State sponsors writing competition
The fifth annual Maryland You Are Beautiful Student Literacy Writing Competition is open to students in public schools and participating private schools, grades kindergarten through 12. The students will compete on four levels based on their age.
This year's theme is "Say No To Drugs -- Yes to Success."
Every student who enters will receive discount coupons to Kings Dominion. Twelve finalists will be honored at an awards ceremony with Gov. William Donald Schaefer in May and first-place winners from each level will receive a weekend for four in Annapolis, two-day complimentary passes for four at Kings Dominion and various other prizes.
The competition will run until March 1. Students will be provided the details of the competition by designated teachers and staff at their respective schools.
Host families sought for Japanese students
The Yokohama Academy USA, a Maryland-based nonprofit institution that works to promote understanding and training in foreign language and culture, is seeking families to serve as sponsors for foreign exchange students.
Families or single parents who are willing to sponsor a Japanese high school or university student for the period of July 19 to Aug. 2 can contact Martha Martin at 455-6800.
According to the academy, "hosting an international student provides your family with an experience in international communication and understanding."
The students will be studying at the Anne Arundel Community College during this time so locations close to the college are preferred.