Atholton High marching band takes first place at tourney


THE ATHOLTON High School marching band has captured first place in its division in all three competitions it has entered this school year, said spokeswoman Gisela Cooke.

Drum majors Sara Glazer and Steve Piper led the band onto the field Oct. 7 at Middletown High School. By the time they marched off, the band had won first place overall and best percussion section. The band was judged best overall at the Sept. 23 competition at Liberty High School, taking first place in the music, drum major and marching and maneuvering categories.

And at Hedgesville, W. Va., on Sept. 9, the band earned best overall plus best in music, drum majors, color guard and %J percussion.

Lee Stevens heads Atholton's music department and directs the marching band.

Voter drive

Drenching rains Saturday didn't deter members of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, the county NAACP chapter and their invited guests from registering voters at the Roslyn Rise housing complex in Wilde Lake.

When few residents showed up at the community center, the volunteers put up their umbrellas and went door to door, said Jane Waters, president of the sorority's Columbia chapter.

Delta Sigma Theta and the local NAACP have entered a five-year partnership to register voters, with a goal of 10,000 new voters by 2000. They have registered more than 300 voters this fall, Ms. Waters said.

Sherman Howell heads the NAACP effort, and Cradelia Birdsong is the sorority's chairwoman for the project. State Dels. Elizabeth Bobo, Shane Pendergrass and Frank Turner helped at the Roslyn Rise event.

The volunteers will register voters next month at the Florence Bain Senior Center and at senior housing centers in Columbia.

Fall festival

Parents, students and staff members of Bryant Woods Elementary School are pooling their efforts for the school's annual Octoberfest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Parents Diana Thayer, Terri Wysor, Joanne Howard and Becky Hickock are in charge of scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, fortune telling and the beanbag toss, respectively, said Bryant Woods PTA president Mary Ellen Creasy.

Carol Corbett is taking care of refreshments, and Debbie Velencia heads up the bake sale.

Staff members Fran Clay and Alice Warren will run a teachers' silent auction and a ring-the-soda game. And fifth-grade teacher Carol Hahn has volunteered to be a target in the wet sponge toss, said Ms. Creasy.

Admission is free.

Van Deusen honored

Donald Van Deusen, athletic director at Atholton High School, was one of eight charter members inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame last month at Concord College in Athens, W.Va.

Mr. Van Deusen won multiple honors while playing four years of basketball and baseball and three years of football at the college in the mid-1960s.

He played minor league baseball in the New York Yankees baseball organization before beginning his teaching career, first at Howard High and then at Atholton, where he has taught for 22 years.

Mr. Van Deusen and his wife, Nancy, live in Hickory Ridge. Their children are Carie, Cathy, Christie, Brian and Stephanie.

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