Young county poets pen `write stuff' for contest

May 10, 2004

Thirteen students were winners in "The Write Stuff" poetry contest sponsored by Friends of Howard County Library.

Fifty-eight students submitted 129 original poems. Their work was judged on originality, coherence, clarity, substance and the subject matter.

Sixth- and seventh-grade winners are Genevieve Simard and Aarzu Ahmed of Patapsco Middle School; Ethan Myers of Cedar Brook Academy; Lauren Brown of Wilde Lake Middle School; and Christyna McCormick of Folly Quarter Middle School.

Among eighth- and ninth-grade entries, winners were Lauren Earp of Atholton Adventist School; Elizabeth Desrochers of Glenwood Middle School; Cathy Cannizzo, a home-schooler; Caitlyn Carrico of Chapelgate Christian Academy; and Fiona McNabb of Centennial High School.

In a poem titled "Elevated Deception," Lauren wrote:

The things you smoke were meant to veil

The pain you hold inside

They let your mind release what's real

And take away your pride

Among 10th-, 11th- and 12th-graders, winners were Megha Rajagopalan of Centennial High School, who won several prizes; Rachel Fixsen of Hammond High School; and Victoria Sauter, also of Centennial High School.

The students were honored at the Miller branch library April 29. Karen Arnold, a poet and lecturer, spoke to the audience of about 50, encouraging the youths to trust their inner voices, read and write as much as they could.

The winners received cash prizes.

- Carole McShane

Howard High senior wins Kiwanis Club scholarship

The Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City awarded a $12,000 scholarship to Fallon Yael Carter, a senior at Howard High School.

Ten applications were received from Howard County public high school students.

The money will be awarded over Carter's four years of college.

Births

Sean Patrick:

To Neal Miller and Amy Simon-Miller of Elkridge on April 15.

Steven Thomas Stanton:

To Steve Stanton and Patty Dunbar of Ellicott City on April 30.

Around town

About zoning:

The Ellicott City Residents' Association will sponsor a presentation by Eileen E. Powers, the county's zoning counsel, at 7 p.m. today at the Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. Powers will discuss the roles of the zoning counsel and residents in zoning decisions. 410-461-6523 or www.ecra.net firms.com.

Living history:

The Ellicott City B&O Railroad Station Museum will present a 30-minute living history program on military justice during the Civil War at 2 p.m. Saturday. The program will focus on bounty jumpers - men who went from town to town enlisting and then absconding with the $300 bonus. Admission is $5, $4 for students and seniors, and $3 for children age 4 to 13. Children age 3 and younger will be admitted free. 410-461-1944 or www.ecbo.org.

Reunion:

St. Augustine School, 5990 Old Washington Road, Elkridge, will offer an alumni Mass and reunion reception at 6 p.m. Saturday. The Mass will be followed by a reception. Reservations are requested by May 10. Sherry Mobley: 410- 579-1097.

Help for Jordan:

The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department will hold an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner and silent auction from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the fire hall, 6275 Old Washington Road, Elkridge. The cost is $7 for adults and children 13 or older; $6 for seniors; and $3 for children ages 5 to 12. Children younger than age 5 can eat for free. Proceeds will help pay medical expenses for Elkridge baby Jordan Walker, who suffers from multiple medical problems. 410-761-6633, Ext. 3.

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