Designs are made on celebrating education honors Mount Airy students create a flag for school

November 15, 1996|By Donna R. Engle | Donna R. Engle,SUN STAFF

Mount Airy Middle School may be able to raise the school's first "victory flag" when Maryland School Performance Assessment Program results are released in mid-December.

Five students worked this week to integrate their individual ideas into a design that will be incorporated into a school flag made by fashion design and textile fabrication students at Carroll County Career and Technology Center.

The school flag will be flown for individual student honors or group awards, such as band competition or intramural sports victories.

Principal Virginia Ashmore is confident her students will have reason to claim victory next month when results of the statewide exams in writing, problem-solving and group work are released. The exams are designed to measure how well schools prepare students for higher education, how students are performing and how best to improve schools.

Cathy Spencer, fashion design and textile fabrication instructor, said the 18 students in her class plan to have the flag ready to fly when test results are published.

The victory flag is the principal's idea.

"When I came here as principal [this year], I thought there would be a lot of things we could celebrate and this would be a nice way to do it," Ashmore said.

Students whose designs were judged best in their grade levels worked on the final flag design. The final version incorporated some common features, such as the school mascot, a bulldog, which appeared in all the winning drawings.

In the final version, the bulldog wears a T-shirt with the letters "M.A.M.S." and his teeth grip a small "No. 1" pennant.

The students borrowed sixth-grader Jenna Erb's bubble letters for the motto, "Together We Can Do Anything." Jenna, 11, of Woodbine based her wording for the flag on the school motto, "Together We Can."

Michelle Grasser, 13, an eighth-grader from Taylorsville, entered the flag design competition out of family pride.

"My sister's going to be coming here [to school], and I kind of wanted to let the teachers know who I was for her," she said.

She also had a practical reason: "My teacher gave extra credit," she said.

Design and textile students at the career and technology center designed a banner and a school flag for their school's 25th-anniversary celebration this year.

Today's flag maker graphs the design to size, then stitches the letters and other components to be assembled, Spencer said.

"How hard it is will depend solely on the type of design they give us," she said.

Pub Date: 11/15/96

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