Wilde Lake choir triumphant in Fla.

NEIGHBORS

May 18, 1994|By LARRY STURGILL

When the 115-voice Wilde Lake High School Choir left to compete at the Fiesta-Val, an invitational music festival at Disney World in Orlando, Fla., members were filled with high hopes and great expectations. They did not come home disappointed.

The choir returned with 15 trophies, including the Grand Championship trophy awarded to the group winning the highest number of awards.

The group brought home five first-place trophies for best performance in madrigal, concert choir, chamber choir, men's chorus and show choir.

The singers also received Best of Show trophies for concert choir, chamber madrigal and show choir. The kudos didn't stop there.

Choir Director Sandra Atkins was presented the Award of Distinction for best director.

Senior James Toler received two trophies for his solo vocal work and pianist Dylan Gentile brought home a trophy for Best Accompanist.

Ms. Adkins says the trophies have been proudly displayed in the school office since the choir returned last week but will be moved to a display so everyone can see them when they attend tonight's concert at the school, beginning at 7:30.

The concert will be the final one in the school's auditorium before the building is demolished to make way for a new school building.

Tonight's concert will be surely be a sad event for many current and former students.

Although the old high school will be razed after the close of school, three years from now the new school will be home for a multimillion-dollar Performing Arts Center, sure to be the envy of other schools nationwide.

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Dorsey Search residents are moving forward with plans to clean up the open space and pathways in their community, with particular emphasis on wetland areas.

Donations of $1 are being accepted from residents to purchase and plant shrubs and trees to help stabilize the banks of wetland streams and prevent further erosion.

Anne Darrin, Dorsey's Search village manager, has been accepting the donations at Linden Hall. She and her staff are urging residents to form small groups to clean up selected areas in the community.

"If everyone would chip in a dollar, and a few hours of their time, the task would be easier and the work will get done," Ms. Darrin says.

"We've informed people of what has to be done in our community newsletter, and so far, we've had pretty good response."

Ms. Darrin says the cleanup could present an opportunity to help students fulfill required community service school requirements.

If individuals or groups want to make a donation or would like to volunteer for cleanup activities, call 730-4005.

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Fifty-four African-American seniors from Wilde Lake and Atholton high schools were recognized last week for their academic achievements at the sixth annual Celebration of Excellence, sponsored by the Black Student Achievement Program.

Winners from Wilde Lake are: Monique Alston, Nicole Brooks, Donovan Burns, Olga Butler, Terrence Butler, Sule Carpenter, Spencer Clarke, Njeri Colbert, Tanya Davis, Patrice Dixon, David Ellis, Kwesi Ewool-Robotham, Ibn Green, Jamaal Green, Rhonda Hackey, Marcus Jackson, Richard Jackson, Brian Jefferson, Scott Jefferson, Alex Kolliegbo, Ralph Laguerre, Amutra Levine,

Melodee Lewis, Talisa Lopez-Garcia, Tarkese McDonald, Ronald McMullan, Perry Miles, Michel Moore, Ana Moss, Regina Mouzon, Sharlie Murphy, Marie Parker, Jamika Roberts, Keri Saunders, Stephanie Sharps, Fatu Sonii, Dana Tidgewell, James Toler, Brandon Turner, Andre Venable, Monique Vinscon, Adriana Wade, Roderick Watkins, Nicole Williams, Christopher Willis and Lindy Wirtz.

Atholton winners are: Martha Baylor, Katja Fort, Kenneth Grant, Allen McCoy, Elizabeth Okine, Brock Pierson, Anthony Stewart and Andre Williams.

A total of 136 program honorees from all eight Howard County high schools received more than $2 million in scholarships and other financial aid.

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Don't miss a musical program at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center Sunday beginning at 7 p.m.

The churches of St. John at the Interfaith Center (St. John Baptist, St. John the Evangelist [Catholic], St. John Lutheran, and St. John Methodist/Presbyterian) are combining the musical talents of their choirs and choruses.

Under the direction of conductor Richard Nelson, they will present an evening of hymns and spiritual music by Haydn, Mendelssohn, Mozart, K. Lee Scott and others.

The featured musical work will be a stirring rendition of "Gloria," a composition by English composer John Rutter.

The program is free, but free-will offerings will be accepted. Child care will be available. For more information, call 730-7920.

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Rave Reviews -- A Consignment Shop opened to rave reviews April 29 and business has been booming since.

Things have gone so well that the Howard County General Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary, which operates the shop in the Hickory Ridge Village Center at Cedar Lane and Freetown Road, is seeking more consignments and donations, and more volunteers.

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