Area high school students win books for literary achievements

July 15, 1996|By Jean Leslie | Jean Leslie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HOWARD COUNTY Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo) is a gathering of book lovers in this electronic age.

So the society, in conjunction with Daedalus Books of Hyattsville, gives hardback books to literary high school students.

This year, 26 awards were given to county students.

In our community, Mount Hebron High School students Daniel Schick won first prize and Patrick Winkelman won second prize in the personal essay category. Tying for second prize was Jordan Fox from Howard High School.

In the short story category, Albert Chen of Howard High and Linda Koshgarian of Hammond High School tied for first.

Other students were named by their teachers as showing "promise and achievement in the language arts": from Howard High, Meg Cronin and Albert Chen; from Centennial High, Lauren Young and Josh Sternfeld; and from Mount Hebron High, Schick and Greg Walker.

Nominating teachers included Linda Storey from Howard High, Margaret Polek and Jan Chastant from Mount Hebron High and M. H. Lankin from Centennial High.

Patapsco camp-out

The Den 4 Raptors of Cub Scout Pack 323 from Ellicott City enjoyed a camp-out at Hilton Area, Patapsco Valley State Park, from June 21 to 23.

The Scouts worked on badges while at the park. After an environmental presentation by Ranger Offutt Johnson, the Scouts spent Saturday and Sunday afternoons collecting trash along the trails.

The boys hiked among the deer, toads, birds and other wildlife -- and even saw a 30-inch copperhead.

Raptors attending the camp-out included Scott Bryan, Cary Dean, Sean Gossard, Adam Knox, Billy Mahoney and Stephen Tolkacevic.

The trip was a success, thanks to the beautiful weather, a great campsite, Scout leaders Kip Huston, Phil Knox, Ann Gossard and parents Ed Bryan, Bill Mahoney and Steve Tolkacevic.

Pack 323 is sponsored by Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church of Ellicott City.

New principal

Ellicott Mills Middle School looks to next year with excitement with a new principal and new PTA officers.

Former Principal Sylvester Burke will trade places with Patuxent Valley Middle School's principal.

I heard glowing reports of Burke's talent with his middle school students and join the Ellicott Mills community in wishing him well in his new assignment.

David Lovewell will replace Burke at Ellicott Mills Middle School.

Newly elected officers of Ellicott Mills Middle PTA include President Jim Deitrick, Vice President Bill Freeman, Treasurer Deborrah Tipton, Secretary Colleen Dodd and PTA Council Delegates Kim Derise and Ed Sherman.

Preservation efforts awarded

The Friends of the Patapsco Female Institute was delighted to receive an award from Howard County Historic District Commission for members' outstanding contribution to historic preservation with their 30-year effort to preserve the ruins.

Friends President Sally Bright accepted the award.

St. Paul Roman Catholic Church in Ellicott City also received an award for its work in restoring the Patapsco National Bank Building on its property.

The Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park is now open to the public the second and fourth Sundays of each month through October, weather permitting, and by special arrangement.

Hours are between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., with tours beginning at 1: 30 p.m. and 3: 15 p.m.

A model of Mount Ida now graces the Visitor Center. Mount Ida is the historic home that served as last year's Historic Ellicott City Show House and now serves as the park's Visitor Center. Deep Run third-graders spent many hours in the spring working on the model with teacher Heidi Chapman and Tom Norris, owner of Dream Key Doll Houses.

Students of local archaeologist Lee Preston have unearthed 500 artifacts on the property this spring, with the retrieval of several thousand more anticipated this summer.

The Friends of the Patapsco Female Institute is seeking volunteers to work on Sundays. Preston also needs volunteers to help organize and catalog the many artifacts that his students are finding.

For information or to volunteer, call (410) 465)8500.

Support group forms

Do you know someone who is living with cancer? A new support group for cancer patients and their loved ones has been formed by the American Cancer Society, Columbia United Christian Church and Glen-Gary Methodist Parish.

The group will meet from 12: 15 p.m. to 1: 30 p.m. Thursday. Everyone should bring a bag lunch; beverages will be provided.

The meeting place is Glen-Gary Parish Care Center off Route 108 in Ellicott City. For directions, call Ruth Bell at (410) 997-9790 or Betty Ure at (410) 730-1770.

Sunset Serenade

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will present another Sunset Serenade on July 24, when Naked Blue will belt out blues, pop, soul and rock.

For details, call (410) 313-7275.

Pub Date: 7/15/96

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