Hammond senior wins $18,000 in national speech competition EAST COLUMBIA

NEIGHBORS

October 06, 1992|By NATALIE HARVEY

Hammond High School senior Kerri Ruttenberg won $18,000 in August when her speech won the American Legion's National Youth Championship.

She was one of four finalists from among 30,000 international entrants who competed at the National Convention in Chicago. Kerri entered the American Legion's Oratorical Competition last October. Her subject was "Amending the Constitution, the Right to Rewrite."

Her first competition was last February. In addition to her 10-minute speech, Kerri also gave an extemporaneous three- to five-minute speech on an Article of the Constitution that was selected from a hat for each contestant. She has survived several levels of competition from local through district, state and regional. The American Legion paid Kerri's traveling expenses.

During the National Convention, Kerri and the other three finalists shared the podium with President Bush and Democratic presidential nominee Bill Clinton. Each finalist had the opportunity for a brief chat and had their photographs taken with the candidates.

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At Oakland Mills Middle School cleanliness is next to. . . . The physical education department would welcome donations of "sample size" bars of soap from families and travelers. The school provides soap for students who forget to bring their own lTC soap for showers. The small bars are ideal for individual showers, and the school would not have to use the money for an item that is "free" in many hotels and motels. The surplus soap bars may be sent with students or brought to the school office during school hours.

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Speaking of free, many organizations, churches and schools are collecting food for the homeless and victims of the hurricanes. It need not be expensive. Quite often food and hygiene items are on sale as two for the price of one, or, free at store grand openings and seasonal sales; these free items are usually given to all customers. All of the above could be given to food drives, hurricane victims, homeless people, etc., without any personal cost.

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Your first class of yoga is free with Helen Heffer at Howard Community College or 8030 Main St., Ellicott City. For information, please call 740-2337.

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Health Quest is offering courses on adult and child CPR, first aid for children, and dealing with childhood emergencies, at The Other Barn, Oakland Mills; Howard County General Hospital;, Dorsey Search; and Catonsville. Information: 410-461-4171.

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Long Reach Village: The Columbia Art Center's current exhibit features the watercolor paintings of Morris B. Green who also teaches at CAC. Dr. Green is listed in "Artists USA" and "Who's Who in American Art." He has exhibited in Paris, Virginia and Maryland. The center is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dr. Green's exhibit closes Saturday.

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The public is invited to Tuesday's Brown Bag Lunch at Columbia Art Center. Morris Green will discuss watercolor today. Leight Johnson's Nov. 3 discussion will be "Personal Photography" and Mary Kay Sigaty will present a lecture

demonstration on "Artistry at Home" Dec. 1. For information, registration and a class brochure, call 410-730-0075.

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Help the environment: Ride a bus. ColumBUS schedules are available at all village centers or call 730-RIDE.

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Please remind family and friends to save the Giant Food Stores' receipts to earn computer equipment for your schools.

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The Business Women's Network of Howard County will hold their Oct. 21 luncheon at the Hilton Hotel (Oakland Mills) from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. "Women In Politics" will be the subject of the speakers, who are Howard County Councilwoman Shane Pendergrass and Beverly Wilhide, assistant to County Executive Charles Ecker. Reservations and information: 854-3817.

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Parents and boys (grades one through five) who missed "School Night for Scouting" last month at Howard County elementary schools are invited to call Boy Scouts of America headquarters, 338-7800, Ext. 41, for information on scouting. Parents are invited to sign up for leadership positions when they register their sons.

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Oakland Mills Middle School has announced the Parent Teacher Student Association's 1992-1993 slate of officers: president, Mary Toth; vice president, Ellen Levenson; 2nd vice president, Cathy Shifflett; recording secretary, Marilyn Binder; corresponding secretary, Helene Weiner; treasurer, Ellen Rorrer; typist, Susan Berwind; PTA Council, Brenda Graham; PTA Council alternate, Marge Fritz; advisory committee, Lynn DeMinco and Linda Goodman; ways and means, Colleen Beaumont and Carole Olson; ways and means, Brenda Graham, Carole Olson, Susan Berwind; cultural arts, Patsy Taubman and Judy Phillips; publicity, Liz Thrasher; newsletter, Terry Guiler; program, Judy Leshner and Fran Wishnick; membership, Rosemary Wissing and Jeanne Severin; hospitality, Peggy Skaggs and Beverly Johnson; reflections, Carol Paris; Giant receipts, Brenda Sutton and Ruth Ann Jenkins.

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