Senior competes for Coca-Cola scholarship

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March 17, 1998|By Natalie Harvey | Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

OAKLAND MILLS High School senior Jamie Beale will be honored at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Howard Community College's "Evening of Excellence."

Jamie was selected by her school as a 1998 Howard County High School Scholar.

She will be one of five Oakland Mills students to receive a certificate from the college's Department of Student Programs.

Sixty-two Howard County high school students, 11 Howard County teachers and 10 Howard Community College students from the James W. Rouse Scholars Program will also be honored.

Tomorrow's award is one of several honors that Jamie has won. Next month, she will travel to Atlanta to attend the 1998 Coca-Cola Scholars Weekend where, as a semifinalist, she will be interviewed and evaluated by the national selection committee that awards Coca-Cola scholarships.

Jamie is one of 1,903 semifinalists selected from 129,000 applicants.

Charles Von Goins, division education manager for Mid-Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Ltd., said, "As a sponsor of the scholarship program, Coca-Cola hopes to enhance the intellectual and personal growth of the students. Students' hard work and achievements bring distinction to their families, schools and community."

One hundred fifty-two students will be selected during the weekend as finalists.

From this group, 52 students will receive $20,000 national scholarships, and 100 students will be awarded $4,000 regional scholarships.

Jamie has been class president each of her four years at Oakland Mills. She has been captain of the girls' basketball team and co-captain of the junior varsity soccer team.

She sings with the Madrigals and was elected homecoming queen last October.

During summer vacation, she volunteered at Howard Community College's Mediation and Conflict Resolution Center.

Oakland Mills Principal Marshall Peterson said, "Jamie has demonstrated her readiness for the academic challenges that selective colleges require."

Jamie's parents, Maxine and James Beale, and her brother, James Jr., have been invited to attend the Scholars Weekend with her.

Musical tales

Spring and music are in the air. Add fairy tales, and you have Long Reach High School's musical treat -- the spring production of Steven Sondheim's musical "Into the Woods."

Performances are at 7 p.m. March 26, 27 and 28.

Drama teacher Robin Brumm has selected these students to add flavor to a stew pot of familiar stories:

Amanda Gardner will be the narrator; Michelle Catania, a witch.

Kerri Geil is Cinderella; Jennifer Koontz is Cinderella's stepmother; Meredith Capps and Kristen Lorch are her stepsisters.

Mike Garroway is Cinderella's father, and Meghan Splaine is her mother.

John Hallis plays Cinderella's prince and a wolf.

Rapunzel's prince is Robin Siskind, and Ryan Lee is the prince's steward.

Little Red Riding Hood, Kiley Louis, and her granny, Rachel Ward, join the fray.

And Jack (of beanstalk fame), played by Matt Brewrink, and his mother, played by Jennifer Conley, appear with giantess Tiffany Stone.

The baker, Alex Perry, and his wife, Samantha Kassir, tell their part of the tale.

Snow White, played by Kristine Guillermo, and Sleeping Beauty, played by Jennifer Quinn, appear in the woods.

Tickets cost $6 for adults; $4 for students and senior citizens.

Information: 410-313-7117.

'Guys and Dolls'

Make a notation on your calendar for Oakland Mills High School production of "Guys and Dolls."

Drama teacher Holly Pasciullo, co-director Cynthia Stephens and Oakland Mills students will present the musical at 8 p.m. March 27 and 28.

Featured performers are Laura Bacon, Mark Stewart, Dan Kim, Laila Ayad, Lauren Crandell, Mike Lieberman, Porkpa Topka, Mike Golibersuch, Ozzie Edmondson, Maria Suarez, Chrissie Rochester and Owen Read.

Cunning gamblers will be portrayed by Bukky Aghaji, Ryan Barner, Jordan Knott, Jack Lange, Adam Lewis, Lee Liebeskind, Jeremy Magruder, Aharon McKoy, Ryan Murphy and Brian Rochester.

Musicians of the Mission Band -- Kristen Arnold, Kelly Braukus, Amy Foreman, Briana Fritzius, Rachel Gealy, Jayne Gillespie, Caroline Low, Ashley McHargue, Tiffany Mead and Carrie Wilmoth -- carry on in the midst of delightful chaos.

And you'll enjoy the playful impressions of "Hot Box" girls Jamie Beale, Katie Egan, Rachel Ferrara, Allyson Gebken, Charis Huhta, Tradis Kamara, Jennifer Kersey, Jennifer McCloskey, Candace McKindra, Erin Moore, Rebecca Ross, Naomi Sandler, Ayana Shabazz-Hill, Keisha Shepherd, Brittany Stewart, Pam Swentek and Rachel Toren.

Also performing are Nicole Alpert, Erin Branigan, Dawn Christensen, Jaime Eisner, Sylvie Safren, Meredith Schade, Carrie Sniffen, Cari Suarez and Christian Strait.

Owen Read and Adam Walworth as stage crew really "set the scene," and costume designer Mary Bova has added authentic color.

The Oakland Mills band, directed by Dan Richmond, contributes energy to the show.

Admission is $5.

Chessmasters

Waterloo Elementary's Chessmasters Club has been meeting for less than a year, and already its members are competing in tournaments.

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