National Honor Society inducts 36 at Long Reach

Neighbors

March 10, 1998|By Natalie Harvey | Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

LONG REACH High School Principal David Bruzga congratulated 36 students who are now members of the National Honor Society at a Feb. 12 ceremony with all the pomp and circumstance due the honor.

The school's Madrigals sang, and music was provided by the Strings Orchestra, directed by Debbie Varga, and the Jazz Ensemble, directed by Matthew Dubbs, during the "pinning" ceremony.

Senior class Vice President Gregg Matusewitch introduced the candidates.

Theda Mayer, National Honor Society adviser, added her congratulations.

Among the inductees were Meghan Baker, Janissa Battle, Kelli Bowen, Paul Burckhardt, Catherine Buxton, Meredith Capps, Michelle Catania, Jennifer Cleveland, Kristy Drew, Joe Filipowicz, Amanda Gardner, Derek Griggs and Chet Hall.

Also inducted were Christina Hallis, Jillian Harrigan, Uzma Hasan, Erin Hegg, Kerica Henlon, LaToya Hines, Sam Karki, Nicole Kesecker, Jennifer Koontz, Krista Lee, Erin Lee, Nick Mezei, Chmaika Mills, Martine Moore, Andy Neal, Elefteria Papavasilis, Amandeep Sandhu, Jason Slanga, April Turner, Rachel Ward and Pearl Yu.

A heartfelt business

Hospitalized children are the beneficiaries of a recent business success in the community.

Last month, "The Five Heart Beats" -- fifth-graders Garima Narayen, Rhianna McMullen, Danielle Johnson, Christopher Lane and Jessica Bayes -- began a greeting card business, selling their own hand-designed, computer-processed Valentine cards at Talbott Springs Elementary School.

It was a learning experience. The entrepreneurs discovered that their venture required teamwork, commitment and responsibility.

Their profits are buying "birthday baskets," to be given to patients in the pediatric intensive care unit at Maryland Hospital for Children.

After-school fun

Owen Brown Middle School students are invited to be part of a program called "The GAP (Games and Puzzles) Solution to After-School Boredom" at 3 p.m. today at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, where 20 or so students regularly study after school.

The program is organized by the Owen Brown Community Association. Today's meeting is an opportunity to voice your opinions and ask for activities that you would like to have in an after-school program.

Would a compact disc player be useful? How about video games? Are there afternoon television programs of special interest?

Ideas and suggestions from students and parents are needed.

Let the organizers know how you would like to spend those long hours before supper.

Information: 410-381-0202.

Committee member needed

The Owen Brown Village Board would like to hear from anyone interested in becoming a member of the Resident Architectural Committee.

The committee reviews applications from village residents for exterior alterations and in-home businesses.

A contribution of a few hours each month helps the village maintain property values.

Information: 410-381-0202.

Young researcher

Toxicity is a familiar word these days.

Concern about the effects of toxic materials on the environment started eighth-grader Robby Ludwig on his science fair project at Mayfield Woods Middle School last year.

Robby compared the effects of antifreeze -- "regular" and "environmentally safe" compounds -- on the growth of grass, and demonstrated that both were toxic to vegetation.

His project won a blue ribbon at Mayfield, and was first in the Environmental Science category at the Howard County Middle School Science Fair.

The next step in Robby's success story was a national competition sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Last month, EPA's Ronald Landy presented the President's Environmental Youth Award Certificate to Robby at Mayfield Woods.

Joe Fabian -- an environmental scientist who lives in the county, and one of the judges of the Howard County Science Fair -- was Robby's mentor, nominating him for the EPA competition. Fabian volunteers at schools to encourage student involvement in environmental issues.

Kathy Swingle, a science resource teacher for the Howard County schools, also received a President's Environmental Youth Award from the EPA for her work in support of student research.

Reward offered

The deadline is April 1. The reward could be a $2,500 scholarship.

High school seniors who have shown extraordinary dedication and service to their community are eligible to apply for a Columbia Council Spear Family Scholarship to be used for post-secondary education.

Applicants are required to live on Columbia Association assessed property and have a minimum "C" average.

Applications are available at high schools and village community centers.

Kids in space

Columbia Teen Center will sponsor a Kids Day Off trip on Friday for 11- to 14-year-olds to the Goddard Space Flight Center.

The day will begin at 9 a.m. with activities at the teen center, and will end at 4 p.m. Lunch will be at the Pizza Hut on Route 108.

Cost is $25 for Columbia residents; $30 for nonresidents. Preregistration is required.

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