First-graders at Worthington hold their version of Olympics


June 17, 1996|By Jean Leslie | Jean Leslie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WORTHINGTON Elementary School first-graders are getting into the spirit of the Olympics today when they hold their version of the games.

The five first-grade classes will represent 10 countries with hand-painted flags on their T-shirts. The children have studied the history and code of ethics of the Olympics.

During the school year, Principal Fran Donaldson and Assistant Principal Lauren Bauer sacrificed many peaceful lunches to eat with each of the 23 classes at Worthington. The children learned that their administrators are not too big or too busy to eat with them.

Worthington Elementary is particularly proud that eight teachers have been nominated for teaching awards. The nominees are: For the Agnes Meyer Teacher Award, Cheryl Follmer and Andy Gershman; for the Howard County Chamber of Commerce Award, Sydney Melton, Judi Bohn, Cheryl Follmer and Andy Gershman; for the Computer Educator of the Year Award, Donna Mamula; for the Sallie Mae New Teacher of the Year Award, Michelle Hauswald and Catherina Lyu.

Centennial graduation

Centennial High School's Class of 1996 graduated at Merriweather Post Pavilion on May 29. The highlights of any graduation day are the speakers and soloists.

Darin Oduyoye gave opening remarks for the ceremony, and Emily Winings was the student speaker. Lauren Young introduced the commencement speaker, columnist Dan Rodricks of The Sun.

Meredith Brisco sang "Over the Rainbow." Susan Oviedo bade the school farewell, and Brian Jefferson, Student Government Association president, performed the ceremonial turning of the tassels.

The class played host to five foreign exchange students: Bethania Adis, Goran Brodnik, Christian Datzo, Olivia Koppen and Yurkiko Sunaga.

Students in the top 5 percent of the class include Neil Adler, Jami Bailey, Leslie Benfer, Matthew Blanchard, Joel Boone, Meredith Brisco, Angela Byun, Matthew Feldman, Michael French, Ido Heletz, Eric Liu, Kari Meyer, Kelli Motoshige, Lauren Phillips, Preeti Rane, Melissa Rekas, Srinivas Sridhara, Amy Startt and Aliza Steurer.

Elkridge appreciation

Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department invites the community to Saturday night's "Elkridge Appreciation Days Dance," from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the new fire hall.

The cost of the dance is $12, with all proceeds benefiting the replacement of Squad 1, the engine destroyed in a March traffic accident.

Information: 379-8272.

Radio news producer

Ellicott City's Theresa Giardina, director of public relations at the weekly newspaper Catholic Review, is sporting a new cap this week as she enters the world of radio news as a producer.

Making its debut Saturday is "Catholic News Radio," a weekly news and talk program. A guest will appear on the show to talk to listeners.

The show will air on 1360 AM in Baltimore and on 1330 AM in Harford County every Saturday from noon to 1 p.m.

People can call 821-1360 to comment on the show.

PTA results

In many schools, the votes have been counted for next year's PTA officers.

For Elkridge Elementary, the executive board includes President Diane Shipley, Vice President Nancy Grabowski, Corresponding Secretary Michele Nethken, Treasurer Stephanie DeStefano and Recording Secretary Kathy Harrell.

At Elkridge Landing Middle, the president is Ginny Stickles, vice presidents are Joyce Grant-Mertens and Stephanie DiStefano, treasurer is Rod Bidinger, recording secretary is Suzie Mrozinski and corresponding secretary is Esther Satchell.

Manatee magnets

Ellicott City third-graders Ben Bryden and David Sadowsky of Thunder Hill Elementary School recently completed a Type 3 project as a part of the school's Gifted and Talented Program.

After studying manatees, they made and sold magnets under the guidance of resource teacher Jill Semancik.

Each boy collected enough money to adopt a manatee, joining the fight to save the endangered mammal.

Radio field day

This weekend, hundreds of amateur radio operators will work around the clock to set up field radio communication stations, get on the air and contact other operators in the United States and Canada as participants in the American Radio Relay League's Field Day.

Ellicott City's participants, Tony Picco and his son David, will set up at 8 a.m. at 4661 Palomino Court. They encourage other ham operators to join them.

They will use generators and battery power while others set up antennas in the field to put together a self-sufficient working station as practice for establishing communication in an emergency.

The ARRL Field Organization has been effective in emergency communications nets during disasters.

About 35,000 ham operators participate in field day every year.

L This is the Ellicott City club's first attempt at field day.

Information: (410) 461-6847.

Children's Chorus

Peabody Preparatory's Howard County campus sponsors a Children's Chorus, which meets each Tuesday through the summer at Patapsco Middle School in Ellicott City.

Auditions June 27 are for students ages 6 to 16 at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center. Information: 659-8195.

'Junior Olympics'

Howard County Library Children's Services Department is offering programs this summer.

At Elkridge branch: "Junior Olympics," a program of music and movement activities for children ages 4 to 6, from 1: 30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. Registration is open.

"Silly Sports and Games," stories and activities for children ages 6 to 9, from 2 p.m. to 2: 45 p.m. June 26. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Information: (410) 313-5085.

Juggling workshop

At Miller branch library in Ellicott City, "It's a Toss Up," by Karen Lyles offers a performance and juggling workshops for children ages 6 and older June 27.

Workshops will run from 2 p.m. to 2: 30 p.m. or 4 p.m. to 4: 45 The performance starts at 3 p.m.

Registration deadline is tomorrow.

Information: 313-1955.

Pub Date: 6/17/96

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