2 young authors a hit with Woman's Club

NEIGHBORS

March 18, 2002|By Lisa Breslin | Lisa Breslin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

GREGORY JUBB'S DAD, Robert, says he has shared his son's excitement about hitting a grand slam, but even that pales in comparison to how they felt when they learned that the St. John's seventh-grader had won a local writing contest.

Joy Lane Fitz, a seventh-grader at Shiloh Middle School, knows the same thrill, because she also won the writing contest sponsored by the Woman's Club of Westminster Inc.

Both young authors were honored last week during the club's monthly meeting at First United Presbyterian Church in Westminster. In attendance were members of the club; Joy's parents, Helen and David Fitz; Gregory's parents, Robert and Irene Jubb; and Gregory's grandparents, Gerald and Sarah Jubb of Baltimore.

"I was so surprised that I was picked," said Joy, who won for her poem titled "The Day That Lady Liberty Cried."

"This is the first thing I have ever won, and first place for my writing is a big thing for me," she said.

The winning poem is Joy's tribute to Sept. 11, and it is written from the perspective of the Statue of Liberty: "The tears came streaming down her smooth cheek/She watched a nation tremble and almost grow weak ... "

Joy's poem and other entries that focused on Sept. 11 were "very moving," said Marjorie Zerkel, chairwoman of the writing contest for the club. "It was so clear that that day had a tremendous effect on the young writers."

A fan of science fiction, fantasy and "people going through quests," Gregory wrote a winning short story titled "Permanent Ink." The tale is about a man named James E. Frankweiler who is granted immortality by St. Peter. His immortality takes on new meaning when he is arrested for trying to commit suicide in the city and given a life sentence in prison.

"That story started out as a school assignment, but I've always liked writing and coming up with story ideas in my spare time," Gregory said.

In his spare time, Gregory also enjoys playing the piano, basketball, baseball and soccer. Joy's hobbies include piano, volleyball and tennis.

Club members received 55 entries from seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders throughout the county. Each entry was judged in several areas, including clarity, creativity, spelling, usage and grammar.

"All the entries were outstanding," Zerkel said. "We had a wonderful time reading them."

Zerkel and fellow committee members Barbara Kallaugher, Nancy Hiatt, Betty Mathias and Lois Crawford picked Joy and Gregory's works.

The winning entries will be submitted for a statewide competition sponsored by the GFWC Maryland Federation of Women's Clubs Inc.

Unexpected guest

Members of Meadow Branch Church of the Brethren received an unexpected guest at the end of their service March 10.

Pastor Joseph "Jodie" Hendricks was shaking hands and greeting folks as they left the service about noon when they heard a loud roar and a "huge boom." Wind had ripped an old hickory tree out of the earth and plunked it down on the 175-year-old church. But the church held its own against the tree, which folks figure was at least 200 years old.

"No one was hurt. No vehicles were damaged. There was no structural damage to the building - just roof repairs, mainly," said Charlie Stem, church steward and the man who had the task of taking down the tree.

Stem and others suspect that the tree had been hit by lightning many years ago, which weakened its chances against winds that clocked in at more than 35 mph that day.

"Things could have been a lot worse," Stem said.

Living Treasure honored

Westminster resident Donna Buppert honors her children, Rebecca and Jesse Buppert, as her Living Treasures this week. Jesse is a sophomore at University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Rebecca a senior at Limestone College in South Carolina.

"They are both considerate of others. They play college lacrosse and keep up with everything academically that they need to in order to stay on track," said Buppert. "They are just great kids."

Who is your Living Treasure? Brighten someone's day by submitting his or her name to: Lisa Breslin, 35 Ridge Road, Westminster 21157, 410-848-4703.

Lisa Breslin's Central Carroll neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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