Harper's Choice 7th-graders hit the beaches and clean up


June 19, 1996|By Liz Lean | Liz Lean,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MORE THAN 160 seventh-graders from Harper's Choice Middle School descended on Maryland's Eastern Shore for 24 hours last month, and when they boarded the buses back to Columbia, they left cleaner beaches, newly planted marsh grass, clearer trails and a better equipped waterfowl refuge.

Led by social studies teacher Winnie McCullough and science ** teacher Mary Ray, students prepared for their trip by studying the Chesapeake Bay and its environment.

Based at Camp Wright near the Bay Bridge, groups of students built boxes for nesting ducks, planted marsh grass at Wye Island, cleaned up the shoreline around Kent Narrows and built picnic tables for the camp, among other service projects.

Parent volunteers, led by Bonnie Kirkland and Louise Carlson, included Susie Weiss, Felicia Jenkins, Bill Kearney, Phil Davis and Chris Leepor-Grove.

Staff members who participated included Robbie Adkins, Muriel Albert, Kristy Grasty, Madraine Johnson, Glen Lewis, Kristy Tillman and Bobbie Girardi.

Student Sarah Hobart devoted many lunch periods to helping teachers organize the trip.

Missing: one flag

Oh, say, have you seen, by the dawn's early light -- or even by a bare bulb illuminating somebody's trash can -- the U.S. flag that disappeared from outside a Harper's Choice condominium on Memorial Day?

A Columbia pioneer, one of the town's first 100 residents, has flown the Stars and Stripes from her Deering Woods trellis on national holidays for more than 20 years.

This past "Decoration Day," as she calls it, her flag disappeared. Disappointed but undaunted, she flew her back-up flag last week on Flag Day.

That star-spangled banner survived, but she'd like to have her original flag back. If anyone can help see that the flag is returned, please do.

Fraternity honors students

Several high school students from west Columbia were among those recognized by Kappa Phi Lambda, the Columbia chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha service fraternity, during a June 9 awards ceremony at the Florence Bain Center in Harper's Choice.

From Atholton High School, Adia Hayes received the Eugene K. Jones Award for contributions to the community. Alisha Walcott received the Robert H. Ogle Award for outstanding achievement in sports.

From Wilde Lake High School at River Hill, Yewande Daniyan received the Alpha Phi Alpha special potential scholarship.

From Centennial High School, Darin Oduyoye received the Alpha Phi Alpha scholarship for excellence in social sciences.

Nathaniel Alston received a Parental Recognition Award for his work with Wilde Lake High.

Longfellow resident James Fitzpatrick leads the Kappa Phi Lambda Education Committee. Cecil Christian, Kenneth Jennings, Dennis Kemp, Freeman Sands and Edward Young are committee members.

Students register 186 voters

Howard County has 186 newly registered voters, thanks to sixth-graders from Harper's Choice Middle School. The students wisely took their registration drive to where the voters are: west Columbia village centers on two June weekends.

The civic-minded students are grateful to Terri Schindler, who coordinated the work of parent volunteers, including Curly Franklin, Wilma Bass, Jacqueline Thornton, Barbara Silver, Karen Morgan, Melinda McKay, Linda Green, Debbie Wilhelm, Dee Sullivan, Jerry Yetter and Sue Winstead.

Other parents who pitched in were Helen Sutusky, Linda Clopton, Juli Marchaney, Joan Collins, Jayne Hansen, Stella Fanzone, Anne Rogers, Susan Willamin, Caren Klein, Janet Oken, Cheryl Peck, Barbara McClayton, Dorothy Davis and Carol Gallay.

Cedar Lane graduates

Among the hundreds celebrating the end of their public education this month are six proud graduates of Cedar Lane School.

Shawn Fiala, Jack Frivance, Melanie Harries, Eric Legal, Brian O'Hare and Mark Stewart are the members of Cedar Lane's class of '96.

The Howard County Council Award for Leadership went to Harries. Stewart won the PTA Award for Socialization.

Pub Date: 6/19/96

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