6 poster contest winners from county are 'looking to a bright future'


June 01, 1998|By Lisa Breslin | Lisa Breslin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SIX CARROLL COUNTY students hit the big time last week by winning a statewide poster contest and invitations from Maryland first lady Frances Hughes Glendening to attend a reception at the governor's mansion.

Maryland Youth Initiative 2000, a collaboration of nonprofit organizations, government and businesses dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for children, youth and families, invited all kindergarten through sixth-grade students to enter its "Looking to a Bright Future" poster contest.

Eleven counties participated, including Carroll. Seventy-five to 100 students here submitted posters.

Six designs were selected from Carroll County and sent to the state competition. All six received honors.

In the finalists category, Hillary Keating, a fourth-grader at Friendship Valley Elementary School, received first place; Shannon Connolly, a sixth-grader at Mount Airy Middle School, received second place; and Jennifer Carbaugh, a fifth-grader at Friendship Valley Elementary, received third place.

Honorable mentions included Candice Dill, first grade, Westminster Elementary School; Brittany Finecey, first grade, Westminster Elementary School; and Megan McCullin, first grade, Friendship Valley Elementary.

Statewide, the contest recognized 27 finalists and 30 honorable mentions.

"I'm so thrilled by the students' willingness to go beyond the school time for this contest," said Deb Welle, art teacher at Friendship Valley. "I saw every poster and they were incredibly unique. I would have had a hard time selecting winners."

Other art teachers who gave class time and advice on the winning students' rough sketches included Charmayne Noonan from Mount Airy Middle and Donna Gross from Westminster Elementary.

Hillary's poster depicted two children standing in a parking lot with four roads leading to choices: drugs and alcohol, smoking, education and jobs/careers.

With colored foam, Hillary placed red traffic lights at the roads leading to drugs, alcohol and smoking, and green lights at the roads leading to education and jobs/careers. She titled her poster: "Take the Right Path: Looking to a Bright Future."

Her schoolmate Jennifer put a bright sun in the middle of white paper and drew people of all races on each ray.

Jennifer also wrote messages on each ray and, in the middle of the sun, with italic letters from her computer, wrote "Looking to a Bright Future."

Winning designs will be on the Initiative's Community Resource Directory, its home page on the Internet, and temporarily displayed at the governor's mansion in Annapolis.

Speech writing process

Months and, for one student, years of preparation went into writing the graduation speeches that will be delivered at the Westminster High School graduation Sunday.

Seniors Chad Hayes (class president), Shilah Carrel (Student Senate president) and Brennan Bouma (National Honor Society president) will stand in front of 450 classmates, their families and faculty members and say goodbye.

Chad, Shilah and Brennan decided to base their speeches on a quote about "looking back, not pondering the bad times, and using memories to comfort you through hard times," said Shilah, daughter of Kevin and Tirzah Carrel.

"I'm not that nervous about speaking," she said. "It is a privilege, and I hope it goes well."

Chad, son of Tom and Denise Hayes, has been scribbling memories on paper and making mental notes for his speech for two years. All three students have been working with English teacher Mary Kay Mevious Maurer since February.

The students selected one quote to unify their speeches, and Maurer also asked them to think of specific images so the audience could visualize their ideas. The speeches have undergone numerous rough drafts and revisions, and this week the students will practice at the stadium "to get used to big open spaces," said Brennan, son of Jack and Carol Bouma.

The Class of 1998 will graduate at 1: 30 p.m. Sunday in Gill Learning Center at Western Maryland College.

Lisa Breslin's Central Carroll neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County Edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 6/01/98

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