Fourth-grader's contest entry adds up to DynaMath top prize

Neighbors

March 18, 1996|By Jean Leslie ttTC | Jean Leslie ttTC,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IN SEPTEMBER, Resurrection Schoolfourth-grade teacher Rosemary Warwick challenged her math class to enter a contest given in the Scholastic publication DynaMath magazine.

Christine Burns, a fan of the Baby-Sitters Club book series, chose to enter the contest in which the baby sitters run a children's camp but don't earn any money. Contestants had to use math to help figure out why the camp didn't make money.

Resourceful Christine spotted some expenses the baby sitters hadn't figured in their budget, researched the costs in Ellicott City and wrote an essay to explain her analysis.

Christine's mother, Vera, received a phone call from New York this month notifying her that Christine's entry on the Baby-Sitters Club was the grand prize winner out of 1,000 entries.

Her triumph has been celebrated with a box of gifts from the publisher, a party with Ms. Warwick's class and a letter from the publisher complimenting her detailed research.

A bonus will be a call from Baby-Sitters Club author Ann Martin.

Superlative soccer player

Parade magazine has chosen an Ellicott City boy, Brian West of Centennial High School, as a member of its All-American All-Star High School Boys Soccer Team.

Good work, Brian.

Art auction

Waverly Elementary School PTA will have an art auction Saturday at the Columbia Hilton Inn.

At 7 p.m., a one-hour preview will be accompanied by a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres. The auction will start at 8 p.m. with Heisman Fine Arts Gallery selling a comprehensive selection of artworks.

Admission is $10, with profits benefiting school projects. The inn is at 5485 Twin Knolls Road in Columbia.

Penny drive

Dunloggin Middle School's Disability Awareness Group began its first penny drive, to benefit Cedar Lane School, early last month. The initial goal was $800 for the purchase of equipment.

The penny drive is over; sponsoring teachers Rosemarie Deming and Sandi Witt have announced that donations total $2,400, or triple the goal.

On collection days, teachers, media specialists and parents joined forces to roll pennies.

The adults with hands blackened by money are Dunloggin staff members Tammy Lynch, Mike Petrovich, Linda Feldman, Kay Tucci, Joanne Dolphin, John Reid, Mary Ruos and the sponsoring teachers, and parents Donna Kaplan, Marie McDuff, Claudia Sterne, Bobbie Bjorklund, Susanne Anderson, Ari Turner, Mary Donohue, Patsi Taubman, Richard Lim, Alvin Jia, Lindsey Shipley, Amber Gwinn, Kelly McDaniel and Mike Dello-Russo.

Advisory classes engaged in friendly competition to bring in the most pennies. Members of Lisa Choate's class brought in $553.72 in pennies, with Janice Petrovich's class and Sandi Witt's classes not far behind. Gardening information

Although some may spend the coming warm season with a soccer ball or bicycle, gardeners will be putting in peas and lettuce.

Those with questions can phone the Home and Garden Information Center, where a system of recorded tapes and horticulturists will give advice.

The service is based in Ellicott City, but it is offered to all Maryland residents. Hours on weekdays are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 1-800-342-2507.

Perennials slide show

Members of Ellicott City's Greenbriar Garden Club recently enjoyed a slide show by Diane Kowalski, creator of "Gardens by Diane," on perennials for shady areas. The meeting was attended by 23 of 24 members.

On March 26, Greenbriar will meet at Martin's West with other members of the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland. The highlight of this meeting will be a demonstration of creative flower arranging by Robert Thomas, a member of Monticello Garden Club of Florida.

Cooking and adjudicating

Boy Scout Troop 944 traveled to the Eastern Shore for the annual February "Feast Weekend" on Nanticoke Scout Reservation. Scouts earning the cooking merit badge provided excellent food while boys working on the law merit badge held a mock trial.

The mock trial involved the Three Little Pigs, who moved onto the Big Bad Wolf's property, where they became party animals and disturbed the wolf's peace.

The wolf retaliated by destroying two pig homes and eating bacon and sausage for breakfast.

Scout Fred Tsai, as the third pig, built a house of brick with a customized chimney, into which the wolf accidentally fell. Seamus Ryan and Einar Wulfsberg prosecuted the pig, who was charged with battery, wolfslaughter and murder.

Chris Canizaro and Tom Fisher defended the pig. Ken Aldrich and Geoff Blain testified.

Judge Martin McNamara and the jury found the pig not guilty of battery, but guilty of wolfslaughter and murder.

The weekend also saw 54 Scouts earning merit badges and 10 boys advancing in rank. Attaining Life rank were Geoff Blain and Brad Raglin; Greg Murach and Nick Keim reached Star rank; Thad Sysak joined First Class; Holly Bennett, Kevin Stapleton, Thad Sysak and Bradley Watkins reached the Second Class, and Aaron Walls became a Tenderfoot.

New school Next year, change is the name of the game if your children have been redistricted to a new school. Several schools are working to make the transition easier.

Long Reach High School will have two orientation meetings for parents and students.

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, the principal will lead a discussion of the new school's philosophy, vision, mission and goals.

The meeting will be in Elkridge Landing Middle School.

Pub Date: 3/18/96

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