Teen's years of service recognized with award from Congress


July 28, 1998|By Natalie Harvey | Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MEGHAN BAKER has been working toward an award for two years. Last month, her efforts were recognized.

The Long Reach High School senior traveled to Washington to receive the bronze Congressional Award of Service from Rep. Benjamin Cardin.

Last year, Meghan -- with the guidance of her pastor, the Rev. Donna Martin at GlenMar United Methodist Church -- earned her God and Church, and God and Service awards. She participated in Bible studies, provided transportation for members of her church and worked 100 hours with Girl Scouts as an assistant leader.

Physical fitness is one of the criteria for the congressional award so Meghan ran one mile twice a week for two months to qualify.

"Meeting the qualifications was more than a personal goal," Meghan said. "Completing them taught me discipline and leadership."

Meghan is the daughter of Earl and Sheryl Baker and sister of Katie, a Long Reach freshman.

Cadette awards

Girl Scout Community 57 Chairwoman Virginia Himmelheber reports that many of the Girl Scouts and their leaders were honored recently at the annual "Older Girl" banquet.

The community includes Girl Scout troops in Oakland Mills and Owen Brown villages.

Cadette Girl Scouts who received the Silver Award, the highest award a Cadette can earn, included Troop 1297's Holly Garofano, Heather Kersey, Katherine Klatka, Lisa Seeley and Jessica Zillig. The girls planted a garden and opened trails at the Columbia Horse Center.

Troop 1611's Keila Foster landscaped a garden at Girl Scout Camp Ilchester on Ilchester Road in Elkridge.

Beth Skillington, Troop 1325, landscaped a garden as well at Camp Ilchester in memory of her sister, Amelia. Ambereen Husain of Troop 641 planned a multicultural day for Girl Scout Brownies.

Three Cadettes from Troop 1325, Laura Bumiller, Cheryl Jones and Manka'a Odelle Ngwa-Suh, sponsored a Winter World Fun Day for the Thunder Hill Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts.

Several nursery and day care children had the fun of having stories read to them by Troop 1325's Rebecca Lambert and Sarah Rosenberg.

Pam Cranston, vice president of the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, was present to honor the girls. State Sen. Martin G. Madden and Del. Frank S. Turner were present with congratulations as well.

The Howard County Council and Maryland State Senate sent certificates of recognition for the girls.

More Scout honors

Girl Scout leaders were honored at the Leader-Daughter Dinner.

Outstanding Leader awards were presented to Carol Norton, Lisa Rahwanji, Margaret Heater, Bambi Nelms, Colleen Beaumont, Tauna Caffey and Marcia Askin.

The Daisy Award was presented to Elizabeth Husain and Hilary Stephens. Carol Webster received the Outstanding Volunteer award.

Trip registration

Teen Center Director Bobbie Whyte encourages those age 11 to 14 to register now for the Chesapeake Beach Water Park trip Aug. 20. The day will be filled with fun on water slides that lead to lagoons, waterfalls and rivers.

The fee is $25 for Columbia residents and $30 for nonresidents. The bus leaves at 10 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m., and the center remains open until 6 p.m. for the convenience of the parents.

Members of the Teen Center staff will chaperon.

Swimming donation

Memo to east Columbia neighborhood swim teams: Bring a can of food to the Columbia Neighborhood Swim League's All City Championship Meet at Phelps Luck pool on Saturday.

All donations will be given to a Columbia nonprofit organization.

Warm-up for 11- to 18-year-old swimmers is 7 a.m., and the meet begins at 8 a.m. Warm-up for 10-year-olds and younger is at 1 p.m. with a 2 p.m. start for the meet.

Columbia Association will provide a parking shuttle from Howard High School to the pool because parking is limited around the pool. Swimmers may be dropped off at the pool; drivers are asked to then park at the high school on Route 108.

Immunization reminder

Less than a month remains before school doors open for the 1998-1999 school year. Vicki Duke, director of nursing, Howard County Health Department, reminds parents that it is also time for immunizations, which are required for Howard County public school students.

The Health Department offers free immunizations at high schools for infants and students. Children age 2 and older need MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), Hib (haemophilus b, a virus), polio, DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) and hepatitis B.

Parents should bring birth certificates and immunization records for each child. Each clinic is held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on a Wednesday.

The next east Columbia clinic will be Sept. 2 at Oakland Mills High School, on Sept. 16 it will be at Hammond High, and the last clinic for this fall will be held at Long Reach High on Oct. 21.

Information: 410-313-7500.

Gallery trip

The 50+ Center at East Columbia library is sponsoring a trip to the National Gallery of Art in Washington on Sept. 11. The current exhibit features the paintings of the Gar Saint Lazare, Paris train station, by Manet, Monet and other impressionists.

The tour leaves at 9 a.m. from the library parking lot and returns at 3 p.m. The fee is $10.

Registration: 410-313-7680.

Ceramics offered

Jean Miller will again teach her popular 10-week ceramics course at 50+, sponsored by Howard Community College, beginning Sept. 10. The fee is $20.

Registration: 410-313-7680.

Child care classes

Norma Hill, Howard County Library director, says free training for child-care providers will be offered at the libraries. The class is for providers who are being licensed or are licensed. The east Columbia branch library will offer the class from 6: 30 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Sept. 1 in the meeting room.

Early childhood specialist Susan Morris will discuss library services, materials for care providers and the Visiting Storyteller service. Registration: 410-313-7783.

Pub Date: 7/28/98

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