps National Bee website at if they wish to send their champion speller to the Saturday, March 7 competition at St. Mark’s High School in Wilmington.

Registering for the Scripps National Bee automatically registers schools for the Delaware bee. It is open to all schools across the state, including public, private, and home schools.

For the materials and enrollment fee of $205, teachers will receive exclusive online access to the 2015 Classroom Pronouncer Guide, the 2015 School Pronouncer Guide, study materials for grades 1-8, award certificates, a bonus from Encyclopædia Britannica, and local spelling bee program information.

Dave Skocik from Dover will return as word pronouncer, a role he has played in the State Spelling Bee since 1991. He is an author and a former college administrator and assistant professor of communication, and has been a public relations practitioner for more than 30 years.

Equine council to offer scholarships; apply by Jan. 31

The deadline for accepting applications for scholarships awarded by the Delaware Equine Council Foundation is Saturday, Jan. 31. Students must be enrolled in an agriculture program or an equine studies program and in good standing. For more information on requirements and application, go to, or call Stan Vonasek at 302-684-3966. Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded at the DECF Annual Scholarship Awards Banquet to be held Saturday, March 21, at the Harrington Moose Lodge.

Local woman earns master's degree with honors

Courtney Spieker received her MA in art history and the art market specializing in modern and contemporary art from Christies in NYC after completing a 15-month accelerated master’s degree program which included study time at Christies in Paris. Courtney received her BFA in visual and critical studies from School of Visual Arts in NYC. Courtney graduated with honors from both programs and is employed at Gagosian Gallery in NYC. Courtney is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. John Spieker of Lewes.

Milton man earns BS degree at Misericordia University

Ryan Patrick Cannon of Milton applied and was eligible to participate in the winter commencement ceremony held Dec. 14 at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pa. Cannon earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology. He also qualified for the dean's list for the fall 2014 semester by earning a grade point average of 3.55 or higher.

Georgetown woman earns dean's list honors at Shepherd University

Julia E. Hawkins of Georgetown was named to the dean’s list at Shepherd University for the fall semester. To be eligible for the dean’s list, a student must maintain a 3.4 grade point average for the semester and carry at least 15 hours of course work or be in a professional teaching block.

Located in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, Shepherd University is a public liberal arts university.

Milton resident makes dean's list at Bridgewater College

Blake Mann of Milton, a freshman majoring in health and exercise science, earned dean’s list honors for the fall semester at Bridgewater College. Students on the dean’s list have attained a 3.4 or better grade point average out of a possible 4.0. Bridgewater College is a private, four-year liberal arts college in the Central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Founded in 1880, it was the state’s first private, coeducational college.

Milton woman earns academic recognition at Appalachian State

Taylor M. Trimmer, daughter of Troy and Stephanie Trimmer of Milton, was named to the dean's list at Appalachian State University for the fall semester. A redshirted junior, Trimmer also received All Academic Honors as a Division I field hockey player. She is majoring in communication studies with a minor in business marketing.



Comments (1)
Posted by: Dave Frederick | Jan 02, 2012 11:59

A great choice for a major way to go Amber Jo!

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