Instructor Writes Book

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August 25, 1991

WESTMINSTER — Carroll Community College staff member David W. C. Bearr has writtena book on the history of Blackstone College in Virginia titled "Scholars for Blackstone."

Published by the National Alumnae Association of Blackstone College in conjunction with the college's centennial celebration, the book is due out next year.

Bearr, a historian and educator, has graduate degrees from Washington University and Johns Hopkins University. He has been employed byCCC since 1976 and serves as a publications consultant for the college.

He has written extensively for church and historical groups, including five manuscripts published by the Fluvanna Historical Society of Virginia, and is a regular contributor for a syndicated counseling column.

"Scholars for Blackstone" is "full of fascinating extremes" about the college, Bearr said.

"Blackstone went from three decades of being the largest school for women in Virginia to being totally levelled by two separate fires in the 1920s," he said.

Foundedin 1892, Blackstone became a preparatory school following the fires and a junior college for 30 years until its demise during the Korean War in the early 1950s. When a campaign to re-open the college failed, the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church decided to maintain the campus as a conference center.

Copies of the book may be obtained by writing to Blackstone College Alumnae Association, Arline Wade Winn, treasurer, Box 14, Kenbridge, Va. 23944.

TEEN GOES TO CONTEST

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

Latha Naganna, 17, didn't win the title in the Miss Teen of America Scholarship and Recognition Pageant earlier this month, but did come away with one of three preliminary awards for scholastics.

The 1991 Westminster High School graduate competed against 65 other teens from around the country July 27-Aug. 4 in the quad cities of Rock Island and Moline, Ill., and Dubique and Bettendorf, Iowa, for the national title.

Previously, she had been named Miss Teen of Maryland in the contest that judges participants on the basis of achievement and service to school and community, personal development of talents and skills, general awareness as determined by a written test, scholastic record and a judge's interview.

For winning the scholastic award, Latha was given a plaque.

Latha isthe daughter of Drs. Chitrachedu and Vimala Naganna of Westminster. She was sponsored by Drs. Suresh and Sushma Sidh, Dr. Noel Gressieux,Dr. and Mrs. Sang Rhim, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Dulany, Dr. and Mrs. Sevilla, Dr. Shoba Jayadeva, Tony Camut and the WHS Student Senate.

RAFFLEPAYS OFF

DATELINE: MOUNT AIRY

Linda Sciukas was the shocked, but happy, winner recently of the Mount Airy Fire Department's carnival raffle of a new car.

On the last night of the carnival, Sciukas bought three raffle tickets, one of which was the winning ticket to a 1991 Pontiac Grand Am worth $13,438.

Sciukas and her husband, Peter,have lived in Mount Airy since 1986. She said although she buys raffle tickets on anything, she has never won such a prize as the new car.

BOY IS EARLY INVENTOR

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

A personal experience on a Boy Scout canoeing trip turned into an invention worth a $500 savings bond for 12- year-old Austin Kyle Lankford of Westminster.

During the trip on the Potomac River, Austin, and other new boys hadto learn how to flip a canoe over, a task that proved difficult for the youngsters.

But the experience gave Austin the idea for the Canoe Personal Flotation Device, three inflatable cushions that go underneath the seats of the canoe to help right it. Under the cushions are cans of pressurized air that push the cushions out to stabilize thecapsized canoe.

Austin's invention earned him a regional award inthe Invent America! contest, a national education program and student invention competition designed to stimulate creativity and develop problem solving skills in youngsters kindergarten through eighth grade.

Austin and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Lankford, then traveled to Washington for National Invent America! week, which began July 29.

Although Austin didn't win the national competition, he did win the $500 savings bond, plus prizes for his school and an Invent America! Flag of Excellence.

The youngster also hopes to get a patenton his invention that would earn him some money as well as save lives, he said.

THREE GET SCHOLARSHIPS

DATELINE: UNION BRIDGE

The Union Bridge Church of the Brethren has presented three area college students with scholarships in honor and memory of Joanne Grossnickle.

The scholarship was established in 1985 and is for $500 to a student who has completed one or more years of college work and who plans to continue their education.

Winners of the 1991 scholarship, awardedJuly 29, are:

* Sherrie Dodson, a 1989 graduate of Francis Scott Key High, is a student at Frostburg State University majoring in social work. She is on the track team and taking advanced classes. She ispresident of the Baptist Student Union and on the dean's list.

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