Prom Fair offers used gowns at reasonable prices


March 10, 1997|By Lois Szymanski | Lois Szymanski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WESTMINSTER High School Class of '97 Parent Boosters is gearing up for its annual Prom Fair on March 23.

The fair features once-worn prom dresses for sale at reasonable prices, along with prom products and services from area businesses.

Girls with prom dresses they want to sell can take them to the high school from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The drop-off will be in the school lobby, 1225 Washington Road. A $2 handling fee is charged per dress. The seller receives 75 percent of the selling price.

Information: 876-8741, 848-8337 or 857-4932.

St. John's winners

St. John's Roman Catholic School in Westminster produces winners and has proved it with its winning team at the Archdiocesan Academic Invitational Tournament, held at Cardinal Gibbons High School last month.

The school sent four teams to compete in a field of 40 teams representing 14 local Roman Catholic elementary schools. Each of its teams finished in the top 10.

The team of Beth Bromwell, Greg Cavanaugh, Heather Marshall and Jimmy Miller finished in the winning position, making this the fourth year for a St. John's team to claim victory.

"All four competed in last year's tournament except Heather," said team coach Phylis Semler. "And Jimmy was on the winning team [last year]."

"We practiced a lot," Greg said. "First, we met once a month to practice. Then, as it got closer to the competition, we met every week."

Semler said categories covered in this "Jeopardy!"-style tournament were wide and varied. Everything from mythology to action figures to television and dolls was covered. The first five rounds were held in separate rooms around the Cardinal Gibbons school. Then, the six semifinal teams squared off in the gymnasium.

"We were mostly nervous in the first rounds," Greg said.

"But the lights [in the gym] were terrible," Jimmy added. "Very bright."

The school is proud of all its students, and the pride shines like the plaques brought home. Each team member got a plaque, and the school received one.

"We always get called Brainiacs," Beth said. "This is our one place to shine."

Beth, who is in the seventh grade, said she would compete again next year. Greg, Heather and Jimmy, eighth-graders, will not be eligible next year.

But St. John's will draw from a wealth of successful students next year. Or perhaps the school will pull from its top-10-finishing teams. Other top-10 finalists from St. John's included: Team 2, Zac Flaherty, Maureen Hattrup, Tommy O'Brien and Jennifer Sikorski; Team 3, Caitlin Forst, Laura Hughes, Jason Magavero, Robbie Wittstadt and Ryan Sellors; Team 4, Stephen Benko, Daniel Bowen, Lauren Owen, Stephen Roenick and Niki Street.

Lois Szymanski's Central Carroll neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 3/10/97

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