Pupils' presentation to bring historical figures to life


April 02, 2001|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ON THURSDAY evening, Winston Churchill, Leonardo DaVinci and Pablo Picasso are scheduled to speak at East Middle School in Westminster.

The 7 p.m. event, "Meet the Speaker," culminates a unit on biographical research for about 30 seventh-graders in accelerated reading classes. Christina Frizzell's pupils will give 10-minute speeches in the character of famous historical figures.

Visitors can choose from various presentations given at the same time, and can attend a reception honoring the esteemed guests at 8:30 p.m.

The pupils are "going to dress up and actually become the person, giving the speech in the first person," said Hether Shulman, an extended enrichment program teacher who designed the assignment.

"They're nervous about presenting their speeches in front of their parents and the other guests," she said. "But they're really excited and enthusiastic about the opportunity they've had to do research and work independently."

Many figures were chosen from a list of 100 names Shulman gave pupils as part of a "treasure hunt" exercise - teaching them how to find basic biographical information in the school's media center.

Some pupils, such as those who will portray Churchill and Picasso, chose individuals they had heard about in classes or from their parents.

"I thought it was great that they had heard about this person and wanted to learn more about them," Shulman said, noting that pupils couldn't use an individual from popular culture. "It had to be someone who made a major contribution to all of society. Marie Curie was a better choice that Britney Spears."

The program is free and the public is welcome.

Information: 410-751-3656.

Recognized for effort

Congratulations to Emma Weaver, who recently received the Friend of the Guild Award from the local Blacksmith Guild.

Guild members give this recognition each year to nonguild members who have made significant contributions to the organization.

Weaver, who works at Carroll County Farm Museum, has spent considerable effort handling student registration and other matters associated with the guild's Blacksmith School.

CHADD event

Members of the Owings Mills-Westminster chapter of Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder are sponsoring their first "Parents Sharing with Parents Night" at 7 o'clock April 10 at Carroll Springs School in Westminster.

CHADD provides support for parents, educators, health care professionals, and other adults who are living and working with individuals diagnosed with attention deficit disorders.

Information: 410-751-3280.

Display writing talent

Entries are being accepted for adult and student writing contests sponsored by Carroll Community College in conjunction with the fifth annual Random House Book Fair to benefit the college's foundation.

Any Carroll County student in grades one through 12 may enter a previously unpublished short story or poem in the student contest, which will be judged by county teachers.

Each entry must have only one author. Students may enter only one submission in each the two categories, prose and poetry.

First-, second- and third-place winners will be chosen in each grade level for each category.

Those interested in participating should call Valerie Mares, Carroll Community College, 410-386- 8155.

Individuals interested in entering the adult contest must submit their unpublished works to Susan Tegeler of Brightspot Studios in Westminster.

In both contests, entries are likely to be published and winners will have the opportunity to read excerpts from their submissions during the Random House Book Fair in November.

Deadline for the student contest is April 30. Adult entries will be accepted until Aug. 31.

Amy L. Miller's Central neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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