Md. School for the Deaf celebrates 25th birthday


October 20, 1998|By Natalie Harvey | Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE MARYLAND School for the Deaf on Old Montgomery Road went far beyond an ordinary anniversary observance last month.

The school's 25th anniversary celebration occupied a full week. Sept. 25 was the school's birthday.

Celebration committee chairwomen Karen Russell and Sandra Resch spent a year preparing for the event.

On the first day of the festivities, Sept. 22, everyone was invited to dress in the style of the 1970s. The next day, participants were up-to-date -- wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the motto, "25 Years Dedicated to the Dream."

Everyone enjoyed the production "Creatures' Fond Memories of Columbia Campus," co-authored by the middle school teachers for the celebration, on Sept. 24.

On Sept. 25, Frank Bryan -- the school's principal in 1973 -- and his assistant principal, Gertrude Galloway, joined current Principal Richard Steffan in presenting personal reflections on their time at the school.

Citations from Superintendent James Tucker, Board of Trustees President Jeffrey Lewis and state Sen. Edward J. Kasemeyer were read to the audience.

The Maryland state tree -- a white oak -- was planted to replace the Wye oak tree planted 25 years ago (now missing).

Everyone joined in singing "Welcome to My World," the song that was sung on dedication day in 1973.

Parents whose children had attended the school during its first year, and who still work on the Columbia campus -- Evelyn Anthony, Doris Geppert and Sandra Resch -- were joined by "first year" students Kenny Brennan, Philip Jobes, Sean Kerins, Ricky Perry, Gary Resch, Troy Richardson, Lisa Rose, Chris von Garrel and Millie Russo.

The day also celebrated devotion to duty.

Stella Bishop, Laraine Hardy, Ruth Howell, Allan Leffler, Joyce Leitch, Martha Russell and Millie Russo have been staff members since the school's first day.

Original staff members who returned for the event included Dorothy Baker, Paul Baker, Frank Bryan, Gertrude Galloway, Aileen Hall and Elizabeth Kellison.

Everyone who attended the weeklong celebration received a commemorative program book and the anniversary poster: "25 Years Dedicated to the Dream."

Anyone who did not attend the festivities and would like to buy the program, a commemorative plate, a poster showing an aerial view of the school or one that displays the celebration motto can write to the 25th Birthday Committee, P.O. Box 894, Columbia 21044.

Court of honor

Forty-six Scouts earned merit badges in 28 categories ranging from camping, lifesaving, citizenship to a study of mammals.

Eagle Scout Sean Monahan received a Silver Palm for his heroism in saving the life of a swimmer.

Advancements also were awarded to several Scouts for perseverance.

Five boys earned the rank of Tenderfoot; six earned Scout; three are now First Class; and three boys advanced to Star.

Board members appointed

Anne Dodd, the Kings Contrivance village manager, has announced the appointment of Dickinson neighborhood residents Victoria Dieringer and Joyanne Garvey to the Kings Contrivance village board of directors.

The appointees replace Susan Reed and Guy Guzzone.

Reed will be leaving Columbia, and Guzzone is running for the Howard County Council.

Garvey has lived in Columbia for 14 years. Dieringer moved here three years ago.

Both have been volunteers for other organizations.

Also, Sid Abel has been elected to serve as resident architectural committee chairman for Kings Contrivance and Hugh Pendley was elected vice chair.

Out in the world

Many Columbia high school graduates go on to bigger and better things.

Airman Kathleen Stone graduated from Hammond High School in 1993.

Stone joined the Air Force and is stationed in northern Italy at Aviano Air Base, where she is a target intelligence analyst.

Her parents, Sue Ann and Lawrence, say they are proud that she is part of the peacekeeping operations of the 31st Fighter Wing

The air base supports NATO crisis response and peace enforcement operations.

"Italy is beautiful, the Italian people are wonderful," says Kathleen Stone. "Aviano is a small renaissance town.

"There are incredible travel opportunities at my doorstep. Austria, Germany, Slovenia and Croatia are short drives from Aviano. Venice is only an hour away; we are at the foot of the Italian Alps, and the Dolomite mountains are spectacular and great for skiing."

Another rising star from Columbia is Sarah Tollick.

She made the game-winning goal for Furman University's Lady Paladins when they played Florida State, and scored the tying goal for the Davidson game, which closed the regular soccer season.

She is on the cover of Furman University's media guide and appears on Furman posters in Greenville, S.C.

Sarah is a graduate of Seton Keough High School in Baltimore, was named to the league's all-star team and was captain of the Maryland Olympic Development Team.

Her parents, Diane and Arthur, live in Kings Contrivance village.

Birthday posters due

Oakland Mills students are reminded that Friday is the deadline for entering the "Happy Birthday Oakland Mills" poster contest.

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