3 Benfield Elementary teachers are retiring after long careers


August 08, 1996|By Joni Guhne | Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE SUMMER of '96 has turned out to be a good time to retire.

At Benfield Elementary School, three teachers who have spent what seems like a lifetime in the classroom are finding out what life in the relaxed lane is like.

Physical education teacher Barbara Hitchings is leaving after 34 years of keeping little Benfield bodies fit; music teacher Betty O'Hara has retired after exercising voices in a number of schools before coming to Benfield, where she has concluded her 38-year career; and Rozanne Williams has completed 34 years as a kindergarten teacher at Benfield.

Just around the corner, Benfield Road Safeway customers may not recognize the names Jerry Mink and June Spiess. But everyone who checks out with a purchase knows the faces.

Last Wednesday the two veterans cleared their registers for the final time, and checked into the world of retirement.

Jerry, with 32 years to her credit, and June, with 25 years, are looking forward to lots of things, but mostly never again having to say, "Do you want plastic or paper?"

Class accomplishments

Before the new school year begins, Broadneck High School Principal Linda Blackman would like to take note of the accomplishments of the Class of 1996.

The 330 graduates earned scholarships, grants and awards totaling more than $1 million.

The graduates were represented by four valedictorians: Jeremy Eckman, Jessica Kemp, Sonia Kramer and Wendy Vogenitz.

A National Merit finalist, Wendy's academic achievements earned her a dream job this summer: working at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, where she turned 18 on July 31.

For two years, when she wasn't studying or practicing the violin, Wendy has worked at McDonald's. Fluent in French, she was selected to work during the Olympics at a McDonald's that served French-speaking customers.

When this memorable summer draws to a close, Wendy will pursue her goal of becoming a writer at Princeton University.

Each year, the county Scholarship for Scholars foundation makes scholarships available to all county public and private school seniors. Of the 27 awards this year, Broadneck students won six: Vogenitz, English; Eckman, Westinghouse Scholarship for Excellence in Math and Science; Colleen Keating, art; Heather Peck, the Baltimore Symphony Scholarship; Erin Rosacker, business education; and Nicole St. Pierre, journalism.

Pipe organ checkup

The pipe organ will be examined during a demonstration at 10 a.m. Aug. 17 at Severna Park United Methodist Church. Leading the demonstration will be church music director Marge Ingalls and Chris Wells, an organ major at Oberlin College in Ohio.

Information: 987-4700.

Pub Date: 8/08/96

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