Don't wait until the last minute to read this ode to procrastinators CENTRAL COUNTY -- Arnold * Broadneck * Severna Park * Crownsville * Millersville

NEIGHBORS

December 24, 1992|By JONI GUHNE

This is dedicated to all you gift-giving procrastinators whose hearts are in the right place, but whose minds are fixed on tomorrow:

"Tis the day before Christmas, and all through this house,

there's plenty of stirring, except for my spouse.

His deadline for shopping, the time when he buys

is not yet upon him, has not yet arrived.

Perhaps in a minute, or maybe an hour

he'll pick up his Visa, no wait. Take a shower.

Then out to the center, the mall, shop and store.

He maintains his record, his legend is lore.

The clerks recognize him, his quirks they appease,

The last man on Christmas to say, "Charge that, please."

Christmas is a day away, but 11-year-old Brandi Care, a sixth grader at Severna Park Middle School, already has received her heart's desire.

The daughter of Ronald and Cheryl Care of Berrywood Acres, Brandi just returned from Orlando, Fla. where she competed against more than 50 girls in the America's Favorite Pre-Teen contest.

At the end of the seven-day competition, Brandi was one of four girls selected by a casting agent for a job. She will go to New York in early 1993 to appear in at least one television commercial.

To earn her way to the nationals, Brandi defeated 36 other Marylanders in July.

Competition is based on academic achievement, community volunteer work, school and church activities, an interview, and poise in an evening gown and a sports outfit.

Modeling lacrosse gear from the Naval Academy, Brandi took first place in poise in Orlando, and her dramatic monologue earned her a finalist slot in the talent division.

For information on next year's event, contact Victoria Weedon, 544-3973.

Archbishop Spalding High School will conduct its 14th annual basketball tournament, the Noel Classic, next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Games are scheduled at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Monday; and 2 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Championship high school teams will compete, including Western, St. Mary's, McDonough and Mercy. The local schools in the tournament are Broadneck, Northeast and Bowie.

Refreshments include pizza, fresh turkey sandwiches and cookies. Admission is $3.

The Severna Park High School math team suffered a scare during the latest round of the county high school math competition at Anne Arundel Community College.

The unbeatable foursome was tied for the day by the South River team. But, not to worry. Severna Park is still in its customary first place overall.

Adam Meyerson, top overall individual among 104 students, posted a third straight perfect round of six points. His current score is 18, the next highest held by Jason McCullers of Annapolis with 16.

The closest competitor to the SPHS team, which has 31 points, is South River with 26.

The annual contest is directed by Cathy Hess, a mathematics instructor at AACC. Two rounds remain. The next is scheduled for Feb. 6.

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