These high school students are supposed to talk in class ELLICOTT CITY/ELKRIDGE

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February 15, 1993|By JEAN LESLIE

How many times did too much talking get you into big trouble when you were in high school? Most of us can remember several incidents, much as we try to forget them. Centennial High School has a place for teen-agers who like to talk: the speech and debate -- or forensics -- team, where students can use their speaking talents to win awards.

Congratulations to the team for its recent successes in local and regional meets. The team competes with other schools in meets sponsored by the Baltimore Catholic Forensic League twice a month, almost year-round.

Forensics coach Sheryn Wright said the events are oratory, which consists of original speeches written by students; oral interpretation of literature or dramatic performance; declamation, which is presenting a speech written by someone else: and extemporaneous or spontaneous speech. Also, the Lincoln-Douglas style gives students a forum for one-on-one debate, usually focusing on ethics. Team events include debates in which teams of two debate contemporary issues.

"Public speaking is one of the best activities students can become involved in," Ms. Wright said. "The kids come out of their shells and help each other, even though they will later compete against each other in the meets." Team members get together at the library to research issues and practice together before competitions. The team meets every Monday to practice together and make plans.

The forensics team for the 1992-93 school year consists of 29 students: Carolyn Arney, Stephen Baker, Robert Booth, Heather Campbell, Barry Chen, Jackie Chu, Jonathan Cohen, Jackie Collier, Melissa DeVito, Nancy Friedrich, Sara Hume, Sanchi Jayaram, Jin Kim, Rachel Kulansky, Ha Lam, Jenny Lee, Tim Lord, Arna Majcher, Charinna Nudelman, Karen Pinkston, Anne Ray, David Rojas, Amita Shukla, Adrienne Smith, Sean Stevenson, Kellie Toler, Gabe Veneziano, Nick Worthingon, and Sofia Zuberi.

This year, two students have already qualified for state finals by acquiring points in the events, which are held once every two weeks: Jenny Lee, in extemporaneous speech, and Carolyn Arney, in oral interpretation. Heather Campbell hopes to join them by accumulating more points in extemporaneous speech.

Last year, Ms. Wright took four students -- a Centennial record -- to the national competition. This year, she hopes to break that record. If the students keep on working, they have a good chance of going to the nationals, in April at West Palm Beach, Fla.

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Valentine's Day was yesterday, but stretch out your celebration by going to the St. Augustine's Sweetheart Dance this weekend with someone you love. From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Sounds Unlimited will provide music for dancing cheek to cheek.

The $10 ticket includes beer and set-ups, and the proceeds will go to a sweet cause -- purchasing much-needed playground equipment for the school.

For tickets or further information, call Evelyn Pfeiffer at 242-8554.

Also in Elkridge on Saturday: The VFW is sponsoring a special bingo to aid cancer patients and research. Lunch is served at noon, with bingo following from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Call Bill Heber at 796-5458 for further information.

Elkridge Elementary School will hold its next general meeting at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22. Sue Gainer and Pat Johnson, health education staff members from Department of Education, will be on hand, giving a presentation on "Talking with your Children about Sexuality." A question-and-answer period will follow. The public is invited. For further information, call Pat Eikenberg at 796-8583.

Mount Hebron High School's Guidance Department has planned informational panel discussion at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday for parents of college-bound juniors. Call the school at 313-2880 for further information.

Burleigh Manor Middle School Wellness Committee and the PTA invite the students and parents of the school to be their guests at the BMMS Wellness Night from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Wellness Night will offer presentations on alcohol abuse; stress management and early cardiac care; participation in nutritional analysis and step aerobics clinics; materials and information from various organizations, such as the American Heart Association, Howard County Striders and the Family Life Center; and demonstrations and participation on home exercise equipment.

Wellness Night has been coordinated by physical education instructor Neil Sullivan and the Wellness Committee.

For more information, call Denise O'Connor at 461-4749.

Drama coach "Mo" Dutterer has announced the cast for Centennial High Drama Department's next production, "The Music Man." Andy Mauerman will play Harold Hill, the music man; Sanchi Jayaram will play Marian; Josh David will play Major Shin; Julie Robinson will play Mrs. Shin; Mike Offenheiser will play Tommy; Lauren Wagner will play Zanetta; Harper's Choice Middle School student Justin Paraday will play young Winthrop; and Ellen Regenniter will play Amaryllis. Congratulations to the students in the cast.

Help your child to celebrate Black History Month by attending "Zebra Crossing," a program of traditional African folk tales for 6- to 9-year-olds, presented at the Miller branch library Thursday from 4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. Register your child by calling 313-1955 or stop by the library. Call the central library at 313-7880 for more information.

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