The students at Severn School are living up to the old saying: Practice makes perfect.
Under the guidance of English teacher Dr. Jackie Baugh, the students have been perfecting their communications skills and winning awards.
Severn scholars captured all four top awards at the state level in the National Federated Garden Clubs of America contest.
Essays on "The Magic and Mystery of the Rain Forest," by senior Andrew Webb and junior Seema Khandelwal, won first and second place, respectively.Webb's essay will be judged next at the regional level.
In the speech division, videotaped speeches on "The Secrets of the Rain Forest" by seniors Helene Leclerq and Erik Kaukonen won first and second place, respectively. Leclerq's tape will be judged regionally.
All four students received U.S. savings bonds.
The winning continued onSunday. Sophomore Dolph Habeck captured first place and junior Dudley Dixon was first runner-up in the American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest, a competition based on a student's knowledge of the U.S. Constitution.
Participants in the contest, sponsored byAmerican Legion Post No. 7, were also required to speak extemporaneously about an amendment, not knowing which one until five minutes before they stepped up to the lectern.
This was the most difficult part, revealing which students really understood the historical document, said Baugh.
Habeck will represent the county when he takes his eight-minute oration, "Suffrage: Your Right and Your Responsibility,"to the Southern Maryland District competition on Feb. 16 in Laurel.
The Severna Park High School Band will prepare and deliver cold cut subs on Feb. 15.
Proceeds from the sandwich sale will be used to repair instruments and uniforms and finance out-of-town competitions.
Subs must be ordered by Feb. 9. To order, call 544-0493, 544-2017 or 647-7459.
The public will get a peek at the stars, courtesy of a free open house at Anne Arundel Community College. The event, sponsored
by the college Astronomy Club is at 8 p.m. Monday.
Other open meetings planned this spring will be on March 9, April 13 and May 4.
For more information, call 541-2271.
In the second of its series on the healthy family, Shipley's Choice Elementary School invites parents to hear Dr. Joseph Procaccini discuss "Stress in the Healthy Family," at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at the school.
Procaccini, a professor and administrator at Loyola College for 18 years, is author of "Parent Burnout;" "P.L.U.S. Parenting;" and "Mid-level Management: Leadership as a Performing Art."
To reserve a spaceat this free lecture, call 987-2506 by Thursday.
Also, on Feb. 20there will be a free seminar from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Anne Arundel Community College to help participants select a personal computer.
For further information, call Gail Reese at 541-2758.
Archbishop Spalding High School's annual Cavalier Cotillion is scheduled for leap day, Feb. 29.
The gala, which benefits Spalding's scholarship program, will begin at 7 p.m. at the Fort Meade Officers Club, and the public is invited to join in the fun.
The evening will include dinner, dancing to the music of Wise, and a silent auction featuring everything from original paintings to tickets for athletic events.
Cotillion chairwoman Camille Klinker is being assisted by Ellenor Alvarez, Ann Fieni, Peggy Gilligan, Joanne Gorrie, Susan Kilby, Joyce McAvoy, Anne Reilly, Virginia Rice and Diana Tekippe.
Tickets are $45 per person and may be purchased by calling the school at 969-9105.
Each year, Archbishop Spalding High School celebrates Catholic Schools Week.
The school honored students named to the principal's and first honors lists during the fall semester.
Principal Barbara Schwitzer was the host at a luncheon for the students and their parents.
Severna Park Newcomers' February general meeting and luncheon will be 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Feb. 19 at the Blue Channel Inn.
The $9 tab covers a choice of Caesar salad and Blue Channel's cream of crab soup, broiled flounder Florentine or chicken cordon bleu.
There will be a cash bar and, for $1 more, a choice of two desserts.
The Newcomers provides an opportunity to meet a variety of new people and offers activities to satisfy every interest.
For details on the luncheon and club, call 544-2598.
At Jones Elementary School last week, students learned about things that make their friends special: differences.
"Kids on the Block," a show sponsored by the Junior League of Annapolis, uses puppets to demonstrate differences among children, in this case those with disabilities, those whose parents are divorced and those who suffer from arthritis.
The cultural program was presented by Hilary Boyce and Michele Pinkalla of the school PTA.
For lovers of good music, there will be a Service of Praise at 5 p.m., Sunday at Severna Park United Methodist Church.
Included will be hymn-singing, guest soloists and the sounds of the church's grand piano and pipe organ.
For more information, call 987-4700.
Here's a great idea from a friend whose daughter is to be married this summer.
The wedding and reception will take place in the formal garden at the county's Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis. If it rains, the festivities can be moved into the Blue Heron Room.
For more information, call 222-1777.