4 Howard High School seniors win awards in national program

October 11, 2004

Four Howard High School seniors were named Outstanding Participants in the 2005 National Achievement Scholarship Program. The program, conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corp., is an academic competition established to honor African-American high school students.

Stephanie Agbu, Andre Durham, Raven McGlotten and Carla Thomas were among about 3,000 high school seniors nationally whose 2003 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test scores place them in the top 5 percent of the more than 120,000 students who requested entry in the National Achievement Program.

A fifth student, Elizabeth Whyms, was named a National Achievement Scholarship Program Semifinalist. She is one of 1,600 students who received the honor and will compete nationally for a scholarship, said senior guidance counselor Al Silberman.

Each student received a letter of acknowledgment from the National Achievement Scholarship Program.

Clark's Elioak Farm sponsors photo contest

Clark's Elioak Farm in Ellicott City is sponsoring an Enchanted Forest Memory Lane photo contest.

Categories include the oldest picture of a child at the Enchanted Forest theme park, which closed in 1988; the best set of pictures showing two or more generations of children from one family visiting the now-defunct Ellicott City attraction; and the best picture of its famous pumpkin coach.

Photographs can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily through Sunday at the farm on Route 108. Contestants are invited to submit written accounts of their memories along with the pictures.

Prizes will be awarded at 10 a.m. Oct. 23, during the Pumpkin Chucking Weekend at Clark's Elioak Farm.

Information: 410-730-4049 or www.clarklandfarm.com.

Kiwanis Club is selling `Entertainment '05' books

The Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City is selling Entertainment 2005 books, offering discounts at restaurants and entertainment.

The cost is $26 for Baltimore books; $25 for Washington books. Both can be used starting next month.

Proceeds will be used for charitable causes.

Information: 410-465-2802.

Military

Training begins:

Navy Lt. j.g. Nicholas E. Wissel, son of Eric and Sharon M. Wissel of Ellicott City, recently left the guided missile frigate USS Curts to attend Combat Systems and Aegis Warfare School in Dahlgren, Va. After completing his training, he will report to the guided missile destroyer USS Decatur, home-ported in San Diego. Wissel is a 1996 graduate of Mount Hebron High School who joined the Navy in October 2001. He received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for his outstanding service on the Curts.

Around Town

For seniors:

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks sponsors a morning of drop-in duplicate bridge from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fridays at the Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center, Route 144 in Ellicott City. Drop-in bridge and pinochle groups are offered from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays at the center. Pinochle players meet from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays. Bring a bag lunch. Coffee, tea and snacks will be available. Donations will be accepted for the snack fund. The center's community service knitting and crocheting group, which creates items for hospitals, charities and senior centers, meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Donations of acrylic yarn are appreciated. 410-313-7279.

Silent auction:

Burleigh Manor Middle School student council will hold a silent auction from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 3 to raise funds to upgrade and purchase advanced technology for the school. Advisory classes will assemble baskets of products and certificates for services to be auctioned. Donations of products, certificates for services, coupons and other items are needed by Oct. 22. Monetary donations also are welcome. Tony Miceli, 410-313-2507 or tmi celi@hcpss.org.

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