Harper's Choice Middle students are winners in writing contest

Neighbors

April 24, 1996|By Liz Lean | Liz Lean,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THREE seventh-graders from Harper's Choice Middle School were among the prize-winners last week in a writing contest about prejudice, sponsored by the Howard County Section of the National Council of Jewish Women.

Rachel Scheinerman and Megan Turner were first-place winners. Carolyn Rieben was a runner-up.

Students from eight county middle schools submitted essays, poems or short stories on the topic "What Prejudice Means to Me." Entries touched on race, religion, appearance, disability, family lifestyle, AIDS and age.

Ann Hilliard and Dr. Lucille Perez of Zeta Phi Beta sorority and Gail Feldman of the council's Howard County section served as judges.

Schools welcome officer

The communities of Atholton High School and Wilde Lake High School at River Hill are welcoming a new staff member, Howard County police Officer Mark Richmond.

Officer Richmond has been a "community cop" at county high schools for several years and is taking on an expanded role with the title of Southern District liaison officer. He also will spend time at Hammond and Oakland Mills high schools.

"Although Officer Richmond will handle police matters that involve students, such as tobacco violations or vandalism," said Wilde Lake Principal Bonnie Daniel, "his primary focus will be to support law enforcement efforts by functioning as a classroom instructor, activities coordinator, mentor and role model."

Officer Richmond's counterpart for Northern District high schools Officer Ann Bailey, "who just happens to be a Wilde Lake grad," noted Ms. Daniel.

Middle school PTA auction

Sports items, movie tickets, restaurant gift certificates and scores of other items will be auctioned from 6: 30 p.m. to 9: 30 p.m. Friday at Wilde Lake Middle School.

The PTA has rounded up goods and services from dozens of area businesses.

Students also can bid on teachers' donations, including passes that free them from a night's homework.

Cynthia Ausiejus is chairing the event and is still accepting donations. Call 997-0854.

Thomas Goines is PTA president.

New Eagle Scouts

Five young men from West Columbia reached the rank of Eagle Scout in the past year and will be among the Scouts honored next month by County Executive Charles I. Ecker.

The new Eagle Scouts are Lance Marshall of Wilde Lake, a member of Troop 75; Marc Radik of Hickory Ridge, a member of Troop 522; Michael Temchine of Hickory Ridge, a member of Troop 613; Patrick William Hurley of Hickory Ridge, a member of Troop 737; and Joshua Ridgeway of Hickory Ridge, a member of Troop 601.

A May 9 ceremony and reception will honor all new Eagle Scouts and Gold Award Girl Scouts from Howard County.

Forensic finals

Three members of the Speech and Debate Team from Wilde Lake High School at River Hill will travel to Kansas next month to compete in the Catholic Forensic League's national finals.

Raj Adlakha, Olisa Aber and Sabby Guharay will make the trip to Kansas.

They and teammates John Gu, Andy McDonald, Paul Sutton and Jeff Treem were regional finalists.

'Indispensable Woman'

Some women tend to nurture everyone -- including their spouse, children, relatives, co-workers and friends -- and neglect themselves.

Howard County General Hospital's Wellness Center is offering a class to teach women to manage these feelings and to break free of destructive thinking and behavior patterns.

"The Indispensable Woman" will be offered from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 9 at the wellness center, Suite L-9 of the Columbia Medical Center, 11055 Little Patuxent Parkway.

The fee is $10.

For more information, phone 740-7600.

Pub Date: 4/24/96

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