Wilde Lake Middle students to open the TV studio they built WEST COLUMBIA

NEIGHBORS

December 02, 1992|By LARRY STURGILL

A year-and-a-half of hard work by a small group of past and present Wilde Lake Middle School students comes to fruition when the WLMS Communications Center officially opens with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday.

The Communication Center is a television studio, complete with cameras, monitors and a pre- and post-production room. A small, but efficient TV news set was built by the students and parent volunteers. A second, more casual set is being prepared also.

The project was begun last year under the guidance of Terry Sullivan, the school's Gifted and Talented Resource Teacher.

"It was the kids idea," says Mr. Sullivan. "They wanted to produce a television show. Television is the medium for kids today, and this is what they wanted to do. I just let them run with their idea."

Last year, there were 25 students in the program. Mr. Sullivan said that it was a struggle for everyone.

"I knew nothing about television production, or the equipment used. I was only about one hour ahead of them in learning. As it turned out, it was the ideal situation," he said. "Instead of me teaching them, the kids were able to discover much of the knowledge needed on their own."

The students rapidly became proficient working with a mishmash of donated and borrowed equipment, and managed to produce a finished news program called "Spotlight" for broadcast every Thursday.

Mr. Sullivan says there are 45 students in the program this year. They have been divided into three groups: designers, who are responsible for set and stage design; reporters, who are the people in front of the cameras; and the production crew, who operate the cameras, edit the tapes and prepare the shows for broadcast.

It is obvious that Mr. Sullivan is proud of his students. "Last year, with our limited facilities, the kids worked very hard to get the 'Spotlight' show out once a week. This year we hope to be able to produce a daily morning 'Spotlight' program. Unfortunately, we need about 10 additional television monitors to produce a daily show which can be shown schoolwide."

Tuesday's ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m. As a gesture of appreciation, Mr. Sullivan has extended invitations to those in last year's program who graduated to high school.

Of course, the WLMS news team will be on hand to tape the entire event.

On a personal note, I hope that there are 10 old, but still functioning, televisions in Columbia that can be donated to the WLMS Communication Center. If you have an old set you no longer use, please call Wilde Lake Middle School at 313-6957 and make arrangements to drop it off.

Tonight and tomorrow night at 7:30, Wilde Lake Middle Schoowill also be the setting of what is promised to be a somewhat offbeat version of William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew."

A source close to the play tells me that the women in the audience will enjoy WLMS' revised ending better than the original.

Tickets are $3 for adults, $1 for students, and will be available at the door.

The steady rise in the rate of separation and divorce during thpast decade is just another sign of the further decline of the family during increasingly stressful times.

When a family does break apart through divorce, it is usually the children who suffer the most.

And, it is often the grandparents who find themselves serving as a lifeline for their grandchildren, trying to soothe their growing fear of loss, and help bridge the gulf between child and parents. As a result, many grandparents become victims, too. Caught in the middle, they are often accused of unwanted interference.

Addressing the role of grandparents in divorce, and the problems they are likely to encounter, will be the subject of a free seminar presented by the Children of Separation and Divorce Center at the Howard County Central Library this Friday, between 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Pre-registration is required. For further information, please call 740-9553.

From Dec. 3 through Jan. 4, the Slayton House Gallery wilpresent an exhibit of watercolor paintings offered by the Baltimore Watercolor Society.

The public is invited to attend an opening reception this Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the gallery. Ribbon awards will be presented at this reception. Information: Bernice Kish at 730-3987.

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On Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m., Slayton House will also host another of the increasingly popular lectures on personal, home and community safety, and carjacking.

The event is sponsored by the Wilde Lake Community Association and will feature former Howard County police Sgt. James Lilley, who retired after 25 years on the force.

This is an opportunity to learn from someone who really knows his stuff. In addition to being a 7th-degree Black Belt in karate, Sergeant Lilley has taught physical training and self-defense tactics to numerous police agencies in Maryland, and has written several articles on defense tactics for the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Sergeant Lilley will present an exciting demonstration of self-defense tactics immediately following the lecture.

Pamphlets on carjackings and personal safety will be available for those attending. The lecture is free, but registration is required. Information: 730-3987.

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Santa Claus is coming to Linden Hall this Saturday. He would like children and parents alike to join him for lunch, movies and more at Dorsey Search Village Center from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Tickets are $3.50 and are on sale at Linden Hall. Call 730-4005 for additional information.

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