Students take first place in Odyssey of the Mind

NEIGHBORS

March 29, 1995|By BONITA FORMWALT

A team from Glen Burnie High School took first place at the regional tournament in the Odyssey of the Mind problem solving competition earlier this month.

The first-place showing advances the team to the state competition, where it will be joined by two teams from Corkran Middle School, each of which placed second in their respective categories.

"This is the first time [we] ever had a team and then they took first place. We're very proud of them," said Glen Burnie High parent volunteer and coach Elaine Sangkavasi.

The Odessey of the Mind program challenges students to work as a team to create an original solution to long term and spontaneous problems. Competing categories include The Mail Must Go Through, Vaudeville, Time Travelers and Scientific Safari.

Several members of the high school team are alumni of Corkran's very successful program. The freshmen and their families didn't have a hard time selling principal Oliver Whittig on the program.

"Dr. Whittig had been very active in Odessey when he was principal at Severna Park," explained Ms. Sangkavasi. "All we had to do was promise to provide the adult volunteers."

With a limited number of volunteers, the school was able to field only one team. Ms. Sangkavasi is hopeful that the team's success will draw new coaches to help with additional teams.

Congratulations and good luck to our students traveling to the April 29 state competition:

* "The Mail Must Go Through," Glen Burnie Senior High School -- Nicki Bounelis, Michael Bowen, Janice Custodio, Stella Hwang, Wesley Kim, Bryan Sangkavasi and Nathaniel Smith.

* "The Mail Must Go Through," Corkran Middle School -- Sarah Hemphill, Kevin Horrigan, Andrea Hwang, Kristi Rauser, Brian Tokarcik, Nick Wzientek and Beth Yakaitis. Larry Tokarcik, coach.

* "Vaudeville," Corkran Middle School -- Andy Bonn, B.J. Bonn, Emily Bonner, Stephen Boyd, Josh Carney, Dave Dawson and Kelli Werner. Don and Jody Bonn, coaches.

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The Lost in the '50s custom car club invites vintage car buffs to join club members as they inaugurate a new "cruise spot," 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Bagel & Bakery Deli on Dorsey Road.

A disc jockey will play select golden oldies to add a touch of nostalgia to the event.

For a brief period of time the club was lost, literally. A tradition of cruising the parking lot across from Faye's Diner in downtown Glen Burnie was disrupted when Faye's relocated. The club attempted to re-group, once at the new diner location on Dorsey Road and then

later at a Pasadena shopping center.

Now club members will return to the Dorsey Road location every Saturday for what they hope will be the start of a new tradition with the new owners of the bakery deli.

"Our club has over 160 families. We plan to be very active this year -- every Saturday, the Memorial Day parade," promises member Judy Mooney.

For information on Saturday's Cruise Night or any club activities, call president Richard Mooney, 987-6613.

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Get a head start on planning your summer activities when the Country Club Estates Recreation Association (CCERA) welcomes prospective members to tour the facilities at an open house, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For less than the cost of a single weekend at the ocean, the entire family can enjoy a summer of swimming, sunning and fun at the CCERA. In addition to use of the pool, membership includes access to the association's boat ramp and pier.

The club is at Leymar and Paul Marr drives. For membership information call 766-9788 or 760-3234.

* The CCERA swim team is having a dance for youth ages 10 to 14 years, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday in the CCERA hall. Admission is $2.50. Refreshments will be sold throughout the evening.

For information call 761-0317.

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Two area crafts fairs will provide a variety of handmade gift and home decorating items for discerning shoppers this weekend.

* The Methodist Women of Messiah United Church will have its annual spring fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the church hall, 7401 Furnace Branch Road.

Easter baskets and the chocolate treats to fill them will be for sale. A luncheon of barbecue, hot dogs and soft drinks will be sold.

* Dozens of artisans will display their crafts at a fair, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the cafeteria of Corkran Middle School.

For information call Loreen Toler, 760-6384.

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Adventures, mysteries, puzzles and story collections will line the shelves of Marley Middle School's book fair, April 3 to 7 in the school library.

Information: 761-0934.

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