Hammond High football player enjoys year of many accolades


January 02, 1996|By Natalie Harvey | Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HAPPY NEW YEAR to all East Columbia schools, churches, residents and organizations whose reported accomplishments have helped add interest to this weekly column. Keep those letters and phone calls coming.

Hammond High's Tim Spruill has ended a year of accolades for his football prowess as cornerback for the school's team.

He has been named Howard County player of the year, all-metro player of the year by the Washington Kickoff Club (Washington Pigskin Club), a USA Today and Super Prep Magazine's high school all-American, named to The Sun's and the Washington Post's all-metro teams and selected as cornerback for television station WRC's "golden 11" best players in the metropolitan Washington area.

Parent seminar

A two-part seminar for parents in separated and divorced families, sponsored and led by the staff of the Children of Separation and Divorce Center, will be held at Oakland Mills High School from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday and Jan. 16. The fee is $75 for the seminar; scholarship assistance is available.

Information: (410) 740-9553.

Lunch and art

Jan. 10 is the first of the FREE Noon Lunch time Art Video Series events at Columbia Art Center, Long Reach Village Shopping Center.

Director Becky Bafford invites visitors to bring a bag lunch (beverages will be provided) and enjoy an hour of Art of the Western World's "The Classical Ideal" and "Imperial Stones of Rome."

Information: 730-0075.

Pineapple payoff

It is always nice to hear the results of a fund drive. Phelps Luck Elementary School begins the year with $1,877.27 from a recent pineapple sale. Many homes will benefit by including fresh pineapple in menus, and all of the students will benefit, too.

Holiday cheer

Girl Scout troop leaders Mary Tatum, Debbie Moyer, Kathy Passarelli and Mary Scott coordinated the singing and sharing of 400 bags of holiday sweets when Girl Scout troops 755, 1223, 1526 and a Daisy troop visited the Lorien Nursing Home Dec. 16.

That day, director Chris Youstra and St. John the Evangelist Choir visited Lorien and Harmony Hall to share their holiday songs.

Easter choir rehearsals

The Howard County Interfaith Choir begins rehearsals for the Easter worship service at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center.

Members are from congregations holding services in Oakland Mills Meeting House and Wilde Lake Interfaith Center. New singers are always welcome.

Information: 730-6098.

Student dancer

Olivia Kunst, a Jeffers Hill Elementary School fourth-grader, has been in the spotlight during the past month. She was a "Polchinelle" dancer in the Lyric Opera House production of "The Nutcracker" and performed on television channels 2 and 13.

Troop Family Night

Boy Scout Troop 613's community chairman, Doug Barth, reports that the troop's family night was a "giving" success.

Scouts, families and friends gave toys, which were then delivered to Grassroots' Santa's helpers who had a children's Christmas wish list. Scoutmaster Glenn Anderson welcomed the boys and their families to the troop's annual family potluck dinner after the toy collection.

The troop meets at Owen Brown Middle School and the Owen Brown Community Center on a space-available basis.

Information: (301) 490-8331.

'Reading for Excellence'

Principal Karen Moore-Roby and media specialist Karen Ohlrich are proud to report the success of Waterloo Elementary students' Reading for Excellence program.

During the seven-week read-a-thon, 106 students from every grade read 990 books and collected $2,996 in pledges from 1,000 sponsors.

World Book, the sponsor, matched $1 for every $2 raised by the students. Students who read 10 books and had 10 sponsors were awarded a Reading in Excellence medal; students who read seven books and had seven sponsors received a Reading in Excellence certificate. Each participating student will receive a Waterloo School Certificate.

The school received World Book's CD-ROM information finder, encyclopedias, How and Why Childcraft sets, Young Scientists books, atlases and a two-volume dictionary.

The readers now know more, the library has more resources, and the school has additional funds.

Pen-pal program

Registration begins Tuesday at east Columbia library on 6600 Cradlerock Way for a new "Far Away Friends" pen-pal program for boys and girls 7 and older.

On Jan. 19, children and librarians will discuss resources to help readers choose another state or country where they would like to "meet" a pen pal. Children's librarian Theresa Shaw reports that children will decorate a special envelope for their first letter. Information: 313-7730.

Student art exhibit

Not sure which art medium you would like to learn? Visit the east Columbia library and see examples of Columbia Art Center's student work in the library entry showcases. Ceramics, marbled journals, tiles, baskets and wood-turned art are exhibited. Information: 730-0075.

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