S. Carroll student named Fire Prevention Queen


June 25, 1999|By Donna Abel | Donna Abel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

CONGRATULATIONS to Anne Marie Histon of Mount Airy for being crowned State Fire Prevention Queen last week during the Maryland State Fire Convention in Ocean City.

Histon, a senior at South Carroll High School, reigned as the Miss Carroll County Fire Prevention Queen and has been involved with fire prevention activities for Mount Airy for the past year.

The State Fire Prevention Queen competition and ceremony was held June 14. The daylong event included an orientation and interviews with judges. Twelve girls competed.

The evening competition, with evening gowns, was held at the Ocean City Convention Center. Histon's escort, Kevin Warner, is a member of the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company and the Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department.

"I was just in pure shock when they announced Carroll County as the winner; I was stunned and couldn't believe this was happening to me," Histon said.

The first runner-up was Heidi Browning of Howard County's Lisbon Fire Department.

Histon received a bouquet of flowers, a trophy, a sash and a crown.

The remaining three days of the convention consisted of her meeting the Ladies Auxiliary and members of the State Firemen's Association, presenting fire prevention awards, attending an early-morning prayer breakfast, picking out a winner for a $10,000 drawing, and attending the Thursday parade in Ocean City.

As Fire Prevention Queen, Histon will represent the state in parades, open houses, fire prevention education programs and community events. She will be required to do a lot of traveling.

"The people at the Mount Airy department have been so supportive of me; they've been great about transporting me to all of these events. A lot of them came to the contest to cheer me on, and that meant a lot to me," she said.

Pupils win forestry contest

Hearty congratulations to teacher Jessica Wroten and her second-grade class at Mount Airy Elementary School for being the grand champion winners of the Carroll County Forestry Board poster contest last month.

Wroten's class worked together to design a poster with the theme "Stop Rain Forest Destruction." Their poster was awarded first place in the countywide contest and is displayed on a T-shirt. Each pupil and Wroten received a T-shirt in a ceremony on May 27.

Library events

The Mount Airy Public Library will present "The Magic of Roger Lindsay" at 1: 30 p.m. Monday.

Forget reality for a while as Lindsay transports you into a place of illusion and laughter. The 40-minute show is designed for kids 4 and older. Registration is required.

Are you ready for some myth-adventures? Come listen to stories of gods, goddesses and mythical creatures from around the world during the library's "Myth-Adventures" at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday. Children 8 and older can let their imaginations run wild as they design mythical creatures. Registration is required.

Donna Abel's Southwest Neighbors column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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