Thirteen county artists receive total of $35,000 in scholarships


September 08, 1997|By Jean Leslie | Jean Leslie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MUCH OF THE county was away on vacation Aug. 1 when the Executive's Charity Association Inc. presented 13 county artists with scholarships.

Funds were raised through the Spotlight on the Arts Gala in October.

A total of $35,000 was awarded to the artists, who represent a broad spectrum of the arts community.

County Executive Charles I. Ecker and his wife, Peggy, spearheaded the gala.

Representatives of the Department of Education, Columbia Festival of the Arts and Howard County Arts Council, along with county residents, made up the selection committee.

Five scholarship winners live in Ellicott City.

Approximately 50 residents applied for funding.

Susan Brzozowski, a multimedia artist, will attend Maryland Institute, College of Art's Pre-College Studio Residence Program.

A student at Mount Hebron High School, she belongs to the National Arts Honors Society and participates in the county's visual arts gifted and talented program.

Erin Frisby, a student at University of Maryland, College Park, will use her scholarship for private voice and music lessons.

She won a silver rose at the Rosa Ponselle competition for three years, sang in the opera "Riders to the Sea" and performed at Goucher College and Carnegie Hall in New York.

Fine artist Katie Kinsel will use her scholarship for college. "[I] hope to return to the county to teach, since I feel a commitment to the school system that gave me such a quality art education," she said.

Gino Molfino, a graduate of Mount Hebron High, attends the Maryland Institute, College of Art. He is pursuing a master's degree in art education and also wants to work for the Howard County school system.

He volunteers as an elementary school art teacher, and judges scholarship applicants for the Maryland Artist Equity Foundation.

Ryan Pierce will attend New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with the goal of becoming a stage performer.

During his years at Centennial High, he appeared in the musical "My Fair Lady" and performed with the Young Columbians.

He sang in the National Association of Teachers singing competition, and in a regional contest at Salisbury State University.

Korey Jackson of Elkridge also won a scholarship.

A 1997 graduate of Howard High, his goal is a bachelor's degree in music education at Pennsylvania State University.

He has performed at the White House, Kennedy Center, Jim Rouse Theatre and Toby's Dinner Theater. He is a flutist, dancer, actor and singer.

"The committee was impressed with the talent and dedication of the applicants," notes Jean Moon, head of the selection committee.

New school

St. John's Lane Elementary is now dubbed "Ellicott City's other new school," after the recent opening of Hollifield Station took many of the students from the formerly crowded school.

Principal James Pope describes his staff as "vibrant."

New staff members include Assistant Principal Genie Varlack; teachers Shannon Dickey, Beverly Maddox, Shannon Fuller, Danelle Houck, Paula Stehle, Meghan Seewagen, Robin Quarles, Jay Berwanger and Tolly Trumper.

Barbara Burkhard is a new instructional assistant and Harriet Tanglos is the new teacher's secretary.

Back-to-school nights are Sept. 23 for the primary grades, and Sept. 30 for the intermediate grades.

Ketchup, anyone?

Elkridge Landing Middle School teachers and administrators will take orders from their students from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

They'll flip burgers and bag fries during the school's McDonald's Night, an annual school fund-raiser.

Eat at the Elkridge McDonald's restaurant on Route 1 and watch the action.

Elkridge Landing will hold its annual back-to-school night Sept. 15.

The meeting in the school's cafeteria begins at 7 p.m.

Elkridge Elementary has 27 classes in its first through fifth grades, and six classes of kindergartners. The school has three portable classrooms.

To help run the facility, Elkridge Elementary has 11 new staff members. The new assistant principal is Bill Jenkins.

New media specialist is Karen Moroughan, and new media assistant is Trudy Grantham.

New teachers include Jazmin Geronimo, Christine Srivastava, Shara Hine, Kelli Lafferty, Ivye Pazornik, Kathy McKelvey, Brooke Voelp and Raymond Forton.

Back-to-school nights are held on a grade-by-grade basis Thursday and Sept. 18 and 25.

Information: 410-313-5006.

Pub Date: 9/08/97

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