Happy Father's Day. Some of the dads in our area have plenty to crow about this spring, as young adults from our area graduate and move on with their lives.
Twenty seniors graduated in an ceremony Friday at Glenelg Country School. Festive events led to graduation: Seniors had breakfast May 19 with the school trustees at the lovely French country restaurant Tersiguel's, a school business partner, in Ellicott City.
Juniors joined seniors for a prom aboard the Harbor Belle May 20. May 25 juniors and seniors enjoyed a cookout at the school with Headmaster Ryland O. Chapman.
The next day Mr. Chapman took the seniors on a daylong rafting trip on the Youghiogheny River. The school year ended with an athletic banquet, an academic awards ceremony and, finally, graduation.
Marissa Miller, who graduated from Glenelg High School last month, received early acceptance to Miami University in Ohio and its music school, with a scholarship to study music performance.
Marissa, an honor student, has played cello for six years and has been a member of the Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra for four years. She is the daughter of Bruce and Kay Miller of Glenwood.
Eric Widmaier of Woodbine recently graduated from Ursinus College with a bachelor of science degree in biology. In August, he will begin his medical training at the Pennsylvania State University Medical Center.
West Friendship resident Kelly Lorsung will attend the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, beginning Sunday.
Kelly, who is entering her senior year at Mount de Sales Academy, was selected to attend the 10-day leadership conference, which teaches the nation's top high school students about leadership and the workings of the federal government.
Ana Martinez of West Friendship recently graduated from Mount de Sales with many honors, including the Presidential Academic Fitness Award, a Certificate of Achievement for Academic Excellence from the Philadelphia Navy Recruiting District, the award for top student in geography and Maryland history at her school and a national nomination for the Wendy's Heisman trophy.
Ana, who plays lacrosse and basketball, won an athletic scholarship to the University of Maryland Baltimore County and an athletic scholarship and a University of Merit Award at the University of Delaware, where she will attend school next fall.
New Glenelg High graduate Amatiombi Brown received an award of $2,000 from the Howard County Foundation for Black Educational and Cultural Achievement Inc.
She won the top award in a competition in which students had to have a grade point average above 2.5 and a record of extracurricular involvement and community service. Amatiombi also submitted an essay and had interviews with foundation members to earn her award. She plans to attend the University of Maryland.
Lindsay Rupp graduated from Glenelg High School with perfect attendance from kindergarten through 12th grade.
David Alexander, Amy Barnard, Andrea Bedingfield, Kristen Binck, Wesley Curtis, Jeffrey Feaga, Emily Gault, Christina Johnson, He Rim (Benedicta) Kim, Jill Moore, Emily Reinke, Joseph Ro and Shannon Sneed all graduated from Glenelg with 4.0 grade point averages.
Sarah Berson and Patricia Shelton, who just completed eighth grade at Clarksville Middle School, studied the origins of the solar system this year.
After researching the topic, the two wrote an article and submitted it for inclusion on a compact disc for the CD-ROM interactive program called SIRS, Social Issues Resources Series.
As third-prize winners in the national contest, each received a $50 savings bond. Their article will appear on the new CD in the fall. Media specialist Kathy Glasscock and resource teacher Pat Greenwald sponsored the girls' work.
St. Louis Catholic Church in Clarksville is selling chances for its $10,000 raffle, and you could be the winner of that grand prize.
Buy $10 tickets at the parish office, or call the office at 531-6040 to make arrangements to buy a ticket. The drawing will be at the 117th Clarksville Picnic on June 24 at the church.
Family style dinners are $8 for adults and $3 for children.
What do teachers do when school gets out? Leonor Pisano,
art teacher at Lisbon Elementary School, will be going to Mexico City. She has a grant to participate in a five-week summer program "Mexico Art and Culture in Intercultural Perspective."
Recently, 17 Howard County seniors, all members of the Maryland Old Liners softball team, won three of the five games they played in the Senior Olympics in San Antonio.
They finished fifth of the 22 teams in the national competition, with team members whose ages range from 67 to 72. The men qualified to represent Maryland in a tournament last fall.
The Maryland Old Liners play in the Baltimore Beltway league Mondays and Wednesdays. Call Mr. Upperco at 720-0017 for information.