Tuning up for 1998 with some upbeat resolutions

NEIGHBORS

January 06, 1998|By Nancy Gallant | Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WITH A WHOLE new year fresh before us, people seem eager to start fresh, too. Talking with people around West County, you'll find a wide variety of resolutions showing how residents hope to make their 1998 better.

Arundel High School freshman Damon Dedes is resolving to work hard with his band. Damon, Jordan Kuh, Brandon Ignley and Stephen Gallant-Gardner, whom I know the best, formed a (( band they call Bliss last summer. Hours and hours of practice have led to their evolving sound -- something of a grunge band experimenting with Christian alternative rock -- and even to a few gigs.

Colleen McDaniel, sixth-grader at Crofton Middle School, has decided to be nicer to her older sister, Katie. Crofton Police Department's 1997 Officer of the Year, David Muhl, resolves to keep on doing the best he can as a police officer in the community. Nurse Kathy Donnelly, everybody's favorite neighbor, is trying to stick to this resolution: "To pray constantly."

Mimie Lopez resolves to make her little corner of Crofton a happy place by continuing her wonderful habit of decorating her home all year long with those special signs of each particular season. "I want this to be a happy place," she says. Hearts are on tap for Valentine's Day, butterflies and rabbits for a springtime display. Walkers and drivers along Crofton Parkway enjoy Mimie's one-of-a-kind celebrations of the holidays throughout the year.

My resolution is to share the news about life in West County through this column. I have been involved in school and community groups since moving to Anne Arundel County 12 years ago. But there is no way one person can be aware of everything going on in this community. If you know of someone special who should be honored, or a community event that should be publicized or any news that you would like to share, please call me at 301-261-6864 or through The Sun at 410-315-8900.

Seniors honored

Arundel High School recently honored 12 seniors for their performance in the National Merit Scholarship competition. Paul Oberson and Michael Gallant-Garner (OK, I know him fairly well too) were named semifinalists in the competition, having scored in the top half of 1 percent of students taking the nationwide PSAT as juniors. They to the finalist level of the competition, which awards more than $26 million in scholarships each year.

Trevor Baumgartner, Benjamin Baxter, Douglas Carroll, Wesley Huff, Melanie Roberts, Maryann Rollins and Kevin Schieman were named commended students in the competition, recognizing their strong performance on the PSAT.

Renaldo Devaul, Demetian Gilbert and Joshua Knickman were commended scholars in the National Achievement Scholarship Program for Outstanding African-Americans, having scored in the top 5 percent of about 100,000 blacks who took the PSAT. Congratulations to all and best wishes as you complete your senior year.

A helping hands

Each month, teen-agers in the Elizabeth Ann Seton Youth Group travel to Our Daily Bread in Baltimore to help serve lunch to homeless and needy people in the city.

Bill Ide, Chuck Greenlee, Bill Greenlee, Liz Ide, Maureen Soyars, Jonathan Szostek, Robbie Rawes and Ryan Ruiz took time from their Christmas break to spend a Saturday helping out.

They were impressed by the numbers of people needing help and by the fact that so many were young. Throughout the year, parish members bake casseroles to be served at Our Daily Bread.

Pub Date: 1/06/98

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