Friday, December 28, 2012
Vera Sohovich is offering at least three $3,500 college scholarships for Southern High seniors with clean driving records and active school involvement.
After losing her son in a violent car crash in 2011, local mother Vera Sohovich began a scholarship program to help students avoid the very mistakes that cost her son his life. In June of 2011, Sohovich’s son Daniel lost control of his car and died during a car accident on Polling House Road. Police the 20-year-old was speeding, driving recklessly and wasn’t wearing a seat belt. In the weeks that followed, Sohovich created a Facebook group encouraging people to drive safely in memory of her son. Now, more than a year later as teens prepare for their final two quarters in high school, the local Mom is getting the word out about her special scholarship program for Southern High students. Out of the pain of losing her son comes an opportunity…
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The Future Farmers of America (FFA) honors Brooke Catterton for her excellence in leadership and agricultural science.
A Southern High student leader recently received national recognition from Future Farmers of America for excellence in leadership and in the school’s agricultural science program, according to Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS). Brooke Catterton, a junior and vice president of Southern High’s chapter of Future Farmers of America (FFA), was selected as one of the “Six FFA Shining Stars” by Wrangler Jeans and New Horizons magazine. The teen displays excellence in leadership and is a strong role model for others, AACPS said. “To be recognized by New Horizons is quite an honor for me, but true recognition belongs to our growing FFA organization and agricultural science program, which has provided a great opportunity for me and many of …
Monday, December 3, 2012
After learning about a 15-year-old's tragic story of bullying and suicide, the Southern High community created a powerful painting to honor the teen's memory.
In October, a 15-year-old teenager from Vancouver, British Columbia, took her own life after she said the bullying at her high school became too much to bear. The victim, Amanda Todd, posted a YouTube video entitled “My Story: struggling, bullying, suicide, self harm,” communicating the internal pain she felt approximately a month before her death. In the weeks that followed, people across the globe rallied around Amanda and her family, offering support and words of comfort. After learning of Amanda’s tragic story a few weeks ago, Southern High's Art Department Chairman Mike Bell said he was deeply affected by the news. “I came in to work the next morning, I came in really early, and I just started to paint,” Bell said. “I stretched the …
Saturday, December 1, 2012
When they weren't scoring goals or running up and down the pitch, the girls soccer team obviously enjoyed jamming to one of the year's most popular songs.
Southern High's girls soccer team enjoyed an impressive 11-5 season this past year. The team scored more than 40 goals this fall, but perhaps their greatest accomplishment can be found on YouTube, in the form of a choreographed version of Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe. When asked if the girls in the video were in fact part of Southern High's girls soccer team, principal Marc Procaccini said, "Oh it's them alright. We are a dance crazy school." All joking aside, these girls obviously put a lot of effort into the video. I'm just glad I found it to share with the rest of the community. Take a look and tell us what you think in the comments.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Following last Tuesday's weapons incident at Southern High, Marc Procaccini broke down his viewpoints and strategies to prevent future incidents.
Southern High Principal Marc Procaccini met with parents during a special meeting Saturday morning and explained that despite last week’s weapons incident, violent and aggressive behavior at the school is down by 50 percent compared to last year. Last Tuesday, police arrested a 17-year-old student who allegedly brought a pellet gun and knife to Southern High. No threats were made and the incident was resolved quickly, said police spokesman Justin Mulcahy. More than 50 parents and students attended the gathering from 9-11 a.m. at Southern High, and heard Procaccini break down progress towards decreasing aggressive behavior, as well as his concerns about social media in school. “Our discipline incidents are down at this point from last year …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Firefighters and paramedics were busy in south county on Monday.
It took 36 firefighters about 30 minutes to quell the flames of a one-story house fire in Lothian on Monday night, according to Anne Arundel County Fire Department Chief Michael Cox. Firefighters responded to the 5400 block of Sands Road for a report of a dwelling fire. When they arrived at the scene, firefighters found a single-family home with fire throughout it. Cox said 36 firefighters spent 30 minutes extinguishing the flames and no one was injured during the incident. The fire department is investigating the cause and seeking the public’s help. Anyone with information about the incident may call 410-222-8477. In a separate incident about eight hours before the fire, emergency personnel responded to Southern Middle for a report of a …
Friday, October 5, 2012
Students will be able to focus specifically on developmental design and applied math to help address local challenges facing south county.
Southern High recently became one of the newest schools in Anne Arundel County to host a signature program, along with Annapolis and Chesapeake high schools. According to an Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) release, Southern High will officially kick off its signature “Design: Preservation and Innovation” program on Oct. 11 at Greenstreet Gardens in Lothian. At 5 p.m., businesses, organizations and residents are all invited to attend the official start of the program, according to AACPS. Focused on development design, scientific research, applied mathematics and statistics, the program aims to help students be better prepared for college and the professional world after graduation. “The program features and embraces value of …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Here are five ways Patch can help make things easier for you this school year.
School is back in swing and schedules are already getting packed with events. Patch wants to be there for all of the exciting news this school year brings—but I need your help. To make sure you get the most out of Patch this school year, I invite you to get active in the news-gathering process. There are five things you can do to make sure your school and its students get all the coverage they deserve from Patch: Recent School Headlines:
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Two young educators discuss their paths to South River and Southern high schools, and why teaching in Anne Arundel County is their "dream job."
In a job market where college graduates may struggle to find work, local teachers Zach Cohen and Libby Kozlowski admit they hit the jackpot. Both Cohen and Kozlowski are younger than 25, they both graduated in May and they both scored their “dream job”—teaching for Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS). At last week’s Board of Education meeting, AACPS’ Executive of Human Resources Florie Bozzella said qualified teachers were turning down AACPS jobs for positions in neighboring counties. But for Cohen and Kozlowski, Anne Arundel County puts them both exactly where they want to be. The New Guy at South River Cohen, a first-year tech ed teacher at South River High, moved from rural Pennsylvania with his fiancée to join the Seahawks’ …
Friday, August 24, 2012
Patch sat down with Southern High's new principal Marc Procaccini to learn about his passion and vision for the school community this school year.
The new principal at Southern High is a fast-talking, proud-to-be-Italian kind of guy who isn't afraid to admit he loves "guy movies." Patch sat down with the vibrant and animated Marc Procaccini to learn his feelings about education, the community and the best ways to get students involved in the entire school experience. Edgewater-Davidsonville Patch: Why did you pursue a career in education? Marc Procaccini: I think there’s really several things that got me into education. One, it’s the family business. My father is a professor, my mother is a teacher in the county. Some people own shops, but it’s our family business. Two, I had a great wrestling coach and teacher at Old Mill High. I idolized him, wanted to be like him. I thought I was…