HERE'S A BOUQUET of student standouts.

Chris Lauber and Meghan Harrison, students at Elkridge Landing Middle School, won prizes in an essay contest on "What Prejudice Means to Me," sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women.

Katie Cardoni, a senior at Mount de Sales Academy, received two scholarship awards in American Legion oratorical contests. The Ellicott City resident won $600 toward her tuition next year at Penn State University.

Emily Biondo, a fourth-grader at Ilchester Elementary School, wrote a poem for the International Reading Association's Young Author's Writing Contest and won an honorable mention at the state level.

Flutists of note

We have the results from the Greater Columbia Music Teachers Association's Flute Solo Competition.

Winning soloists are Vivian Wang of Northfield Elementary, Sarah Hudson of Patapsco Middle School, Sarah Yoo of Centennial High School, Jennifer Castagna of Waverly Elementary and Sarah Turriff and Susan Tater of Mount Hebron High School.

Friends abroad

It's great to hear from old friends. Gregory Mathurin, who attended Ellicott Mills Middle School, sends word from Germany that he has been inducted into the Junior Honor Society at Wiesbaden American Middle School. He says he visited Paris last month and is busy learning the language from Germans his age.

Gregory's parents are former Elkridge residents Pat Medairy and Vic Mathurin, who are civil servants on a tour of duty in Germany.

Gregory will be returning to Howard County to finish high school.

Building trails

Cub Scouts from Pack 305 worked hard April 12 to refurbish a trail at the Hollofield Area of Patapsco State Park, trying to finish the job before the rain started.

Their task was to clear hiking trails of trees recently felled to keep the forest healthy.

Tim Hilton, Jonathan Raglin, Andy Giotis, Kevin Seed, Ronnie Baxter, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Barry Huang, Michael Cutulle, Ian Beyer, Chris Kinslow, William Jackson, Doug Meyer and Brad Raglin pitched in, with the supervision of parents.

Ranger Jerry Bond guided the group and taught the Scouts how to identify trees during the winter.

Middle school musicians

Dunloggin Middle School musicians who played in Howard County's 1996-97 Gifted and Talented Middle School Band were Nicole Arkin, Eva Armanas, Laura Goss, Hsing-Hui Hsu, Tony Song, Kevin Stapleton and Emily Wang.

Elkridge aviary

Elkridge Elementary School recently experienced a real estate explosion when a new subdivision of bluebird boxes appeared on the school's campus.

The boxes, built by students Justin and Lauren McMillion and Brian Shipley, under the supervision of parent volunteer Bill McMillion, await feathered tenants.

Musical chairs

Mount Hebron's Marching Unit is in the winner's circle again.

At the Fiesta-Val competition in Myrtle Beach, S.C., held April 18 through 20, the unit took first place in its division for the parade category and was given the honorarium for the best marching unit.

The Cavaliers -- Rifles, Flags and Honor Guards -- and Lancers -- the Drill Team -- were named best auxiliary. Each group won first place in their categories.

The Jazz Ensemble won first place and received the honorarium for best brass section.

The Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band both received excellent ratings.

Oboist Melanie Hoffner received the outstanding soloist award.

Amy Straw is the drum major and Matt Johnston is junior drum major for the unit. Band director is Bob Johnston.

Coming events

On Saturday, Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church serves an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Jessup Community Hall, Route 175 and Wigley Avenue.Tickets cost $6 for adults; $3 for children.

Pub Date: 4/28/97

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