"POMP AND Circumstance" was heard Sunday as Liberty High School's 1998 graduates participated in their commencement exercises at Western Maryland College.
Robert Bastress, former Liberty High principal, delivered the keynote address.
Five students were honored as valedictorians. Noelle R. Chandler, Sonia Liu, Andrea E. Podobnik, Traci Prouser and Kimberly Anne Ramult finished their high school careers with perfect academic records -- a 4.0 grade point average -- and found time to participate in activities.
Noelle, daughter of Mike and Carol Merges of Eldersburg, competed in cross country and track, performed with the orchestra, chorus and the Drama Club, and was a member of the National Honor Society.
After working a summer job and enjoying time with friends, Noelle plans to attend Loyola College in the fall. She advises the Class of 1999 to "take advantage of every senior activity and make as many new friends as you can."
Sonia, who plans to pursue a double major of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Maryland, College Park, advises students to "have fun because this is your last year as a kid."
The daughter of Jen-Jyh Liu and Dan Zindler of Eldersburg, Sonia was a member of the National Honor Society, served on the Band and Orchestra Council and was a member of the music ensemble for productions by the Drama Club.
Andrea will pursue accounting and information systems at Virginia Tech in the fall after she spends a summer busy with part-time jobs and vacations.
The daughter of Rick and Sue Podobnik, Andrea played in the school band and on the lacrosse team, was a member of the Spanish Club and the National Honor Society.
Her advice to the Class of 1999: "Take your senior year seriously, but also allow time for all the fun things that will be happening."
Genetic engineering will be Traci's area of study as she heads to Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pa. Traci's advice of "work hard, but stay calm. Don't get upset over things that are beyond your control" will serve her well during college.
The daughter of Stan and Lonie Prouser of Eldersburg, Traci was busy with cross country, track, jazz and the marching band, and was a member of the National Honor Society, and the chess, multicultural, drama and computer clubs.
The marching band, softball, and Spanish clubs, and the National Honor Society kept John and Linda Ramult's daughter Kimberly busy.
Kimberly will study accounting at Towson University after working and vacationing this summer. She advises next year's grads to "make your senior year the year you'll always remember."
Girl Scout leader
Sykesville resident Donna Pittman was recently re-elected to the board of directors of Girl Scouts of Central Maryland. She has been a member of the board the past three years.
Pittman, a former Girl Scout, has worked on various committees during 36 years in Scouts. She is instrumental in the Central Maryland group, which serves Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties.
Pittman has witnessed the tremendous growth of the program in Eldersburg, which has more than 500 members.
"We have a year-round program that offers a variety of skills for life," she said.
Pittman also is instrumental in helping to train new troop leaders and volunteers. She enjoys seeing her daughters, Elise, 11, and Kelli Anne, 9, involved in Scouting.
In recognition to her dedication, Pittman received an honorary Lifetime Membership to Girl Scouts and calls it "a very treasured gift."
Vacation Bible Schools
Keeping the kids busy and having fun during the summer can be a real challenge. Here are two Vacation Bible School programs that offer fun, crafts and learning.
"Sonlight Island" is offered at Faith Lutheran Church from 6: 30 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Monday through June 19. The church is at 1700 St. Andrew's Way in Eldersburg.
The program is open to all ages. Register by calling the church at 410-795-8082.
St. Stephen's Reformed Episcopal Church will present "Passport the Holy Land" from 9: 30 a.m. to noon June 22-26 at the church at 2275 Liberty Road.
Children who will enter kindergarten through eighth grade in the fall may attend. Registration: 410-795-9406.
Sherry Graham's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 6/09/98