IT'S A FRANTIC time for high school seniors. They're studying for finals, finding prom outfits and preparing for graduation.
Every senior deserves recognition for his or her achievements - whether athletic, academic or artistic. But writing about every student is impossible, so this column will focus on Elkridge resident Jeff Bauman, 17, a senior at Arlington Baptist School in Baltimore County.
Jeff is graduating from the tiny school (graduating class: 29 students) with a 4.0 grade point average and an almost-perfect SAT score of 800 verbal and 720 math out of a possible 800 each.
He plans to go to Grove City College in Grove City, Pa., in the fall, where he plans to major in electrical engineering with an emphasis in computer engineering.
In addition, he was named a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship competition and was selected as a Maryland Distinguished Scholar.
Jeff explained his decision to attend Grove City: "They have a beautiful campus. Their academics are very challenging. They're pretty selective about who they let in." And the clincher: "They had a beautiful freshman dorm, which was rare."
Grove City, with 2,500 students, will be quite a change. Jeff, the son of Dottie and Dan Bauman, was home-schooled through ninth grade, so even Arlington was an adjustment, he said. "I was used to keeping my own pace," he said.
But he likes the interaction and competition that comes from being with other students.
In addition to academics, Jeff plays first base on Arlington's varsity baseball team. For the summer, he's trying to find a job as a computer technician.
And does he know what he will do when he graduates from college?
That question may be a little premature.
"I'm just trying to survive senior year," he said.
No Disney film
Plans to film part of Disney's "Tuck Everlasting" at Gary Memorial United Methodist Church have fallen through, the Rev. Luther Starnes said.
The film will be about the Tucks - a family that gains eternal life after drinking from a spring. Filming at the Ellicott City church was scheduled for May 4, but about two weeks before that date Disney changed its plans, Starnes said.
"We really were looking forward to it, but that's just the way it happens. Logistically, it became impossible," said a spokesman for the film.
Burleigh Manor Middle School is holding spring concerts on Tuesdays this month. The first concert was last week and featured the sixth-grade chorus, the chamber choir, the orchestra and the wind ensemble.
Tomorrow's concert will include the concert band, seventh- and eighth-grade choir and sixth-grade string ensemble. Both concerts are at Centennial High School.
The Spring Jazz Concert is scheduled for May 22 at Burleigh Manor Middle School.
For all the concerts, doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m.
Admission is $1 at the door. Students must be accompanied by an adult.
The Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8097 will hold a bingo game, lunch and cake sale from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the post, 7209 Montevideo Road, Jessup. Lunch will begin at 1 p.m., bingo starts at 2 p.m. and the cakes will be available until they are sold out. Hot dogs, hamburgers and barbecue will be available.
The ladies auxiliary also plans to start a weekly barbecue from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, beginning May 26.
The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department is holding a youth dance from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday for youngsters ages 9 to 15. Music will be provided by a disc jockey. Admission is $5. Information: 410-379-5965 or 410-796-2028.