Running Brooks Elementary to have a blast on Math Day

NEIGHBORS

April 03, 1996|By Liz Lean | Liz Lean,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IT DOESN'T TAKE a rocket scientist to have fun at Math Day today at Running Brook Elementary School. But they've invited one anyway.

Joe Davila, a Running Brook parent and NASA engineer, will give a presentation about rockets at 2: 30 p.m. and, weather permitting, blast off a miniature rocket from the playground.

Mr. Davila is the father of fifth-grader Eliot and second-grader Carrie.

Students and teachers are wearing clothing with numbers and math symbols for a full day of math activities.

Eye-opening show

A woman's place is in the television studio at Wilde Lake Middle School.

A project started four years ago to create a working television studio at Wilde Lake has paid off in many ways, including "combating gender inequity in the technical field," reports John Hunter, Wilde Lake's resource teacher for gifted and talented programs.

Students produce the daily "Eye Opener" news telecast and other programs. And while Mr. Hunter credits the dedication and creativity of all the crew members, he is especially impressed by the number of girls who are taking on technical jobs.

"It has been very gratifying to see competent, confident, program content producers, technical and audio directors and on-air talent" among the young women of Wilde Lake, Mr. Hunter said.

Margaret Tsien, Ivy Warren, Jennifer Goines, Cindy Gay, Frances Liu, Sylviane Alcott, Emily Flanagan and Theresa Potter are among "Eye Opener" senior staff members.

Eileen Graham, Anna Sittig, Marcela Longoria, Jade Greer, Bryanna Herring, Kara Collins, Jessica Obst and Tsega Girma are also on the senior staff.

The television studio was begun by Mr. Hunter's predecessor, Terry Sullivan.

Off to Puerto Rico

Wendy Todd, who has served as Town Center's village manager for 2 1/2 years, will be leaving her job soon and moving to Puerto Rico with her husband, Dale Todd.

Business has been booming in Puerto Rico for Mr. Todd's roofing consulting business, so the couple is moving to Toa Alta, a suburb of San Juan, in early June.

After this winter, Ms. Todd says, she looks forward to living in "the land of perpetual summer."

Excellent seniors, teachers

"An Evening of Excellence" last month paid tribute to Howard County's outstanding high school seniors and their teachers.

Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend was the keynote speak er at the 15th annual event held at Howard Community College.

Ten students from each of West Columbia's high schools were honored. Named outstanding seniors from Atholton High were Roberto Blanco, Lisa Desautels, Neal Green, Noosha Haghani, David Johnson, Kamran Khalid, Andrea Monks, Amber Onder, Ebonie Taylor and Irene Thompson. Their awards were presented by Principal Roger Plunkett.

From Wilde Lake High School at River Hill, outstanding senior awards went to Elaine Cheong, Katherine Douglas, Alisa Evans, Eboni Evans, Faisal Hasan, Naomi Johnson, Alexandra Roe, Michael Sharps, Stephen Tan and Matthew VanEcho. Principal Bonnie Daniel made the presentations.

Awards for excellence in teaching were presented to Kathleen Thompson, who teaches advanced placement chemistry at Atholton High, and to Dwight R. Evans, who teaches algebra at Wilde Lake.

Evening of mystery

Linden Hall in Dorsey's Search is the scene of the crime when Mystery on the Menu presents a "Who Done It?" performance with a Las Vegas nightclub theme from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 27.

Actors will mingle with guests during drinks, hors d'oeuvres and dinner. At some point, the dastardly deed will take place, and the audience will participate in solving the crime.

Tickets are $40 for Columbia residents, $45 for others. Information: 730-4005.

Pub Date: 4/03/96

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