Students, armed forces group praise teachers


January 20, 1998|By Natalie Harvey | Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IT IS always a pleasure to report that teachers are appreciated.

Hammond High School's science and chemistry teacher, Kenneth Zachman, has received recognition from the Central Maryland Chapter of the Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association.

The $1,000 award, which recognizes teaching methods, is to be used, with Zachman's input, for Hammond High.

A veteran of 21 years at Hammond, Zachman was selected Teacher of the Month by the student body in November.

For January, Hammond students voted two teachers as Teacher of the Month: Gay Petrlik and Melissa Davis.

Petrlik, who has been at Hammond for 13 years, teaches physical education and health, and coaches the girls' lacrosse and field hockey teams.

This is Davis' first year at Hammond. She teaches stagecraft, drama and film art, and her first big project was producing "Voices 2000" last fall.

There is a musical "in the wings" planned for this spring.

Long Reach science fair

The 100 imaginative projects displayed at the Long Reach High School science fair Jan. 8 approached the world with wonder.

The Grand Winner was Adam Prozeralik's "Does Rembrandt Really Paint The Brightest Smile?" -- a project about toothpaste. The project also won first place in the biology category.

Lauren Wilde placed second with "The Best Way to Memorize?"

Christy Vogeley's "Can Rabbits Solve Problems?" took third place.

Five honorable mentions in biology went to Corinn King, Amanda Odum, Nicolle Castillo, Chris Brooks, Josh Cohen and Erin Symonds, who worked as a team.

Drew Forester's "Toothpaste, Eggs and Vinegar" won top honors in the chemistry division.

Second place was awarded to Heather Charles' "Growing Crystals."

The team of Lexa Grobicki and Lauren Hodges placed third, with "How Dyes and Bleaches Affect Hair."

There were three chemistry honorable mentions: Matt Clevland and two teams: Kerrie Geil/Jillian Harrigan, and Justin Arnold/Sam Karki/Nick Rogers.

A trio took top honors in the category of Environmental Science, Earth Science, Physics and Behavioral Science -- Yang An, Kim Clarke and Shane Dauer, whose first-place entry was "Heir's Air."

Ferris Dean's "Icy Road Conditions" placed second.

John Hallis' project, "Recycling: Preserving Our Future," was third.

Michelle Catania and Maria Higgins teamed up to win honorable mention with "Why Conform, Weird Is Wonderful."

The science fair was judged by members of the Board of Education, teachers, parents and advanced placement students.

Gifted athlete

Dedication, perseverance -- and practice, practice, practice -- have all paid off for swimmer Michael Malchak.

Malchak has loved being in pools since he was 4 years old, and now is winning awards for his freestyle swimming.

His goal is swimming the best he can, with the possibility of Olympic competition in mind.

Malchak, a senior at Hammond High, is a member of University of Maryland, Baltimore County's Retrievers Swim Club.

He has competed in the Junior Nationals Southeast Championship at the University of New Orleans Natatorium, where he won the 1,500-meter gold -- qualifying him for the Senior Nationals.

During the same meet, he took a bronze in the 200- and 400-meter freestyle.

At the United States Open at Indianapolis College, Ind., he competed in the 1,500-meter freestyle and placed sixth. Then he added a fifth-place in the 400-meters to his record.

His sisters, Megan and Marci -- who also swim -- and parents Jack and Nancy lead his cheering section at every meet.

Thunder Mart to open

The suspense is over, at least for a little while, for residents of Oakland Mills village.

A new "Thunder Mart" convenience store will open in the Thunder Hill neighborhood on the site of a former convenience store.

Plans for the store, which are being developed by the Lancelotta Co., can be seen at the Other Barn in the Oakland Mills Village shopping area.

Preventing scams

An outbreak of scams aimed at senior citizens will be addressed at the first of three "Hook the Crook" meetings presented by Howard County's Office of Consumer Affairs at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Friday and Jan. 28 in the 50+ wing of the east Columbia library.

The prevention program is intended to alert seniors, and interest them in becoming volunteers.

Steve Hannan, of consumer affairs, said, "We want to turn seniors into experts."

Kenda Sovero, volunteer coordinator for the Office on Aging, will suggest ways that senior volunteers can help.

The Howard County Police Department will be represented by Sgt. Morris Carroll, and postal inspector Paul Trimbur will discuss the U.S. Postal Service's involvement in fighting scams.

Information: 410-313-7289.

Child-care fair

"Children On Board," the annual early childhood fair for parents, grandparents, guardians and child-care personnel, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Columbia Hilton Hotel, at Thunder Hill and Twin Knolls roads.

+ Information: 410-313-6432.

Jeffers Hill winners

Jeffers Hill Elementary is proud of two of its fifth-graders: Jessica Rennenkampf and Alexandra Granruth.

Jessica, who loves to read, is at work on a project on learning to read and enjoying it.

With the thought that having a book is the first step in reading, she has organized a book drive at the school.

Students and parents are invited to bring new or gently used children's' books to the school this week and next. The books will be donated to the Ripken Literacy Project -- which in turn donates the books to Baltimore schools.

Alexandra and her teacher, Paul Schaefer, represented Jeffers Hill last month at the Maryland Technology and Education Fair, held at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Alexandra's project was based on the movie "Jumanji," and Schaefer scanned her project into a computer.

Gov. Parris N. Glendening presented a trophy and a $500 gift certificate to the school in recognition of the project's use of technology.

Pub Date: 1/20/98

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