School geography clubs sponsor competitions for state finals


January 16, 1996|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

CAN YOU name the capital of Togo, or even the world's longest river? Do you know what monetary system is used in Sierra Leone?

Ask the young members of the Geography Club at Carrolltowne or Piney Ridge elementary schools and I'll bet they answer in a flash.

Fourth- and fifth-grade students at each school have met weekly since early in the school year to learn about the world's geography.

Under the guidance of Jane Farver, a resource teacher with the extended enrichment program, club members studied the location, orientation, economics, culture, monetary systems, religion and current events of countries around the world.

Mrs. Farver used various materials to introduce the information and to keep the students interested. Computer games, videos, films and newspapers were studied and discussed. An event featuring food and recipes from around the world proved popular.

In compliance with rules set by the National Geographic Society, club members took a written test before the Christmas break to determine the 10 finalists at each school.

Finalists at Piney Ridge Elementary spent Thursday morning fielding questions from moderator and school Principal Gloria Horneff. Clayton Brown, Alex Butler, Mike Cosh, Josh Coyle, Andrea Desai, Alex Grybauskas, Rachel Harman, Erin Ireland, Steve Loughry and Michael Rothleutner were prepared for the challenge.

After 10 rounds of questions, two students were in a virtual tie. Clayton Brown and Andrea Desai, both fifth-graders, needed an incredible nine more rounds of questions before one of them was declared the winner. Although Clayton eventually prevailed, all of the students did an excellent job.

The big winter storms have forced the postponement of Carrolltowne's competition. Leslie Dragan, Brad Dyjak, Andrew Gearhart, Scott Hasenei, Anna Novak, Rachel Novak, Blake Stewart, Kristen Waagbo, Kevin Warner and Adam Whittemore will vie for the title there in the near future.

The winner at each school will then take a written exam in an attempt to qualify as one of 10 state finalists.

The state contest is scheduled for late March.

Raffle winner is on track

Speaking of winners, Sue Jacobs was the lucky winner of the raffle sponsored by the Sykesville & Patapsco Railway.

Mrs. Jacobs won a complete Lionel train set from the model railroad club.

The raffle was part of the group's holiday activities during the Sykesville Open House and regular weekend visiting hours at the Pullman Car.

The railroad enthusiasts sold more than 600 tickets for the raffle and plan to use the money to help continue their restoration of the Pullman Car and to upgrade the train layouts displayed in the car.

Shake off the winter blues

The Freedom Area Recreation Council has several winter activities to help shake off the winter blues and get the new year off to a good start.

Young Thespians may participate in drama classes and workshops taught by Valarie Mares.

All classes are held at Piney Ridge Elementary School.

"Creative Dramatics" offers the opportunity to develop acting skills and self-expression.

The class will focus on theater games, improvisation, movement, poetry reading, monologues and scene work.

Students in grades four and higher may participate. Classes are from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Mondays. The cost is $60.

A workshop called "The Play's The Thing," with participation in a play as the focus, will be held Mondays from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. for students in grades four and higher.

The cost is $60. Performance night will be March 13.

Children in grades three and higher may participate in a "Scene Workshop," in which the scenery to be used in a play will be created. Classes will be held Wednesdays from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. The cost $60.

Participants in the "Theater Troupe Workshop" will perform two plays for the community and must be able to commit themselves to extensive rehearsal and performance time through May.

Registration forms for all drama classes are available at the Eldersburg branch of the Carroll County Public Library. For information, call 795-3562.

Activity for children

Preschool children will enjoy active movement and social time at any of three classes offered in the Community Room at Carrolltown Center.

"Jiggle-N-Jump" is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. "Movin' With Mom" is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The cost for each class is $20. Register by calling Andrea Brandt at 795-3452.

Group on the march

Youngsters 9 and older who are interested in becoming members of the Freedom Fire Stars percussion and color guard line are encouraged to call Judi Marlatt at 788-7312.

The majorette corps participates in competitions and parades throughout the year. Group classes are held either Mondays or Wednesdays from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., with class dates being determined by the instructor.

The Fire Stars will sponsor a beach-theme sock hop Friday evening from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at St. Joseph's gymnasium.

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