MAURY PRIMROSE, a Severn School senior, won this year's Severna Park Optimist Club essay contest.
Maury, son of Niles and Jane Primrose of Gibson Island, was among 34 students in 10th through 12th grades who wrote on the theme, "Following a Dream Toward Freedom." They were honored at a dinner meeting last month.
The three top finishers are seniors at Severn School.
John Neely, son of John and Susan Neely of Annapolis, finished second, and Timur Chirikov, son of Vladimir and Saida Chirikov of Silver Spring, finished third.
Timur arrived in the United States three years ago unable to understand English.
His parents fled Uzbekistan, a part of the former Soviet Union, for political reasons.
"He has progressed rapidly," says Susan Gregg, his English teacher. "In his essay, Timur talked about how well he had been treated in America, that his different culture is not a source of shame for him here, but a source of interest to those he meets.
"There are so many writing contests I could have chosen for my students, but I chose the Optimists because they are one of the few groups that takes the time and effort to recognize good kids."
Winners at the local club level move on to the district level, where they become eligible for scholarship money.
For their continuing efforts on behalf of young people, the Severna Park Optimists have earned the international organization's Honor Club Award.
"My sincere thanks and congratulations go out to the Severna Park Optimist Club," said J. C. Boone, immediate past president of Optimist International.
The club also received the Community Service Involvement Award.
Its next project for youths is the annual oratorical contest. The competition is open to students who were not 16 by Dec. 31.
The club offers training to prepare participants.
Winning leads to qualification for statewide scholarship money.
Information: Dr. Gerald McCall, 987-5363.
Runners who participate in the B&A; Trail Marathon and Half Marathon on March 9 can qualify for the Boston Marathon because the race is certified by the United States of America Track and Field Association.
Race packets will be available from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 8 at Wyndham Garden Hotel in Annapolis.
Race-day registration begins at 6 a.m. at Severna Park High School.
The race starts at 8 a.m.
Awards ceremonies will be at 10 a.m. for the half-marathon and noon for the marathon.
All participants will receive a T-shirt, and all finishers a medal.
Information: race director Tom Bradford, 987-0674.
Pub Date: 2/27/97