ON THEIR way toward a dream of representing the United States in the Olympics, 10 dedicated students from South Carroll's Tae Kwon Do Academy recently competed in a national competition.
The students, ages 7 to 15, attended the U.S. Tae Kwon Do Junior Olympic Championships in Tampa, Fla., their first such competition. They qualified for the event in the Maryland State Tae Kwon Do Competition in April.
Master Bun Huor, coach and owner of the academy at Carrolltown Center in Eldersburg, took 21 students to the Maryland competition. All but three qualified for the Junior Olympics. Out of the 18 qualifiers, Huor chose 10 to go to the nationals early this month.
When the national competition concluded, South Carroll boasted one fifth-place finisher, four in fourth place, one third place and one in second place. About 5,000 students from across the nation participated in the competition.
Participants were Cara Patten, 12; Sammy Terrell, 7; Gino Rosenthal, 7; Melissa Stansbury, 11; Christina Mougey, 13; Chris Felker, 15; Michael Baker, 14; Trent Huor, 7; Branden Muth, 7; and Tae Huor, 11.
Sammy faced the most competitors - 70 in his class. He brought back the team's only silver medal.
Tom Terrell, Sammy's father, said he was amazed the kids worked as hard as they did to prepare for the competition. They practiced up to four days a week at the studio.
"For 7-year-olds, that's pretty amazing," he said.
Coach Huor, a fifth-degree black belt, knows the difficult road to Olympic competition. He has participated in hundreds of competitions. After receiving the gold medal in the state and national finals, he competed in qualifying rounds of the U.S. Summer National Finals for the Olympic team of 1994.
Although he did not attain his dream of representing the United States that year, Huor continues his dream through his students. He has taken a team to the finals every year for the past six years.
Sykesville Farmers' Market will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow on Main Street in Sykesville. Information: Ron Jackson, 410-795-8850.
South Carroll Farmers' Market will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday on Hemlock Drive near Carrolltown Center. Information: Andy Schneider, 410-795-5469.
Gamber car show
Gamber and Community Fire Department will play host to its annual car show from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 26.
The event will include raffles, door prizes and demos, a flea market and craft show. The fire company will provide food.
First-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded in various auto classes. Vehicles and vendor participants should register by Aug. 21. Information: Holly Fink, 410-795-4303.
Debra Taylor Young's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday.