Jason Murray, a 1995 Glenelg High School graduate, delights in drama, sports, guitar and 4-H. He started raising sheep through West Friendship Livestock 4-H Club at age 8. At 18, he raises fewer sheep, but he has lost none of his enthusiasm for 4-H. This year, Jason will show market lambs and a few wool breeding sheep at the 50th annual Howard County Fair.
In past years, he and his older brother Matthew showed more than 15 sheep each year, garnering first, champion, grand champion and even supreme champion ribbons. Jason's interests have expanded to include working with youth. This week, he is attending the 4-H International Leadership Conference in Michigan.
Jason earned a trip to the conference as a participant two years ago, returned enthusiastically last year and became a staff member this year. Jason, who is also working with youngsters on 4-H judging team, will attend the University of Maryland College Park in the fall, where he hopes to major in animal sciences with an eye toward becoming a veterinarian.
He received the prestigious Klingelhofer Memorial Scholarship from the Maryland State 4-H. In recognition of his 3.8 grade point average at Glenelg, the University of Maryland gave Jason an academic scholarship. Jason's parents, John and Sharon Murray Glenelg, are enthusiastic 4-H parents who particularly like the family involvement of 4-H for kids who live on farms and for youngsters like theirs who don't.
David Patrick of Maple Dell Farm in Daisy was recently honored as this year's only inductee into the Maryland 4-H Hall of Fame. He devotes much energy to helping youngsters, particularly in the dairy "leasing" program, which he began. Mr. Patrick "leases" dairy cows to 4-H students who don't have the space and facilities to raise large livestock at home. Mr. Patrick keeps the animals at Maple Dell Farm, where 4-H'ers enjoy visiting and being a part of a working dairy farm.
In payment for their "lease," 4-H'ers do chores, such as feeding and grooming. They have the opportunity to show their animals in their own names at the Howard County Fair.
Receiving an invitation to a large youth congress, such as the Invitational Youth Congress that 4-H will hold in Tennessee in November, is recognition of excellence in a youngster's 4-H work and achievements.
After intensive resume and interview competition, 22 Maryland students, of the thousands who submitted record books, won invitations. Six Howard County 4-H'ers are among the winners. They are Daniela Bals of Clarksville and the Spur and Stirrup Club, Alison Brown of Highland and the Green Thumb Club, Robert Currier and Heather Rynarzewski of Woodbine and the Daisy Agriculture Club, Lara Haase of Columbia and the Green Thumb Club and Amy Iager of Fulton and the Howard County Goat Club.
West Howard Swim Club was the site for the Central Maryland Diving League Individual Championship meet Sunday. Qualifying to participate in the Individual Championships by attaining high scores in at least two regular season meets is a distinction. Those placing first, second or third in the Individual Championships are invited to dive in an All-Star meet.
From west Howard County, Nicholas Kantoski qualified in the 8 and under category. Kevin Valsi, Jamison Caldwell and John D'Angelo qualified in 9- and 10-year-olds. In the 11- and &r 12-year-old group, Becky Showman, Emily Wolfing, Allison Ford, Casey Carr, Joey Piekarski and Jason Kantoski qualified. Matt Thrasher joined Kristin Smith, Kari Stroup, Lynsey Caldwell and Jessica Wolfing as 13- and 14-year-old qualifiers.
Coach Kasey Stroup qualified in the 15- to 18-year-old girls group. She took first place and will dive with Casey Carr, a second place medalist, in the All-Star meet. Jon Repetti shares the dive team coaching duties with Kasey Stroup.
Toes will tap in Lisbon Park Sunday night, when the Goodtimers play upbeat tunes and Dixieland music from several decades at a Howard County Recreation and Parks sponsored concert.
From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., listen to all-time favorites at this free event. Bring a blanket, lawn chair and family. Picnic at the park, too, if you like.
Western Howard County Youth Baseball and Softball League will sell beverages at the concert.
Call 313-4451 after 3 p.m. Sunday for a recorded announcement about cancellation in rainy weather. Lisbon Park is on Route 144, next to Lisbon Elementary School.
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church's Youth Ministry is in need of a basketball pole and hoop and volleyball net and poles. If you have equipment to donate, call 792-0470.
Clarksville Middle School students who will enter sixth grade and new seventh- and eighth-graders should plan to attend an orientation Aug. 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. This is a chance to meet with your advisory teacher, go over first day procedures and practice opening your locker.