2 talented seventh-graders compile SAT math scores of over 700 WEST COUNTY

NEIGHBORS

June 17, 1993|By SALLY BUCKLER

Two local youths have proved recently that they are the cream of the crop in the world of math.

Seventh-graders Joseph Comberiate of St. Louis School and Justin Krometis of Glenwood Middle School each scored more than 700 in the math portion of the Scholastic Aptitude Test at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth's talent search.

The national average for high school seniors taking the SAT math portion was 476 in 1992. Only 13 Maryland students younger than age 13 scored above 700.

Joseph took a test in the Maryland Math League last year and was the top scorer in the state. This recognition is not new to the Clarksville resident. He is the third in a family of six children and has been learning easily all his life. He knew his letters at 18 months and his multiplication tables in kindergarten.

Joseph plays soccer and baseball, and enjoys swimming, video games, and collecting baseball cards.

Justin attends "Saturday School" Wednesday afternoon at Atholton High School. He studies math with Lynn Collins, who works with students who qualify for an advanced after-school program.

When he took the eligibility test for Saturday School, Justin had the highest score in the history of West Friendship Elementary School. He's been attending the Center for Talented Youth programs since fifth grade, and this summer will go to a CTY program at Franklin and Marshall College to study astronomy.

Justin also plays baseball and collects baseball cards.

Other local students with outstanding scores in the math SATs are Salem Fussell and Andrew Hunt of Glenwood Middle School; Christopher Hill, Jeffrey Hung, Roarke Lynch, Lindsey Malcom and Chanu Rhee of Clarksville Middle School; and Deepak Ramapriyan of Glenelg Country School.

Laura Zimmerly of Clarksville Middle School scored well in the verbal portion of the SAT, and Laura Mason of St. Louis School had excellent scores in the talent search.

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Congratulations to Clarksville resident Teresa Crocker who attends Mount de Sales Academy in Catonsville. She merited a spot on the school's honor roll for the first three quarters of the 1992-1993 academic year.

To make the honor roll, students must earn a grade point average of at least 3.75.

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When Kathleen Shrieves of Dayton bounces her way across the gym, all eyes follow this little stick of dynamite.

At 14, she's been studying gymnastics for nine years, and she recently scored personal bests at a national gymnastics competition.

Kathleen was one of 250 girls who qualified for the USA Independent Gymnastics Clubs National Competition held in Orlando on June 8-12.

She competed in the 12-to-14 age group in the nine through elite level. In preliminary competition she ranked 20 with a score of 36.7 out of 40, scoring high enough to compete in the finals. There, Kathleen scored 9.5 in the floor competition, 9.2 in the vault, 9.1 on the uneven parallel bars and 9.4 on balance beam, for a total of 37.2, ranking 16th in the nation at the end of the competition.

An honors student at Glenwood Middle School who will attend Glenelg High School in the fall, Kathleen was thrilled with her performances in the grand finale of the gymnastics year, according to her mother, Pat.

She was especially proud to have "stuck eight for eight," which means she competed eight times without one fall, her mother said.

Kathleen works out at MarVa Teens in Rockville for almost 30 hours each week with coaches Gary Anderson, Mike DeLeo and Carrie DeLeo-Smith.

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If you've always wanted to hear the Glenelg High School Jazz Ensemble but have been too busy to attend its concerts, this is for you.

The ensemble, under the direction of Barry Enzman, will give a free Bon Voyage concert at the Lakefront in Columbia at 8 p.m. July 3 before leaving for a 10-day European tour.

The ensemble will play some swing, Latin and jazz music that it will play at the Montreaux International Jazz Festival in Switzerland and at the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands.

Mr. Enzman says that the students' dedication, hard work and commitment to excellence are what makes the Glenelg Jazz Band a premier high school jazz program.

You can buy the Glenelg Jazz Band's studio recording for $12 at the concert.

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Our community sends condolences to the family of Christopher Norris, a freshman at Glenelg High School who died in an automobile accident June 6.

Chris will be fondly remembered by many friends and family members.

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The Clarksville Picnic is June 26 at St. Louis Church in Clarksville, and hundreds of volunteers are gearing themselves up for this year's event.

Chuck Wible reports that the Catholic Youth Ministry will staff the Sponge Toss.

If you'd like to help with that booth, call Chuck at (410) 531-6668. Bring your own towel!

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Bob Porter of Woodbine is one of the 12 volunteers who received a volunteer of the year award from Gov. William Donald Schaefer on May 27 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

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