High school students prepare for county Envirothon

November 06, 2003

Teams of students from Atholton, River Hill and Wilde Lake high schools and home-schoolers from the Howard County Home Educators trained Friday for the Howard County Envirothon at Mount Pleasant Farm in Woodstock.

The contest requires the youths to work together to solve problems related to soils, aquatics, forestry, wildlife and an environmental topic, said Kristal Lull, 27, education outreach coordinator for the Howard Soil Conservation District. This year's topic is "Natural Resource Management in Urban Environments."

The students examined the textures of soils, exploring the composition by observing the feel of the dirt in their hands. Pressing the soil, or "ribboning," helped them decide how much sand, silt or clay was in it, Lull said. They also learned to read soil surveys, which show geographic distribution of types of soil and indicate whether an area is suitable for a septic field, a house with a basement or a particular crop, Lull said.

The teams, made up of five members and an alternate, rotated through a series of stations, each devoted to a category of environmental knowledge.

During the competition, the students will spend about an hour at each station and be scored on their performance. The team with the highest score advances to the state and then to the national level, where college scholarships are awarded by sponsor Canon U.S.A. for those on the first-, second- and third-place teams.

The Howard County Envirothon is scheduled for April 27 at Mount Pleasant.

"They seemed to have fun," Lull said of the training. "Public schools were closed, but they showed up anyhow, which showed dedication. It was nice to see."

Information: 410-489-7987, or www.envirothon.org.

- Fay Lande

Glenelg High presenting `Grease' this weekend

The Glenelg High School drama department will present the musical Grease at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The cast of 54 students is directed by drama teacher Sue Miller, with musical direction by Brant Challacombe, an upper-school music teacher at Glenelg Country School.

Parent Stevie Brouillet said that Miller, whose sister is Toby Orenstein of Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia, has created a huge drama program at Glenelg. The school produces two major musicals each year - a drama, a cabaret with performers in formal dress and several dessert (rather than dinner) theaters, Brouillet said.

Admission to Grease is $8. Tickets will be available at the box office before each performance.


Laila Alexi: To Restia G. and Marcea B. Whitaker of Woodstock on Oct. 6.

Around town

Basket bingo: The Glenelg High School Choir will hold a Longaberger basket bingo fund-raiser today at the Sykesville Freedom Fire Hall on Route 32. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Dinner and refreshments will be available. Bingo is to begin at 7 p.m. Those unable to attend can ask to have a student play for them. Proceeds will go to the choir and other Glenelg High School singing programs. Tickets are $15. 410-489-4925.

College aid: Glenelg High School will offer a financial aid workshop for families planning for college from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday. Larry Riordan, former director of financial aid at Mount St. Mary's College, will offer tips on how to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. 410-313-5528.

Chess club: The Glenwood library offers open play for chess fans of all ages in its Howard County Library Chess Club. The group meets from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays. Registration is not necessary. Chess sets are provided. 410-313-5577.

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