'Billy B.' shows Charles Carroll pupils Native American ways


November 02, 1998|By Lisa Breslin | Lisa Breslin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WITH THE TITLE "The Rock-Knockin' Native Americans," it's no surprise that pupils at Charles Carroll Elementary School were completely mesmerized by a recent school program featuring "Billy B."

The "B" stands for Brennan, and Billy B. is a professional performer who demonstrates how Native Americans used natural resources and their ingenuity to survive.

Pupils learned how Native Americans used cattails, saplings and bark to build wigwams, flint to make tools, and bent saplings to trap turkeys.

"I liked the way Billy B. used humor to teach us," said fifth-grader Lucas Rambo. Abby Hester, also a fifth-grader, enjoyed leaning how to make various animal sounds, especially the turkey.

"I learned a lot about how Native Americans used and made tools," said third-grader Lindsey Harmon.

Billy B. was sponsored by the PTA and received a grant from the Carroll County Arts Council.

"The program was an excellent overview of Native American life, especially in Maryland," said Joann Benson, vocal music teacher. "It was entertaining at the same time."

Halloween Parade results

The thrill may not be the same as having representatives from Publisher's Clearing House pull up in the driveway, but prize money still awaits some people who participated in the 54th Annual Halloween Parade last week.

Judges from the local Junior Women's Club watched the participants file past the old firehouse and selected winners in the various categories. More than $600 has been distributed among the winners, but some of the prize money has yet to be claimed.

It's not too late. Envelopes with the winning names on them are waiting to be claimed at the American Legion.

Brian Warzocha, a third-grader at Friendship Valley Elementary School who dressed as a blue Lego, knows the thrill of unexpected victory. After he went home from the parade and got ready for bed, a family friend knocked on the door to tell him he had won something.

After school the next day, he and his mother, Linda Warzocha, drove to the American Legion Hall on Green Street in Westminster to pick up the winning envelope with $10 in it.

"It was so cool," said Brian. "I got to sign the winning envelope in cursive when we picked up the money."

The winners and unclaimed prizes include:

Youngest child: Chase M. Colver, 4 months, a strawberry.

Cutest costume: Luke Rorrer, a snow baby; second place, unclaimed by No. 164, a polar bear.

Most comical individual: Joe Senseney, a skeleton with skeleton dog; second place, Jacob Sisler, a hand.

Most comical groups: Case family, crabs and beer; second place, Grubby and Guecki families, Potato Heads.

Most symbolic: Kyle Lamdin, a pumpkin; second place, Amanda Green, a pumpkin.

Most symbolic group: unclaimed by No. 31, Devils; second place, Girl Scout Junior Troop 660.

Cutest children: Brownie Troop 1586, s'mores; second place, still unclaimed by No. 220, dragons.

Most original individual: Christina Beach, a unicorn; second place, Brian Warzocha, a Lego.

Most original group: Kelly and Erica Hernandez, rag dolls; second place, Bethany Perna, Milk Bone with dog.

Most gruesome individual: unclaimed by No. 166, Bride of Frankenstein; second place, Joe Walsh, a ghoul.

Most gruesome group: Mad scientists registered as "Laurel, Heidi and Stef"; second place, Haley and Steve Efland as Lizzie Borden.

Most elaborate individual: Myra Neville, a pink flamingo; second place, Daniel and Jessica Lynch, Thomas the Tank Engine.

Best groups: 5-10 people, Carolyn Orchards; 11-15, Brownie Troop 586, Sparkles; More than 15, Brownie Troop 659, Brownies in poodle skirts.

Honorable mentions: Kurt Wonilowicz, Space Man; unclaimed by No. 108/109, Jesters; Wendy Neville, George Neville, Chris Mather, caterpillars; unclaimed by No. 255, a pirate.

Best float: Scout Troop 660; second place, Wags, Tonia Weaver; third place, Jaycees.

Best drum majorettes: High Voltage; second place, Street Commotion.

Parade results were submitted by Karen Steinbach, chairwoman of the parade committee for the local Junior Women's Club.

Information: 410-848-1180.

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

Pub Date: 11/02/98

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