SCHOOL SPIRIT WAS everywhere last week as Liberty High School students celebrated Spirit Week, which culminated Friday with the homecoming football game and dance.
The Student Government Association organized and sponsored the week's activities, which included a different theme every day.
"I liked Friday the best," said sophomore Jessica Bowers "because this was the year the most students were wearing blue and gold. The colors were on everybody."
Catch the wave day, or Hawaiian day, was the favorite of junior Pete Gackenbach. "Many people took that idea and just ran with it. We had people in wet suits and all kinds of Hawaiian shirts."
Pete credited SGA President B. J. Law with leading the charge in the spirit-filled week. "B. J. really set the example with his participation in the activities for the week. He really got into it. This week was by far the most school-spirited that we've ever been," Pete said.
A pep rally held Friday afternoon was also popular with students. The Class of 2000 was awarded the "Spirit Stick" for cheering the loudest during the event.
Teacher Tom Delise kissed a horse, Sonny, as part of a Future Farmers of America fund-raiser. Students paid a quarter to vote for the teacher they thought should kiss the horse. The organization raised $455.
The FFA also claimed first prize in the homecoming parade through a local neighborhood for its float depicting Maryland. "Celebrating the States" was the parade's theme. The Multicultural Club and the Class of 2002 floats took second and third place, respectively.
The festivities continued at halftime of the football game with the Liberty Lions Pride Marching Band performing an abbreviated version of its "From the New World" Symphony program.
During halftime, seniors Amy Polites was crowned Homecoming Queen and Kevin Lefebvre was chosen Homecoming King by Principal Randy Clark.
Other members of the Homecoming Court were: Class of 2003, Jen Allen, Becky Webster and Andy Aitken; 2002, Tessa Barnett, Tristen Schulz and Justin Hagy; and 2001, Kati Magaw, Crystal Rivas and Brian Evans.
What a doll
Eldersburg resident Megan Young-Graybeal has been invited to appear as Barbie to help introduce the Millennium Doll.
Young-Graybeal recently made an appearance at a local store, signing autographs and being photographed with fans of the doll, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary.
"There were quite a few people there who were collectors of Barbie," she said.
Being dressed in copies of some of the doll's clothes has been fun for Young-Graybeal.
Young-Graybeal, a Towson University broadcast journalism major, has competed in beauty pageants, including Miss USA and Miss Maryland Petite. The 1994 Liberty High graduate also has begun serving recently as an assistant and a judge in pageants around the state.
In addition to appearing as Barbie, Young-Graybeal is setting her sights on competing for the Mrs. America title next spring.
Drug prevention program
"Addressing Heroin in Southern Carroll County" will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Oklahoma Road Middle School, 6300 Oklahoma Road in Eldersburg.
Tom Zirpoli, professor of education at Western Maryland College, will be on hand to discuss drug abuse in our county. The locally produced film "Heroin Kills" will be shown.
Parents of elementary, middle and high school students are encouraged to attend the program, sponsored by Oklahoma Road Middle School PTA, the Safe and Drug Free Schools Program, RAD (Residents Attacking Drugs) and the Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County Inc.
Sherry Graham's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.