Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

Local teacher writes national AP test guide materials

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Bill Ryan⁄The Gazette
Elias Duthinh, 11, and his father, Dat, of Frederick, look at an ice sculpture on Market Street during the ‘‘Fire in Ice” First Saturday Gallery Walk, in downtown Frederick Saturday. The event featured displays of more than 25 illuminated ice sculptures and ice-carving demonstrations at Brewer’s Alley restaurant.
Former Urbana High School social studies teacher Seth Roberts has a new feather to pin in his cap.

After Barron’s, a test preparation book publisher, accepted a writing sample he submitted, he was asked to revise its Advanced Placement European history test review book.

The national Advanced Placement Test program is sponsored by the College Board, and allows students to test out of freshman-level classes at colleges around the country.

‘‘Barron’s Educational Press sent about 25 request to AP teachers. Eleven teachers sent in writing samples, and they chose me,” Roberts said.

The review book, now in its fourth edition, contains information on a great span of European history from the year 1300 to the present, covering such topics as the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, and both World Wars, Roberts said. However, one difference in the structure of the test in recent years is a shift away from politics to the social and economic climate that shaped European history, he said. Roberts, whose master’s degree is in economics, had little trouble writing the text from this perspective. Roberts edited and revised the existing third edition, written by James Eder. In total, between 300-350 of the 475 pages of the book contain new material, he said.

The book also includes two sample AP exams, a companion CD-ROM and chapters dealing with the test itself.

Roberts, who lives in Frederick, has worked for Frederick County Public Schools since 1998 when he became a social studies teacher at Urbana High School. In 2006 he became a social studies specialist for Frederick County Public Schools and has been an adjunct professor at Frederick Community College for the last four years. He also has his own company, Collegiate Consultants, which offers advice on the application process and financial aid to college applicants.

Area natives namedto deans’ lists

* Jenna O’Donnell, an Ijamsville native and student at York College in Pennsylvania, made the dean’s list for the fall 2007 semester.

The school awards this distinction to students who maintain a 3.5 grade point average and carry a 12 credit hour class load.

O’Donnell is an Urbana High School graduate and is pursuing a degree in behavioral science with a minor in human resources. She is the daughter of Barbara and Daniel O’Donnell.

* Elizabeth McCallum and Frankie Hourigan were named to the dean’s list at Grove City College in Grove City, Pa.

Both were named to the dean’s list with distinction, which means that they received a GPA of 3.6 to 3.84 on a 4.0 scale. McCallum, of Clarksburg, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight McCallum III. Hourigan is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hourigan Sr., of Ijamsville. Both graduated from Urbana High.

Jess VanDervort of Frederick, was also named to the dean’s list. A music education major, she is a 2004 graduate of Gov. Thomas Johnson High School. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cole VanDervort of Frederick.

*Delaware Valley College has named Erin Spurrier of Frederick to its fall 2007 dean’s list.

Spurrier, a freshman studying secondary education with a specialization in agriculture, was among 450 students named to the list at the college in Doylestown, Pa.

To earn the honor as a freshman, Spurrier earned a grade-point average of 3.3 or higher.

New Market nativegraduates cadet training

Derek F. Bartlett of New Market recently graduated the Army ROTC training course, ‘‘Operation Warrior Forge,” at Fort Lewis in Tacoma, Wash.

As a result, Bartlett has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army.

The training course is 33 days long, and is designed to train and test cadets in areas of common sense, intelligence, ingenuity, physical stamina and professional and leadership qualities. Cadets must complete the course while in their junior or senior year of college, and upon completion, they are given a commission as second lieutenants in the Army, National Guard or Reserve.

Bartlett is the son of Elizabeth and Keith Bartlett of New Market and is a 2004 graduate of Linganore High School.

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