Fruits of girl's labor win contest

NEIGHBORS

March 26, 2002|By Debra Taylor Young | Debra Taylor Young,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

BRITTANY COMBS, 11, of Piney Ridge Elementary School has brought recognition and pride to herself and her school by creating an award-winning poster for an art contest sponsored by the American School Food Service Association.

Her winning poster depicted a watermelon with a bite missing, with a banana and an apple. Her work fit the contest theme: "Fuel Up For High Performance."

Jeanette Brophy, Piney Ridge's cafeteria manager, gave information about the contest to Brittany's art teacher, Terry Greenberg. Greenberg opened the contest to Brittany's fifth-grade class. Greenberg said she was delighted when she was notified in late January that Brittany was the state winner.

"What an honor for Brittany and the school," she said, pointing to the letter on a bulletin board in her classroom.

As the state winner, Brittany will have her entry exhibited in Ocean City at the association's state convention Oct. 11 and 12. Brittany and her family have been invited to the convention, where she will be presented with a $50 savings bond. Her poster also was entered in the national contest, which will be judged this month, according to the association letter.

"Brittany loves art and draws at home all the time," said her mother, Linda.

She said the family is looking forward to the convention and that she has enrolled Brittany in art lessons.

If Brittany wins the national contest, her artwork will be placed on a T-shirt offered by the association, which markets shirts, aprons and other items that bear nutritional themes. Previous themes include "Start Your Day the Healthy Way," "Launch Your Day" and "Get Fueled."

The association works to advance the quality and availability of school nutrition programs. The group monitors school breakfast and lunch programs, and creates standards for nutrition, food handling and nutritional education.

Brittany said she never imagined she would win the contest.

When she isn't drawing, Brittany spends her time playing indoor and outdoor soccer. She also enjoys hip-hop dance. Brittany performed a hip-hop routine last weekend in Piney Ridge Elementary's "Spring Fling" talent show.

Tropical cruise weekend

Sykesville Middle School's instrumental music department launched its "Tropical Twilight Fantasy Cruise" fund-raiser Saturday.

Palm trees, tropical fish and fresh flower centerpieces conveyed the tropical cruise ship theme. Students dressed as crew members, and food servers wore leis and grass skirts. Guests ate pit ham, string beans, potato salad, coleslaw and rolls, donated by local businesses.

Music director Kay Tippett directed the Sykesville Middle School jazz band during the meal. Michael Grapes, 14, and Andrew Horrigan, 14, both on trumpet, and Michael Lumley, 14, on saxophone, performed solos.

Principal Royce Friedlander greeted guests.

According to cruise director Anita Hardester, many parent volunteers helped with decorations, costumes, tickets, and printed menus, and made desserts. Hardester organized the event and supervised pupil volunteers.

The fund-raiser attracted 500 people - with tickets selling for $4, $5 and $6.

Craft fair fund-raiser

Century High School's PTSO is holding a spring craft fair fund-raiser April 27, and the organization is looking for craftspeople.

Fees are $45 per space. Neither flea market and resale tables nor food to be eaten on-site will be allowed. Applications are available at the school.

Information: 410-386-4400.

Debra Taylor Young's southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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