Honors, recognition cap the academic year


THE END of the academic year means graduations, awards and kudos for teachers and students.

Hammond High School English teacher Carla Bayton has been invited to attend a reception at Government House in Annapolis on Saturday. First lady Frances Hughes Glendening will present the national fourth-place award to Bayton for her entry in Level II "Letters About Literature," a contest sponsored by Maryland Center for the Book.

She will receive a certificate of merit and gift certificate from Borders Books and Music.

Pat Bates, of the east Columbia library, was coordinator and reports that there were 63 state semifinalists. They also have been invited to the ceremony.

Hammond High teacher Pat Carr guided her American Government and Leadership class' Mock Trial Team through a successful year of competition on the north circuit. The team's record was eight wins and two defeats.

"Students learn about legal skills as they act as both defense and prosecution attorneys as well as witnesses," she said.

Team members Afshan Nadeem, Missy Peltzman, David Freedman, Greg Burnett, Patti Shelton, Joey Wensus, Laura Berry and Ashley Payne made it to the circuit's semifinals, where they lost in a close match.

Three of Joyce Pfister's English students were nominated for the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society's All County Writing Competition.

The Hammond students and their categories were: poetry, Emily BonGiorni; short story, Elizabeth Robinson and personal essay, Tim Zeffiro.

Two Hammond juniors -- Patricia Shelton and Stephanie Yezek -- represented the school at the National Council of English Achievement Award in Writing program.

Hammond's "Poms" were named grand champions in the prop/novelty category at the Eastern Dance Association's "National Dance Finals" in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The cheerleading team is coached by Cheryl Akers and Jill Thomas.

Melissa Davis reports that her drama students were awarded Best Ensemble Performanceat the Howard County Shakespeare Festival.

The winning cast included Jessica Reddick, Lauren Mullen, Susie Grist, Katie Fuhrer, Georgia Paulding, Jenny Crooks, Robbie Heacock, Jon Nelson, Brad Wasser and Daniel Bresnick.

East Columbia students Tiffany Knighten and Julie Finglass performed last month in Salisbury State University's spring dance concert.

Tiffany is a freshman majoring in elementary education with a minor in dance. While attending Howard High School, she was a member of the dance club. Julie, a Hammond High grad, is a business administration major with dance as her minor. She has been a dance student for 10 years.

Both girls have performed with Columbia's Backstage Dance School. Norman and Dawn Malmberg are Tiffany's parents. Julie's parents are Ronald and Jean Finglass.

Mount de Sales publicist Mary Beth Crafts sends word that East Columbians have been recognized there.

Maureen O'Donnell received a silver medal for her score in the Latin II National Exam. Jennifer Walters received a gold medal for Latin I in the same competition.

Mount de Sales is a Catholic all-girls college preparatory high school in Catonsville.

School murals

Some of Columbia's young artists have worked to produce murals for their schools. Art instructor Andrea Boyer's fifth-grade students have created a "Westward Expansion" mural for Thunder Hill Elementary School.

With the artistic direction of the school's resident artist, Kristen Helberg, and using knowledge gained from studying U.S. history, the 75 students' produced a work depicting the pioneers' travels from Independence, Mo., to Chimney Rock, Wyo.

The three panels -- each 4 feet by 18 feet -- detail the pioneers' activities, clothing and way of life. The mural will be in the fifth-grade class area. The project was funded by a Maryland State Arts grant.

Families, friends and neighbors are invited to the mural's unveiling during the Arts On the Hill event at 7 p.m. June 5.

Long Reach High's students are involved in a mural in progress. The mural is called "Mexican Revolution: Social Commentary in Art."

With the guidance of teachers Mary Pitt Davis, Meredith Chancellor and Martha Hoishue, the art and Spanish departments worked simultaneously on the mural, which was made possible by a grant.

Long Reach students combined their studies and Mexican muralist Diego Rivera's imagery while researching and sketching the Mexican Revolution.

Waterloo fair

Waterloo Elementary School, 5940 Waterloo Road, is having an Enrichment Fair at 6: 30 p.m. Thursday. Students' work will be on display. Families are invited to attend.

Dance performance

Ballet students of Cindee Velle's dance studio at Long Reach Village's Stonehouse will perform at 7 p.m. June 12 and 13 at Mount Hebron High School.

"Dance Back to the Future" will feature classical music and jazz, plus a representation of "Hansel and Gretel," "Bambi," "Cinderella" and "The Velveteen Rabbit." The program's final numbers will include "Istanbul Blues," "Yanni" and "Men in Black."

Information or tickets: 410-465-7674.

Pennies for pediatrics

Diane Martin, assistant principal, and students at Thunder Hill Elementary School will make a presentation at 9: 30 a.m. Thursdayto Victor Broccollino, president of Howard County General Hospital.

During Wellness Week last month, the students contributed to the hospital's Pennies for Pediatrics drive. The result is a check for $286.

The week was highlighted by events designed to develop a healthy lifestyle. Speakers, fitness demonstrations and hands-on activities showed students and faculty the benefits of nutrition awareness, injury prevention and the relation of fitness to a healthy heart and body.

The county fire department helped during the week, which was planned by Thunder Hill parents Kate Anderson, Jenny Burt, Brittany Constance, along with the hospital and the Community Involvement Committee.

Pub Date: 5/26/98

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