STUDENTS at Glenelg Country School won honors for their academic achievement recently.
Sehla Ashai, Rainer Hahn and Akosua Kankam are commended students in the National Merit Scholarship competition, placing them in the top 1.5 percent of more than 1 million students who took the qualifying test.
Corrine Berk-Smith is a finalist in the National Merit Hispanic Scholar competition, and Akosua is a semifinalist in the National Merit Program for Outstanding Negro Students.
Rainer also is a finalist in the Maryland Distinguished Scholars program, and Corrine, Heather Sutherland, Jordana Woodford and Kiron Mallya are recognized as outstanding students in the Maryland Distinguished Scholar Program.
Music makes the holidays festive, and western Howard County has much music to offer these days.
River Hill High School's premiere Winter Concert is at 7: 30 p.m. Tuesday.
Standout musicians who made all-state bands, orchestras, and choruses will appear in the performances by the school's music groups, including the Madrigals.
Clarinetist Alex Meckelburg made Junior All-State Band, tenor Benjamin Shirley-Quirk made Junior All-State Chorus, and violinist Sebastian Cherng and violist Steven Chu made Junior All-State Orchestra.
Clarinetist Jerome Fleg made Senior All-State Band, soprano Betsy Spies made Senior All-State Chorus, and violist Melynda McBeth and violinist Chanu Rhee were accepted into the Senior All-State Orchestra.
Chanu's acceptance into this year's All-State Orchestra ensures his membership in the Senior All-Eastern Orchestra, an elite group.
Band director Steve Wampler, choral director Betsy Graff and orchestra leader Rosemary Lather are proud of these and the rest of the River Hill music students.
At River Hill's Winter Concert, officials will unveil a plaque listing charter patrons and sponsors of the River Hill music program.
Concert tickets are $3 at the door or from any music student. Call 313-7120.
Glenelg High School's popular Winter Concert is at 7: 30 p.m. Wednesday.
The Symphonic Band, choral groups and the Strings Ensemble will perform.
Purchase "Glenelg's Symphonic Band's Greatest Hits," a compact disc, from the Symphonic Band at the concert.
The CD presents the band's best work since 1988 to the present, including music from concerts and adjudications. The $15 CD features 70 minutes of music, sure to be a hit with current and former Glenelg students and fans of the Glenelg band.
Buy $5 concert tickets in advance from a music student.
This concert sells out early. Call 313-5533.
Glenwood Middle School's Wind Ensemble, a group of experienced wind and percussion players, will present its concert at 7: 30 p.m. Tuesday.
It is free. Call 313-5520.
Lisbon Elementary School holds its annual Chorus and Handbell Concert at the school at 7 p.m. Monday. The Lisbon Strings and Band Concert, under the direction of Kevin George and Michael Blackman, begins at 7 p.m. Dec. 19.
It is free. Call 313-5506.
Bushy Park news
Bushy Park Elementary School will see a big change as we ring in the New Year.
Principal Philip Arbaugh will retire, and Nancy Esmond, an assistant principal at Thunder Hill Elementary School, will become principal.
Pub Date: 12/12/96