Everywhere Cornelia C. Watson goes, she is followed by a crowd of enthusiastic teen-agers. But she is not, as you might imagine, a celebrity or a rock star.
For more than two decades, the Arnold residenthas been in charge of the college intern and high school student page program for the Maryland General Assembly.
Since 1971, when the state Senate adopted a page program begun the previous year in the House, Watson begins in early November training and coordinating schedules for more than 200 high school seniors and college students.
The majority of college-level interns are juniors and seniors, but students from some community colleges, includingAnne Arundel, are chosen.
Under her direction, pages work for twonon-consecutive weeks during the three-month session, while interns serve as staff members for an individual delegate or senator, workingfive days a week from January to early April.
This year's class totals 120 pages, 36 alternates and 100 interns.
Five pages and twoalternates are from Greater Severna Park.
The pages are ChristinaKahr from Broadneck High School; Thomas Dixon and Tara Malloy from Old Mill; Beth Snow from Severn School; Michael Page from Severna Park; and Cynthia Graham from Archbishop Spalding.
Alternates are Charles Allen and Joanne Derwin from Severna Park High.
For further information on the program, call 841-3914.
Did you make a New Year's resolution to become more involved in the community?
The Severna Park Assistance Network, which helps those in need in this county, is conducting a training session for pantry volunteers and interviewers on Wednesday, Jan. 29.
Volunteer hours are very flexible, the amount being up to you.
For further information, call 647-0889, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday or Thursday.
Also, on Jan. 29,a Red Cross Blood Drive is planned from 2 to 8 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Severna Park United Methodist Church. The drive is jointly sponsored by Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church.
For more information, call 987-1392.
The world comes to our doorstep on all four Sunday afternoons next month when the Severna Park Rotary Club presents its annual series of professional travelogues at Severna Park High School.
Beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, world-traveler Frank Nichols narrates "Surprising Switzerland"; on Feb. 9, John Holod narrates "Hawaii -- Wild and Beautiful"; on Feb. 16, Joe and Mary Liz Adair narrate "Scotland and the Scottish Isles"; and on Feb. 23, Howard and Barbara Pollard narrate "Spain."
Prizes and refreshments will be available at each performance.
A $300 gift certificate, donated by Severn Travel, will be won by someone in the audience on Feb. 23.
A series ticket is $15; single tickets at the door are $5.
For more information, call 647-8933 or 647-1074.
The Severna Park YMCA Swim Team stroked to its 109th consecutive victory in Dover, Del., two weeks ago.
The score was 454 to 250.
Eleven-year-old Kristin Nelson celebrated her birthday by recording her third, fourth and fifth Top 10 YMCA national times in the 50-yard backstroke, 50freestyle and 50 butterfly.
SPY has many talented swimmers, some of whom won three events each in Delaware: Matt Chaffin, 8; Kathleen Wood, 7; Kristin Nelson, 11; Ryan Miller, 12; Matt Scheier, 13; Daniel Kessel, 14; Kristen Nicolini, 14; and Becky McDivitt, 14.
Bobby Davis, 14, and Jenny Duffy, 17, each took four firsts.
SPY head coach is Ken Barsa.
Chesapeake Academy, with classes for 3-year-olds to fifth-graders plus after-school care, has scheduled its winter open house for parents and students from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4.
Headmistress Jane Pehlke and Director of AdmissionsCheryl Schmidt will be on hand to answer questions, and visitors arewelcome to tour the campus and classrooms.
Refreshments will be served by members of the hospitality committee, who will be available to discuss the school from a parent's point-of-view.
Admissions testing for primary school children (age 3 to grade 1) is planned for Friday, Feb. 28.
Testing for primary children (grades 2-5) is by appointment.
For further information, call 647-9612.
Old Mill High School students who excel in the classroom while maintaining arigorous after-school sports schedule have been honored by the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association.
Young people with at least a 3.25 grade-point average during the fall sports season have received the statewide "Minds in Motion" award.
Varsity, junior varsity and freshman team members competing in officially sanctioned MPSSAA sports are eligible.
Principal Mary L. Gable and Athletic Director Jim Dillon congratulate the following student-athletes:
Cross country -- Jo-Annette Allender, Jessica Davis, Chris Glorioso,Matt Impett, Tracey Jones, Matt Rellihan, Jeannine Volcjak, ChristieBritton, Brad Boetig, David Cavanaugh, Leann Denton, Kristy Hope, Heather Rellihan, Marisa Sanders, Scott Boetig, John DiBenio, John Speargas and Cara Determan.