Wilde Lake High graduate is crowned Miss Howard County


March 04, 1998|By Kathy Curtis | Kathy Curtis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

RUNNING BROOK resident Elise Lael Oesterreicher was crowned Miss Howard County at a pageant Feb. 21 at Savage Mill.

The daughter of Hugh and Kathleen Oesterreicher, Elise is a 1995 graduate of Wilde Lake High School.

She received a $350 scholarship and prizes donated by merchants at Savage Mill.

Oesterreicher will represent the county at the Miss Maryland pageant in Hagerstown in June.

The Howard County contest is open to women from 17 to 24 who live, work or go to school in Howard County -- or surrounding counties.

Organizer Wayne Danley noted that Oesterreicher is the first Howard County resident to win the title since he began working on the pageant in the early 1990s.

He added that Oesterreicher will spend time over the next year in community service projects relating to cancer prevention.

Oesterreicher, who plans to be a singer, is majoring in musical theater at Jacksonville University in Florida.

While she was at Wilde Lake, she performed in several plays, including the title role in "Gypsy" in the spring of 1994.

A former member of the Young Columbians, Oesterreicher also appeared in productions at Toby's Dinner Theatre and the Howard County Summer Theater.

Bringing home the gold

Four west Columbia residents won medals in the Special Olympics Maryland Winter Games held at the Wisp ski resort in Garrett County last month.

Ten athletes from Howard County participated.

Longfellow resident Andy Walker won a gold medal for the super glide in the Alpine (downhill) skiing competition.

Alpine skier Jimmy Miller of River Hill won gold medals in the novice class for the slalom and the giant slalom.

In the Nordic (cross-country) competition, Hickory Ridge resident Marques Johnson won silver medals in the 50-meter and 100-meter races.

Mary Beth Schenk, also of Hickory Ridge, won a silver medal in the 50-meter contest, and a bronze medal in the 100-meter event.

This was the first year the four athletes competed in the skiing events. They trained at least three times a week, starting in November.

Their coaches included Hickory Ridge residents Mary Ellen Bailey and Lynn Richardson.

Special Olympics is a sports training and competition program for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Cable staff honored

Studio manager Cheryl Magill and producer/director Karen Hinds have won national awards for videos produced for Howard Community College's Cable Eight.

Magill received a Communicator Award of Distinction for the philosophy telecourse she produced, "For the Love of Wisdom."

Introduced locally last fall, the course will be distributed nationally through the PBS Adult Learning Service, beginning this spring.

Hinds won a Communicator Award of Distinction for her half-hour video, "Potomac Valley Therapy Associates," which aired in November as part of the Cable Eight series "On Location."

"Columbia Classic Grand Prix," a public service announcement for the annual horse-jumping contest at the college, earned an honorable mention for Magill.

A national organization, the Communicator Awards recognizes local, regional and independent productions that meet or exceed industry standards for visual and print communication.

Traveling with books

Students at Bryant Woods Elementary School journeyed to different parts of the country through books at a "Read Across America" event at the school Monday evening.

The event also celebrated the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, more commonly known as Dr. Seuss, and the 40th anniversary of the publication of his classic children's book, "The Cat in the Hat."

School staff members dressed in black and wore striped hats in the style of the famous cat.

In addition, the evening marked the completion of the school's Paws Project.

Participants reached their goal of encircling the entire school with cut-outs of bear paws -- each representing a book read by a student or staff member.

Students and parents attending Monday's event were given a compass and directed to four areas of the school representing different geographic regions.

In each area, a staff member read a story or a poem from that region.

The travelers also stopped at the "Heartland," in the media center, to enjoy refreshments and select a free book.

Reading specialist Fran Clay and media specialist Becky Gioffre coordinated the event, assisted by Michele Parisi, Sandy Harrold, Carol Hahn, Joann Howard, Jean Lindvall and Leslie Weinberg.

Readers included Principal Orrester Shaw and Assistant Principal John Hammett.

Also reading were Allyson Scaggs, Joan Powell, Amy Huey, Carolyn Brunt, Tom Stroh, Marcia Rosser, Vickie Lawson, Donna Mitchell, Gwen Jones, Denise Terkeltaub, Karen Covington, Gerry Taylor, Jon Wray, Carol Long, Gail Kearney, Ginny Elgort, Annette Myers, Barbara Allen, Kris Podson, Ron Harper and Linda Hawthorne.

Harvey shows photos

Columbia resident Natalie Harvey, known to Sun readers for her weekly east Columbia column, will present an exhibit of photographs, " 'Tis Irish," tomorrow through March 28 at Slayton House Gallery.

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