Oakland Mills cheerleaders to perform at Orange Bowl


December 30, 1997|By Natalie Harvey | Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THIS THURSDAY IS a special day in many lives. It's New Year's Day, of course.

But for some members of the Oakland Mills High Varsity Cheerleaders, it is extra special because they are performing during halftime at the Orange Bowl in Miami.

Even if you are not a football fan, tune in at halftime.

Coach Robin Page reports that members of the Varsity Cheerleader Squad -- captain Annette Jackson, co-captains Anne Braxton and Nicole Thomas, Jillian Siegle, Emily Altschuler and Raynia Stokes -- will be competing for individual Cheer Scholarships at the game.

Keisha Shepherd was invited but will not be able to attend.

Naomi Sander will represent Oakland Mills in a scholarship performance competition during halftime at the All-American Pro Bowl Feb. 2 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Emily Pieplow, Angie Rivas and Raynia also were invited to compete in Honolulu, but will not be able to attend.

Last month, the 17-member Varsity Cheerleader Squad placed second in National Cheerleader Association Regionals held at Oakland Mills High School.

That earned them a bid to the national competition, to be held next year.

Naomi, Raynia and Nicole were selected as National Cheerleader Association All Americans at summer camp in August.

Coach Wendi Miller -- a former Oakland Mills cheerleader -- is proud of the Junior Varsity cheerleaders, too.

Led by captain Sheree Lasher and co-captains Gayna Holcomb and Tiffany Mead, the 14-member team placed first in last month's regionals. That earned them a bid to the national competition.

Gayna was named All American at camp, too.

This is Page's seventh year as the Oakland Mills cheerleading coach. She also is an interpreter for the Howard County Public Schools and is working with first-grade students at Manor Woods Elementary.

While a student at Oakland Mills, Miller was a member of the cheerleaders team coached by Page.

Art in the new year

"New Year's Celebration of the Arts" is the theme of an exhibit at Artists' Gallery in the American City Building.

Publicity chairwoman Ann Schluederberg invites the public to visit the gallery during the artists' reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 5.

Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. weekdays.

Works by east Columbian Bonita Glaser, Jing Jy Chen and Denee Barr are on display.

The show includes trompe l'oeil furniture, jewelry, watercolors, pastels, photographs and miniatures.

Information: 410-740-8249.

Learning for grown-ups

Adults love to learn. So the Howard County Library and the Howard County Office of Human Rights are sponsoring a program in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Registration begins tomorrow for "Shades of Understanding" -- a three-part video and discussion series to be held at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in the Meeting Room of the East Columbia Library.

The roots of bigotry, fear and hatred will be explored during "Shadow of Hate" on Jan. 14; "The Color of Fear" is the topic on Jan. 21; and "A Time For Justice" will be the theme on Jan. 28.

Information: 410-313-7700.

Registration begins Jan. 12 for a reading and discussion series sponsored by the Howard County Library, titled "Russia and Eastern Europe," to be held in the 50+ Center at the East `D Columbia Library.

Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the 90-minute programs will be led by Melvin A. Goodman, Ph.D., at 1: 30 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Jan. 29, at the 50+ Center.

The books to be discussed will be available at the 50+ Center at the time of registration.

"From Czarist Russia to the Soviet Union" will be the topic on Jan. 29; the book to be discussed is "And Quiet Flows the Don" by Mikhail Sholokhov.

On Feb. 12, "From Stalin to Gorbachev." The book is "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" by Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

On Feb. 26, the topic is "Change in Eastern Europe" and the book, "The Disappearance of the Outside" by Andrei Codrescu.

On March 12, the topic is "Cold War Retrospective." The book is "TASS is Authorized to Announce" by Julian Semyonov.

And on March 26, the topic is "Nationalism in the Former Soviet Union" and book, "The Day Lasts More Than a Hundred Years" by Chiniz Aitmatov.

For registration and information, call 410-313-7780.

Long Reach fair

Long Reach High School students invite families and friends to come to their Science Fair at 7: 30 p.m. Jan. 8.

Ninety-nine projects will be on display. Prizes will be awarded by a panel of judges. The judges will be teachers' representatives from the Howard County Board of Education.

These projects were not assigned, although the students were free to use current science subjects as a basis for their entries.

Angels in our lives

Residents of Vantage House in Columbia will be pleased to hear that one of their favorite volunteers, Jaime Sorrell, was awarded first prize for her poem, "The Sentinel," in the state level of the Catholic Daughters of America poetry contest.

The poem will go on to compete on the national level.

First published in the Mount de Sales Academy literary magazine, Images, Sorrell's poem reflects on the presence of angels in our lives.

Sorrell is a member of her school's National Honor Society, treasurer of Mount de Sales Sodality, active in the "Academy Players" and a member of Columbia's St. John the Evangelist CYCLE youth group.

Truly a celebration

Oakland Mills High School's "A Holiday Concert" on Dec. 16 was truly a celebration of talent -- and togetherness.

Michelle Goddard, who plays the viola in the orchestra, has been accepted for the All-State Junior Orchestra and the Howard County Gifted and Talented Orchestra.

"Evening Choir" members Laura Bacon, Kelly Braukus, Jayne Gillespie, Dan Kim, Mike Lieberman, Jennifer McCloskey, Ashley McHargue and Chris Nichter have been selected as All-State Choir members.

Dan Kim also is a soloist with the school's Concert Choir.

Directed by Richard Roberts, the eighth-grade members of the Owen Brown Middle School Band were "guest performers."

Oakland Mills' Philip Hale is orchestra director.

Cynthia Stephens is choral director, and Dan Richmond is band director.

Pub Date: 12/30/97

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