88 Wilde Lake High students inducted into National Honor Society

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December 31, 1997|By Kathy Curtis | Kathy Curtis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

EIGHTY-EIGHT students at Wilde Lake High School were inducted into the National Honor Society at a recent ceremony in the James Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Nancy S. Grasmick, state superintendent of schools, was the keynote speaker.

Students inducted included Christian Alexander, Aaron Altscher, Lynore Arkin, Kara Bane, Chris Barkley, John Bash, Ray Beitry, Andrew Bright, Matt Bucknor, Matt Caporaletti, Laura Cathcart, Alice Cheong, Michelle Choi, Andrew Chung, Ben Coffman, Allison Davis, Andrea Devereaux, Stephen Devito, Vera Dianova, Jeanette Dove and Yael Eskinazi.

Also, Stephanie Estes, Catherine Farrar, Borna Ghaffarian, Naomi Feldman, Rachael Freedman, Stephanie Gerring, Rebecca Gifford, Jeff Goldstein, Julie Goodwin, Brian Hall, Reeny Harkness, Vinessa Harris, Brooke Hennessy, Laura Hirshfield, Stephanie Horowitz, Ryan Howard, Ananta Islam, Klara Jenkins, Rohini Khorana, Jill Kissel and Katie Lamp.

Also, Erin Lane, Ari Laric, Rachel Lax, Po-I Lee, Keri Lijinsky, Ana Maria Lopez, Becky Lubitz, Marcia Lui, Michael Lui, Jason Martineau, Christopher Matschat, Kristen McDonald, Katie McNamara, Seth Miller, Jamila Morrow, Fernando Mosquera, Matt Mugman, Matt Parrott, Malav Patel, Sarah Pinto-Coelho, Brendan Puls, Julie Ressler and Jesse Rochford.

And, Ellen Rogers, Ashley St. Thomas, Jessica Seldomridge, James Shipp, Laurie Silver, Lauren Solonche, Stacy Stewart, Paul Sutton, Carl Szabo, Chris Tanaka, Monica Tiburzi, Tobias Thornwell, Emily Timm, Eric Toler, Jeff Treem, Nicole Turney, E. Byron Waddy Jr., Karen Wallace, Joshua Watson, Matthew Wilcox, Stephen Williams, Kathleen Woods and Christopher Yetter.

Pianist-to-be performs

Alex Brown hopes to be a concert pianist when he grows up. For him, it's no idle dream.

The fifth-grader at Swansfield Elementary School accompanied the school's chorus for its winter concert this month.

"It is rare indeed that so young a child possesses not only the skill to play the music, but the musical maturity required to successfully accompany an entire chorus concert," said Swansfield music teacher Peggy Greenman.

The son of Jill Lapides and Bernard Brown of Clary's Forest, Alex started piano lessons when he was in kindergarten.

He took up the violin in third grade.

Last year, he was selected for the Howard County Elementary Enrichment Orchestra.

Alex is taking private lessons with Eladio Santiago.

He won first place for piano in the 1997 Spring Festival Solo Competition sponsored by the Maryland State Music Teachers Association.

This school year, he is playing the violin in the elementary orchestra.

Church adopts family

Judy Templeton of the Columbia Church of Religious Science knew that the family the group had adopted for Christmas was truly needy when she looked at their wish list.

The family included four children, and all the items listed were clothes.

So about 30 members of the church got busy buying and wrapping the requested items.

"We had a truckload of stuff," said Templeton.

Then they added gift certificates from Toys 'R' Us for the children and from Target for the mother.

The church adopted the family through the Domestic Violence Center of Howard County.

The family includes a single mother and four children ages 1 1/2 to 13.

Gifts were delivered to the center, which held a holiday party for adopted families.

Templeton coordinated the project, assisted by church member Shari Grue.

Composer in concert

Liturgical composer David Haas and vocalist Lori True were featured in a sold-out winter concert at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Wilde Lake Interfaith Center.

Haas performed with St. John's choir, directed by Chris Youstra.

Based at the Emmaus Center for Music, Prayer and Ministry in St. Paul, Minn., Haas has written many songs used by St. John's choir for services and concerts.

St. John's children's choir, conducted by Meghan Splaine, also performed with Haas.

Music before the concert was provided by the church's handbell choir, directed by Chuck Sanders.

"Haas is one of the top liturgical composers of our day," said Youstra. "His music is done weekly in parishes around the country."

He said Haas' compositions are in demand for special occasions such as weddings and funerals.

"His music has a profound effect on the spirituality of people," Youstra said.

The 540 tickets for the concert sold out within hours of being offered for sale after Masses at St. John's.

Coat drive aids needy

Members of Beth Shalom Congregation in Hickory Ridge donated used winter coats during November and December to help less fortunate county residents.

Beaverbrook resident Janet Schreibstein said the group collected about 50 coats and jackets for children and adults.

Chip McAuliffe, owner of Cleaners Plus in Harper's Choice, provided free dry cleaning.

The coats were distributed through the Christian Women's Thrift Shop in Ellicott City.

Schreibstein, a member of the congregation's social action committee, said the group built a synagogue three years ago.

Now, she said, "the members want to look beyond ourselves and see what the community needs."

Pub Date: 12/31/97

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