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HoCoPoLitSo gives writing prizes

The Howard County Poetry and Literature Society has awarded prizes to winners of its All-County Writing Competition and honored students nominated by their teachers for Promise and Achievement in Language Arts.

The creative writing winners were:

Kelly Balkin and Elizabeth Dobbins (Centennial High School) and Matthew Lehtonen (Hammond High School) in the personal essay category.

Justin Landy (Reservoir High School), Owen Greeley (Hammond) and Katherine Holtrop (Reservoir) in the short story category.

Gabrielle Boguslaw and Laura Messenheimer (Glenelg) and Erica Szalkowski (Hammond) in the poetry category.

Steven Yenzer (Centennial) in the play-writing category.

Twenty-four students were chosen by their school English departments to receive the society's Promise and Achievement Award.

Columbia Ravens to offer tutoring

Registration is required by June 15 for the Columbia Ravens football organization's free after-school tutoring. The Howard County youth football and cheerleading group is cooperating with Howard County schools to offer the free service before football practices from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 5.

Free transportation will be available from the children's middle schools to Harper's Choice Middle School, where assistance with homework and tutoring in reading, writing, mathematics and strategies for effective studying will be offered. The program is open to sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. Space is limited to 20 children in each grade.

Information or registration:

Aid available for nature camp

The Howard County Conservancy offers scholarships for its summer nature camps for children ages 5 to 11.The one-week camps will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays from June 26 to Aug. 18 at the conservancy's 232-acre nature reserve at 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. The camps will be held outdoors and in the conservancy's Gudelsky Education Center.

Information: Martha Moore, 410-465-8877.

Schools to establish advisory committee

Howard County public schools officials are establishing a community advisory committee to the Department of Instruction and Business Technology and the Office of Media and Educational Technologies.

An organizational meeting is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 14 in the Chesapeake Room of the Faulkner Ridge Center, 10598 Marble Faun Court, Columbia.

Information or to register: 410-313-7011.

Study-skills classes set for summer

Registration is open for summer middle and high school study-skills courses sponsored by Stressless Tests.

Summer middle school classes will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Friday, July 18-21; they will be repeated Aug. 1-4. The classes will meet at Burleigh Manor Middle School. The cost is $155.

Summer high school classes will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays through Fridays, July 11-14, and will be repeated Aug. 8-11. The cost is $155. Classes are limited to 15 students.

Information or registration: Betty Caldwell, 410-740-4659, or

Board to hear public comment

The Howard County Board of Education will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday in the boardroom at the Department of Education.

The afternoon session and an evening session, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will begin with a public forum during which residents may address the board on any topic for which there is no formal hearing process. Sign-up in advance is preferred.

Those who want to testify at the public hearing or during the public forum are asked to limit their presentations to three minutes and provide 15 written copies of their testimony at the time of the hearing. To sign up: 410-313-7194. To request a sign-language interpreter: Colleen Rice, 410-313-7046.

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