Independent research gives students a chance to shine


December 12, 1997|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE WORST part about being a young adult is being treated like a child.

A teen's maturity and competence often develop well before the opportunities to exercise these traits.

Happily for a group of talented and competent students at Hammond High School, this frustrating situation has passed them by.

The teens are participating in independent research classes in which they propose and implement a project in the real world.

Of course, such a program requires mentors, and we are fortunate to have generous neighbors who are happy to help.

Here is a sampling of projects being done by Hammond High teens and their advisers.

Mohua Bose has noticed that local food banks are well stocked at the holidays, although less so at other times.

She is conducting a food and clothing drive with the younger students of Hammond Middle School and intends to repeat the exercise several times a year.

Cerise Clark is studying infant stimulation and neonatal health. She plans to produce a parent kit, containing developmental activities for parents and their infants. She is working with area hospitals in Baltimore and Washington.

In another health-related field, Laura Flanagan is studying drama therapy with the Bethesda Academy for Performing Arts. She is producing a one-act play for disabled teen-agers.

There are budding writers in the group.

Harrison Goodman is writing a historical novel, with guidance from a professional writer. Harrison is doing research and attends a writers' group.

Antje Hultgren is writing a vegetarian cookbook for teens. Her book will include a reference section.

Lauren Mullen is producing a literary magazine at school. She will help future Hammond editors by carefully documenting her work.

Matt Walker is creating a writing Internet site for the school. He is collecting written work from other students to share on the site.

Several students are interested in fashion.

Bo Park and Jung Im Yoon are studying the operations required to stage a fashion show, including scheduling, advertising and marketing. They are working with a former Hammond alumnus and a fashion consultant. Their goal is to present a show in a mall this year.

Kenann Quander is creating fashions -- the original designs from which garments are made. By the end of the year, Kenann will have a portfolio to show college admissions officers. Kenann will also organize an art show for high school students.

Seniors' busy lives

High school seniors are not the only people with busy lives. Senior citizens have them too.

The Savage Senior Center is sponsoring an intergenerational program, "Where Were You When "

This two-part program matches seniors with middle school students from Glenelg Middle School.

The senior citizens will choose a historic event and share their memories of it. The middle school students plan to take notes, then return later with a report on the subject.

This is an opportunity for senior citizens to remember old times and hand down a living memory of experiences of the Depression, the return of soldiers from World War II and other wars, the civil rights movement, women's liberation, the Soviet Union's early lead in space exploration or the first moon walk.

Seniors citizens are invited to share these and other memories. Specific events and quality-of-life issues are of interest.

Information: Savage Senior Center, 410-880-5915. Edith Bennett and her staff will make the arrangements.

The program will run from 10: 45 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m. Jan. 28.

At 10: 30 a.m. Wednesday, Savage Senior Center welcomes state Sen. Martin G. Madden for a potluck brunch.

Bring a covered dish to share and your best questions for the senator.

Pub Date: 12/12/97

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