Congratulations to all the graduating seniors of both Atholton High School and Wilde Lake at River Hill.
Now that the graduation ceremonies are over, high school seniors throughout Howard County are ready to move on with their lives. Whether their future includes going to college or getting a job, most of them will soon discover how hard it will be to achieve whatever goals they have set for themselves. Some will have it easier than others, but from this point on, life will definitely get tougher for all of them.
A number of graduating seniors from Atholton and Wilde Lake high schools were among 23 Howard County students to receive scholarships, courtesy of the Howard County Foundation for Black Educational and Cultural Achievement Inc.
Vivian Harvey of Atholton High School and Kevon Newman and Ramses Rogers of Wilke Lake High School each received a $1,000 scholarship.
Book awards of $200 were awarded to Justin Funches, Yukia Harris and Bernard Marquis of Atholton High School and Latecia Walters of Wilde Lake High School.
Anika Middleton of Wilde Lake High School was selected as an alternate in case any of the students chosen receives a full scholarship elsewhere. She also received a $200 book award.
This is the 15th year the foundation has awarded scholarships to black college-bound students.
Teresa Love and Katy Santry, two West Columbia residents, received awards and scholarships at the Graduation Honors Assembly at Mount de Sales Academy for Girls in Catonsville on May 26.
Miss Love received the Presidential Academic Fitness Award, the Department of the Army Scholar/Athlete Award and the Maryland Mathematics League Certificate of Merit.
She also received scholarship offers from Loyola College, Frostburg State University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Miss Santry received the Presidential Academic Fitness Award and a Certificate of Achievement for Academic Excellence from the Navy Recruiting District of Philadelphia.
In addition, she received scholarship offers from Franklin and Marshall College, in Lancaster, Pa., and the Johns Hopkins University.
Ryan Wiest of Atholton High School is one of five Howard County seniors to win a scholarship from the PTA Council of Howard County.
Mr. Wiest received the $1,000 M. Thomas Goedeke Scholarship for a trade or technical school.
He plans to attend Johnson and Wales College in Providence, R.I.
When Danielle Yifrah graduated from Wilde Lake High School in everyone knew the honors student was headed for bigger and better things.
Miss Yifrah, now a senior majoring in government and international relations at Clark University in Worcester, Mass., has been nominated to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.
The prestigious honor society was founded in 1776 and recognizes only college students with the highest of academic
Cub Scout Pack 615 had its annual family picnic last week. The event was highlighted by achievement awards.
Silver Arrow Awards were presented to Ryan Farley, Kevin McAlilly, Jason Pine and Joshua Sturgill.
Kevin Tomlinson was awarded his Wolf badge.
Pack Leader Pat Hamilton also announced that Pack 615 had won a Quality Unit Award.
Several of the West Columbia village centers have scheduled their annual Middle School Pool Party. Pool memberships are not required for these events.
The Wilde Lake Community Association will hold its pool party at the Faulkner Ridge Neighborhood Pool from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 21. Students 11 to 15 are invited to join the fun.
Activities will include games, contests, prizes and snacks.
Tickets are $3 per person and must be purchased in advance at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Green. The rain date is June 28.
For information, call 730-3987.
The Harper's Choice Community Association and the Columbia Teen Center will sponsor their Middle School Pool Party at the Longfellow Neighborhood Pool from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 17. The rain date is July 24.
The pool party is free to all students entering grades six through eight and will feature games, food and music.
Middle schoolers are requested to register by call 730-0770.
The Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education, 10126 Rodona Drive, is presenting a new program called "Turn Friday Night into Shabbos."
The event offers an opportunity for members of the Columbia Jewish community to meet new friends and renew old acquaintances.
Those who attend will learn songs, hear words of the Torah and enjoy a dinner in a traditional Sabbath environment.
There also will be a musical presentation by the children of the Gan Chabad Preschool and Morah Chani's Hebrew School.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Children 2 years old and younger are free.
To learn more about the program and to make reservations, call 740-2424.