CONGRATULATIONS to Mount View Middle School eighth-grader Stephen Uithoven, who won third place at a middle school engineering competition, the "MAGLEV Challenge," at the Baltimore Museum of Industry on April 25.
Stephen also received an award for the best written report at the competition.
Magnetic levitation -- or MAGLEV technology -- involves the movement of a vehicle by means of an electromagnetic charge on its underside, which propels the vehicle.
While MAGLEV trains are in the experimental stages, one prototype has reached speeds exceeding 300 mph.
Impressed by the potential of these vehicles, Stephen in December began building his model MAGLEV train for the competition.
His train, which is 10 inches long, 2 inches high and about 2 1/2 inches wide, was required to have a cargo hold that could carry a Styrofoam block almost as big as itself.
Stephen's creation is different from MAGLEV trains under development in Japan, Germany, and the United States in that it uses standard kitchen magnets to make contact with the track.
To place at the competition, Stephen had to find a way to minimize friction and race his train down a 24-foot track as many times as possible in five minutes.
Stephen's train made the trip 17 times, finishing third.
He received a trophy for his racing and a certificate for his written report.
Asked how he felt about his victory, Stephen answered, "Pretty neat."
Technical education teacher David France-Kelly and gifted-and-talented resource teacher Lorraine Quinn were advisers for the project.
In the fall, Stephen will attend River Hill High School, where he plans to enter the Technical Magnet Program in Energy, Power, and Transportation.
Let's pitch in
Ronald Reese Jr. -- a 25-year-old native of Mount Airy, a 1991 graduate of Glenelg High School and a member of the Lisbon Volunteer Fire Department -- is undergoing treatment for cancer.
He is faced with tremendous medical expenses.
A May 23 benefit for Reese at the Mount Airy American Legion Hall is sold out. But contributions still can be made to help defray the mounting bills for his treatment.
Checks payable to the Ronald Reese Jr. Fund can be sent c/o Ronald Lowe to 3013 Michael Road, Mount Airy, 21771.
Bushy Park Elementary School students involved in community service activities need help.
Fifth-grader Nicole Boguslaw and third-grader Stephanie Ulman are sponsoring a drive to assist the Grassroots Homeless Shelter in Columbia.
Until May 22, they will be collecting nonperishable food items, first-aid supplies, paper products and blankets to donate to the shelter.
If you can contribute, leave items in the box in Bushy Park's front office.
Bushy Park fifth-grader Ashley Albrecht needs mulch and plants.
She is working to beautify the butterfly garden behind the school.
Started more than 10 years ago, the garden needs maintenance to keep the butterflies coming.
Milkweed, butterfly bushes and splashy colored flowers to dazzle the butterflies would be appreciated.
Contact Ashley through gifted-and-talented resource teacher Pamela Koffel at 410-313-5500.
Bushy Park Elementary is at 2670 Route 97 in Glenwood.
Growing up, graduating
On April 24 at Paul and Louanne Collison's Clarksville farm, Boy Scout Troop 737 held a ceremony during which Pack 737 Webelos Cub Scouts became Boy Scouts.
Torchbearers Adrian White, Chris Plumley, Danny Steil, Rod Gaither, Jon and Jeremy Kraeuter, Marty Winters, Pat Roswell, Chris Burgy and Ethan Criss lighted the way for the Webelos.
Scouts Chris Stanton, Todd Travis and David Scordato opened the ceremony with a performance based on Native American lore.
Danny DeRemigis, Kevin Cannon and Joey Mettle described the requirements for Bobcat, Wolf, Bear and Webelos badges.
Erik Cannon explained the symbolism of the seven rays of the Arrow of Light.
After the presentations, each Webelo crossed a pathway, selected an arrow to be shot into a target by archers Chris Black and Scott Cannon and walked over a bridge into full-fledged Scouting.
Congratulations to Keegan Malone, Jonathan Metzman, Alex Pearre, Randall Mazzarino, Brian McFee, Dan Peters-Rodbell, Nick Lowman, John Moore and Kevin Ashford -- the Webelos who made the transition into Boy Scout Troop 737.
Each of the new Scouts was presented with a vial of ashes collected at the first Boy Scout campfire on Brownsea Island, off the coast of England, in 1907. Symbolic gifts also included an eagle feather, representing the Scout's future flight to Eagle Scout status, and red epaulets for each Scout's uniform.
At the end of the ceremony, a bonfire brightened the night sky.
Camping near home
Summer will be here before we know it.
If you are looking for sports camps for your children, why not choose one close to home?
Glenelg and River Hill high schools in Clarksville will offer camps designed to develop skills and emphasize team play.
The Glenelg High School Booster Club's first year of Summer Sports Camps for students in grades five through eight will be held from 9 a.m. to noon June 29 to July 31.
The cost is $100 for each weekly session.
A full-time certified trainer will be at the camps, and participants will be grouped according to age and ability.
The young players will enjoy the sports facilities at Glenelg, including 11 acres of athletic fields, a newly refurbished track, tennis courts and two gymnasiums.
Camp sessions for cheerleading, field hockey, boys lacrosse, tennis, baseball, softball, wrestling, cross country and distance, soccer, volleyball, basketball, football and track are available.
Information: sports camp coordinator Mike Williams, at 410-313-5539.
River Hill High School will hold its Boosters Summer Sports Camps from 9 a.m. to noon June 15 to Aug. 14.
Each session is also one week, and the cost is $100 ($90 if paid before June 1.)
The camps are for students ages 9 to 14, except for the football camp, which is for ages 12 to 14.
Camps run the gamut from lacrosse to football.
Information for the River Hill camps: camp director Don Van Deusen, at 410-313-7114.
Pub Date: 5/14/98