Howard High graduates receive awards


The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department will not hold a pancake breakfast Sunday, as was incorrectly indicated by an item in the Ellicott City/Elkridge neighborhood column in yesterday's Howard County edition.

The Sun regrets the errors.

Howard High School's 43rd class has graduated. Commencement was held June 1 at the school, as 286 graduates crossed the stage to receive their diplomas.

Graduating seniors governed the evening. Students offering reflections included Olivia Russell, Letam Biira, Kathleen Coffin and Benjamin Wyskida.

Faculty member and senior class adviser Dave Glenn gave the keynote address, and Melissa Elengold gave the student address.

Musical entertainment was provided by Risa Binder, Nikki Wilkins and Kartik Dharmadhikari, who sang the national anthem; by Emily Karpel, who sang the alma mater; and by Howard High School's Madrigal Singers and Band.

This class included two Maryland State Distinguished Scholar finalists, Rebecca Powell and Anna Salajegheh, and three semifinalists, Erin Chalmer, Kacey Coffin and Kartik Dharmadhikari. Students who received honorable mention are Letam Biira, Rebecca Bowers, Jennifer DeYoung, Chris Folkemer, Emily Karpel, Brian Pakulla, Sejal Patel, Olivia Russell, Dana Smith, Stephanie Tan, Richard Vance, Barnaby Walsh and Tim Woods.

National Merit Commended Scholars are Andrew Call, Sajel Patel, Anna Salajegheh, Jillian Teller, Scott Elengold, Rebecca Powell and Steven Schnaar.

Maryland State Talent in the Arts awarded honorable mentions to four Howard High students: Risa Binder for music, Paula Alves for dance, Jason Schallon for the visual arts and Brian Pakulla for drama.

Howard High's faculty gave the Unsung Hero Award to Tim Copeland and Jennifer DeYoung.


Howard County Arts Council will present an opening reception of "She/Earth/Hands" from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

The reception celebrates the work of five female sculptors who have created works of earth elements and natural media.

Artists contributing to the show include Adriana Baler, Annalisa Gojmerac, Sarah Higgins, Doris Messick and Ivy Parsons.

The show will be held until June 30 in the Howard County Board of Education Gallery at 10910 Route 108 in Ellicott City.

Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.


If you haven't enrolled your child in a summer camp, it's not too late.

Howard County Center for the Arts camps still have a few openings in their program.

Session I of the two-week visual arts camps begins July 10, and the two other sessions begin July 24 and Aug. 7.

Each session runs a morning and afternoon program for three age groups: ages 4 to 6; grades one to five; and grades six to nine.

Classes are limited to 15 students, and each session concludes with an exhibit of student work, reception and "Gallery Talk" by students and teachers.

Classes include "Drawing, Sculpture and Collage"; "The Art of 3-D"; "Creative Compositions: Art and Music"; and "The Arts Come Alive!"

Tuition for a half day of classes is $170, which includes supplies, a camp T-shirt and snack.


Gardeners in the St. John's Community Association are preparing their yards for the annual Garden Contest on Saturday.

The competitions will be held in four categories, and the judges are members of garden clubs and a representative from Williamson's Nursery.

Prizes will be awarded by the community association and Williamson's.

St. John's community members who want to enter should call Chris Dumler at 750-0963.


The Howard County Children's Chorus will sing on Howard County's Cable 8 TV station Sunday, at noon, 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Seems like an occasion for parents to use their VCRs and tape the performance.


Our children have been reminding us for the past month that school is nearly over for the year.

With only two partial days left in this school year, kids, it's finally true.

While the children put their minds on permafrost for a while, there's a detail that parents need to attend to this summer: update children's immunizations.

It's recommended that children be immunized before school starts in September.

Howard County's Health Department will offer free vaccinations this summer for all children.

All vaccines, including the measles/mumps vaccine, will be available.

Parents must accompany children to the clinic and bring immunization records.

There will be a vaccination clinic from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. July 19 at Howard High School on Old Annapolis Road.


Here are a couple of opportunities to eat well while gathering with our community:

Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department, at Old Washington Boulevard in Elkridge, will serve a pancake breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday.

On the menu are pancakes, eggs, sausage, home fries and beverages.

The cost for adults is $4 and for children 6 to 12, $2.50. Children under 6 eat for free.


The congregation of Epiphany Lutheran Church at 9122 Sybert Drive in Ellicott City is serving its annual crab cake and baked ham dinner.

Menu items include cole slaw, potato salad, green beans, rolls, butter and beverages. Desserts will be available for purchase.

The dinner will be served from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. June 24.

Admission costs $9 for adults and $4.50 for children under the age of 12. Children under 5 will be served a "kid's meal" for free.

Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling the church office at (410) 730-6626.

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