While proud that my son is an honor student, his 'I don't know' replies prompt my concern


November 22, 1995|By Bonita Formwalt | Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

"SO, HOW DID YOUR SON DO on his first report card from high school?" my friend asked.

Escorting her outside, I directed her attention to my brand new bumper sticker: "I Am The Proud Parent of An Honor Roll Student at Glen Burnie High School."

"You must be thrilled," she said, her voice laced with the sarcasm of a mother with a C-plus son.

Proud? Of course. Concerned? Very much so.

"What do you mean?" she asked.

Sighing, I called to my son to demonstrate. Bounding over, he eyed us both suspiciously.

Casually, I asked him whether the high school had parent-teacher conferences scheduled this week.

"I don't know," he shrugged.

What about your recently canceled field trip to Washington. Has it been rescheduled?

"I don't know. Maybe," he answered.

Sharing a knowing glance, my friend picked up the mantle.

"How is the community service project working?" she asked.

"I don't know. Fine, I guess," he mumbled as he inched away.

My son the honor-roll student?

I don't know, Glen Burnie. I don't know.

'Pringle Mingle'

In preparing for the myriad of challenges in their future, several seniors at Glen Burnie High School are participating in a project that involves planning, reasoning and a Pringles potato chip.

Sean Moore and five of his advance placement physics students are taking part in the "Pringle Mingle," a nationwide contest to make a container for a single Pringles chip that will then be mailed to another school.

The goal is to build a package with the smallest volume and mass and have the chip arrive undamaged. Scores are figured by determining the chip's condition in comparison with the size of the package.

The Glen Burnie students have taken their project to the Internet lTC and sent e-mail to their competition at Waverly High School in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

"We will videotape the opening of each other's package and scoring," said Mr. Moore.

Kim Knipple, Shiela Nist, Prima Prasertrat, Ann Priestman and Melissa Williams are the students participating in the project.

New Eagle Scout honored

Adam Carter, a 17-year-old senior at Old Mill High School, was named an Eagle Scout at a court of honor Sunday at the Glen Burnie chapter of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Adam has been a Scout since he was 8 years old. For his Eagle project, he helped plant 300 saplings at the intersection of Dorsey Road and the Baltimore- Washington Parkway.

He spent more than three months planning and implementing the project, coordinating with several government agencies, and getting help from his own Troop 923 and three other Scout troops.

Preview of Christmas show

When Santa arrives at Marley Station at 10 a.m. Friday, members of the Glen Burnie High School level-four dance class will welcome the start of the holiday season with a sneak preview of their production, "A Very Special Christmas."

Under the direction of Diane Rosso, the touring company will perform a full-length presentation of the show at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at Marley Station.

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