The Kiwanis Club of Odenton recently sponsored its second annual Academic Excellence Awards at its building in Odenton.

Kiwanis memberJoseph McCartan developed the program. Principles from Arundel Senior, Arundel Junior, Odenton Elementary, Waugh Chapel Elementary and Four Seasons Elementary were asked to designate four outstanding students to represent their schools.

The winners were picked by a committee of Kiwanis members from Odenton headed by McCartan. Students were judged not only on academic excellence, but also on civic contributions.

Twenty-three winners were selected from over 3,000 students. The students, their parents and school representatives were invited to the club for dinner and the awards presentation.

The first-place winner from each school received a $50 savings bond and certificate. The runners-up received certificates and a scholastic medal. U.S. Representative Tom McMillen, D-4th, was on hand to present the awards.

From Arundel Senior, GinishGupta and Daniel Pelensky tied for first place. Runners-up were Elaine Fullerton, Mary Pat Fannon and Stacey Thurman.

From Arundel Junior, the winner was Edward Allen Neilsen; the runners-up were Kelley Bryan, Kim Humelsine and Greg Miller.

The Odenton Elementary winner was Kathleen O'Hara, while the runners-up were Rebecca Stephens, Susan Lee and Victoria Vint.

Waugh Chapel Elementary's winner was Stephanie Rinehart; runners-up were Elizabeth Payne, Katie Matheny, Mark Tribett and Matthew Tribett.

The winner from Four Seasons Elementary was Anthony Piccinini. The runners-up were Jamie Daly, Jessica Jackauski, Jill Jones and Joel Williams.

The Kiwanis Club of Odenton was founded in 1953 and is committed to supporting the youth of thecommunity. Along with these awards, the Odenton club sponsors an annual talent show and most recently has benn involved in sponsoring the"Know to Say No" program in area elementary schools. This year, the club has spent over $5,000 on this project.


Our Lady of the Fields Catholic Church in Millersville will be celebrating its 100th anniversary on Sunday, June 30. A gathering of past and present parishioners will immediately follow the 12:15 p.m. Mass in the church hallon Cecil Avenue.

The theme of the 100-year celebration will be "As we gather together, we grow together." A picture and photo display will detail the origin of the church and its relation to the Millersville, Odenton, Gambrills, Crofton and Severna Park communities.


An open house is set for 1 to 3 p.m. June 19 at the old Millersville Elementary School. The building, at 1681 Millersville Road, is nowthe headquarters of the Anne Arundel County Public Library System. The brown two-story school was built in 1921 and is a local landmark.

After serving as an elementary school for more than 40 years, the

building was used by Anne Arundel County Schools for special education classes, then became a regional administrative office, operations and maintenance center, energy management office and finally a warehouse and small-engine repair facility.

The present Millersville Elementary School opened in 1965. The library staff took over the building in December when work began on renovating and expanding the library's headquarters on Harry Truman Parkway in Annapolis. It houses the library's administrative and personnel offices and is the purchasing and processing center for the new books and other materials transported daily to the library's 14 branches.

The open house will feature tours of the facility and refreshments. Former students and teachers are encouraged to attend; families with children are welcome.

For more information, call 222-7371.


Boy Scout Troop 721 of Odenton held a Court of Honors on May 23. Scoutmaster Michael Buinickasand Assistant Scoutmasters Bill Collier, John Howard, Darrel Jett, Lyle Linderman and John Wildman have helped make this troop one of themost respected in the area. The rank of Life Scout was presented to Alex Buinickas and Matt Linderman. First Class Scout rank was presented to Michael Leon.

A music merit badge was presented to Chip Jett. Camping merit badges were presented to Devin Schar, Cullen Schar, Michael Leon and Chip Jett. John Howard and Walt Fletcher earned four-year pins.

Alex Buinickas, Billy Collier, Chris Cox and Matt Linderman earned two-year pins, while Devin Schar, Cullen Schar, Chip Jettand Michael Leon earned one year pins.

Troop 721, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Odenton, meets every Thursday night at the Kiwanis building on Becknell Ave.


The next meeting of the Odenton Heritage Society is set for 10 a.m. June 26 at the Odenton Library. The guest speaker will be Al Luckenbach, an archaeologist in Anne ArundelCounty. Membership in the organization is not required to attend anymeeting the society sponsors.


Over the past year, Arundel Senior High School has participated in the Giant Food register receipt drive, collecting receipts from Giant stores to redeem for computers to be used in the school.

Thanks to the effort of the students, community and staff, Arundel collected over $700,000 in register receipts. This total was redeemed for one IBM PC-3 computer, two Apple IIe color computers, one Apple IIe monochrome computer and six 5.25 disk drives.


The O'Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton Road, will offer the 55-Alive Mature Driving Course from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 19 and 20 at the center. This two-day course was designed by the American Association of Retired Persons to help older drivers improve their driving and accident-prevention skills. An additional benefit may be a reduction in insurance rates.

A registration fee of $8 covers the text and materials. A check or money order made out to AARP must be submitted before the first session. Class size is limited.

Lunch reservations will be taken with registrations. For additional information, call the center at 222-6227 or 621-9515.


The West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce has scheduled a Small Business Forum from 5 to 6 p.m. June 27 at the Golden Flame Lounge, 1210 Annapolis Road in Odenton.

The topic will be "Marketing Strategies in a Downturn." Phil Strambler, of Philmar Associates, Inc., will lead thediscussion. The small business forum is a guided open discussion in a round-table format.

There is no charge to participate, but reservations are requested. Call the chamber at 672-3422 by June 25.

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