HOWARD HIGH School Principal Mary Day is proud of the school's "It's Academic" team, which trampled its competitors -- Atholton and Urbana high schools -- at Channel 13's taping of the television program Feb. 14.
Congratulations to team members Chris Lay, Elizabeth Chester and Meredith Ward and to the team's coach, John Gilbert.
The segment of "It's Academic" will air at 11 a.m. March 14 on Channel 13.
In another contest of minds, Mayfield Woods Middle School students competed in the Middle School Academic Tournament held at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Baltimore Feb. 7.
Mayfield entered five four-student teams to compete in five rounds of the contest.
Twenty-four schools in the Baltimore metropolitan area entered a total of 62 teams. Mayfield Woods was the only Howard County school to compete.
Participating in the tournament were Sarah Bui, Amit Kumar, Judy Chang, Rahul Bhanot, Evan Griggs, Mike McDermott, Fumie Takahashi, Hyo Choe, Bernie Gabin, Prashanth Challa, David Wang, Gwen Duong, Erica Tatum, Shiva Kambhampati, Nirav Parekh, Tiffany Trask, Chris Dattaro, Genevieve Courtemanche, Lykara Charters, Reed Abrahamson, Anna Maeser, Karezhe Mersha, Ayan Nandi and Sarah Brown.
Three of the five Mayfield teams were victorious in four of five competition rounds.
Teacher Ashley Pung organized and prepared the students for the competition, with the help of colleague Diane Thomas.
Pung would like to hear from teachers in other schools who would be interested in organizing a Howard County middle school academic tournament. Information: 410-313-5022.
Howard County Arts Council has named Eva Anderson Dancers Ltd. as the new resident dance company for the Howard County Center for the Arts.
The company has presented a home season in Howard County and the Baltimore area for 22 years.
The group says its mission is to "create and perpetuate American dance, with special emphasis on African-American dance forms."
Eva Anderson will teach modern dance on Monday and Wednesday evenings at the Howard County Center for the Arts through next month.
In the visual arts, the arts council is accepting exhibition proposals for the 1998-1999 season at the center.
Regional organizations, groups and individuals are invited to submit proposals.
Applications: Jennifer Scott, 410-313-2787.
Easter at the station
Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will sponsor "Easter at the Station" craft fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 21.
Artisans are needed to sell their wares.
Spaces rent for $25, with an additional charge of $5 for an electrical outlet or a table.
The fire department hall is at 6275 Old Washington Road, Elkridge.
Information: 410-796-7557 or 410-796-1664.
Pasta for pennies
Rockburn Elementary School is participating in "Pasta for Pennies," a fund-raising campaign sponsored by the Leukemia Society of America and the Olive Garden Restaurant.
Schoolchildren raise funds to combat leukemia by contributing spare change that is collected by their schools.
The Rockburn class that contributes the most change will be served a spaghetti luncheon, courtesy of the Olive Garden Restaurant.
In the first week of the campaign, Rockburn students and teachers brought in $1,100.
The campaign ends this week.
Reading across America
Hollifield Station Elementary School is preparing for its first school-wide reading extravaganza.
Next Monday, the school will celebrate the National Education Association's "Read Across America" program by holding a "Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss" day.
The day will be devoted to activities that encourage children to read. Here's a sampling.
Parents will read to small groups of students during the lunch PTC hour in "Brown Bag Lunch Bunches." Parents and teachers will )) wear "Cat in the Hat" felt hats.
Students will have the opportunity to create their own headgear by reading "Perform-a- Task" directions, and the school community will dress in clothing imprinted with words.
Teachers will help students visit the Dr. Seuss Web site on the Internet.
Adults and children in the school community will share lists of favorite children's books, and books will be collected and donated to the Grassroots shelter and Howard County General Hospital.
The supporters of the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park will hold a Victorian High Tea at 2 p.m. Sunday.
The Victorian parlors of Mount Ida, an 1830 mansion built high above the Patapsco River in Historic Ellicott City, will provide the setting.
Period food will be served by hostesses in Victorian clothing to the accompaniment of appropriate music .
After tea, guests may join in playing old-fashioned parlor games.
The event is a fund-raiser to help defray operating costs and support the institute's educational programs.
Mount Ida is located at 3691 Sarah's Lane in Historic Ellicott City.
Ilchester Elementary School is holding a "McCheetah Night" at the Elkridge McDonald's Restaurant from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. to raise funds for the school.
Teachers volunteer to flip hamburgers for the evening.
Members of the community are welcome; a portion of the meal's cost will go toward children's education.
The restaurant is at 6225 Washington Boulevard, Elkridge.
Dance in the county
The fourth annual Howard County Dance Festival, organized by high school dance instructors, is set for Saturday.
The festival promotes dance education in the county and raises funds for local dance programs.
Instructors who will be showcasing their students' talents include Mount Hebron High School's Dina Ward, Centennial High School's Sherry Wright and Howard High School's Jennie Ricker.
Dancers from Elkridge Landing Middle School will be included in the performance.
The festival begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at Oakland Mills High School, 9410 Kilimanjaro Road.
Tickets cost $3 in advance or $4 at the door.
Pub Date: 2/23/98