TC Members of the Atholton High School computer science department, joined by students from Wilde Lake and Oakland Mills high schools, were recently in Houston for the All-Star finals in the American Computer Science League's nationwide computer programming competition.
Led by Atholton computer science instructor Reg Hahne and his wife, Mary Ann Levant, Atholton High School has sent representatives to the competition for the past three years. Last year's team captured first and second place in the categories they entered and hoped to defend their titles this year.
Contests in computer theory -- including logic, algorithms and abstract concepts -- and in solving a complex programming problem within a 72-hour time limit, are held during the school year, Mr. Hahne said. The top teams in each geographical area advance to the All-Star finals. More than 250 schools participated in the finals this year, including a growing number of foreign schools, he said.
Although the teams did not do as well as they did last year, they did come home knowing that they placed among the best. The Junior and Senior teams finished among the top 10 in their categories, and the Intermediate team finished in the top 20.
Senior contestants from Atholton were 12th-graders Justin Funches and Eric Lamar, 11th-grader Mani Mahjouri and 10th-grader Ben Mowery. They were joined by Nick Sabinske, a senior at Wilde Lake High School.
Intermediate contestants were 10th-grader John Armstrong, 11th-grader Tara Brown and Oakland Mills senior Bryan Cleveland.
The junior contestants were ninth-graders Rich Malinowski and Rhys Ziemer and 10th-graders Chuck Moore, Josh Neel and Brendan Trexler.
* In case you haven't noticed, the work on the new Fairway Hills Golf Course appears to be nearing completion. Holes 10 through 18 are already finished and are scheduled to be open for play in September. The remaining holes will be ready to go shortly thereafter.
Last weekend, I walked the paved pathways of the course with Dorsey's Search residents John Neiham and Cindy Frath. We were amazed at the transformation that has taken place since the early days of construction. Despite the concerns raised when the design of the course was announced, Fairway Hills is not the obtrusive eyesore some residents feared it would be. It is, in fact, quite lovely as it winds through the Dorsey's Search and Running Brook neighborhoods.
For those interested in membership information, you may stop by the Columbia Association Service Center in The Mall, or call 730-1802.
The Howard County Library is introducing an innovative new children's program called Puppet Parfait. It consists of three puppet plays designed for children ages 5 to 8.
Puppet Parfait will be presented at the Central Library on July 6 from 2 to 2:45 p.m., and again from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.
Registration for this program begins at 10 a.m. tomorrow, and may be made in person at the Central Library, or by calling Jo Puckett, children's librarian, at 313-7880, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.
Iris Hirsch and Diane Perry, Partners in Song, will present a free family concert tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. in the Courtyard of Dorsey's Search Village Center.
The concert will feature original and traditional children's songs, contemporary folk songs, and some sing-a-long folk standards from the '50s and '60s.
I wanted to say goodbye to a friend, Dominic Vigilotti. He was one of the really nice people in this world and a very talented musician.
Dominic was a bass player extraordinaire. He had performed in area clubs with such notable local and national acts as Root Boy Slim, Charlie Pastorfield, Billy Kemp & the Paradise Rockers, Capitol Offense and Edge City.
He also performed many times on the stage at Lakefront, often sitting in with groups just because he loved to play music.
Dominic was only 43 years old, a victim of cancer that attacked his spine, then ravaged his body. He played with the pain, doing what he loved to do, until he collapsed on stage in Charlottesville, Va.
Six weeks later, on May 29, he died.
The hearts of his friends and fans are filled with sadness, and we will miss him.