Readers sometimes complain that newspapers only report the bad, never the good; that people who work hard for their communities and excel at work or in school don't make headlines because they aren't exciting enough.
As a matter of fact, they do. Just this week, five residents of Anne Arundel County made news for their extraordinary talents and contributions:
* Meredith Reffner, 17, an Old Mill High School graduate, was honored by President Clinton as a Presidential Scholar of the Arts at the White House yesterday. Meredith is one of only 140 high school graduates nationwide chosen for the honor. A ballerina, she is studying dance in New York this summer.
* Judith Nowottnick, president of Waugh Chapel Elementary PTA, received the 1995 J.C. Penney Golden Rule Volunteer Award for Anne Arundel. She raised $40,000 from individuals and businesses to build a 32-computer lab for her school.
* William Krawczewicz of Crofton, who works at the U.S. Mint in Washington, has won a competition to design three commemorative coins for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. He has already won two previous coin-design competitions.
* Linda S. Adamson, a teacher at Mayo Elementary School, made statewide news last fall when she was named Maryland's 1995 Teacher of the Year. Last week, the County Council finally got around to recognizing her notable contributions. In addition to inciting children to learn with innovative card games, imaginary cartoon characters and force of personality, she devotes much of her personal time to an adult literacy program in Guatemala. Last fall, Ms. Adamson also won the $25,000 Milken Family Foundation National Education Award.
* Michael Walter, a Bethesda native turned Hollywood stunt man now living in Annapolis, is spending his own money to produce, direct and star in three public service advertisements to warn young people against abusing drugs and alcohol. Mr. Walter, who holds the stunt record for being on fire the longest and who was seriously injured in a car crash involving drugs, decided most anti-drug ads aren't shocking enough. So he has gone to great lengths -- make that heights -- to get kids' attention. He actually jumped off the county fire department training tower in Millersville to depict someone committing suicide after drinking too much.
Who says good news is dull?