Citizenship test brings out good-citizen volunteers


February 07, 1997|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

TWO WEEKS ago, Hammond High School students faced the dreaded state citizenship test -- a requirement for graduation.

Special tests like these put an additional burden on staff, who must administer them and handle logistics.

Kudos go to Sheryl Baker, Debbie Barlow, Pat Carr, John DiPaula, Dorothea Gay, Annette Heaps, Linda Kreitlow, Louise McLaughlin, Rich Menendez, Joyce Pfister, Joe Russo, Beth Singleton and Mary West for all their efforts to ensure that the testing went smoothly.

Extra kudos go to Ellen Levenson, who rose above the call of duty to make the testing a success.

Welcome to Laurel Woods

Laurel Woods Elementary welcomes new members to the school family.

Kindergartners Marcus Cho, Bradley Harmon and Ben-Ben Jia are adjusting to their new surroundings.

New first-graders Carolina Hall and Tiffany Thomas, as well as second-graders Courtney Thomas and Ashley Wharton are old hands at school work.

They're all doing just fine.

Welcome, too, to third-, fourth- and fifth-graders Markita Wharton, Cheyla Hickson, Eric Kibler and Davon Hunter. Laurel Woods parents are invited to coffee with the principal from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Feb. 13.

Speaking of new arrivals at Laurel Woods, Assistant Principal Peggy Dumler had a son, Michael Dougherty, on Jan. 9 -- the first snow day of the year.

Opera at Forest Ridge

Sometimes it is a bit annoying to receive so many requests for money from school or community groups.

This evening, the Forest Ridge PTA will show what some of the money has been used for.

PTA-sponsored lyric soprano Yvette Lewis will have students perform selections from "La Boheme," "Madama Butterfly," and "The Magic Flute."

Lewis has been at the school for a week, helping students discover the magic of opera.

In that short period, she's made opera "likers" of them all.

Becoming an opera lover takes a bit longer!

Helping with house numbers

Timothy Cezar, aspiring Eagle Scout, and his fellow Scouts in Troop 424 have been making the rounds in Savage to ascertain the need for identification numbers on houses.

To become an Eagle, a Scout must design and implement a community project that will have lasting impact.

Cezar, with the help of the Savage Volunteer Fire Company and the Howard County Fire Prevention Department, realized that many older houses in Savage no longer display numbers to identify them in case of emergency.

To address this potentially dangerous situation, the Scouts have built very attractive wooden plates, with reflective house numbers, that can be staked into the ground.

Next weekend, the troop will place these on the property of households that requested them.

The numbered plates are free.

If asked to do so, the Scouts will check residential fire alarms.

Anyone interested in the project may call 792-4729; late afternoon to early evening is best.

Oh Oklahoma!

Tickets for Hammond High's production of "Oklahoma!" go on sale Feb. 17 for 7: 30 p.m. performances Feb. 28, March 1, 7 and 8.

Advance tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the school.

Montpelier exhibition

The Laurel Art Guild will hold its 28th annual Open Juried Art Exhibition from March 4-30 at the Montpelier Cultural Arts Center.

John Meyer, chairman of the Art Department at Towson State University, will be this year's juror.

Artists over 18 may submit two recent works for consideration.

Bring your favorite pieces to the Montpelier Cultural Arts center from 10 a.m. to noon or from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 26.

All work must be available for sale, and the Laurel Art Guild will collect a 25% commission on sales. In addition, there is a $15 hanging fee for exhibited works.

Prizes worth $600 will be awarded.

Information: (301) 953-7869.

Pub Date: 2/07/97

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