Glenelg tops competition at high school science fair

March 04, 2004

Glenelg High School students won more awards than their competitors at Howard County public schools' Mathematics, Science and Technology Fair, held Friday and Saturday at Long Reach High School, said science teacher Deano R. Smith, who accompanied the Glenelg contingent to the fair.

The Glenelg students placed first or second in all but one of the fair's 10 categories for high school students; won four honorable mentions; and received 14 of the 20 awards sponsored by professional societies, Smith said.

The students presented scientific papers about projects they completed, and showed display boards illustrating their work.

"The judges are people from the community who are doing science and engineering every day, so they're qualified judges," Smith said.

Ninth-grader Afton Vechery took first place overall at the high school level with her project, "Well Water Quality in Western Howard County." She tested 20 wells and found that a few were contaminated.

Classmate Serena Fasano won the Summerville Scholarship Award for overall excellence for her project, "The Effect of Probiotics Found in Yogurt on the Survival of Bacteria from the Intestine," and Glenelg High School was awarded the Shimadzu Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Technology Education.

Winners also included Ross Asato, David Burns, Amy Conchie, Brittany Edmonson, Dana Gittings, Chris Iglehart, Gwen Kidera, Ben Krekeler, Rachel Martlock, Lauren McDaniel, Catherine Myers, Maureen Nicholl, Mary Novak, Jessica Noyes, Gregory Parks and Erin Silva.

The school will compete next at a regional science fair at Towson University on March 27 and 28. The winner of the Towson fair will proceed to Intel's International Science and Engineering Fair in Portland, Ore., in May.

- Fay Lande

`Pippin' set this weekend at Glenelg High School

The Glenelg High School drama department will present the Broadway musical Pippin, about a young man's search for meaning in life, at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in the school auditorium. The award-winning musical comedy turns the legend of Charlemagne's son, Pippin, into a hip fairy tale.

Tickets, available at the door, are $8.

Information: drama teacher Sue Miller, 410-313-5528.

Oral history project seeks those ages 50 and older

Atholton High School senior Mitchell Schwenz, an intern with Florence Bain Senior Center, is seeking people ages 50 and older who would like to tell their stories and share memories of life in the 20th century with Glenelg Country School's eighth-grade pupils.

The intergenerational oral history project is sponsored by Glenelg Country School and the Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging.

Interviews will be held from 10 a.m. to noon April 14 at the school. A catered lunch will be served, and transportation is available.

The pupils will record the stories and present them May 12.

Anyone interested should contact Mitchell by March 29 at 410-313-7289.

Births

Aja Rose: To Kerri and Brian Cooke of Sykesville on Jan. 7.

Ava Katherine: To Scott and Dana Collins of West Friendship on Feb. 18.

Around Town

Pruning: University of Maryland Cooperative Extension educator Georgia Eacker, who coordinates the Howard County master gardener program, will offer a demonstration of pruning techniques for trees and ornamental bushes from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Howard County Conservancy, 10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock. Registration is required. 410-465-8877.

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