Young county artists win local PTA competition


March 02, 1998|By Jean Leslie | Jean Leslie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

REFLECTIONS, an annual PTA art competition, begins at the school level and continues through ever-broader categories to the national competition.

On Jan. 24, a group of judges selected 61 winning Howard County Reflections entries from the 302 submitted by local schools.

Winning entries in the categories of visual arts, photography, music and literature will be judged at the state level.

Among the county winners are young people from our community.

Elementary-school winners include Benjamin Skalski and brother Tyler, Timmy Stapleton and Elizabeth Teoman from Deep Run; Sara Holsman and Jenny Chen from Centennial Lane; and Jessica Dexheimer from Waverly.

Neighborhood middle-school winners include Sarah Kenney, Michael Johnston and Adam Brewington from Dunloggin; Gina Vespa, Kevin Quinn, Nicole Disney and Dana Burns from Ellicott Mills; Kate Feldman from Burleigh Manor; and Evan Griggs from Mayfield Woods.

Winning high school students from our community include K. C. Frodyma, Erika Reinthaler and Svetlana Yarosh of Centennial.

Docent training

Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park is offering a docent training workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Volunteers will conduct tours of the stabilized ruin overlooking Ellicott City and the Patapsco River Valley.

Docents must be at least age 18 and be able to work on Sundays, when the park is open.

Some part-time paid positions are available.

Information: Deborah Ing, park director, 410-461-8500.

Peaceful calligraphy

My winter Saturday mornings have been spent learning the italic alphabet to the soothing sounds of classical music with 10 or so other calligraphy students.

The time spent each week in calligraphy class has provided a few moments of peaceful, concentrated effort.

The class is taught by Sandy Olson at Oh My Word calligraphy shop on Main Street, Ellicott City.

Olson, a professional calligrapher of 20-plus years, is a persistent, caring teacher. Her next session in Beginning Italic starts April 4.

Information: 410-461-3236.

Stencil art

Here's another class offered in the Historic District: Spring House Designs will offer a stencil art class with Karen Connelly.

The one-session class is given from 7: 30 p.m. to 9: 30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning in mid-March.

Students, supplied with materials, will apply a design to a tote bag in class. They'll take home a complete kit to practice with.

Enrollment is small to allow for individual instruction.

Information: 410-461-6818.

Young authors

With great pride, Hollifield Station Elementary School announces that creative writing by three of Hollifield Station Elementary School's students has been accepted for publication in the national magazine Young Authors' Magazine and Anthology.

Congratulations go to second-grader Tyler Green for his short story, "The Three Little Wolves and the Three Big and Bad Pigs."

And congratulations, too, to fourth-grader Elizabeth Kim for her poem, "South Korea," and fifth-grader Leanne Fieldhouse for her poem, "The Road."

The children's writing was originally submitted to a Young Authors' Contest sponsored by SoMIRAC -- the Maryland chapter of the International Reading Association.

Paula Silverstein, reading specialist at Hollifield Station and Howard County chairwoman for the contest, decided to send some of her students' work to the contest -- and to children's magazines.

"It's every author's goal to be published. We are so proud of these students," Silverstein said.

Now other teachers in the school are sending their students' work to magazines.

And children are requesting lists of children's magazines to which they can submit their poems and short stories.

Dance time

For eight weeks, beginning Wednesday, the Elkridge Senior Center will hold weekly line dancing classes.

The cost is $12 for the session.

To register, stop by the Senior Center at 6540 Washington Boulevard in the Elkridge library building between 9: 30 a.m. and 11: 15 a.m., or from 12: 30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For details, call 410-313-4930.

And if the onset of spring brings out the dancer in you, you'll have a second chance to indulge the urge at the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks "Smiling Irish Social," for those 55 and older, at 12: 15 p.m. March 13 at Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center.

Dress in green to enjoy the line dancing and live Irish entertainment.

You can choose corned beef on rye or turkey on a roll for lunch.

The cost is $6. Registration is required by Thursday.

Information: 410-313-7279.

Spring bargains

Worthington Elementary School is sponsoring a "Reach for the Stars" auction at 6: 30 p.m. March 13 at Ellicott City Armory on Montgomery Road.

County Executive Charles I. Ecker will serve as auctioneer.

Items to be auctioned include resort vacations, tickets to entertainment and arts events, baskets, items for home decorating and a cornucopia of goods and services.

Money raised will be used to buy computers for the school's new Computer Lab.

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