Youths cast their votes in mock election


November 10, 1998|By Natalie Harvey | Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ABOUT 100 STUDENTS from around the state participated Oct. 28 in Mock Election Extravaganza at Long Reach High School.

Candidates for federal, state and county offices discussed issues, and stressed the importance of each vote in primary and general elections.

Members of the press explained the media's involvement and influence.

Students met in small groups to debate the issues.

After registration, debates and discussions, voting began at 8 p.m. When the school's polls closed, students relaxed with food and entertainment while waiting for the final tally -- much as their adult counterparts do.

Election results for governor and lieutenant governor and the U.S. Senate were as follows: Parris N. Glendening and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend -- 85 percent; Ellen R. Sauerbrey and Richard D. Bennett -- 11 percent.

For the U.S. Senate seat, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski received 73 percent; Ross Z. Pierpont, 13 percent.

The event at Long Reach was part of the 10th National Mock Election sponsored by the National Association of Student Councils.

About 86,000 students participated in mock elections statewide.

Tea and celebration

Stevens Forest Elementary School Principal Bill Payne notes that his pupils do not have to travel to distant countries to enjoy a traditional "cup of tea."

Assistant Principal Cherryl Sage invites pupils to tea parties in her office to celebrate the work that decorates her office.

The girls and boys receive written invitations from their teachers to the tea party, and enjoy being a part of an adult tradition that includes the social skill of conversation.

"I bought a Peter Rabbit teapot when my family was stationed in England. I acquired a taste for tea and enjoyed the camaraderie a tea party inspires," Sage said. "Now, I share it with students."

One day, Sage said, a group of fifth-grade boys invited themselves to tea, and the conversation was strictly basketball.

Another time, a student's mother and grandmother attended a tea "attired properly" and accessorized with hats and gloves.

Local winners

Each year, the list of National Merit semifinalists who hail from Columbia seems to grow longer.

Fewer than 1 percent of Maryland's high school seniors are selected for the honor.

This year's east Columbia honorees include Patricia Shelton, from Hammond High School; Derek Shelton, Long Reach High School; and Oakland Mills students Sarah Condon and Robert Davies.

Hammond students achieve

Hammond High School students have been recognized for their achievements in several fields.

Rachel Harris received the Book Award from the Wellesley Club for her academic record, character and significant personal contributions to her school and community.

Rotary Club of Columbia named Ashley Payne winner of its speech contest. Participation awards were presented to Jessica Garvey, Rachel Harris, Michelle Jenkins and Jen Ruman.

Greg Bernet has won the National Latin Award.

Sixty-four artists

A "well done" is due to 64 second-grade artists at Stevens Forest Elementary.

Their work is on exhibit behind the ticket counter of Southwest Airlines at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

Five singers

Jeffers Hill Elementary students Lauren Fox, Robbie Green, Holli Hackett, Molly Klinefelter and Amber Wendland have been accepted to sing with Howard County Children's Chorus this year.

Volunteers of the year

Volunteers are like the "little engine that could." Community organizations cannot be maintained without them.

Howard County has selected its "Volunteer of the Year" -- west Columbia resident Vivian Bailey, who performs good deeds throughout Columbia and the county.

Recognition also was extended to east Columbia businesses Mason & Friends Inc. and George of New York Inc., whose employees volunteered their services and raised funds for the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource and Image Center at Howard County General Hospital.

The salon staffs used their skills to help those with cancer enhance their appearance -- and their emotional well-being.

East Columbians honored are Kathy VanSwol, Ruth Taylor, Grace Lee, Betty Ire and Paget Donnelly.

Book fair

Owen Brown Middle School is sponsoring a scholastic book fair from Monday through Nov. 20, which is American Education Week.

Book catalogs have been sent home with pupils for their parents to peruse.

Parents are invited to schedule parent-teacher conferences to discuss pupils' academic progress Nov. 18, 19 or 29 by calling the guidance office for an appointment at 410-313-7611.

Play opens

Long Reach drama teacher Robin Brumm has announced that Thursday, Friday and Saturday are performance dates for the school's fall production, "The Girl in the Mirror."

Samantha Kassir and Alex Roy are the lead characters, Susan Connors and the Speaker.

The story is about a teen-age girl who attempts suicide and the effects her action would have on those who know her.

Families and friends are invited to attend. The content of the play might not be suitable for young children.

Supporting cast members are Becca Wechsler, Alex Perry and Ian Sitek.

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