Club's oratorical contest is the talk of Severna Park


April 15, 1999|By Joni Guhne | Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

FUTURE SPEAKERS of the House, news anchors and self-confident adults practiced writing and public speaking skills at the Severna Park Optimist Club's recent annual oratorical contest.

Part of the club's commitment to youth, the contest for youngsters under age 16 attracted 10 students whose speeches were on "Optimism In My Life."

Winner in the boys' category was Gregory Price, 15, son of Timothy and Catherine Price. Gregory is a sophomore at Severn School. Second place went to Alex White, 14, son of Mark and Cynthia White. Alex is a freshman at Severna Park High School.

In the girls' competition, first place went to Whitney Gratrix, 15, daughter of William and Sharon Gratrix. Whitney is a sophomore at Severn School. She also won at the zone level and went to Ocean City this past weekend as a guest of the Optimists, where she was among four finalists on Sunday.

Ashley Zaleski, 14, won second place in the Severna Park competition. The daughter of Dr. Robert Zaleski and Casey Hein, Ashley is an eighth-grader at Magothy Middle School. Third place went to Lauren Hall, 13, daughter of Steve Hall and Debbie Meeks. Lauren is in the eighth grade at Severn River Middle School.

Service marks Holocaust

To commemorate Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, Temple Beth Shalom conducted a service Tuesday featuring the touring company Theatre in Dialogue in an interactive Holocaust program.

A visit to the Holocaust museum in Washington is another way to remember this devastating period in world history.

Advance passes may be ordered by calling Protex/Waxie Maxie at 800-400-9373 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.

Advance passes are free, but there is a service charge of $2.75 per ticket, which is a small price for not having to wait in line.

The museum's entrance is on 14th Street opposite the Tidal Basin, and with spring parking so difficult, the best plan is to drive to the New Carrollton Metro Station, buy a round-trip ticket and take the Metro to the Smithsonian Station.

Church plans flea market

A spring flea market is planned from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 24 at Ashbury United Methodist Church in Arnold.

Sponsored by the women of the church, the sale features items of "exceptional quantity and quality." You can also pick up baked goods and light refreshments.

For information, call 410-647-5444.

Pub Date: 4/15/99

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