St. Philip Neri pupils prove their wizardry in science


March 26, 2000|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ALL OF the hard work and talent of 15 pupils at St. Philip Neri School paid off as each returned home from this month's Anne Arundel County Science and Engineering Fair with ribbons and recognition.

The school also has a connection with one of the fair's two grand-prize winners, Amanda Stevens -- a graduate who is a senior at North County High School.

The St. Philip entries were selected from a field of 190 in the parochial school's science fair in January. Thirty-one judges from the National Security Agency spent a day reviewing the projects, with Lynette Shutty, a school parent, serving as liaison with the agency.

Brian Meyers was among the top winners in the countywide contest, held at the Naval Academy. He took first place in the eighth-grade botany category for his work on hydroponics.

Seventh-grader Timothy Crawford received honors from the Navy and Coast Guard in the earth/space category for his work on rocketry. Timothy received a T-shirt, calculator and certificate from the Navy, while the Coast Guard added another certificate and an all-expenses-paid October trip to Washington to compete for scholarship prizes in Discovery Challenge 2000.

Pupils receiving ribbons for honorable mentions in botany were sixth-graders Amanda Shuck and Zachary Moran and seventh-grader Natalie Samluck. In engineering, honorable mentions were taken by sixth-grader Brendan DeLuca and eighth-graders Robert Dupaya and Daniel Stockham.

Chemistry winners were sixth-graders Alyssa Shutty, third place, and Elizabeth Poland and Brittany Jackson, with honorable mentions.

In physics, sixth-grader Nick Demyan and seventh-grader Robert Lubaszewski won third-place awards, and Melissa Redding, sixth grade, received honorable mention. In environmental science, seventh-grader Elyse Lombard won third place.

Amanda Stevens, who maintains close ties with St. Philip Neri, was honored for her work in biochemistry. She shared the most prestigious honor, the Grand Championship Award, with a Queen Anne's County student.

The title of Stevens' project: "Purification of Endogenous Ouabain and Other Bioactive Sodium Pump Inhibitors from Conditioned Cultured Medium from Adrenal Cortical Cells."

Both winners will attend the International Engineering and Science Fair in Detroit, with all expenses paid.

St. Philip Neri's science fair was directed by Francine Meeks, science coordinator and teacher.

Monsignor's a good Scout

Congratulations to Monsignor Francis X. Zorbach, pastor of St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church, who has received the St. George Emblem -- an award given by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting. The presentation was made by Cardinal William H. Keeler at a Mass on March 5 at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore.

The emblem signifies national recognition from the Boy Scouts of America for "significant and outstanding contributions to the spiritual development of Catholic youth in Scouting." Zorbach is the charter organization representative at St. Philip Neri, which sponsors Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops.

One of the tenets of Boy Scouts is reverence. Denise Bohanka, a Scout mother, said Zorbach encourages the members to earn Scouting's religion awards, no matter what faith they follow. He works with Catholic Scouts, reviewing award requirements page by page, and signs off on their entries.

Zorbach also promotes a Scout Sunday observance and says Mass for the youngsters. "He is very good to our troop and very supportive. We appreciate his help and are lucky to have him," Bohanka said.

Don't just eat and run

Members and associate members of the Ferndale Roadrunners are invited to a covered-dish luncheon at 11 a.m. Thursday at Ferndale Senior Center, 7205 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd.

The luncheon will give associate members, who are on a waiting list to join the club, the opportunity to meet full members. Bring a dish to share.

Information: 410-761-0484.

Benefit auctions

The gavel will be hitting the table often Saturday as auctioneers raise money at two community events.

Arundel Habitat for Humanity will benefit from an auction to be held at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church. The doors will open at 4 p.m., when food will be available for purchase and auction items can be examined. The auction will start at 5: 15 p.m.

The public is invited to bid on items such as a dining room set, chairs, an architect's plans for a room addition (kitchen or bath), a cake a month for a year and a quart of soup a month for six months.

Handmade quilts, dinners at restaurants and an overnight stay at the Marriott in Baltimore will be up for bid.

St. Christopher's is working to raise $7,000 toward its commitment to the Habitat project -- one of approximately 30 churches in the county that also are providing volunteer workers to build affordable homes in partnership with low-income families.

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