Nine students from MacArthur Middle School won the academic tournament at Cardinal Gibbons High School Feb. 15. The competition, patterned after the "It's Academic" television show, involved 13 schools and 20 teams. (Several schools, including MacArthur, entered two or threeteams in the tournament).
Each middle school was sent a packet oftopics covered in the competition. Coaches and some students researched many of the categories and compiled packets of information for each team member. Practices were held approximately twice a week for five weeks.
During this time, students were drilled on the information and put through head-to-head competitions. Eighth-grade team members Danielle Lenhard, Kara Motonaga, T.J. Page, Heather Teitlebaum and Evan Williamson competed against seventh-grade team members Maurice Davis, Laura Lewis, Jeneen Manlangit and Mary Peterson.
At the competition,MacArthur's two teams, the only public school teams in the tournament, each won all six of their preliminary games and were ranked in first and second place by total point scores. Both teams also won their quarter-final matches and, after a close semifinal competition, MacArthur's seventh-grade team made it to the finals.
After winning thefinal round of competition, each team member received a trophy; the school also received a trophy and plaque. In four years of competition, MacArthur's teams have twice placed second and twice won the tournament.
Seven girls from the area had the exciting opportunityto audition for the Ice Capades Feb. 12. They were selected for the tryouts by Patty DeLisi, a former member of the Ice Capades who is now director of the skating school at the Piney Orchard Ice Arena in Odenton. All seven girls are enrolled in the school's group ice skatinglesson program on Saturday mornings.
The audition was at the Capital Centre during the show's stay here. Jenna Huntley from Fort Meadewas chosen to perform under the spotlights in the evening performance Feb. 14.
The six other girls -- Julia Bancroft from Annapolis, Mary Nell Chalk from Fort Meade, Melissa Fines from Gambrills, Courtney Noles from Odenton, Jodi Rudden from Millersville, and Dana Smith from Pasadena -- received complimentary tickets to the show, as did their families.
The Odenton Heritage Society conducts its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. today at the Odenton Library. After a brief business meeting, the discussion will center on Odenton Elementary School. Come and share your stories, or just listen.
Storytime at the libraries will be starting again. Sessions are open to children ages 2 to 6. Parents must accompany 2- and 3-year-olds.
Sessions are set for 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. Wednesdays from March 3 to April 8 at the Odenton Branch Library, 1270 Odenton Road, and 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays and 7 p.m. Thursdays from March 4 to April 9 at Provinces Branch Library, 2624 Annapolis Road (Route 175).