Kangaroo Kids qualify to compete in nationals


March 26, 1997|By Kathy Curtis | Kathy Curtis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MEMBERS OF the Kangaroo Kids Competition Jump Rope Team qualified to compete in two national tournaments this summer as a result of their performance at regional meets earlier this month at Towson State University.

Among those competing at the national level will be Elizabeth Egan and Thomas Egan of Longfellow, Amanda Ramsey of Clemens Crossing and Marissa Schwartz of Clary's Forest.

The jump rope team competed in the U.S. Amateur Jump Rope Federation's northeast regional tournament March 1.

The team placed third in the Team Group Show. Nineteen members qualified for the national tournament, which will be in Orlando, Fla., in June.

The next day, the jump rope team competed in the Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympics Northeast Regional tournament.

Twenty-five members qualified for the national competition, to be held in Charlotte, N.C., in August.

The Kangaroo Kids competed in individual and team events for age groups from 8 and younger to 15 to 18.

Kangaroo Kids is open to girls and boys from kindergarten through high school age who live -- or go to school -- in Howard.

Children are grouped according to ability into performing and nonperforming teams, and weekly classes are held throughout the school year at Harper's Choice Middle School.

For information about Kangaroo Kids, call Jean Hodges at 410-880-0781.

Teen dance club begins

After a 18 months of discussion and planning, River Hill teen representative Holly Maggio is ready to test the viability of a teen dance club in Columbia.

Sponsored by the River Hill Community Association, the teen dance club will be held from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. April 11 at Kahler Hall.

A disc jockey from Absolute Sounds will provide music. McDonald's is donating refreshments.

"It's a test run," said Holly, "to prove to CA and the [River Hill village] board that teens actually want to do this."

Her goal is to establish a center for older teens that would be open daily.

Katie McDermond, the teen representative-elect for the River Hill village board, is working with Holly on the project.

Holly has also received support from the village board and Sunny McGuinn, River Hill village manager.

The dance is a substance-free event. Tickets are $6 a person and must be bought by April 9.

They will be sold only to students with current Howard County high school identification.

To buy tickets, call Holly at 410-531-9490 or Katie at 410-531-9151.

You can also call the River Hill village office at 410-531-1749.

Spring ice show set

More than 20 skaters from west Columbia will perform in the Columbia Figure Skating Club's spring production, "A Fantasia on Ice," April 5 and 6.

The show will include excerpts from last year's popular productions of "The Lion King" and "Pocahontas," as well as new material based on the classic story, "Madeline."

Ariel Andrew, Beth Baniszewski, Shauna Batson, Amy Beier, Alexandra Berge, Dylan Brace-Sloss, Meredith Brace-Sloss, Alicia Brands, Jake Brody and Gabrielle Friedenburg are among the performers.

Also in the cast are Lauren Havery, Kelly Lilley, Sonja Lilley, Jessica Obst, Jennifer Perkins, Carolyn Savoldelli, Lindsay Smeltz, Lindsay Sperling, Kristen Tessmer, Cynthia Wisthoff and Melanie Wolvovsky.

Performances are scheduled for 3: 30 p.m. and 7: 30 p.m. on April 5, and 1: 30 p.m. and 4: 30 p.m. April 6, at the Columbia Ice Rink on Thunder Hill Road.

Tickets are $10 for adults; $7 for children and seniors. They may be purchased in advance at the Columbia Ice Rink. They may also be ordered by calling 410-461-9948.

Midlife transitions

Dorsey's Search resident Fran Dummett will reprise her popular seminar, "Midlife Transitions for Women," from 7 p.m. to 9: 30 p.m. April 2 at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road.

Dummett, a health educator and middle school counselor, presented the seminar at Oakland in September.

The fee is $10. Registration is required. Information: 410-730-4744.

Six earn certification

Six staff members of Howard Community College's Office of Continuing Education have earned the designation of Certified Program Planner.

The designation is given by the Learning Resources Network, an international association of continuing education professionals, and is based on completion of a course and a qualifying examination.

Receiving the certification were Wilde Lake resident Betsy Alexander, coordinator of career programs and professional development; and Hickory Ridge residents Marilyn Estes, manager of career programs and community development, and Marla Schreck, a continuing education specialist.

Also certified were JoAnn Hawkins, director of lifelong learning and professional education; and Sara Baum and Marge Cangiano, continuing education specialists.

Pub Date: 3/26/97

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