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Thanksgiving Turkey Trot puts Elkridge pupils' fit feet forward


ON THE WINTRY DAY before Thanksgiving, the turkeys were trotting for fitness at three Elkridge community schools -- human turkeys, that is.

Elkridge Landing Middle School held its second Turkey Trot. Students, staff and families competed in a 1 1/4 -mile run/walk.

Prizes were awarded to the fastest three girls and boys in each grade and to the top three adults.

Sixth-grade winners were: Robert Ramsey and Kristy Adams, first; Maureen Murphy-Ryan and Michael Witmer, second; Gabrielle Federline and Evan Tilley, third.

Seventh-grade winners were: Christina Libbon and Eric Barber, first; Kerrie Smith and Scott Spranklin, second; Rachel Robinson and Chris Lauber, third.

Eighth-grade winners were: Bridget Baker and Ben Ramsey, first; Emily Miller and Steven Luna, second; Sara Cole and Ian McWilliams, third.

Adult winners were: Judy Chatfield, first; Ken Gill, second; Jeff Freimanis, third.

Ben Ramsey set a course record of 8.33 minutes.

Deep Run Elementary School paired its sixth Turkey Trot with grandparents day.

Physical education teacher Felix Smith emphasized participation, completion of the course and maintenance of a comfortable pace.

Pam Soloman, a Boston and Marine marathon runner, led the trotters.

Top finishers were: Mandy Psenicska, Rebecca Nichols, Amy Banfer, Brian Moran, Casey Hughes and Jeremy Tosh, fifth grade; Sarah Lancos, Lavivian Jones, Amy Dolan, Ethan Rosenthal, Wynston Mackie and Michael Torres, fourth grade; Tiffany Buckley, Molly Pope, Stephanie Leishear, Kyle Marshall, Greg Miller and Charlie Marks, third grade; Andreana Harrod, Janell Winkowski, Josephine Mountain, Adam Cummings, Kyle Cohen, Kevin Hughes and Micah Mitchell, second grade; and Sheila Venezia, Julie Lancos, Melinda Kunze, Benjamin Tyler Foell, Kristopher MacNeill, Ben Rosenthal and Antoine Webster, first grade.

In Elkridge Elementary School's seventh Turkey Run, students and staff members completed a walk/run during their physical education class as the finale of their cross-country unit.

The first-place boy and girl in each grade received a certificate for a turkey, and the second-place boy and girl received a certificate for a pie.

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In first grade, Andrew McCrumb and Jessica Profitt placed first and Chris Liggitt and Chelsea Reitz second.

In second grade, Andrew Bauman and Samantha Larkin placed first and Joseph Pettus and Amanda Newman second.

In third grade, Sam Lauber and Johanna Esposito were first. Amy Guyton and Kristin Joyce tied for second in the girls run, and T. J. Gavin was second for the boys.

In fourth grade, Kyle Bayne and Brittany Gordon placed first and Patrick Baker and Jessica Casey second.

In fifth grade, Joseph DeFrank and Kristina Russell placed first and Gordon Amato and Megan Dwyer second.

Scout news

Cub Scout Pack 917 in Ellicott City has busied itself with many projects this school year.

The pack welcomed nine new Tiger Cubs: Jonathan Alban, Justin Bare, Tyler Bulger, Tommy Carmody, Grant Goldberg, Andrew Kim, Agyei Marshall, Nicholas Seahorn and Michael Worley.

At the end of a historical hike in Baltimore Oct. 26, the Cubs gathered at the Shot Tower, where spooky stories initiated the Halloween season.

On Oct. 29, geologist Ken Schwartz gave a presentation to Webelos that was so interesting, says den mother Marilyn Dlugos, that even parents were raising their hands.

In November, several Webelos worked on a reforestation project to earn their World Conservation Award.

The pack became involved in the project in response to persistent requests by Evan Bulger, who for three years had been asking his den leader for a conservation project.

Scouts James Allen, Bulger, Scott Ferguson, Scott Fry, Andy Joyce, Eddie Lovern, Steven Scheler, Chris Smith and Matt Winer helped with the reforestation.

After Thanksgiving, the pack worked off their dinners with the annual Turkey Hike.

In the works is a joint campout with Boy Scout Troop 305.

DAR news

The Col. Thomas Dorsey Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution honored Mary Peterson, the chapter's organizing regent, at its November meeting.

In celebration of the chapter's 40th anniversary, the group donated $850 in Peterson's name to the Maryland State Society DAR Scholarship Fund.

Peterson is a former treasurer of the Maryland State Society and the Maryland Conference, where she served the community for 27 years. She has been an active member of the society for more than 50 years.

The group extends its appreciation for her outstanding contribution.

Children's concerts

Manor Woods Elementary School will hold two winter concerts this season.

The fourth- and fifth-grade chorus will sing at the school at 7 p.m. Dec. 16. In case of bad weather, the reschedule date is 7 p.m. Dec. 17.

The band and stringed instruments will perform at 7 p.m. Dec. 18, with no reschedule date.

Mitten tree

Rockburn Elementary School is celebrating the holidays with the charming tradition of the mitten tree.

Community members are encouraged to send new mittens, gloves, hats or scarves with their children or to bring them to the school.

The tree will stand until Dec. 20, when the school will donate the gifts to Howard County's Domestic Violence Center.

Pub Date: 12/09/96

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