In today's column, we combine news from the worlds of education and business.
Special congratulations to a 13-year-old spelling whiz from Shipley's Choice.
Jennifer Harden, an eighth-grader from Severna Park Middle School, spelled her way last week through the first three rounds of the 64th National Spelling Bee in Washington.
The 227 contestants had received a list of words for the early rounds, but when the fourth roundbegan, words were selected at random from Webster's Third New International Dictionary.
Jennifer's undoing was the word "sinistrocular," (always on the tip of my tongue), which means using the left eye more effectively than the right eye.
The straight-A student who comes from a family of educators, won the county championship in February. Her mother, Janet, is a former math teacher; her father, Darrell, is retired from the Prince George's County school system.
Tomorrow, for the first time in 77 years, a woman will be commencement speaker at SevernSchool.
Nancy W. Osius, director of news and information at St. John's College in Annapolis, will address the Class of 1991. A graduate of the University of Michigan
with a master's degree from the University of Maryland, Osius taught English at Severn for 10 years. During part of that time, she was the adviser to "Full Sails" and the "Anchor."
The youngest of her four children graduated from Severn in 1982.
Headmaster Edson P. Sheppard says that graduation weekend is also the time when the
school welcomes back its alumni with a round of parties, a lacrosse game or two, and the one event that is the favorite of everyonewho has ever lived in Severna Park -- a crab feast.
Seniors at Severna Park High School will don their ceremonial caps and gowns tomorrow evening at 7:30 and begin the processional that will lead them to their final high school experience.
In case you can't tell the difference, the guys will be in blue and the gals in white.
Since a change in location was necessary because of the unbearable heat during daytime services traditionally held outdoors at Anne Arundel Community College, the site of Severna Park's commencement is the air-conditioned field house at the University of Maryland Baltimore campus.
U.S. Representative Tom McMillen will deliver words of inspiration to the class of 1991, and Dr.Cheryl Wilhoyte, assistant superintendent for instruction for the county, will bring words of farewell from the school board.
The commencement committee that assisted class adviser Michelle Tidwell with the planning for this event included: Ryan Diez, Heather Gorden, Jessica Kasmir, Julie Lamb, Kristen Neale, Michael Pi
acente, Nate Ripple, Michelle Salob, Stacy Schwartz and Al Thomas.
Graduation willbring tears of pride (or is that relief?) to the eyes of parents andshouts of joy from the former seniors.
Good luck to all our younggraduates.
Quilt-lovers out there, pay heed. Cathy Smith, Severna Park's longtime antique quilt expert, and partner, Betsey Sanpere, are planning a show called Quilts and More, with the emphasis on quilts and the more.
From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to4 p.m. Sunday at the Marriott Courtyard on Riva Road in Annapolis, you may shop for new and antique quilts, quilt art by nationally knownartisans, antique linen and lace, antique jewelry and painted furniture, Smith's latest obsession.
Quilt artists from all over the Southeast will attend.
For the first time, the Annapolis Opera Guild Costume Department will display its glorious quilt, "Field of Flowers." Raffle tickets to benefit the opera guild may be purchased at the show for the raffle, which will occur in October.
For more information, call 647-3503.
Spotlight on business: In thebad news department, Jules Shaivitz, president of Shaivitz Furniture, has announced the closing of the Arnold store in an effort to consolidate and ride out the recession.
In the good news department, the announcement of the demise of the B-Hive and a Frame of Mine was premature.
Paula K. Muehlhauser, a Park resident, has come to the rescue by buying the Olde Severna Park Village Shopping Center craft and framing shop from former owners Audrey Cleaves and Laurie Levitt.
This is good news for all the people who regularly fill the painting classes offered by the B-Hive. A revised class schedule will be available soon.
For further information, call 647-7400.
Two old Park friends have moved their flower shop from Ritchie Highway to a more convenient location in the Olde Severna Park Village.
Bill and Sande Dyott (Bill is a lifetime resident of Severna Park) gained 600 more square feet, better accessibility for customers and lots more parking when they opened their shop, Severna Flowers and Gifts, in the Dawson Building facing Doug Diehl's fruit and vegetable market.
Customers not in need of flowers may want to visit the