Seniors celebrating school's end in many ways


June 01, 1999|By Nancy Gallant | Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THURSDAY NIGHT WAS perfect for the Arundel High School prom. All around the area, sleek limousines cruised the streets, carrying girls in beautiful gowns and dapper young men in tuxes. After the prom, what could be more fun than a game of laser tag and maybe a day at Six Flags, celebrating the fact that seniors had finished their high school careers.

Senior Week official activities began Tuesday morning with the Awards Assembly, honoring members of the Class of 1999 for academic, athletic and leadership accomplishments. Thursday's final exams marked the last day of school for seniors. Finally, graduation exercises were held Saturday morning at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County campus in Catonsville.

Valedictorian for the class is Richard Callahan. An Eagle Scout, member of the National Honor Society, active in the drama club and the school orchestra, and a National Merit finalist, Richard plans to continue his eclectic career by pursuing studies in chemistry and Chinese at Dartmouth College.

Salutatorian Robyn Nathanson has also led an interesting high school career. Besides her work as a volunteer tutor, her activities with the National Honor Society and a part-time job, Robyn enjoys playing in an all-girl punk rock band. This fall, Robyn will continue her academic career at the University of Pennsylvania, where she plans to major in chemical engineering.

Club gives scholarship

As the school year draws to a close, the Four Seasons Women's Club is pleased to announce that $7,900 has been donated to community organizations through the fund-raising activities of the club. Linda Nelson, a spokeswoman for the Gambrills group, reports that the club has funded activities at Four Seasons Elementary School, Arundel Middle School, Arundel High School, the Four Seasons Security Patrol and the Four Seasons Women's Club Food Baskets.

This week, the Four Seasons Women's Club Senior Scholarship was awarded to Grant Baker. A senior at Arundel High, Grant plans to use his scholarship at St. Vincent's College in Pennsylvania, where he will major in religious education.

Five attend conference

The Bowie Crofton Rotary Club is sponsoring five local high school students for a three-day conference to further develop their leadership skills.

Shannon Courtney, Sheena Washington and Kelly Taylor Moore, all of Arundel High School, will join Kim Kelliehan and Daniel Fuchs of Bowie High School at the summer conference, to be held in Chevy Chase.

The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program is organized and operated by Rotarians who are successful business and professional people with outstanding records of achievement. For more information, contact Rankin Lusby at 410-721-2591.

Church plans drama

Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church in Crofton will recognize this year's church school teachers at both worship services June 6, the last Sunday of church school until the fall.

That same day, the parish youth will present the musical drama "100 Percent Chance of Rain" during the 11 a.m. service. Music Director Suzanne Barthold will direct, assisted by Benay Dunn-Vodrog and Karen Niemi. For more information, call 410-721-2313.

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