A year ago, Kate Nairn, then a sixth-grader at Harper's Choice Middle School, helped in the dramatic rescue of 3-year-old Justine Stevens at the Hawthorne Community Pool.
While swimming, Kate noticed a small figure floating face down just under the surface of the water. When she reached out and turned the figure over she saw a young girl. Her lips were blue, and Kate knew the girl was in trouble.
She pulled her to the side of the pool where lifeguard Matthew Goode, and Meenakshi Khatta, a critical care nurse at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, began CPR. Within a few minutes, Justine was breathing on her own. She was transported to Howard County General Hospital as a precaution.
On June 9, Chief Donald Howell of the Howard County Fire Department presented the three rescuers with Gift of Life Awards in honor of their heroics.
Justine, showing no ill effects from her near-tragic ordeal, is now a rambunctious 4-year-old. Kate, now 12, is serving as a counselor at the Harper's Choice Middle School Summer Day Camp.
To list all the academic honors awarded to the 1995 graduates of both Atholton and Wilde Lake high schools would fill this column to overflowing. So, I'll say congratulations to all of the graduates and list the top students from each school.
Graduating from Atholton High School in the top 5 percent of the class were: Stephan Bard, Rachel Black, Margaret Duffy, Jordanna Dworkin, Jonathan Edwards, Christopher Flor, David Friedman, Justin Fuches, Christine Gavin, Kendra Gottsman, Eric Lamar, Elizabeth McQueen, Jennifer Moran, Joshua Prangley and Matthew Radik.
Allison Spires, along with Margaret Duffy and Eric Lamar, all received National Merit Scholarships.
* Graduating from Wilde Lake
High School in the top 5 percent of the class were: Maureen Contreni, Krista Entrop, Omar Fahmy, Heidi Olsen, Erin Ou, Amy Sheff, Christina Turney, Luke Watson, Chad Whipkey and Andrew Zimdars.
Graduates from Wilde Lake, with Howard County's smallest graduating class, garnered 110 full and partial college scholarships, more than any other school in the county.
Dr. Joseph Del Rosso, of the Del Rosso Chiropractic Clinic, has been practicing in Columbia since 1985. During those 10 years, he has also made numerous contributions to the Columbia community through his charitable activities.
During the Christmas season, for example, he helped sponsor the "Angel Tree" program to collect toys and Christmas gifts for children whose parents were incarcerated in Maryland jails and prisons.
Last week, Dr. Del Rosso again volunteered to help those in need. He was elected to the Board of Directors of "Helping Up Mission," a Baltimore-based mission that educates the public about homelessness and encourages people to help the homeless by contributing to various programs.
For more information about the mission and its programs, call 675-5003.
The Columbia Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity has decided to donate $1,500 to the
Endowment Fund of the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society. The gift will be paid out in $500 installments over the next three years beginning this fall.
Newly elected Alpha President Charles Robinson stated: "Their [HoCoPoLitSo] programs have consistently reflected the cultural mosaic of this nation, and we trust that this gift will, in some small way help to ensure the perpetuity of the society and its programs."
In addition to the cash donation, Alpha Phi Alpha recently underwrote the cost of seven Sterling Brown Multimedia Kits that HoCoPoLitSo presented to each of the county's high schools.
HoCoPoLitSo President Ellen C. Kennedy and Board Chairman David H. Barrett noted that the Alpha gift is the first one received since the Endowment Fund campaign began this month. They are hopeful this gift will spark more donations to the Endowment Fund.
The Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education, at 10126 Rodona Drive, is sponsoring a "Women's Summer Institute for Torah Study" in honor of the Year of the Woman.
Morning and evening classes will be offered on topics ranging from "Women in the Torah: Fact and Fiction" and "Jewish His/Herstory" to "Introduction to Mishnah."
Classes are free and open to all. No knowledge of Hebrew or previous Torah study is required.
For a complete schedule of classes, call the Lubavitch Center at 740-2424.
Wally Lee, the scouting director for the Baltimore District of the Boy Scouts of America, explained that the Scouts charter requires that a community or nonprofit group must sponsor each Cub Scout pack or Boy Scout troop, and that the pack must have a charter representative.
Mr. Leffner informed the board that Ralph Green, a longtime Harper's Choice resident, has agreed to be the pack's charter organization representative.
By unanimous vote, the Village Board agreed to pick up the sponsorship of the Longfellow Cub Scout Pack. Although they have agreed to sponsor the Cub Scout program, the Board requested that they have no say in selecting the program's leadership.
Just in case you're looking for something to do before the fireworks on July 4th, you can come join the fun at the 25th Annual Longfellow Friends of the Traditional Fourth Parade and Ball Game.
Everyone is welcome to dress up, dress down, dress like a clown or whatever comes to mind, and join the "zany, kooky, madcap mayhem" of the traditional parade.
Participants will begin lining up at Longfellow Elementary at 9 a.m. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and will tromp, stomp, wiggle and giggle its way along Hesperus Drive and Eliot's Oak Road.
A softball game between the Eliot's Oak Nuts and the Hesperus Wrecks will follow the parade. Hot dogs, soft drinks and other refreshments will be available.
For more information, call Bob Russell at 730-4024.