Patuxent Valley Middle School student named to All State Band


December 05, 1997|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MICHAL KUZNETZ of Patuxent Valley Middle School has been selected for the All State Band.

Her musical talent has also made her a member of Howard's All County Band.

She is the only Howard County student selected for the All State Band, so the middle school's music department is thrilled.

Michal competed against the best musicians from seventh through ninth grades for this position. And she's so terrific on her instrument -- the bassoon -- that she won first chair.

The school was honored by the presence of Washington Redskins player Marvcus Patton. Sixth-grade student Blake Dunn entered a contest partially sponsored by J. C. Penney Co. The prize was a visit from an NFL player for 23 schools nationwide.

Blake's name was selected -- and Patuxent Valley Middle School won the honor.

Patton visited the schools to encourage students to work hard, persevere and excel in school. Patton's story conveyed the same message.

He began his football career through academics -- his scholarship to the University of California at Los Angeles was based on his 3.9 grade-point average in high school, not on his athletic abilities.

He started as a walk-on football player. Patton's hard work and perseverance led the school to offer him an athletic scholarship after his first year.

His talk impressed Karen Helfrich's second-period class.

Thanks to Blake's efforts, the school day was enriched by a lively speaker -- and the school budget by an honorarium from J. C. Penney.

Patuxent Valley's principal, Sterlind Burke, was recently invited to attend an education conference focused on schools that scored high marks on Maryland School Performance Assessment Program tests.

Several elementary schools from Howard County were also represented.

All of the schools received a Maryland School Performance Recognition Award.

But Patuxent Valley Middle was the only Howard County middle school recognized for having made significant strides toward reaching the state's high standard.

Laurel sings

At 8 p.m. tomorrow, the Laurel Oratorio Society celebrates Hanukkah with a performance of Handel's "Judas Maccabaeus" at Oseh Shalom Synagogue.

The society's able choral voices will be joined by guest soloists.

Baritone Jerome Barry has been director of the Embassy Recital Series for the past three years. He gave the first concert at the U.S. Memorial Holocaust Museum in Washington. He has performed with the Israeli Philharmonic and elsewhere in Israel more than 350 times.

Here, he sings the role of Simon.

Tenor Dan Snyder sings the role of Judas.

A Marine sergeant until recently, Snyder was a soloist at the Marine Memorial Chapel in Quantico, Va. He now is tenor soloist at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House in Alexandria, Va.

Alto Amy Reiff will sing the role of the Israelite man. Fans may remember her performance with the oratorio society in Bach's B-minor Mass in June 1996.

Soprano Debra Lawrence will sing the part of the Israelite woman. She's also a veteran of the oratorio society; she was the soprano soloist for the group's performance of Mendelssohn's HTC "Elijah" in 1993.

Tickets for the concert are $11, or $8 for seniors. The synagogue is at 7515 Olive Branch Way in Laurel. Information: Doris Lovell, 301-464-0119.

Never a group to rest on its laurels, the Laurel Oratorio Society performs again the next weekend in its annual Messiah Sing-Along, at which audience members are invited to participate in one of the most joyous holiday classics.

Admission is $5; score rental is $1 more.

This concert will be held at Laurel Presbyterian Church on Dec. 13. Information: Suzie Parks, 301-474-8617.

Holiday trees

The Hammond High baseball boosters -- with an eye to the spring season -- are selling Christmas trees. Stop by the school todaythrough Sunday for a great tree. Prices for white pines, blue spruces and Douglas firs begin at $35.

Hammond students of the month have been recognized by their departments: Min Myo, science; Megan Hill, art; Christopher Staub, English; Sarah Britz, foreign language; Josh Merti, computer science; Janel Fleming, home economics; Sterling Saunders, business; Christina Braganza, independent research; Jason Decker, physical education; Francis Filteau, mathematics; Cory Shipe, technology; Elizabeth Zinar, social studies; Jeson Jackson, music; and Eddie Welker, dance.

Pub Date: 12/05/97

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