Rah-rahs rock gym at S. Carroll High School


March 06, 1998|By Christy Kruhm | Christy Kruhm,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SOUTH CARROLL High School's gymnasium rocked with the sounds of cheering, clapping and music Saturday as the school sponsored the annual Carroll County Cheerleading Competition.

A large, spirited crowd turned out to cheer Carroll County high school's varsity and junior varsity teams. Each team had three minutes to perform before three judges from the Universal Cheerleading Association.

Congratulations to Liberty High School's Lions cheerleading teams for placing first in the varsity and junior varsity competitions.

Placing second in varsity was North Carroll High School; Westminster High School came in third.

Second- and third-place winners in junior varsity were North Carroll High and South Carroll High schools.

Cheryl Rule, parent of South Carroll junior varsity squad member Lindsay Rule, said even though the South Carroll teams didn't do as well as hoped, the competition was "a lot of fun."

Rule said the girls worked hard, practicing six days a week.

Surprise visitor

Nikki Lewis' second-grade class was surprised Monday afternoon when a secret visitor to the classroom turned out to be Gov. Parris N. Glendening.

Glendening visited Winfield Elementary School as part of "The Governor Reads Across Maryland" program. The governor was invited by the school's Partnership 2000 Committee, a group of staff and parents committed to improving the school.

Glendening read "The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash," a book he selected. He encouraged children to become involved in the story by asking them questions.

Also in attendance were Carroll County public schools Superintendent Brian Lockard; Assistant Superintendents Gary Dunkleberger and William Hyde; and Board of Education President Scott Stone.

Mobile science lab

Science classes at Mount Airy Elementary School have taken on a new twist. Instead of standard textbook experiments, students are learning firsthand about recycling, biodegradable packaging and how to use farm byproducts.

After taking up temporary residence in the school's parking lot, the Mobile Agricultural Products Science Lab winds up a two-week session at the school today. The lab is sponsored by the Maryland Education Center for Agriculture, Science and Technology.

Mount Airy Elementary students are the first in the state to experience the lab.

Students in kindergarten through fourth grade spent one hour a day during the first week in the lab engaging in hands-on activities, such as making ice cream and pretzels and testing how different biodegradable packaging breaks down.

The lab's second week at the school was devoted exclusively to fifth-grade students. Under the direction of lab instructor Tonjia Main, students made milk glue and tested its tensile strength against store-bought glue. They learned how and why eggs are graded and about hydroponics -- growing plants in water.

Teachers Patti Cannaday and Hether Shulman coordinated the program. Shulman said students were excited about their time in the lab.

"They get to come away with bits of their experiments and are having fun all day long," Shulman said.

The school's PTA sponsored the lab, at a cost of $2,000.

Christy Kruhm's Southwest Neighbors column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 3/06/98

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