Centennial grad awarded memorial scholarship

June 18, 2006

Allison J. Cappelaere, 18, who graduated from Centennial High School this year, has been awarded the Christopher Kelly Memorial Scholarship, given in memory of a Glenwood Middle School eighth-grader who played baseball in the youth program and was killed in 1989 in a bicycle accident.

Allison, who started playing basketball at age 10 in the youth program and switched to volleyball a year later, will use the scholarship award of $2,000 at the Johns Hopkins University, which she plans to play volleyball and pursue a career in public health.

Around Town

English practice -- The Miller library branch is offering an English Conversation Club for people who speak English as a second language from 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Mondays. First-time participants must register in advance. 410-313-1950.

Chess club -- Elkridge Young Adult Chess Club for ages 11 to 17 will meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Elkridge library branch, 6540 Washington Blvd. No experience is necessary, and players at all skill levels are welcome. Snacks will be provided. 410-313- 5077.

For girls -- The Elkridge library branch is offering Girls Group, a chance for girls ages 12 to 15 to meet and talk about favorite books, movies and music, and try a craft. Guest speakers will talk about matters of interest to girls. The group meets from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. alternate Fridays. Registration is requested. 410-313-5088.

EC Idols -- The Miller library branch, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, will hold auditions for the Ellicott City Idol contest. The grand prize winner will receive $60 and an invitation to sing the national anthem at a Bowie Baysox game. Runners-up (one middle-schooler and one high-schooler) will receive $45 each. Disc jockey Jojo Girard will be emcee and judge. Auditions for middle-schoolers will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 27; for high school students, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 28. Finals will be held 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 29. Registration is required. 410-313-1950.

Legal services -- Attorney Jac E. Knust will be at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, for the 60-Plus Wills and Legal Screening Program from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 28. The program, which offers services such as simple wills, powers of attorney, living wills and deed changes, is open to Howard County residents age 60 and older. Fees are determined on a sliding scale. An appointment is required. The program is available the fourth Wednesday of each month. 410- 313-1400.

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