CONGRATULATIONS to the staff and faculty adviser of The Bear Press, Hammond High School's monthly newspaper. New York's Columbia University Scholastic Journalism Association awarded them the silver medal rating, honoring them as one of the best high school newspapers in the United States.
The paper has also received the "All American" award from University of Minnesota's National Journalism School and last year received a second-place ranking from the Maryland Scholastic Press Association for a medium-sized high school newspaper.
Are they proud of their success? One of the editors-in-chief, Genellec Niblack said, "We produce the best newspaper in Howard County and one of the best in the country. We will do whatever is necessary to keep our paper among the best. Our goal is to be awarded a Gold Medal rating."
Teacher Sherry Conklen is staff adviser. Danny Greenberg shares Ms. Niblack's editor-in-chief responsibilities; Andy Hayford and Jeremy Nieporent are managing editors.
Jaymi Kim, Nathan Harris, Katie McCartney and Suzanne Serianni are news editors. Focus editors are Josselyn Essey and Jessica Shamoo. Natalie Cordone, Amy Greenstein, Jessica Sacks and Meridith Traber share editorial duties.
Sarah Greenleaf and Kristen Devault are in-depth editors. Emily Polacek and Sarah Himmelheber edit the arts.
The sports staff includes Kenny Beck, Shawn Fabian, Brandy Peaker, Elliot Tobin and Marc Tucci. Cayley Pendergrass is copy editor, while Molly O'Donnell and Vince Sharps manage business.
Josh Siegel designs the advertising layout; Matt Mattaroza edits the photographs, and Gary Thompson is cartoon editor.
Since many of today's journalists began their vocations in high school, it would be interesting to know how many of these young men and women remain in the field 10 years from now. Good luck to all of you.
'Canticle of Praise'
Andrea Lee Taylor, associate pastor at Columbia Baptist Fellowship, has announced that Columbia United Christian Church choir will join the fellowship's choral group on Dec. 17 to present "A Canticle of Praise," at 10 a.m. in Room 200 of the Oakland Mills Meeting House at 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Oakland Mills. Information: (410) 730-2026.
"Math Mania" at Stevens Forest Elementary School, Oakland Mills village, involves families with the "take home" math problems, but it's the students who win awards each month.
Newest math wizards and their respective teams are:
* Tulip: Michelle Estabrook, Jennifer Thorne, Carly Dubick, Keith Trahan, Lauren Kaufmann, Francis Archer, Kelly Walbert, Megan Cable, Laura Hamilton and Tully Murray.
* Dogwood: Jenna Berge, Kazim Lakhani, Krystl Kinsey, Peter Linton, Amanda Mexei, Leanne Estabrook and Paige Walter.
* Oak: Dean Schroyer, Daniel Berman, Shannon Gratz, Victoria Silva, Brittany Borish and Aron Archer.
* Sassafras: Alex Douyon, Kenny Gillespie and James Pittiglio.
The public is invited to join the artists and staff of the Columbia Art Center for a holiday reception Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Dirk Holgar's tapestries will be featured in the Main Gallery, and the annual exhibit of students' works will be in Studio 1 Gallery.
"Marnee's Dolls" will be on exhibit in "Montage," the childrens' gallery. Visitors to the center will have the opportunity to purchase present and past students' work during the Holiday Studio Sale from Thursday through Dec. 10.
Does your art "say something"? Sunday afternoon, artist and curator Lee Mills will discuss this and other issues. Holiday wines and appetizers will be offered. Information: (410) 730-0075.
Ruth Heath, Jeffers Hill Elementary School principal, Long Reach village, has announced the names of students selected for "Citizens of the Week": Each grade is represented beginning with kindergartner Ryan Davis, first-grader Jackie Ozzimo, second-grader Faisal Qayumi, third-grader Sarah Loaiza, fourth-grader David Hall and fifth-grader Daniel Oleynik.
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Parish is once again sponsoring its bike, skate and book donation project for Baltimore inner-city parishes who will distribute them to families in need.
This Sunday is the deadline for delivering books and skates to Howard High School between 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Information: 730-5706.
"Thank you," is Owen Brown Village Manager Ruth Bothe's message to members of Girl Scout Troops 777 and 988 who with their leaders, parents and families contributed to the Owen Brown Community Center's Halloween Party.
The Girl Scouts are Amy Browne, Cortney Brunger,Alexandria Garrison-Crews, Patricia Dempsey, Marty Dunbar, Sonia Dunbar, Elizabeth Gaskil, Frani Kline, Lori Kline, Alexandra Langley, Melissa Lansey, Jessica Mathers, Ann O'Keefe, Jennifer O'Keefe, Erika Pierson, Christine Rampulla, Joan Rampulla and Geri Uhas.
Members of Cub Scout Pack 649, National Pike District, are giving themselves a pat on the back for all the time and hard work involved in finishing their garden at Stevens Forest Elementary School.
They also want to thank Sewells Ace Hardware in Ellicott City for the topsoil and other landscaping materials they donated and Howard County Public School System for their donation of mulch.
Volunteers included Gregory Arbelaez, Brian Hamilton, Michael Beare, Jason Abramowitz, Arie Plugge, Kevin Plugge, Kevin Guiler, Kevin Pie, Lauren Hamilton, Erica Stryker, Laura Stryker, Riekac Plugge, Daniel Stryker, Grant Haywood, Josh Abramowitz and their parents.