Adults share their work with students on Career Day


February 10, 1997|By Jean Leslie | Jean Leslie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

CENTENNIAL LANE Elementary School held its Career Day on Jan. 31 as adults from the community visited classes to describe their careers.

According to my sources -- press releases written by student reporters from the school's Gifted and Talented Program -- the day was totally successful.

For example, according to Emi DiStefano, computer graphics Professor Russell Turner explained to the children how the movie "Toy Story" was created.

"A person was connected to wires which were connected to the computer. Every time the person moved, the character on the computer screen would copy the person's motion. I never knew all the neat things a computer can do," she wrote.

Fifth-grader Jacquie Chamberlain was impressed by FBI Agent Jim Ellis' lecture.

According to her press release, "One of his most interesting cases happened in New York. Bank robbers broke into a vault and stole 441 thousand dollars out of the bank. Every student's jaw fell to their laps."

Fourth-grader Chris Hilchey described musician Dave Geigerich's guitar demonstration for first-graders.

"As Mr. Geigerich played a blues song faster, turning it into rock and roll, the first-graders all got up and danced."

Erin Compton reported that when engineer Debra Richmond told the children that "if there were no engineers, there would be no cars, televisions, phones, computers, bridges, toys or Nintendo, all the children acted very surprised."

Kendra Norris went to a talk by Virginia and David Evans, both of whom work in the courts.

She was particularly interested in how the couple got their educations.

"Mrs. Evans went to law school and got a job as a clerk, then decided she wanted to be a prosecutor. Mr. Evans went to law school too and during the summer he worked in a Finger Print Lab."

Fifth-grader Vincent Cino listened to a talk by Stephen Dudley, a sergeant in the National Guard who "during the 1996 blizzard drove [Humvees] to help doctors and firemen get to their jobs."

Fifth-grader Sara Siegel reported on an Army orthopedic doctor's presentation.

"Dr. [Nick] Grosso brought some materials to make a cast took those materials and put a real cast on a student."

She continued, "If you were to be an army doctor, you would have to go to school for 25 years," a long time in her estimation.

Other speakers at the event included podiatrist Rick Adams, dancer Soon Hee Ahn, college dean Scott Angle, nurses Susan Arneson and Sheila Suhrstedt, teachers Fiona Henderson and Marcela Aviles, CPA George Bayless, social worker Amanda Bayless, landscape architect Ken Berg, adoption worker Esther Best, FBI Agent Melanie Betz, mathematician Antonia Bluher, engineer Susan Burgess, and physicians Coleene Cooke, Craig Hendrix, Paul Noble, Leonard Raucher, Anuradha Reddy, Marcia Wolf Chalfin and Vincent Yang.

Other speakers were audiologist Maribeth Eckenrode, businessmen Gary Eller and Mike Lockett, computer specialist Chip Galloway, salesman Randy Gartner, Judge Connie Gordon, critic John Harding, lawyer Bruce Plaxen, biotechnological genetic therapists John Powers and Joseph Swales, journalist Bill Reinhard, government administrator Lisa Stello, museum administrator Michael Storey, clown Marjorie Strasburger, and environmentalist Barbara Watson.

Esther Best demonstrated the blessings of adoption by bringing as guests adoptive parents and their children.

Genetic therapists John Powers and Joseph Swales taught the children in their group how "germy" our environment is.

The students touched something in their immediate environment, then collected and cultured the germs in a petri dish.

Clown Marjorie Strasburger discussed clown school with a fascinated group of kids.

Student reporters also included Grace Chioie, Ashley Virtue, Lisa Koo, and Mandy Maurer.

Seeking a show house

Historic Ellicott City's search for next year's show house has netted good ideas from residents across Howard County.

Ruth Hoke has suggested that the show house be Montrose Mansion on Brighton Dam Road -- a 20-room farmhouse that has been in the Randle family for more than 100 years. (A Randle family member was the writer of the classic children's book "Maryland, My Maryland.")

Montrose is one of several properties under consideration.

A prospective show house must be fairly sizable, in good structural repair and have facilities for parking.

If you have suggestions, call Janet Kusterer at 461-6908 and leave a message.

Kudos to Deep Run

Deep Run Elementary School was one of nine schools in Howard County to receive an award for increased Parent-Teacher Organization enrollment.

Deep Run continues its commitment to a strong PTA with its

Founders' Day celebration Thursday.

That night, the school community will celebrate the PTA's 100th birthday with an evening of ice cream and Valentine craft workshops.

Howard High's musical

Howard High School has announced its cast for its spring musical, "Little Shop of Horrors," to be presented March 13, 14 and 15.

The cast includes Don Chiarella as Seymour, Megan Holmes as Audrey, Stefan Lasker as Mr. Mushnik, Kenny Fisher as Orin, and Korey Jackson as the voice of Audrey II.

Korey Jackson is also the student director.

Other cast members include Maya Cook, Renee Gissentanger, Takiyah Omar, Jessica Binder, Jevne Reid, Daisy Tillman, Ashly Walton, Charisse Ferrer, Amy Singer, James Maravetz, Vashali Dharmadhikari, Omar Bradford and Robert Knorr.

Judging projects

Here's a great way for the local scientific community to give to county schools: make yourselves available to judge science projects on March 5 at Elkridge Landing Middle School.

This will relieve school staff of the task of judging.

Call the school at 313-5040, and ask for Debbie Batzer or Sue Williams.

Pub Date: 2/10/97

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