An early Olympic victory for a group of Girl Scouts



OLYMPIC VICTORY has arrived early for 46 local Girl Scouts.

The Scouts, who range in age from 10 to 17, started working in June and have earned enough money to travel to Georgia this summer for an eight-day trip that will include two Olympic events.

The girls and their chaperones will be gone from July 21 through July 28. Their itinerary includes time in Savannah, where they will visit the childhood home of Girl Scout founder Juliet Gordon Lowe; pontoon boating on Okefenokee Swamp; the Olympic field hockey and track and field events in Atlanta; and an overnight stay on the aircraft carrier Yorktown at Fort Sumter, S.C.

Research, planning and raising funds have consumed the girls for months, said Julie Cowell, the leader of Junior Troop 2117, where daughters Mary Kate and Beth Ann are members. The troop meets at Clemens Crossing Elementary School.

Scouts from junior troops 187 and 643, cadet troops 10 and 1374, and Senior Troop 1185, all in the Hickory Ridge vicinity, also are participating.

Every Scout has worked hard in planning the trip and earning money. Senior Scouts Bethany Hitzelberger, Cathy Nolan and Diana Fooksman have planned activities to keep the girls busy on the long bus ride.

Cadet Penny McLaughlin is coordinating activities in Savannah. Scouts Alta Ray and Bethany designed T-shirts the girls will wear on the trip.

Several Scouts will keep journals and take photographs, which will be submitted to the national Girl Scouts magazine and a local weekly newspaper when they return. Parent Laurie Rieben is coordinating that effort.

Parents Donna Wallick and Kathy Ruben have done the bookkeeping as each girl has worked toward her fund-raising goal. Lois Fenning, Margaret Hill, Linda Hitzelberger and Johnnie Nussbaum have overseen various fund-raising events.

Trish Mazzullo has looked into legal issues and prepared permission forms for the trip.

Several community groups have made contributions, including the Howard County Professional Firefighters Association, which donated $500 after firefighter Thomas Baker stopped to get his car washed at one of the girls' fund-raisers.

The Scouts can still use help with some aspects of their trip. For instance, they need donations of plastic water bottles. Call 997-4716.

Free jazz clinic

Musicians of all ages are invited to a free jazz clinic featuring saxophonist Chris Vadala at 7: 30 p.m. Tuesday at Atholton High School.

Mr. Vadala is an instructor at the University of Maryland and has directed the All-State Jazz Band.

Atholton's Jazz Band will perform under the direction of Lee Stevens.

Super scientists

Young scientists from west Columbia pulled in dozens of prizes at last month's Baltimore Science Fair.

Sabyasachi Guharay of Wilde Lake High School at River Hill won a first-place certificate and $200 scholarship. Sabyasachi's teacher, James Yorke, received a $50 cash award.

Sabyasachi also won awards from the Air Force, the National Security Agency, the Computer and Information Sciences Institute, the Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Becton Dickinson Microbiology Systems, the American Chemical Society and the National Space Society.

From Atholton High School, Mani Mahjouri won an honorable mention and awards from the National Security Agency, the American Meteorological Society, Becton Dickinson Microbiology Systems and the National Space Society.

Christina Yoo of Atholton earned awards from the American Society for Microbiology, the Maryland Society for Clinical Laboratory Science, the Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense and Becton Dickinson Microbiology Systems.

Also from Atholton, Ben Mowery was recognized by the Computer and Information Sciences Institute, the Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense and Becton Dickinson Microbiology Systems.

Atholton's Anthony Fleg earned awards from the American Society for Quality Control and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy.

Brendan Trexler of Atholton won awards from the Yale Science and Engineering Association and the American Chemical Society, and earned a Subhash C. Dhanesar Ingenuity Recognition Award.

Bryana Loeffler and Deepak Ramaprjyan of Atholton were recognized by the American Chemical Society and the Chesapeake Society for Microscopy.

Nutrition and stress

A discussion of how women can improve nutrition and manage stress begins at 9: 45 a.m. Sunday at Clemens Crossing Elementary School.

Dr. Patricia Mann, who consults on nutrition with several professional sports teams and who was an Army nurse in Vietnam, will speak on "Putting It All Together for You."

The Sisterhood of Beth Shalom Congregation sponsors the event, which is open to all. Admission is free to Sisterhood members, $2 for others.

Information: , 531-5115

Pub Date: 4/10/96

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