North County High musician sings at her graduation ceremony


June 11, 2000|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

NORTH COUNTY HIGH School Principal Patricia Gronkiewicz first heard senior Katherine M. Ostrosky sing in April at the Annapolis Radisson, at a Scholarship for Scholars dinner and awards ceremony where the student received a Baltimore Symphony Society of Anne Arundel County Scholarship.

Gronkiewicz asked the 18-year-old student from Glen Burnie to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at her graduation. The occasion May 31 on the campus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County was quite an honor for Katherine -- the first graduate to sing at North County's commencement ceremonies.

Katie, as she prefers to be called, also plays instruments. She received three of the four music awards given at the graduation -- Outstanding Instrumentalist, Band Boosters Scholarship and the Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence.

Among her many other recognitions are being selected for "Who's Who Among High School Seniors" in the arts and an award as the Maryland Distinguished Scholar in the Arts for Voice.

Katie played piano for the high school jazz band and played handbells, marimba, xylophone, chimes and timpani in the marching and concert band. For the past six months, she has been teaching herself cello and violin.

Katie was selected for the All-County Jazz Band and received superior ratings at state and county solo and ensemble festivals.

Outside of school-related activities, she has performed in community and dinner theaters and last year had the lead in a Children's Theater of Annapolis production.

Katie joined the Young Actor's Ensemble and for two years played roles at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. On Jan. 1, she sang for the Christmas Festival of Lights at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Washington, and last night she was to sing and play the marimba in its summer concert series. Katie has also been a choir member of St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church.

Katie has had asthma and allergies all her life and was poster child for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Maryland Chapter for 1990-1991. She says asthma has not deterred her singing -- she has learned to work with it. She feels that her voice training may have helped and would encourage others with asthma to sing.

Katie began to sing in kindergarten in Germany, where her father worked. But she says she got her real start in the fifth grade at Hilltop Elementary School in Ferndale. Her music teacher, Melva Sunday, encouraged her and cast her in the lead in what Katie calls "a watered-down version of `The Pirates of Penzance.'"

She is the daughter of Nanci and Tom Ostrosky. She plans to attend the North Carolina School of the Arts, majoring in music.

New Lions president

Tom Durkin was installed as president of the Linthicum Lions Club for a one-year term at a dinner meeting Monday in Brooklyn Park. Ken Shipley, past district governor, conducted the installation ceremony.

Shipley presented eagle feathers to Durkin and other incoming officers, using them as a symbol to challenge them to work together to better the community.

"A single eagle feather is but an adornment, it is nothing alone, but put together they make a wing. Like many feathers that make a wing, this club will fly to the service of the community," Shipley said.

Durkin has been an active member of the club since he and his wife, Tammy, joined three years ago. His hopes for the club this year are to increase membership, raise more money for its projects, and better inform the public of the services and assistance it provides.

Other new officers are: John Watkins, secretary; Peggy Samuels, treasurer; Tammy Durkin, first vice president; Sharon Wunder, second vice president; and Gene Smith, third vice president.

To show the club's appreciation for her work as chairwoman of a successful fund-raiser, the Most Valuable Lion Award was presented to Wunder.

Two new members were accepted: Dempsey Slocum and T. Michael Gigliotti.

The Linthicum Lions Club is participating in an open house Saturday at Camp Merrick at the Potomac River town of Nanjemoy. Camp Merrick, owned by Lions Clubs, is for children with hearing impairment, blindness or diabetes. Dedication of a new maintenance building will begin at 1:15 p.m.

Linthicum resident Betty Brown will be a guest for the occasion. The building will be dedicated in memory of her husband, Harry, who was an active member of the Linthicum Lions for 40 years, and Ben Gooden of the Pikesville Lions Club.

When Harry Brown died in 1998, donations in his memory provided seed money for the maintenance building, which holds a tractor, golf cart, workshop and room for a future hay wagon.

There is also space for sleeping quarters for Lions members who work at the camp, particularly those who open it for summer and close it in fall.

The building cost about $25,000. The money was raised through events over the past two years and donated by clubs throughout the district.

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