High school graduation may be toughest on moms


May 19, 1999|By Bonita Formwalt | Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

"SO, IS SHE handling the graduation preparation well?" my sister asked my son, who is scheduled to graduate from Glen Burnie High June 2. "Do you think she can deal with the event in a mature, joyful manner?

Peeved, I began to protest the assumption that I could not be trusted to act in an appropriate fashion, but my words were obliterated by the whimpering sound that escaped my throat instead.

"Tissue alert!" my son called out as I struggled to regain my composure.

"If you can't even handle hearing the word `graduation,' what do you plan on doing at the actual ceremony?" she asked.

I had to admit that I just didn't know. Truthfully, I have been less than successful in controlling my emotions about this momentous occasion.

"Less than successful? Is that what you call it?" my son asked incredulously.

Turning to his aunt, he continued: "She followed me up the road as I left for the senior prom, snapping pictures as I drove away. I came home one day and found the dog in my baby clothes. She keeps trying to take me to the zoo."

My sister came to my defense, noting that my behavior was limited to the privacy of our home.

"Really? At my last lacrosse game of the season, she stood on the sidelines, swaying and trying to get the crowd to sing `Sunrise, Sunset.' It spooked our goalie," he growled.

Later, as I was stuffing the Gopher pinata for the graduation party, I was finally able to smile, just thinking how surprised and pleased my son would be when our entire family showed up in Ocean City to help celebrate Senior Week with him and his little friends.

We're gonna party like it's 1999, Glen Burnie.

Dancing the night away

There's another celebration in the works at Glen Burnie High School: The dance classes will present an "Evening of Dance" at 7 p.m. Saturday in the main auditorium, 7550 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. Admission is $5.

Under the direction of teacher Dianne-Rosso Freeman, students will perform 33 numbers, from tap and jazz to lyrical, hip-hop and swing. In addition to the group numbers, seniors Tammy Noe, Cyra Miller, Jackie Parton, Susan Sperduto and sophomore Katie Knight will perform solos they have choreographed.

Three alumni dance students are returning to perform with their sisters. Chrissie Newman will dance with sisters Jamie and Laura, Missy Jordan will dance with her sister Crystal, and Noe will perform to music sung by older sister Kristen. Senior Tim Kuczinski will perform a tap number with his younger sister, Christina Forney, a sixth-grader at Marley Middle School.

Knight and Jamie Newman will perform in two numbers showcasing the county Dance Ensemble, dancers selected through auditions from high schools throughout the county.

The popular "Dance for the Athletes" classes also will be on the program with a costumed production of Michael Jackson's "Thriller."

Information: 410-761-8950.

VFW, auxiliary honored

Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 434 and the Ladies Auxiliary were honored recently with awards for outstanding work in their district in Americanism, Buddy Poppy sales, cancer aid and research, community service, membership, safety and Veterans Affairs hospital work.

The organization's good works at local veterans hospitals can continue with the money raised at a bake sale Saturday morning at the Wal-Mart on Crain Highway and during the annual Buddy Poppy sale over Memorial Day weekend at the same location.

Memorial Day holds special meaning for the VFW, and the members of Post 434 will remember fallen comrades by participating in the Glen Burnie Memorial Day Parade Sunday and again with their attendance at the Memorial Day services at Maryland Veterans' Cemetery.

Three cheers for student

Congratulations to 9-year-old Season Daugherty. This young honor-roll student at Glen Burnie Park Elementary has garnered several awards this year through her participation as a cheerleader with the Maryland Twisters.

Last month, Season capped a year of honors with her win at the Americheer Youth Individual National Competition at Disney World. She got a jacket.

Pub Date: 5/19/99

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