Wilde Lake High sophomore is finalist in Miss Talented Teen Pageant

NEIGHBORS

June 08, 1994|By LARRY STURGILL

Wilde Lake High School sophomore Lekisha West is one of 10 finalists in the 24th annual Maryland Miss Talented Teen Pageant (formerly the Miss Black Teen-age America Pageant) to be held at 5 p.m. Sunday in the Graham Auditorium of the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore.

Miss West, whose talents are singing and dancing, is competing for the opportunity to represent the state at the Hal Jackson Talented Teen International Pageant on July 17 at the Kennedy Center in Washington.

Wilde Lake resident Pinnie Ross, who has been executive producer of the Maryland pageant for the past 24 years, says she is excited about the pageant's guest, Polydor Records recording artist Tanya Blount. Miss Blount, from Temple Hills, was the 1990 Miss Talented Teen -- Maryland, and is one of the singing stars and actresses in the Whoopi Goldberg film, "Sister Act II." She will perform her hit recordings of "In The Rain" and

"I'm Going To Make You Mine."

Admission to the Maryland Miss Talented Teen Pageant is $10, and tickets may be purchased at the door. For additional information, contact Mrs. Ross at 730-8689.

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The Harper's Choice Community Association will celebrate its 25th anniversary Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m., at Kahler Hall and throughout Joseph Square, in the Harper's Choice Village Center.

The anniversary celebration will feature food, live music, crafts, games, clowns, a moon bounce and an appearance by the Oriole Bird, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

For additional information, call Cyndi Cota at 730-0770.

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Ellen Barth, a senior at Atholton High School, has received a national Principal's Leadership Award, which includes a $1,000 scholarship. She is one of 150 winning students selected from more than 6,500 entries nationwide.

Miss Barth has been recognized as a National Merit Commended Scholar, a Maryland Distinguished Scholar and a Maryland Distinguished Scholar of the Arts.

While at Atholton High School, Miss Barth founded Project PROMise, a consignment dress shop to help the needy, and received numerous awards of distinction, including an Entrepreneurial Spirit Award, and recognition as one of Maryland's "Brightest and Best."

Other leadership awards were presented to David Messik of Atholton High School and Alexander Roe of Wilde Lake High School. They recently joined more than 200 Maryland sophomores at the 1994 Leadership Seminar held at the Columbia Inn.

The annual event is sponsored by the Hugh O'Brian Youth Foundation to salute young people who demonstrate leadership abilities. The two young men were chosen in recognition of their outstanding leadership qualities in school, and in their communities.

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Many Wilde Lake High School graduates have gone on to receive honors for their work in college. Among them is 1992 graduate Eve Klindera, a sophomore attending the University of Maryland College Park.

Ms. Klindera's stellar academic achievements have been rewarded with both senatorial and general state scholarships for next year. She made the fall Dean's List with a 4.0 grade point average and is a member of Phi Eta Sigma, a national academic fraternity.

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Several months back, I wrote about Camp 2000, a series of science and technology summer camps designed for children 4 to 7. The camp, a cooperative effort by two early learning programs, Computer Tots and Discovering Science, will offer three different one-week sessions at Linden Hall in Dorsey's Search Village Center during the month of July.

Lisa Rahwanji, director of the Computer Tots program, has announced that Camp 2000 will hold an open house at Linden Hall on Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

"The open house will give parents a better idea of what the camp has to offer," says Ms. Rahwanji. "They will be able to meet the camp staff to discuss the camp's programs, preview the computer software and experiment with the science materials to be used."

For additional information about the open house and Camp 2000, call 995-6618.

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