Science students recognized for achievements


April 19, 2001|By Lorraine Gingerich | Lorraine Gingerich,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

RIVER HILL High School is proud of the accomplishments of its science students. Several talented and deserving students have distinguished themselves.

They attended an awards luncheon at the 2001 Maryland Junior Science and Humanities Symposia held March 29 and 30 at the National 4-H Council in Chevy Chase. The session was sponsored by the colleges of life sciences, computer, mathematical and physical sciences, the A. J. Clark School of Engineering and the admissions office of the University of Maryland, College Park.

The goal was to seek out talented students, recognize their talents and achievements and encourage their continued interest in doing research in the sciences, mathematics and engineering. Twelve students were selected to give papers, and 32 students were selected to do poster presentations.

Each year, more than 10,000 students participate in 48 regional symposia. Four students in each region receive all-expense-paid trips to a national symposium. This year, two of the students representing Maryland at the national symposium are from River Hill High School.

Suneel Bhat and Jessica Lee each received $500 scholarships and trips to the national symposium at the end of this month in Orlando, Fla.

The busy River Hill science students also attended the Baltimore Science Fair at Towson University on March 31 and April 1. The juniors and seniors garnered more than 10 percent of the 150 awards given.

The Coast Guard, National Security Agency and the Army recognized James Lee with a certificate of merit. The junior also received an honorable mention in the Overall Fair awards and received $200 along with the Intel Excellence in Computer Science Award.

Jessica Lee took first place in the Overall Science Fair with a $100 scholarship. Jessica also received certificates of recognition from the Maryland Society for Clinical Laboratory Society and the Army.

The Society of Applied Spectroscopy, the Yale Science and Engineering Association, and the Army recognized junior Britt Boras. Britt also received an honorable mention in the Overall Fair awards.

The Navy recognized junior Adrienne Criss with a certificate of excellence. Adrienne also took home $100 and first place from the American Society for Quality Control. Senior Shakya Harish and junior Aaron Pendergrass received honorable mentions in the Overall Fair awards. early last month, the science students competed in the Howard County Science Fair.

James Lee took first place in the Computer Science Division. Jessica Lee won for the Best Mentored Project, while Radhika Chandrasekar was runner-up in Best Mentored Project. River Hill's science department instructional leader and chemistry teacher Barbara Jewett taught and coached the River Hill students for all the events.

Friend of education

Congratulations to Manor Woods Elementary volunteer extraordinaire Carol Grady, who has been selected to receive the Board of Education Friends of Education Award.

The award was established to increase awareness of the importance of community involvement in the achievement of the schools' mission, and to recognize community members who make contributions to public education. Grady will be honored April 26 at the Department of Education as part of the board's regular meeting.

Girl Scout carwash

The sixth-grade Glenelg and Glenwood girls of Girl Scout Troop 756 will hold a carwash and bake sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Sunny's Surplus on U.S. 40 in Ellicott City.

The girls will be selling cookies and brownies and washing cars. There will be no charge for the carwash, but donations will be appreciated.

Information: Claire Knudsen at 410-442-5122.

River Hill concerts

If you haven't heard the River Hill High School musicians yet, this is your last chance for the school year. The final concerts will be presented in the school auditorium.

On Monday, see selected music groups, such as the Divas, the Barbershop Quartet, the percussion ensemble and the River Hillbillies, along with River Hill drama students and dancers.

The Choir and Orchestras will perform Tuesday. The Jazz Band will play May 9, and the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will play May 15.

All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. The concert Monday is free, and admission for the other concerts is $5 each or $10 for all three concerts.

Information: 410-313-7120.

Fire Department open house

The West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department will hold an open house from noon to 4 p.m. April 29. Volunteers will present rescue demonstrations, including the simulated "rescue" of a person from a wrecked car.

Also featured will be firetruck rides and car seat inspections. The ladies auxiliary will serve refreshments.

The fire station is at 12460 Frederick Road in West Friendship.

Information: 410-313-5403.

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