HOWARD COUNTY'S PTA Council has announced winners of the annual art competition, the Reflections program.
In the visual arts category, Northfield Elementary School's Erica McNelley won second place in the primary level, Mayfield Woods Middle School's Judy Chang won first place, and Dunloggin Middle School's Dana Lokitis and Lori Fritz won second and third prizes for the middle school level.
In the photography category, Deep Run Elementary's Lauren Branch won second place in the primary level; and Dunloggin Middle's Nikolas Pakulk and Marian Meyers won third place and honorable mention, respectively, in the middle school level.
In the literature category, Benjamin Skalski of Deep Run Elementary won an honorable mention in the primary level; Taylor Zettel of Deep Run won the honorable mention in the intermediate level; and Dunloggin Middle's Michele Schmidt and Kevin Plumlee won first and third, while Gregory Mathurin of Ellicott Mills Middle won second in the middle school level.
In the music category, Deep Run Elementary's Andrew Wilcox and Matthew Sacks won first and second place in the primary level; and Dunloggin Middle's Andrew Chen, Julia Wang and Leigh Arscott won first, third and honorable mention in the middle school level.
Boy Scout Troop 944, which meets at Bethany United Methodist Church in Ellicott City, proudly announces another Eagle Scout, Michael Aldrich.
Michael, son of Kenneth and Sarah Aldrich of Ellicott City, began his Scouting career 10 years ago in Cub Pack 944 before bridging to Troop 944, becoming a member of the Peace Patrol.
While a Scout, he served local community organizations such as the Women's Christian Thrift Shop, Rockburn Park, Centennial Park, Bethany United Methodist Church, Waverly Mansion and Mothers Against Drunk Driving, among many others.
He held numerous leadership positions in the troop, serving as den chief, patrol quartermaster, assistant patrol leader, patrol leader twice, troop scribe, venture crew leader and troop senior patrol leader.
The highlights of his camping experiences included the 1989 National Jamboree at Fort A. P. Hill, Va.; Haliburton Scout Reserve in Ontario, Canada; Sea Base in the Florida Keys; and Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.
Michael earned 27 merit badges and numerous additional awards.
For his Eagle service project, he restored meadowland and provided erosion control at Centennial Park. He restored 5 acres to specifications for target bird and wildlife populations. His project involved supervision of 240 man-hours at the park.
Other interests included singing in the Carol Choir and serving as acolyte at Bethany United Methodist, playing saxophone for Centennial Elementary and Dunloggin Middle school bands, +V playing six years of soccer with the Soccer Association of Columbia, managing the Centennial High girls' gymnastics team, and being part of the Centennial soccer team for four years.
Michael is a senior at Centennial High, assisting Chefs Heilman and Johnson with the home economics program. He plans to attend the College of Culinary Arts at Johnson and Wales University.
Elkridge Elementary School's Blue Heron Project thanks the community for its generous contributions, which allowed it to reach its goal. The donations include one $500 anonymous gift and a $300 grant from the school's science department. Project members now will be able to preserve the endangered bird, which was found frozen on school property late last month.
Nancy Grabowski, a school mother, is consulting taxidermists about the bird and filing for permits to allow the project to continue. She hopes the funds raised will pay the taxidermist fee and for a glass case to hold the bird.
The work of the Friends of the Whipps Cemetery, a volunteer group devoted to restoring and maintaining the 163-year-old cemetery on St. John's Lane, is moving into its 11th year.
The group has long encouraged the "adoption" of sections of the cemetery, dividing the land into easily maintained sections. The Bongiovani family and Clare Wendal have adopted sections of the cemetery, and many young people have fulfilled community service requirements by helping to maintain the pathways and garden areas. Trees were trimmed and dead ones removed by Eugene Yelton Tree Service. Stone conservator David Roberts continues to repair gravestones as funds permit.
If you have an interest in this project, call Barbara Sieg at (410) 465-6721.
Hard-working St. Johns Elementary School musicians have been honored with places in special orchestras.
Violinists Daniel Park, Angela You and Sylvia Kim will play for the Howard County Elementary Enrichment Orchestra again this semester, working toward the spring concert May 3.
Flutists Allie McAdams and Thera Wolven and clarinetist Amy Turriff were selected to perform with the 1996 Howard County Elementary Band, which will perform March 29.
For two weeks, Dunloggin Middle School has been collecting pennies to give to Cedar Lane School to purchase needed equipment. The original goal was $800. As of Valentine's Day, more than $1,315 had been collected, which is a lot of pennies.
Dunloggin PTA will discuss a new parental involvement program, "Parents on the Move," at 7:30 p.m. today at the school's Media Center. Information: Lou Reinthaler, (410) 750-2172.
Your teen-agers hear you talking -- but are they listening? Centennial High's PTSA will sponsor the workshop, "Parents and Teens: Communicating," at 7:45 p.m. Thursday.
Staff members from Crossroads Psychological Associates will share techniques for clear, effective communication.
Teen-agers and parents are invited to attend together. Information: Ellen Rennels, (410) 465-1173.