Staff and students of Hammond High bade a regretful farewell to JoAnn Sailer, an English teacher who retires this year. She has been at Hammond since it opened in 1977. Karen Dunlop, who taught foreign languages, also leaves the school community. Hammond's loss is the Howard County Education Association's gain. She begins a term as president of that organization.
Two years ago, piano teacher Leslie Goldstein met Cindy Yoo, a young student from Korea. Miss Yoo had given up the piano in her native Korea because her hands were thought to be too small for her ever to play well.
But once here, Miss Yoo took up the piano again. Through hard work and talent, she won the Columbia chamber orchestra competition last year.
Since then, the Atholton High senior has triumphed again: She has won full scholarships to four institutions including the Peabody Institute in Baltimore and Oberlin. She will leave for Oberlin in August. But before she goes, the talented pianist and teacher (she has her own students now) will give a concert on June 27 at the Laurel Baptist Church.
The public gets a rare opportunity this month to eavesdrop on the creative process, from conception through execution to finished work.
Susanne Arnold, the National Visiting Artist this summer at Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, not only exhibits her paintings, but will discuss her works and allow visitors to see her at the studio. It's all free, too.
An opening reception for her exhibit will be held at the center's main gallery from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today. She demonstrates her artistic technique at 2 p.m. Thursday.
She also will hold open studio hours on Wednesday and June 28 from noon to 4 p.m. During these hours, the public may visit and chat with Ms. Arnold while she works. Her works will be exhibited through Aug. 19 at the main gallery.
The Montpelier Cultural Arts center is at Routes 295 and 197.
For details and directions call the center at (301) 953-1993.
The Savage Branch Library sponsors "Just For Me," a four-week story time series for pre-schoolers this month.
The half-hour series is at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 26 and July 3 and July 10. It also runs at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 27 and July 11 and July 18.
No registration is necessary. Children must be 3 by Monday to participate.
For older children, the library presents a story and craft session "Hats Off to Summer" on June 28 at 2 p.m. Registration for the 45-minute program begins Wednesday.
Call the library at (410) 880-5978 to register or to get directions.
Hammond High's seniors have graduated and now take up the serious business of adult life. Here's a listing of where some of them will be next fall.
The military beckons for Nicole Losonnsky, who will be at West Point. Vanessa Thompson and Charles Deinlein join the Army, Brian McLarney and Justin Davis join the Marines and Jodi Erickson and Nikia Burgess join the Air Force.
Many students are staying in Howard County. Kristina Spencer, Feray Suleiman, Kelly McDonald, LaTonya Michael, Lisa Hof, Michele Holst, Pamela Howerton, Briagh Jameson, Amanda Jones, Ian Kennedy, Brian Kuhn, Justin Adler, James Bacon, Benjamin Baerveldt, Robert Bailey Jr., Lan Tran, Holly Urech, Nucleo Vega, Jeremy Ward, Andrea Weir, Jennifer Popa, Buck )) Posey, Kevin Price, James Rumann, Alan Curry, Michael Embrey, Kassandra Freely, Jay Bussiere, Stephanie Carmody, Koren Catlett, Laurie Cohen, Joseph Cullen, James Giacoletti, Suzanne Grant, Michael Greening, Stephen Guest and Allison Hicks will attend Howard County Community College.
The University of Maryland also attracts our students. Kevin Bache, Heather Brown, Michael Chang, Dylan Chirichella, Christen Cunnigham, Joseph Filteau, Tania Gauthier, Tawanna Green, Kristine Haller, Jennifer Hultgren, Lara Josloff, Peter Laanisto, Angela Melkisethian, Tiffany Murray, Swati Pal, Erin Rappaport, Dherendra Singh, Cara Stockham, John Sun, Jocelyn Truitt and Elena Zelkowitz will attend the University of Maryland at various campuses.
Corey Britton, Yasmin Holman and Janay Lee will attend Bowie State. Mathew Lee, Sharon Martin, Rachael Simmons and Kalina Sliwinski will attend Towson State. Keely Alexander, Karina Allbritton, Shayla Hebron and Keshea Slater will attend Hampton University. Lisa Ball and Heather Perkins will attend William Jewell. Amy Benedict, Sandra Bresnick, Seth Gottesmann, Kevin Mack and Krista Mitchell will go to the University of Delaware. Benjamin Beerman, Jerry Carr, Kendrick Chien and Todd Nessel will go to Frostburg.
Amy Gall and Laurie McDonald will go to Loyola. Ryan Butler, Kelly Fenton, Matthew Gates and Ryan Waggoner will go to James Madison. Adam Clay and Julia Sanger-Gregg will attend Pennsylvania State. Tamara Daniels, Nora Denny and Martina Siwek will attend Goucher. Julie Finglass, Jason Lappen and Melinda Leone will attend Salisbury.