RESPECT -- FOR ONE another and for oneself -- was the keynote when Glen Burnie High School students gathered for an overnight workshop last weekend in the school's cafeteria.
Participating students from several school organizations initially spent time making friends, building trust and improving leadership techniques. Later they met in small and large groups to address goals for the school year.
The lock-in was the idea of senior Mary Wijangco, president of the Student Government Association, the sponsoring group.
Mary, who hopes to make the event annual, wants the participants to share with other students what they've learned.
"We're hoping they all go back to school and be a better example," she explained. "We want to help set a code for the school."
Faculty adviser Linda Wolf agrees. "If we can establish common leadership goals among the student organizations, they can work within the school to promote respect," she said.
A large part of the agenda was devoted to helping the students learn to work with one another. Activities such as the "Teamwork Bridge" required teams of students to move along a narrow "bridge" of paper squares, assisting one another until each team had exchanged sides.
"The bridge exercise helps the students learn teamwork," Ms. Wolf said.
"And trust," added Mary.
As with any first-time event, there were minor problems -- a disc jockey didn't show up for the scheduled 1 a.m. dance. But the students played radios and made the most of the situation.
With the lock-in behind them, the students will work together to share their insights with the rest of the student body.
Eleventh-grader Brandon Renninger believes the school is up to the challenge. "The best thing about Glen Burnie is kids working together to accomplish their goals," Brandon said.
4 students honored
Glen Burnie High Principal Oliver Wittig recently announced that four students have been named Commended Students in the 1996 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Nicole A. Bjork, Rebecca A. Gardiner, Ann E. Priestman and David Vermette were honored for their exceptional academic promise.
They placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1 million students who entered the program when they took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test last year.
Church to hold fair
St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church will celebrate the season of harvest with an Autumn Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the church grounds, 308 Oak Manor Drive.
Scheduled activities include a "Make Your Own Scarecrow" booth, face-painting, sand art, pony and tractor rides, a moon bounce and pumpkin decorating.
Shoppers can check out bargains at the flea market or purchase one-of-a-kind craft items for holiday gift-giving. Homemade sweets will be available at the Country Store.
Guests will be Sparky the Fire Dog, McGruff and his crime prevention van, K-9 dogs and members of the Glen Burnie Volunteer Fire Company.
Refreshments will be sold.
In case of inclement weather, activities will move indoors.
B6 For information, call the church office: 766-2283.