Spring delivers a colorful bouquet amid the music of chirping robins

NEIGHBORS

April 07, 1994|By JONI GUHNE

Just outside my window, the evidence is clear: Spring really is here.

Purple and yellow crocuses peek through the grass. Butter-yellow daffodils are making their entrance. And robins play hide-and-seek beneath the boughs of forsythia.

Mother Nature deserves a bow, but so do the scientists who study her handiwork and make improvements.

Junior scientists in grades 6 through 12 prepared for the county science fair by designing projects for the first level of competition: the local school fair.

Twenty-five schools sent winning entries to the county fair at Anne Arundel Community College. About 275 students participated in the competition co-sponsored by the county public schools and the college.

County winners were announced March 11 at Broadneck High School. For the third year, the grand prize winner was Greg Miller of Arundel Senior High School. He takes his project to the International Science and Engineering Fair May 8-14 in Birmingham, Ala.

The fair was directed by Tom Custer, science coordinator for the Board of Education. Jayne Koester was the organizer, with help from Don Sholl, a science resource teacher.

Financial support was given by Nationwide Insurance, Farmers National Bank and Kraz Publishing Co.

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St. John the Evangelist School had its 14th annual science fair, which preceded the county fair. Thirty-five students entered projects and five were awarded Einstein Medals: Geoffrey Borro, son of Susan and Ronald Borro; Susan Legg, daughter of Pauline Legg; Michael Moore, son of Ann and Doug Moore; Helen Philip, daughter of Laurie and Paul Philip; and Thomas Poe, son of Maureen and Tom Poe.

Judges were: Karen Memencus, a registered nurse; Louis Etgen, an Estuarine instructor; Annette Kassa, an environmental engineer; Harry Kosky, an electrical engineer; and Lois Waters, a high school chemistry teacher from Columbia.

Three prizes were given in each of nine general categories. First-place winners in specialized categories were:

* Sixth grade: Timothy Daniels, the American Society of Microbiology Award; Silke Popp, the ECAC IITRI Award in physics; and Heather Jacobson, the ECAC IITRI Award in chemistry.

* Seventh grade: J. B. Osborne, the ECAC IITRI Award in botany; Helen Philip, the ECAC IITRI Award in microbiology; and Gretchen Heinlein, the ECAC Award in earth science.

* Eighth grade: Jeffrey Kratz, the National Council of Math Teachers Award; and Anna Swartwood, the National Association of Biology Teachers Award.

Chris Finegan received a first-place ECAC IITRI Award in physics and the Most Outstanding Project in the Fair Award.

He also received the Dames and Moore Environmental Engineers Award, the Chesapeake Bay Roost Award and the Forefeathers Enterprises Artistry Award.

Congratulations to all the winners.

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The next county Job Fair is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 14 at the Columbian Center, 335 N. Ritchie Highway.

Bring your resume and meet local employers, and be prepared to apply for a job.

Information: 508-2335.

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Students at Benfield Elementary School participated in a six-week Reading Olympics.

The winners -- who kept a record of minutes spent reading -- were an odd couple: a first-grader and a faculty member.

Brittany Walter read for 4,150 minutes and turned in 53 book reports.

Physical education instructor Barbara Hitchings read for 5,060 minutes.

The top student readers were: Hallie Andrew, Beth Appleton, Caitlin Chalmers, Sarah Conklin, Joseph Child, John Eckert, Daniel Elliott, Caitlyn Gardner, Nicole Horton, Daniel Jewett, Kristen Kushner, Allison McCormick and Michael Weiss.

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The Cancer Resource & Support Center (CaRES) is having a spring fashion show at 1 p.m. Saturday at its Next to New thrift shop on Ritchie Highway in Pasadena.

Tickets are $6. Information: 760-2929.

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