Closing of school is end of an era

NEIGHBORS

May 04, 1994|By LARRY STURGILL

This is the final year for Wilde Lake High School as we now know it.

Soon after the doors close for the last time June 17, wrecking balls will turn into rubble what was once considered to be a shining model for schools of the future.

In its place will rise a new Wilde Lake, a school of more traditional architectural lines, and different curriculum.

For many of Columbia's pioneers, it signals the end of an era.

The school represents only one of the uniquely challenging concepts employed by Columbia's first residents. Our system of town government is another.

But, although they laid the foundation upon which Columbia was built, many of their once fresh and stimulating ideas have now grown old, passed by in a rapidly changing world.

Although they formed the foundation upon which the New City was built, some of these pioneering ideas have grown tired and cumbersome, and like the original Wilde Lake High, have outlived their usefulness.

There is no need to fear change. The Columbia dream is still alive and well.

Those who pioneered that dream may have aged, but few have mellowed. They still hold tight to their belief in, and their dedication to, the community they founded.

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The history of Wilde Lake High School will be celebrated at 7:30 p.m. May 11 in a performance by Wilde Lake Wind Ensemble.

L It will be the last concert held in the school's auditorium.

A commissioned song, "The Call of the Wilde," has been written by Mark McCoy, a former music director at Hammond High School. It will be performed by the ensemble, under the direction of Wilde Lake music director Lewis Dutrow, as the evening's closing number.

The evening also will feature performances by the Wilde Lake Madrigal Singers, the String Quartet, and the Barbershop and Beauty Shop Quartets.

Admission to the school's last concert is $2.

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The recent Columbia Council and village board elections produced no major surprises, and few new faces. Despite the increasing concern over Columbia Association spending, and talk of Columbia's incorporation, it also produced one of the lowest voter turnouts in Columbia's history.

Only one new face was elected to the Columbia Council, and for the most part, incumbents on the village boards were successful in their re-election bids.

One exception was in River Hill, where Joseph Suter and Kevin Wilson ousted incumbents Elliott Cowan and Bruce Reigel.

Other new village board members include: James Edmonds, Harper's Choice; Mark Nedzbala, Hickory Ridge; Virginia Richards, Town Center; and Howard Feldmesser, David Gardner and Jo Ellen Imre, Wilde Lake.

In addition to low voter turnout, another disturbing sign of growing political apathy in Columbia was in Hickory Ridge, where only four candidates ran for five vacant village board seats, leaving the board to appoint a fifth member.

Some of the people working polling locations in the village centers said they noticed the absence of voters under 30.

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One young Columbia resident is hot on the heels of a career in politics. Wilde Lake High School graduate Charlie Scott has entered the political arena by filing as a Republican candidate for a seat in the House of Delegates for District 12B, which includes most of West Columbia.

The soon-to-be 21-year-old University of Maryland student is no stranger to the legislature. He has been involved in the political process since high school, working as an intern in the county executive's office, and for Republican Dels. Martin Madden and John Morgan.

So far, Mr. Scott is unopposed on the Republican ticket, but he will face a tough challenge in the heavily Democratic district.

Democrats who have announced their candidacy include former County Executive Elizabeth Bobo, Edith Hill and Rosemary Mortimer.

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It's toe-tapping, slide-stepping, line dancing time again at Slayton House, in Wilde Lake Village Center.

Two four-week country-style dance courses with instructors Pat and Jim Davis will begin May 17.

Line dance classes are from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. The cost is $24 per person.

Mr. and Mrs. Davis also are offering a class for couples interested in learning country swing and country waltz steps.

Couples classes are from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $48 per couple.

To register, or for more information, call 730-3987.

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