English lacrosse players saved by local hospitality

NEIGHBORS

April 20, 1995|By SALLY BUCKLER

If you were taking a group of high school students to the other side of the Atlantic, you wouldn't like discovering you'd be without housing there.

That happened to the coach of an English girls lacrosse touring team from Meoncross School recently. The group was on a two-week tour and suddenly found itself without housing for two days. Ginger Kincaid, Glenelg High School's lacrosse coach and teacher, came to the rescue and arranged for the English team of 16 girls, two coaches and a chaperon to stay with Glenelg students.

It's easy to picture hospitable parents, whirring video cameras, all-night talk sessions, present exchanges, pizza parties and more when the English and Glenelg girls finally met.

The girls' varsity and junior varsity lacrosse players and their families welcomed English guests for two nights. None could believe how quickly 48 hours passed when the English girls made a tearful departure.

Mrs. Kincaid applauds the Glenelg parents who "on real short notice, took these kids in as if they were their own." She adds, "The English girls won our hearts in two days."

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Seven Glenelg Country School students are learning about overseas travel firsthand. They left April 12 for a 10-day learning and travel adventure in southern Germany. Their trip has an interesting twist: They will be staying with their German partners, who spent 10 days in Maryland earlier this month. While here the German guests and their hosts made a trip to the Inner Harbor and National Aquarium, a two-day visit to Washington, a trip to St. Michael's on the Eastern Shore, and of course, spent plenty of time at GCS.

In Germany, the GCS and German students will visit Munich, Salzburg, Neuschwanstein Castle, the Chiemsee and its castle and the Koenigsee.

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Here is one for the Aren't Kids Amazing file. West Friendship Elementary School fifth-graders Jason Bostron, Jared Feldman, Nisha Gottfredson and Andrew James, working with music instructor Eileen Clark and parent volunteer Ellen Nibali wrote the music, lyrics and script for a musical, "On the Road to Friendship."

The entire fifth grade worked to produce the elaborate play, which chronicles the life and times of West Friendship from the pre-Revolutionary era to the '60s.

A standing-room-only crowd, which included historian Joetta Cramm, school board member Sandra French and oral historians Hubert Streaker, Winfield Robb and Dorothy Frank, loved the play about the road to the west, the National Pike.

Produced to coincide with the publication of the second edition of "The Past Times of West Friendship and the Third District" -- also written by the fifth grade -- the play drew on the memories of Elizabeth and James Hurt, Helen Grimes and Catherine Dorsey. Mrs. Dorsey contributed the 1940 yearbook from Cooksville School, an African-American school. Mrs. Frank contributed old photographs from the area.

You may purchase a copy of "The Past Times of West Friendship and the Third District" at the school. The 170-page book costs $5.

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Michael Wheeler, who attends Glenwood Middle School, swims fast. The more he swims, the faster he gets. As a member of the Eagle swim team, Mike represented Maryland at a zone meet with swimmers from 12 states in Princeton, N.J., March 6.

To qualify, Mike had to finish in the top two in his state meet events. He qualified for five events as part of Maryland's 80 member team, and he set team records and personal best times in all five zone events.

Mike swam freestyle in the 100, 200, 500, 1000 and 1650 meter events, placing 11th in the 100, 7th in the 200 and third in his other three races. He was the Maryland High Point Swimmer for the 13- to 14-year-old boys.

Mount View Middle School students and Eagle swim team members Jessie Goertler and Sara Keeton both swam in the Eastern Zone Meet. Jessie had a personal best in the 200 meter individual medley event, placing 7th. Sara placed 15th in the 100 meter breast stroke event and 17th in the 200 meter breast stroke.

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Congratulations to Pointers Run Elementary School first-grade teacher and team leader Sharon Giorgio.

The Washington Post Co. Educational Foundation chose her a winner in the 12th annual Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Awards. These awards recognize teachers who have shown initiative, creativity and an exceptional degree of professionalism in teaching.

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Fourth-grade student Marissa Montanez of Pointers Run Elementary School won the fourth-grade story category in the Young Author's Contest sponsored by the Howard County Reading Council.

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Stuart Pinette, who has been ministering at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Fulton for three years as a deacon, will be ordained a priest in Hartford, Conn., Saturday. He will celebrate his first Mass at his home parish near Hartford and return to St. Francis the weekend of May 6, when he will preside at all three Masses.

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Students in grades 4 through 12 who play a musical instrument may join the Summer Band sponsored by the Department of Parks and Recreation.

Every morning for two weeks, young musicians will build musical skills and have fun. My son attended this camp last year and loved it. Teachers David Smith of Mayfield Woods Middle School and Kendall Davis of Pointers Run Elementary School conduct both the music and the fun, which are nonstop.

Call 313-4658 for information.

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Register now for the Howard County Library's program "Count on Me!" It will be presented for 2- to 5-year-olds at the Lisbon Community Library from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. May 5.

Call 489-4290. Two-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult.

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