Jaycees need donations, support for Holiday Meals Project

NEIGHBORS

November 18, 1993|By JONI GUHNE

Often, county government depends on support from community organizations such as the Lions, Rotary and Kiwanis clubs to reach out to our neighborhoods.

One of the most indispensable groups in that effort is the Junior Chamber of Commerce. Around here it's known as the Severna Park Jaycees.

The Holiday Meals Project, one of the Jaycee's most successful, begins at 8 a.m. Dec. 18 at the Jaycee Community Center in Kinder Park.

The project is supported by businesses and individuals. A donation of $25 purchases an entire holiday meal for a family of five; $15 pays for the trimmings; and $10 covers the cost of a turkey. A gift of any amount is appreciated, says project chairwomen Janet Munro and Joe Hanna.

Last year, an assembly line of volunteers prepared 175 meals, but growing unemployment means that more will be needed this year.

Your help is needed to pack and load meals on Dec. 18. Send your donations to Box 524, Severna Park 21146.

For more information, call 544-0932 or 544-3120.

* The Jaycee Community Center can be rented for a nominal fee. The two-story building has two large meeting rooms, a complete kitchen, tables and chairs, an outside grill and plenty of exterior space.

* Jaycees also rely on fund raisers for financial support. One annual sale has ignited a tradition in our community: the lighting of luminarias to celebrate the holiday season. (Luminaria -- the Spanish word for light -- is the custom of illuminating streets and walkways with candles to symbolize the bonfires built by shepherds lighting the way to Bethlehem.)

Each $4 kit contains 10 candles and bags plus instructions.

They will be ready for pickup between 10 a.m. and noon Dec. 11 in the parking lot at Severna Park High School. The deadline for ordering is Dec. 4. Call 255-6158.

* The Jaycees are sponsoring an art auction at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 in the cafeteria at Anne Arundel Community College. The $5 ticket includes admission and refreshments.

Call 544-9068 or 787-0043.

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Severna Park High School's crack math team continues its winning ways.

In the first of five rounds, 120 students from 14 public and private schools took part in the 25th annual high school math competitions last month at Anne Arundel Community College. Of a possible 12 points, SPHS came in first with a combined individual and team score of 11.67.

Team members Jen Harden and Andrei Palmer answered all six questions correctly on the individual papers. The entire team -- Adam Bargteil, Jonathan Hsieh, David Ng, and Harden and Palmer -- turned in the day's only perfect team paper.

And all of this was accomplished without last year's legendary Adam Meyerson, who has gone on to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Allyson Howard of Annapolis High School and Raju Shah of Meade High School also posted perfect papers.

Coming in second and third were teams from Chesapeake High, with a score of 9.67, and South River, with 9.

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The 1993-94 National Merit semifinalists include the names of nine county students, and five of them come from SPHS. Congratulations to Christopher DeBeer, Christine DiBlasi, Andrew Mutch, David Ng and Eleanor Stewart.

Named as commended students were Jessica Brokke, Erin Cain, Carolyn Danckaert, Rebecca Davids, Chris Hall, Michael Hughes, Alexander Jamal, Kimberly Johnston, Sarah Keller, Emily Lemmerman, Mary Mahoney, Andrei Palmer, Ann Shaffer and Jesse Whyte.

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One of the area's most popular and oldest holiday bazaars will take place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church.

Information: 647-2550.

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Anne Arundel Community College and its Child Development Center will be closed from Nov. 25 through Nov. 28 for the Thanksgiving break.

Information: 541-2241.

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