Future teacher tutors for 500 service hours


April 19, 2001|By Jean Marie Beall | Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MEGAN SANDS HAS always wanted to be a teacher.

To get a head start in that field, the Francis Scott Key High School senior started tutoring Northwest Middle School pupils in fall 1997.

She recently reached more than 500 hours of service in tutoring. This is quite a feat considering she maintains a 4.0 grade point average, is active in student government and plays field hockey and varsity tennis. She also works at Harry's Main Street Grille in Westminster.

Megan also serves as a facilitator and tutor for the Maryland Army National Guard's About Face program, which helps students with academic work, social skills and offers organized recreation, said Lt. Col. Bob Danmyer, program director.

"She is a fine young lady and she'll make a good teacher," Danmyer said.

Megan's interest in teaching has been lifelong.

"I've always wanted to be a teacher," Megan said. "That has always been my goal from day one."

After graduation this year, Megan will go to college. She is one of 50 students accepted into the University of Maryland's Honors Humanities program.

"I like to call it the Geek Patrol," Gayle Sands, her mother, said with a laugh. "We're really proud of her."

Megan said she plans to pursue a dual major in English and Spanish and a minor in education.

Champs go to state

Geography enthusiasts Sean Conaboy and Charles "Chaz" Hanna, eighth-graders at New Windsor Middle School, recently competed in a state-level geography bee that drew 100 students from across Maryland.

Though neither boy was selected to go to the national level, both were pleased with the experience.

"It was an exciting and fun experience, yet it was disappointing to lose," Sean said. "I was happy to make it this far. It's a shame I can't do it next year."

Chaz, who represented his former middle school in Severna Park, said he was also disappointed he couldn't compete next year.

"I thought it was fun," he said. "I thought the beginning of the first round was easy. It got harder as it went along."

The National Geographic Society sponsors the geography bee. The national competition will be held at the society's headquarters in Washington.

In January, Sean was the overall winner in New Windsor Middle School's competition. He had to take a test to advance to the state level. He did so and earned the right to represent his school.

New Windsor Middle School conducted its first geography bee last year after the National Geographic Society sent a flier to the school, said Carroll Seiler, a social studies teacher who helped organize the bee.

Lions Club annual yard sale

Taneytown Lions Club's annual yard sale will be held from 7 a.m. to noon May 26 at Farmers & Mechanics National Bank parking lot at East Baltimore Street and Trevanion Road.

"This yard sale is one of the major fund-raisers for the Lions each year," said Claude Elmore Jr., a member. "Money raised during this sale will go toward eye exams and glasses for local needy persons."

Food, including baked goods and coffee, will be for sale. Any remaining items will be auctioned at 11 a.m. by local auctioneer Calvin Amoss, also a Lion.

The club is asking for donations of good, salable and unusual items.

Donations: Leonard Wantz Jr., 410-751-1200.

Tee off for Key

Francis Scott Key High School Athletic Boosters will sponsor its annual Birdies4Eagles Golf Tournament at 2 p.m. April 28 at The Links in Gettysburg, Pa.

Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $100 and includes entry fee, range balls, dinner and prizes.

Information: Debbie Frazier, 410-756-2278.

Basket bingo

Keysville Lutheran church will hold a basket bingo fund-raiser at 5:30 p.m. May 18 at Taneytown Activities Building. Games will begin at 7 p.m.

The cost is $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Money raised will benefit the church's Keywomen Projects and Community Bible School.

Information: 410-756-2267 or 410-756-2553.

Music boosters' fund-raiser

Francis Scott Key Instrumental Music Boosters will hold a fund-raiser from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 9 at Taneytown Pizza Hut. A percentage of participants' purchases will go to the band boosters.

Information: 410-848-5482.

Jean Marie Beall's Northwest neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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