Super Bowl party to raise money for scholarships

NEIGHBORS

January 27, 1995|By KATHY SUTPHIN

Football fans who gather at New York J & P Pizza on Sunday to enjoy the Mount Airy Rotary Club's Annual Super Bowl Party will help encourage area young adults to go the distance through four years of college.

Money from the fund-raiser will finance four $1,000 college scholarships that will be awarded by the local Rotarians this year. These scholarships are renewable for four years of college as long as academic requirements are maintained.

The pigskin party kicks off at 4 p.m. at the restaurant in the Mount Airy Shopping Center. It will feature multiple televisions, Frank Iliano's delicious pizza and other Italian foods and the chance to win super prizes.

The event's required $100 donation garners a square in the Super Bowl 100-block grid, where party patrons have the opportunity to win $1,000 each quarter, based on the big game's score, and other monetary prizes. The ticket price includes dinner for two and an open bar.

Squares may be selected in advance of the party at New York J & P Pizza in Mount Airy or by contacting any Mount Airy Rotary Club member. For information, call Mike VanSant at (301) 829-2890.

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The academic success of the four 1994 Rotary scholarships recipients is a testimony to the positive impact of the Mount Airy Rotary Club's service project.

Jennifer Mariner, who will graduate from Salisbury State University this spring, is the first Rotary scholarship winner to complete the four-year cycle, said club president Frank Dertzbaugh.

Ms. Mariner, 21, has applied to graduate school and hopes to earn a doctoral degree in molecular biology. The 1991 South Carroll High School graduate is the member of several honor societies and is a past vice president of Salisbury's student government association.

Gretchen deWitt, who celebrated her 21st birthday yesterday, is a junior at Towson State University. The 1992 South Carroll alumna is majoring in mass communications, with an emphasis in public relations.

She is the treasurer of Alpha Xi Delta sorority, works at Towson's campus book store and is a Dean's List student.

Jennifer Blair, 19, is a sophomore at Towson State University. The 1993 South Carroll graduate is maintaining Dean's List status while pursuing a double major in psychology and theater. Ms. Blair is working toward a career in drama therapy.

Chris Beam, 18, is a freshman at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Mr. Beam is an Eagle Scout and 1994 alumnus of South Carroll who is majoring in mechanical engineering.

He said he recently joined the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and plans a career in manufacturing design. He is the newest member of the Rotary scholarship quartet.

"They're very good, model young adults," Mr. Dertzbaugh said. "They're going to be great examples for other kids."

In February, the Rotary Club will begin accepting applications from high school seniors at Linganore and South Carroll High Schools for the 1995 scholarship. Information on the scholarship program will be distributed to the guidance departments at both schools.

Mr. Dertzbaugh said the scholarship committee makes its annual "tough decision" through considerations of grades, need, community involvement and plans -- especially those geared toward helping others. "It's nice to think they will give back something to the community," he said.

Scholarship applications are due in April. "We make a decision before the seniors graduate in May," Mr. Dertzbaugh said.

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Congratulations to Julie Sager for winning the National Geographic Geography Bee at Winfield Elementary School. Julie a student in JoAnne Stevens' fifth-grade class.

And if readers will indulge a proud parent, kudos also go to Mallory Sutphin for winning the National Geographic Geography Bee at Mount Airy Elementary School. My daughter is a student in Patti Cannaday's fifth-grade class.

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Mount Airy Youth Athletic Association volunteers will register 7- to 18-year-olds for its Babe Ruth League baseball program at the same time Mount Airy Recreation Council's officials register area youngsters for spring sports.

Registration will be held in the lobby of Mount Airy Middle School tomorrow from 9 a.m. to noon; Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; and Feb. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon. Fees will be $50 for the first child, $40 for the second child, and $20 for the third child.

An additional fee will be charged to place names on jerseys -- $5 for rookie and minor league players and $10 for junior and senior league players.

Parents of children who plan to play MAYAA football this fall will save $15 if they sign up and pay during baseball registration. For information, call Tony Smith at (301) 831-0210.

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