On May 3, 2010, Cockeysville resident Sharon Love was eagerly anticipating the graduation of her 22-year-old daughter, Yeardley, from the University of Virginia. But early that morning, she received a knock on her door. On the other side of the door were police officers, who informed her that her daughter had been found dead. Yeardley’s on-again, off-again boyfriend, George Huguely V, would soon be arrested, charged with beating her to death, and sentenced to 23 years in prison. The murder of her daughter could have handed Sharon Love a life-sentence of personal grief. But she had bigger, better plans.
Kate Cleary is the mother of two sons who attended Gilman and Boys Latin. Along with them, she went through the vigorous college application process, guiding her sons as they gained acceptance to selective colleges. For the last 27 years, she has worked as a strategic consultant for Art & Science Group, a consulting firm providing market-informed enrollment and branding strategy to higher education clients. Now, drawing on her vast insider’s knowledge of higher education, she is creating her own firm: College Match Plus.
“It’s college counseling based on a robust planning tool that helps families develop a sensible college list, identify areas of improvement for a student, and come away with a realistic picture of the group of competitive colleges a student has a good chance of getting into,” Cleary says.
Advantages of College Match Plus:
- Comprehensive evaluation of a student based on an empirical rating system that considers essential factors beyond standardized test scores and GPA
- Personalized counseling that draws from extensive knowledge of numerous top-tier colleges and universities
- An affiliate of Betterton College Planning, owned by Don Betterton, who served on Princeton University’s Admissions Committee and as Director of Financial Aid
- A process that streamlines and de-mystifies the complex college search and application process for families
Services of College Match Plus:
- Comprehensive evaluation of a student’s profile and how it matches with the admissions criteria of competitive colleges
- Assistance with all aspects of the college admissions process from college application and interview preparation to advice about financial aid and financing college.
Get a glimpse of the services that College Match Plus can provide your family. On Friday, November 14, at 7:30 p.m., join Kate Cleary as she hosts a presentation at 1006 Fallscroft Way, Lutherville, Md where Don Betterton, of Betterton College Planning, gives an informative hour-long session on what families should know about the competitive college admissions process and how institutions evaluate candidates.
To register for this free event or to learn more about College Match Plus, call or email Kate Cleary at 410-458-6184 or [email protected]
Waiting for a youth baseball game to begin, I whiled away the time talking with a guy whose kid seemed to have a lot in common with my son: Same age, shared interests, similar school curriculums. Before long, the conversation turned to homework. “He’s working his butt off,” the dad said. “Up ‘til 11 most nights, oftentimes up at 5:30 and back at it again.” As in 5:30 a.m.
This year, the city’s four-year-old Baltimore Design School hired Dr. Melissa Patrylo as its new principal. Located in the heart of Baltimore’s burgeoning arts and entertainment district, Station North (more specifically, Greenmount West), the school currently enrolls students in grades six through ten, with plans to expand through twelfth grade within two years. It’s housed in a beautifully renovated 100-year-old historic building that previously served as a bottle-making factory and then a clothing factory before becoming vacant, falling into disrepair, and being used on some of the scarier scenes of The Wire. Now, with loads of light coming through its floor-to-ceiling windows, state-of-the-art technology filling its classrooms, and energetic teachers focusing its students, the school aims to be the first in Maryland to graduate students with both a Baltimore City high school diploma and sound preparation for continued education in the fields of architecture, graphic design, or fashion design. With Dr. Patrylo at the helm, there’s no telling where these students will go.
The wind was whipping on Thursday morning as parent volunteers hung hundreds of yards of pink ribbon through the sturdy limbs of a stately tree on the campus of Garrison Forest School. On the ribbon were messages of hope, courage, and remembrance, scrawled by students at the independent all-girls school in Owings Mills. The symbolic gesture was just part of the school community’s broad support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which culminates with the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Race for the Cure, this Sunday, October 26, 2014 in Hunt Valley.
As sports lovers go, baseball fan Ben Auwaerter is somewhat of a throwback.