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Hammond High students recognized

More than 30 Hammond High students won recognition for excellence in the school's Academic Awards Program Wednesday.

"It's Academic" team members honored were: Aatif Hayat, Stephen Miller, Jeremy Nieporent, David Oliver and Brian Schulman.

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Awards for the speech and debate team were presented to: Amrita Basu, Liz Hadley, Shayla Hebron, Sarah Himmelheber, Sharon Hines, Eman Kiswani, Amgela Melkisethian, Erin Murray, Clayton Paulding, Angela Trancucci and Michelle Zinar.

Awards for math excellence were received by: Amrita Basu, Melanie Chang, Kevin Ghozati, Matt Green, Trevor Greene, Jack Griffin, Aatif Hayat, Matt Jacobson, Peter Laanisto, Melinda Leone, Michelle Liss, Steve Miller, Jeremy Nieporent, David Oliver, Anna Pfeifer, Brian Schulman (who was the top-scoring Howard County sophomore), Martina Siwek, Josh Sommers, Jordan Tobin, Nucleo Vega and Ryan Waggoner.

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Congratulations to each of you for your hard work.

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Visitors and customers in the Oakland Mills Shopping Center have some new student art to look at.

"Around The World With Talbott Springs Students" features art representing Native Americans, Korea, Africa and South America made by second-graders Amanda Merson, Allyson Mizia, Danielle Conte and Ashley Watkins. Sharon Higdon is their art teacher.

Nancy Charamella's Stevens Forest fourth- and fifth-grade students Felice Essex, Jessica Bereos-Dodson, Julian Delmore, Dustin Melton, Sarah Rosenberg, Christine Liu, Brittany Dempsey, Kyle McGhee, Kristine Campbell, David Turnbull, Nicole Meyers and Sharita Walker painted landscapes for their display.

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Students' interest in art may very well carry over to a vocation or remain an avocation.

Two cases in point: East Columbians Eddie Gould and Beth Kosterich. Mr. Gould is an avid ceramist and baker. He will be the host of a "reflection party" at 2 p.m. Sunday for anyone who would like to see his mirrors, Judaica and Raku. Oh yes, he's also offering his homemade rye bread -- "all you can eat."

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Ms. Kosterich recently started a new business, Paper and Clay Co., with fellow artist Julie van Hemert. They are taking Ms. Kosterich's handmade paper artistry and Ms. van Hemert's sculpture a step beyond art exhibits into the business world. Their work has just been accepted for Westminster's June 3 "Art in the Park."

Any of the artists will be happy to discuss their art. Mr. Gould can be reached at 730-2146 and Ms. Kosterich at 992-1431.

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A party for all middle school students will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the the Barn, Oakland Mills Village Center. Admission is $3 for an evening of dancing, pool, Ping-Pong and snacks. Information: 992-3726.

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Host families are needed for students from Guadaloupe, French West Indies from July 11 to July 24. The young adults will study English and learning about life in Columbia. Information: (301) 596-2945.

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Hammond High head coach Bob Maxey is accepting registration for the 16th season of summer baseball camp at the school. The fundamentals of sliding, fielding, hitting and pitching, plus an individual action video of each player, are some of the experiences each camper will enjoy. Information: 313-7625 or 730-9537.

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Hammond High School's Class of 1990 is planning a class reunion June 10 at Looney's Pub in Baltimore. Admission will be by ticket only for the evening of fun, food and beverage. Deadline for the $20 tickets is Thursday. Call your friends who may have moved from Columbia and get in touch with Class of 1990 alumni who are still in the area. Call 669-7139 for information.

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Author Barbara Harris Whitfield will be at Cover To Cover Bookstore/Cafe Saturday to discuss simplifying and demystifying spiritual awakenings, near-death experiences and doorways to the soul.

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Ms. Whitfield is a member of the Rutgers University faculty. Information: 381-9200.

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Local entertainers Partners In Song will perform a family concert at 1 p.m. Saturday at the official opening of Borders Books and Music Store at Snowden Square, Snowden River Road. Iris Hirsch and Diane Perry are always popular with the youngsters, who enjoy their folk tunes and more than likely have seen them at their school or one of Columbia's community events.


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