Tradition a crowning touch for family's special events

January 02, 2001|By Karen Nitkin | Karen Nitkin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HAPPY 2001, everyone!

The holiday season is a time to reflect on treasured traditions passed from one generation to another. One Ellicott City family has just such a tradition.

It started June 7, 1958, when Ann and Sam Pagnotta were married in Buffalo, N.Y. The wedding crown worn by Ann has been in the family ever since. Each of the couple's daughters, Carole Ann and Rose Ann, wore the crown for her first Holy Communion.

Rose Ann, now Rose Ann Pagnotta-Lee, also wore it when she got married.

Carole Ann Stein's daughter, Jessica Stein, a fourth-grader at Centennial Lane Elementary School, is the latest recipient of the "crown that goes around."

Jessica, 9, wore the crown for her first Holy Communion.

For each event, Ann Pagnotta put a new veil on the crown because, she explained, "I wanted everyone to have their own veil."

It will probably be years before the crown is worn again. The Pagnottas have six grandchildren, but Jessica is the only girl. She wrote about the crown of sequins and pearls in a short story that expressed her affection for the heirloom.

"Our family heirloom and tradition has now spanned 42 years," Jessica wrote. "I know my Grandma is so happy and honored to have her wedding crown passed down to her children and grandchildren. And who knows, one day I may be proud and happy for my little girl to wear `the crown that goes around.'"

Academic honor roll

Cadet Andrew C. Conklin of Ellicott City was named to the Academic Honor Roll Gold Star list during a recent ceremony on the campus of Valley Forge Military Academy and College in Wayne, Pa.

Cadet Conklin is a high school senior and a member of the Regimental Band, the school chorus and the cross country team. He's also a National Merit Semifinalist.

Academic Honor Roll Gold Stars are awarded to cadets who have achieved general academic excellence with grades of 93 percent or higher.

Centennial Lane news

Congratulations to the young authors who are finalists in Centennial Lane Elementary School's writing contest. These budding wordsmiths will go on to the Howard County level of judging. Winners of that round will be judged at the state level.

The winning entries are in a booklet next to the volunteer sign-in sheet in the front office.

Second-grade winners are Grace Colgan, Shreya Khadke, Becky Rouse, Niharika Ray, Carly Simenauer, Taylor Bourg and Isaac Walker.

Third-grade winners are Aliana Akhtar, Emily Wikner, Snigdha Kalvakolanu, Stefanie Rain, Victoria Rain, Travis Bell and Emma Balcom.

Fourth-grade winners are Kate Calvert, Eric Feinstein, Albert Zhang, Alison Gocke, Allie Holmes, Amelia Aburn and Sarah Bluher.

Fifth-grade winners are Rachel Harman, Vishney Ambalavanar, Anastasia Summerson, Mary Kearns, Samantha Luo, Zoe Roberts and Lisa Silverman.

Book club news

This month's selection for ELKS: Parent-Child Book Club is "Bud, Not Buddy" by Christopher Paul Curtis.

The book club is for children ages 10 to 13 and their parents. It will meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Elkridge branch library. Registration is continuing. Information: 410-313-5085.

The Feb. 1 selection for the Go, Girl! Mother-Daughter Book Club is "Good Night, Maman" by Norma Mazer. This club is for girls ages 11 to 13 with their parents. It will meet at the Elkridge branch library from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Information: 410-313-5085.

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