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LeeBennettHopkins2017  This year's Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award winner is "Somos como las nubes/We Are Like The
  Clouds" written by Jorge Argueta.  The winner was selected by a panel of nationally recognized   
  teachers,  librarians, poets, and scholars.  MSMU's Carolyn Cook, Associate Professor of Education,
  was a member of the Award Committee.  The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, established in 1993
  by Penn State, is presented annually to an American poet or anthologist for the most outstanding new
  book of children's poetry published in the previous calendar year.  Judges also named an honor book this
  year--"Garvey's Choice" by Nikki Grimes. Check out these wonderful books.  Dr. Cook says of the
  experience, "Not only did I get to read 57 newly published books, but I got to know educators from all of
  the U.S."
  https://pabook.libraries.psu.edu/awards-contests/lee-bennett-hopkins-poetry-award

VinceCleary2017
Mount alumna and Criminal Justice major Courtney Cleary, C'16, recently met students to discuss how she obtained the position of fraud analyst with an international bank in New Jersey.  Courtney told students that she absolutely loves her job and finds it extremely rewarding.  She stated, "I would never have believed that I could make this salary upon graduation, be able to pay my college loan, pay for my apartment and other bills and still have money to have fun with my friends on the weekends."  She said her job challenges her every day and allows her to use the skills she gained at the Mount to uncover illegal financial crimes all over the world.  She is also excited about the opportunity she will have for foreign business travel. 

PLTEssay
Each year Pi Lambda Theta, the Education Honor Society, sponsors an essay contest for freshmen and sophomore education students.  The contest challenges students to address their educational philosophies, teacher and student roles, and instructional methods in a short essay.  Along with their certificates, students receive cash prizes through the SEHS Dean's Fund for Excellence.  This year's winners include Marie Dickson (freshman, first prize), Rachel Keifer (sophomore, second prize), Annisha Montgomery (sophomore, first prize), and Isael Ross (sophomore, second prize).  Pictured left to right are Rachel Keifer, Maria Hitchcock, President of Pi Lambda Theta, Gamma Tau Chapter, and Marie Dickson.  Missing from the photo are Isabel Ross and Annisha Montgomery. 
Congratulations and thank you all for participating in the annual essay contest!

NSALogo2016On November 16, nine Mount students traveled to Ft. Meade, MD to attend the National Security Agency (NSA) event "Women in Intelligence: Making a Difference."  The event was held to heighten awareness about professional opportunities for women in the NSA.  Students Anna McGrath, C'17, Natalia Hinton, C'17, Kayla Pahl, C'19, Jordan Carpenter, C'19, Taylor Carhart, C'19, Tori Owens, C'18, Cheyenne Norwood, C'20, and Danielle Beauchamp, C'18, had the opportunity to hear women discuss their work in various fields including Intelligence Analysis; Signal Analysis; Security and Counterintelligence; Computer Science; Cybersecurity; Computer/Electrical Engineering; Finance & Accounting and Data Science. 

The event also detailed the agency's internships, scholarships, employment, benefits, and co-op opportunities.  Our Mount students were encouraged to provide resumes directly to NSA's Human Resources office and begin applying for positions and internships.  Professor Joseph Vince, who traveled with the Mount students, was pleased to hear that the Mount was well known because of the excellent alumni currently employed at the agency.  As a leader in the fields of technology, mathematics, and research, the NSA provides many professional opportunities in every area of study making the event a wonderful experience for Mount students. 

 ABHerrAward2016
SEHS is pleased to announce that Dr. Barbara Marinak, Chair of the Education Department, is this year's recipient of the A. B. Herr Award.  Presented by the Association of Leteracy Educators and Reserachers (ALER), the A.B. Herr award recognizes a professional educator who has made outstanding contributions to the field of reading.  Dr. Marinak received the award this past weekend at the 2016 ALER Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Congratulations to Dr. Marinak!

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