THE PROM is a memory now for Glenelg and River Hill High seniors. Shorts and T-shirts have replaced tuxes and gowns in these warm spring days. And thoughts have turned to next week's graduations.
Commencement evokes feelings of excitement -- and sadness. Excitement as students look forward to new adventures and people; sadness as they say goodbye to friends and teachers and leave their high school years behind.
The schools' graduation ceremonies will kick-off the celebration.
Thanks to the work of their dedicated parents, seniors at Glenelg and River Hill High Schools will celebrate with chemical-free graduation cruises on the Chesapeake Bay.
Parents, faculty, and administrators at both schools agree that the structured post-graduation activity will help students remain alcohol- and drug-free on graduation night. Before they are permitted to obtain their cruise tickets, the students must sign a pledge to stay chemical-free.
At 9: 30 p.m. on graduation night, they will board buses for the trip to Annapolis to enjoy a midnight cruise with food, music and friends.
At 2: 30 a.m., the boats will dock, and buses will take them to their high schools for the trip home.
Since the fall, parents at both schools have been raising money to pay for these cruises. Chem-free committees at Glenelg and River Hill have made efforts to focus attention on the drug- and alcohol-free theme throughout the year.
Coordinating the chem-free cruise for River Hill's first graduating class has been a tremendous undertaking.
Kudos to chairwoman Dee Allen and the members of her committee who have been working on this project for more than 1 1/2 years and raised more than $10,000.
The committee solicited donations from parents, local businesses, and school organizations. They also received a grant from the state and sponsored a very successful fall art auction.
Allen -- whose two sons Billy, a senior, and Danny, a freshman, attend River Hill High -- has devoted many hours to to the graduation night project.
Special thanks are due to the members of River Hill's parent committee for their hard work.
They are Bebe Breen, Joanne Bryan, Mary Cannon, Mary Gouker, Donna Kelley, Elminia Klisas, Bill McKinley, Sharon Murrell, Shirley Richa, Jackie Ring, Susan Rosenbaum and Diane Weglin.
And thanks to the parents of underclassmen -- Linda Burk, Cheryl Griffin, Robin Murray, Karen Privitera and Sally Stevens -- who will chaperone the students Wednesday.
Nancy Menz is the chairwoman of the chem-free graduation cruise at Glenelg High School, where her daughter, Kristen, is a junior.
Menz had such a wonderful time working on plans for last year's graduation cruise that she volunteered to chair this year's event and has done most of the work herself.
She solicited donations from parents and local businesses and received enough money to meet her budget.
She gives special thanks to the Eyre Bus Co., which donated one of the four buses traveling to Annapolis Tuesday as its contribution to Glenelg's chem-free cruise.
Menz is also serving as one of the chaperons for the event.
She will be accompanied on the cruise by parent Beth Taylor, teacher Dean Sheridan and Vice Principal Linda Wise.
After all her hard work, Menz may have a chance to relax next year, when her daughter graduates.
Join the Lisbon Elementary School Junior Drama Club tonight and tomorrow at 7 p.m. for its production of "The Granny Awards," a musical written by children's author Janet Gardner.
Granny, the central character in this production, was a star in "Little Red Riding Hood" in a previous incarnation.
In this play, she is retiring after an illustrious career in show business. Before she leaves the stage, she has decided to produce one last show -- an awards presentation honoring her favorite fairy-tale characters.
Performing tonight will be third-graders Danielle Brown, Katy Dodd, Eric Fultz, Rebecca Hamilton, Jeff Kerry, Kayleigh McIntosh, Katlyn Moore, Shawn Rogers and Ryan Steer; fourth-graders Jessica Bates, Kendall Burgess, Connie Horner, Stephen Luco, Daniel Pindell, Erica Ryan, Kevin Wykoff and Adrienne Yuhas; and fifth-graders Zac Fratkin, Ashley Fultz, Geni Lipkey, Ricky Macatee, Katy Narron and Sara Snyder.
Drama coach Susan Kain, assisted by volunteer Judi Brewer, is directing the production.
Cathy Dymek will provide piano accompaniment.
Admission is free.
Lisbon Elementary is located at 15901 Frederick Road.
Olympics at Mount View
Mount View Middle School students, staff, and parent volunteers are looking forward to celebrating their second Olympic Field Day tomorrow.
Olympic Field Day provides students with an opportunity to take part in Olympic-style athletics in the morning and team sports in the afternoon.
Students have prepared for the day by choosing their activities and designing international flags.
The day begins with an opening ceremony, including a recitation of the Olympic Creed, which reads, in part, "The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part."
The young athletes will run with the torch, and the school's symphonic band and chorus will perform.
Track and field competitions will take place in the morning.
After lunch, team sports such as Wiffleball, volleyball, bowling, archery, basketball, soccer, and flying disc relays are planned.
Stop by Mount View Middle School to cheer on the athletes. The school is at 12101 Woodford Drive in Marriottsville.
Triadelphia gets ready
Families whose children will be attending Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School in August are invited for an evening of fun and friendship at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in the Long Gate shopping center in Ellicott City.
The get-together, sponsored by the Triadelphia Ridge PTA, will be from 6: 30 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m.
A portion of the evening's sales will help fund classroom libraries and purchase classroom computer software.
The children will be able to make bookmarks, design a quilt square for an opening-day art display, sing songs and learn to juggle scarves.
Breakfast and dreams
Jeanette Curtis, a seventh-grader at Mount View Middle School, read a portion of her "Vision for the 21st Century" essay at the Black Student Achievement Program Breakfast.
Jeanette was one of three winners in a contest sponsored by the Howard County Center of African American Culture. Her essay won a $50 U.S. Savings Bond.
While she was there, Jeanette had a chance to hear Jacqueline Brown, coordinator of Academic Support Services for Howard County, and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of the 7th District speak about their vision for educating children.
Their visions included more support for students with failing grades and an educational process that begins at home.
Here it comes
"Here comes summer!" a program of stories and activities for children ages 2 to 5 will be presented at at 10: 30 a.m. June 15 at the Lisbon Community Library, 710 Lisbon Center Drive.
Time for golf
River Hill High School is celebrating the end of school with golf. The River Hill Golf Tournament will be held at at 8 a.m. June 11 at Trotters Glen in Olney.
The cost is $75 per person or $300 per team, and includes golf, lunch, prizes, gifts and door prizes. You can sponsor a hole for $50.
Information: C.J. Kupec or Jim O'Malley, 301-572-1916.
Pub Date: 5/21/98