10-year-old girl claims juvenile championship in region for figure skating


May 18, 2001|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SCAGGSVILLE RESIDENT Rebecca Tran, 10, won the Silver Bowl Award on March 10 in a competition held by the Capital Regional Council of Figure Skating Clubs at the Naval Academy in Annapolis. The council is made up of 15 area clubs.

Rebecca, who began skating at age 8, is the 2001 Juvenile Champion.

The Hammond Elementary School pupil didn't receive her trophy bowl until last week, after it was engraved with her name. The bowl remains in the winner's possession for a year, until it is awarded to another juvenile champion -- and another name is added to the bowl. Twenty-five names are engraved on it.

The bowl sits in Rebecca's family's living room on a black lacquer piano. Rebecca keeps her skating medals and ribbons in her room, but this was something so elegant that it required a special setting.

Rebecca especially likes having her name engraved on the bowl.

"When someone else from my club sees it, they'll say, `Hey, I know her!'" she said. Rebecca is the first skater from the Columbia Figure Skating Club to win the award in 24 years.

Not one to rest on laurels, Rebecca and her brother Paul will be competing this weekend at Gardens Ice House, the public skating rink in Laurel. Rebecca is planning to try her new intermediate-level spins, with an eye to moving up the sport's rankings.

Strawberry festival

Members of Savage United Methodist Church are getting everything organized for their annual Strawberry Festival, to be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 2. The event opens the summer season, and has been a fixture in the community for decades.

Aggie Riley and Connie North are organizing the volunteers into cadres of potato-peelers, strawberry-hullers, ice cream-makers, coleslaw-slicers, chicken-cookers, shortcake-bakers and bus staff. It is a complex undertaking when almost everything on the traditional menu is homemade.

The church men coordinate the setup and cooking for the open-pit roast beef and beef barbecue.

The menu also features chicken and potato salad, hot dogs, baked beans, coleslaw and, to top it all off, homemade strawberry shortcake with vanilla ice cream.

The church sets up dining areas on its parking lot and in the social hall. Also in the works is a bake sale for those who want to take home a sample of some of the efforts of Savage's best bakers.

The church is at Foundry and Baltimore streets in Savage. The festival will be held on the same day as the Savage Fest -- across the street -- so plan on spending the afternoon at both events.

News from Bollman Bridge

Parents who have volunteered as nominees for the Bollman Bridge Elementary School PTA next year include Pam Guzzone, Carol Beatty, Linda Leary, Marcy DelGrasso, Rhonda Smith and Marcia Patchan.

The nominating committee urged parents wishing to serve to call Patchan at 301-498-2518. Vacancies exist for PTA delegates and committees.

The press of new business did not keep the Bollman Bridge PTA from noting the contributions made over the years by members who are leaving the Bollman Bridge school community.

The PTA newsletter expressed regards and thanks for years of service to Mary Metzler, past PTA president; Denise Lancaster, for her help with fund raising; Beverly Frank, chairwoman of the Staff Appreciation Committee; and Patti Linahan, Vicki Leonard and Debbie Livak.

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