Students to attend symposium on preventing substance abuse

NEIGHBORS

April 21, 1995|By KATHY SUTPHIN

Two keynote speakers, two student groups, two Maryland state troopers, 600 teen-agers and guests will participate in South Carroll High School's fourth annual Substance Abuse Prevention Symposium on Wednesday.

Juniors and seniors will make up the audience for the daylong drug abuse awareness event that has been designed to fulfill the six-hour annual curriculum requirement for these grade levels.

The symposium will reflect program changes suggested by students in evaluations of past events, explained symposium planning committee member Margi Petrella. Students asked for more student-led events and speakers with personal experiences.

FoolProof, a Carroll County high school students' anti-drug acting troupe, will perform improvised skits and lead student discussions at the symposium. From parent-child relationships to teen suicide, the scenes will deal with topics related to alcohol or drug abuse, Mrs. Petrella said.

Students also will announce and discuss statistics on substance abuse at South Carroll High that were developed from a survey conducted by eight students at the school.

Keynote speaker Kim Boyce-Talbert will share her experience as the victim of an alcohol-related accident. She was the guest speaker at a similar symposium last year at Liberty High School.

Blues singer K. J. James, the other keynote speaker, will give a musical performance with an anti-drug message. All students who participate in the symposium will hear both keynote speakers, Mrs. Petrella said.

Other guests include Peter Tabatsko, Juvenile Court master for Carroll County; Jerry F. Barnes, Carroll state's attorney; JoAnn Hayes, coordinator of Carroll County's Drug-Free Schools; Mike Maskofyak, of Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital; and Pete McDowell, Carroll County's director of secondary schools.

Alcohol abuse and boating will be discussed by Department of Natural Resources representatives, and Army personnel will urge students to stay off drugs and stay in school.

A drug-free workplace session has been planned for seniors. From drug screening to involuntary termination, representatives from Westinghouse will discuss the corporation's drug and alcohol policy. This is aimed at seniors so "they will understand what is expected of them in the workplace and the severe economic consequences of substance abuse," Mrs. Petrella said.

Planning for the symposium began in October, and included coordinating programs, topics, guest speakers and schedules with a curriculum that was developed in the summer of 1990 and revised in 1991 and 1992. Mrs. Petrella and Peter Olson, who helped develop the original curriculum, worked on the committee with Al Skierski, Diane Grocki, Muriel Sabo, and Janice Byrd. All are volunteers who teach or work at South Carroll High School.

"It's really a year's worth of work," Mrs. Petrella said.

Contributions from community groups will help defray symposium expenses. Mrs. Petrella thanked Taylorsville-Winfield Lions Club, Mount Airy Lions Club, South Carroll Key Club, South Carroll Student Government Association, the school's chapter of Students Against Drunk Driving and South Carroll's athletic department for their support.

The school's new PTSA will provide lunch for guest speakers and participating faculty members.

Students will begin the symposium at 8:05 a.m. in their homerooms, where they will receive a folder, note paper and a schedule for the day. By the conclusion of the event at 2:40 p.m., they will have attended five lessons and either completed an evaluation or an assessment.

Mrs. Petrella said this will be the first time for the assessment, which will measure how well students retain information.

"It's a real intense kind of thing," she stressed.

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A library display, a few press releases and a mountain of accumulated good deeds quietly performed near and far commemorate the ninth anniversary of Mount Airy Rotary Club this month.

Formal celebration of the club's "birthday" will be delayed until the annual Charter Night in June, when new officers will be installed for their one-year terms, said president Frank Dertzbaugh.

The local club's anniversary coincides with the 90th anniversary of Rotary Club International.

The organization was founded in 1895 in Chicago by Paul Harris during a business lunch with friends.

"His purpose was to be able to talk shop, deal with business problems, and find out how they could better serve the community," Mr. Dertzbaugh said.

Mount Airy's club was founded through club extension efforts of Damascus Rotary Club, under the direction of Charles Beaver.

Charter member Paul Burkett, a local dentist, said the nucleus of the Mount Airy club included the 24 people required for a charter. "The first Charter Night was a big affair," Dr. Burkett said.

Although membership has fluctuated through the years, the current roster features 31 men and women from Carroll and Frederick counties, including the five remaining charter members, who carry on the mission of Paul Harris.

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