Dunloggin school eighth-graders broadcast the news

NEIGHBORS

November 01, 1993|By JEAN LESLIE

It's coming to you live, from Ellicott City, Maryland! It's produced by people who are probably much younger than you are, but perhaps more savvy in the ways of technology.

It's (applause please!) "Dunloggin This Morning!"

The brainchild of last year's eighth-graders Dan Schneider, Matt Holmwood, Dan Buchner and Dan Pick, Dunloggin Middle School's daily TV broadcast began late last spring with a crew of seventh- and eighth-graders.

Now, the experienced crew of eighth-grade producers continues working in the studio, which occupies most of Gifted and Talented Program resource teacher Penny Zimring's classroom.

"Dunloggin This Morning" is a part of the school's Gifted and Talented Program. Here's how it works:

Thirteen eighth-grade producers "hire" a crew of eight or so kids who have been pulled from a pool of students. The crew rotates every two weeks to allow a new group to work on the broadcast. Mrs. Zimring says that by the end of the school year, more than 100 students will have worked on "Dunloggin This Morning."

I visited the studio last Tuesday. At 7:30 a.m., student producers and crew were ready with headphones and camera in place. Scripts already had been written and duplicated.

Anchors Katie O'Donnell and Crystal Hickman reported commentary on President Clinton's health plan, information about Maryland's oyster farming and school news. Skip Gilfillan reported sports scores.

Finally, a feature on teacher John Reid highlighted his genealogical research. The broadcast was entirely student-produced, although Ms. Zimring stood close in case of trouble.

This year's 13 student producers are Chuck Bailey, Laura Cannon, Allen Chen, Sarah Clive, Lauren Gill, Billy Gnagey, Meredith Krill, Charissa Manolopoulos, Karolyn Plumlee, David Picco, Jonathan Rada, Jodi Richman and Brooke Silverberg.

Jason McDuffie announces the weather and Michelle Dello-Russo and Skip Gilfillan announce the sports.

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Rockburn Elementary School is proud of student musicians Natasha Jenkins and Paul Jenkins, who auditioned for and were accepted into the Howard County Elementary Orchestra. Keep making those sweet sounds!

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The St. Augustine Home and School Association will sponsor its annual Christmas Bazaar this weekend in the school hall.

Handicrafts, baked goods and religious articles will be available for early Christmas shoppers. The bazaar is open 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday; and 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

You also can participate in drawings for prizes. Drawings will be held at the end of the bazaar, and winners do not need to be present at the time of the drawing.

A meal will be prepared each day by St. Augustine's Association, Sodality, and Holy Name members.

On Friday, Nov. 5, a Spaghetti Supper will be served at 5:30 p.m. Tickets cost $5 for adults and $2.50 for children under 12.

On Saturday, Polish food, pizza and hot dogs are available for lunch after 11 a.m.

On Sunday, you can attend the All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast with Santa from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Tickets cost $3.50 for adults and $2 for children under 12. Tickets for the spaghetti supper and breakfast are available for purchase at the school office.

For more information, call the school office at (410) 796-3040.

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This weekend and next, you can try to out-guess Agatha Christie while Mount Hebron High School produces "Ten Little Indians."

In the play, the characters are killed off one by one, like those in the nursery rhyme.

Mystery genius Agatha Christie keeps the audience wondering "whodunit" until the very end of the play.

Veteran drama coach and math teacher Tom Sankey has decided to do this play in theater in the round. Both audience and cast will be on the school's stage. This presents a real challenge to the actors, but the intimate atmosphere adds to the play.

But the play is "Rated G," says Mr. Sankey, since most of the murder happens offstage, making the production appropriate for kids.

There are 13 parts in the play. Jill Antonishak is Vera, Todd Chilton is Captain Lombard, Zach Kulis is Wargrave, Mac Dwyer is Doctor Armstrong, Kelly Hetrick is Angela, Sarah Parvis is Emily Brent, Min Kim is Fred, Jeff McMullen is General MacKenzie and Chris Gallo is Detective Blor.

Katie Taylor and Elisabeth Marinelli are double-cast for the part of Mrs. Rogers, and Tom Seiler and John Makowski share the role of Mr. Rogers.

Student directors are Heather Davis and Suzanne Scott.

The play starts at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 5 and 6 and on Nov. 11, 12, and 13.

Because of limited space, please call ahead to reserve seating. The school office can be reached at 313-2880.

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Centennial High School PTSA is selling Entertainment '94 discount books to raise funds for school programs.

Coupons save thousands of dollars at some of the most popular restaurants, theatres, events and stores in the area. Coupons are good until the Dec. 1, 1994.

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