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Middle-school journalists swap notes on newspaper business


WRITERS AND editors from the student newspapers at Mount View and Glenwood middle schools met at Mount View in Marriottsville on Monday to share insights on publishing a school newspaper. After passing around popcorn and chocolates, they got down to work.

The Glenwood pupils showed the Mount View staff a survey that asked their readers to rate the Glenwood newspaper. They also brought copies of the paper for the Mount View staff to take home.

Mount View pupil George Chu showed the group how to chart the results of the Glenwood survey on a computer, and Glenwood editors Stephanie Sones and Tracey Bowen demonstrated how to use Adobe PhotoShop to make a collage. "They showed us some of their ways, and we showed them some of ours," Tracey said.

Stephanie and Tracey, both eighth-graders, have been on the newspaper staff since sixth grade. "We've improved a lot," Stephanie said.

Parent volunteer and writer Janet Gilbert of Woodstock gave a presentation about writing headlines. Gilbert's daughter, Laura, a sixth-grader, is on the newspaper staff at Mount View. After the session, pupils and teachers enjoyed pizza and soda together.

Glenwood eighth-grader Julie Lau worked on a newspaper at her previous school in Florida. "We didn't meet with other schools, and it was isolated," Julie said. "It's better getting different ideas because it helps you fix your newspaper."

Earlier in the year, Priscilla Geisler, Gifted and Talented resource teacher at Glenwood, and Lorraine Quinn, Geisler's counterpart at Mount View, had the two groups critique each other's newspapers.

Geisler and Quinn expanded the collaboration to include visits. They brought their newspaper staffs together for the first time at Glenwood on Feb. 5. That day, the pupils ate breakfast and then discussed issues such as circulation growth, types of articles and writing skills.

"We give each other ideas about what to write and how to write it," said Mount View editor Lisa Choe. Fellow editor Catherine Theisen agreed that the meetings have been helpful. "We get out of our little box and get new ideas," she said.

Other Glenwood pupils who participated were Caitlyn Cumberland, Eric Heidhausen, Amber Hof, Carly Terrier, Melissa Fasteau, Katharine Montag, Lexy Parsons, Sarah Schmukler, Afton Vechery, Jessica Bates, Amy Cochran, Katarina Cook and Angela Smith.

Also participating were Mount View pupils Lisa Alban, Kyle Goon, Morgan Helme, Erin Maskell, Scott Malecki, Megan Morani, Adam Nettina and Mary Morani.

Theater festival

River Hill drama students participated in the Maryland High School Theatre Festival on Feb. 15 and 16 at Magruder High School in Rockville.

Kacy Clopton won an Excellent Performance award in the Song Fest Competition.

Amira Ezzat, Jennie Weinreich and Kate Hackett received honorable mention in the All-State Drama category.

You can see these and other students in action when they present four performances of the Broadway musical 42nd Street in the River Hill High School auditorium. With the lavish backdrops and costumes, there are 14 musical numbers and lots of dancing. The production is directed by River Hill Drama teacher Pam Land.

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 7, 8 and 9 and at 2 p.m. March 9. Tickets are $8 in advance; $10 at the door.

Information: Pam Land, 410-313-7120, or pland@mail. howard.k12.md.us.

Chicken, oyster dinner

Hopkins United Methodist Church in Highland will hold a chicken and oyster dinner from noon to 5 p.m. March 9.

The oyster dinner is $10, the chicken is $8. Sides include potato salad, green beans and cabbage. Dessert will be available for an extra charge.

Information: Pat Putnam, 301-596-0884; or the church, 410- 531-6187.

Teen-age depression

Hear Larry Boehm, a parent, discuss teen-age depression Tuesday at River Hill High School.

The program, intended for parents of high school students, will be presented by psychiatrists and health professionals from DRADA - Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association - of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. DRADA's outreach program educates students, parents and teachers about depressive illnesses.

According to DRADA, about 5 percent of people ages 14 to 18 suffer clinical depression or manic-depressive illness. The symptoms may show up as academic failure, truancy, eating disorders or substance abuse, DRADA said in a news release.

The program will be held at 7 p.m. in the school's Information Center.

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