Oakland Middle School unfurls new flag created by students


July 02, 1996|By Natalie Harvey | Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

YOU MAY NOTICE a new flag flying at Oakland Middle School next year. It is the completion of an idea of Nicole Alpert and Cara Curry, who thought the school should have a new flag.

The incentive was the school's new mascot, the falcon, and the new red and black colors. The entire seventh grade was encouraged to suggest a design.

Eric Archer and Adam Solomon presented an initial design that was reworked by the two girls as a red falcon on a white background, with "1972," the year the school opened, outlined in black and the school's motto "Falcons Achieve" also outlined in black.

JoEllen McDonald, resource director for gifted students at the school, reports that the girls researched flags, did an independent project investigation on local school flags and investigated the cost of a new flag.

Students who wanted to "sound off" on the school's weekly television program were asked to donate 50 cents to the flag fund; one of the school's education partners, Borders Books and Music, donated a percentage of a day's sales; and donations were accepted from students, staff members and families.

The cost, $178.50, was finally raised and the embossed flag was dedicated June 12. One of the nicest things is that the students, who will be eighth-graders in the fall, will have the pleasure of having "their" flag waving in the breeze outside of the school for their final year at Oakland Mills Middle.

June 12 was a red-letter day for Oakland Mills Middle because another independent project received recognition. Teddy bears made by the seventh grade were presented to Victor Broccolino, Howard General Hospital administrator.

The cuddly creatures will reside in the hospital's emergency room waiting for the children who need them. The class was divided into groups, and each group had five weeks to make its fTC felt bears, which were stuffed with hypoallergenic materials.

Scholarship winner

It's never too late to celebrate receiving a scholarship. Oakland Mills graduate John Sunderdick has been notified that he has received the $500 Barry Aranson Scholarship. The award is presented to an outstanding athlete with a good academic record. John qualifies in both ways. He graduated with a 4.0 grade point average and competed in baseball, basketball and soccer games.

He is a bona fide east Columbian, having attended Jeffers Hill Elementary, Owen Brown Middle and Oakland Mills High.

John plans to major in chemistry at Brown University. His proud parents are Donna and Vincent Sunderdick.

Middle school passage

Fifty-four fifth-graders at Stevens Forest Elementary had a breakfast as their celebration of passing to middle school.

Parent Damon Foreman played background music for the girls and boys while they enjoyed a meal served by their teachers Nancy Mosedale and Mary Ann Nolting, parents and administrators.

A letter from Tipper Gore was read "encouraging students to keep education as their top priority."

The food was provided courtesy of Bob Evans Restaurant, ValuFood Grocery Store, Papa John's Pizza and Pizza Hut.

Sister city traveler

The Owen Brown Village Board has made a donation for village resident Natalie Deming's expenses during her trip to Spain.

She has been selected by the Columbia Association to represent Columbia at sister city Tres Cantos this summer.

Wish list wanted

Becky Bafford, Columbia Art Center director, is in need of a "wish list" for classes and instructors at the Long Reach Village facility.

Classes are scheduled from September through December.

She said, "We welcome suggestions for classes that would appeal to Columbia residents and be adaptable to our space. Ideas need not be from instructors; potential students may present their requests too." Suggestions may be presented in person or writing.

Information: 730-0075.

Pub Date: 7/02/96

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