The Criminal Justice Association (CJSA) and the Men's Basketball Team hosted 25 students from the Frederick Police Department's Police Activities League (PAL) for their game against LIU Brooklyn on February 23rd. Along with President Trainor, faculty, and students, the PAL kids cheered loud and proud as our Mountaineers faced an important conference contest.
CJSA has for many years teamed up with the PAL to mentor at-risk inner-city youths. Over the years, the CJSA has seen documented improvements in the lives of the kids they assist. PAL students stay-in-school, stay-off-drugs, and stay-out- of-trouble. Mount students help the PAL program by volunteering their time to assist with homework, teach computer skills, play sports, and lend their ears to the problems of the young teenagers.
PAL kids report tht their trip to the Mount is their favorite activity. They are treated to a great game a hot dog, and a chance to meet the team members. Coach Christian says that, "Participating in Mount sports allows a student to learn more than an athletic skill and how to win in life." Likewise, the CJSA believes that their education and prospective careers begin and end with service to others. After all, every kid deserves a PAL.
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
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.
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!
On 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.