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HoCoPoLitSo award winners

For 26 years, the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo) has awarded book prizes to winners of its All County Writing Competition and honored students who have been nominated by their teachers for Promise and Achievement in Language Arts.

This year's winners in the creative writing competition were George Dudley, Lida Zheng Dobbins and Allison Borelli (Centennial High School) in the personal essay category; Natalie Yelenik (Hammond High School), Allison Borelli (Centennial) and Christopher McGillicuddy (Atholton) in the short story category; Marcella Coburn (Centennial), Elizabeth Ferris (Glenelg) and Thomas Corcoran (Glenelg) in the playwriting category; Dustin Morris (Hammond) and Shannon Nabors (Hammond) in the playwriting category.

Students chosen by their English departments to receive the Promise and Achievement Award in Language Arts were Julie Petre and Lisa Tom (Atholton); Allison Borelli and Marcella Coburn (Centennial); Elizabeth Ferris and Amy Conchie (Glenelg); William Rose and Erica Szalkowski (Hammond); Alexis Wise and Shenikak Wise (Homewood Center); Jordan Gaines and Amber Schnaath (Howard); Christopher Smith and Brittany Spottswood (Long Reach); Colleen Quilan and Laura Gilbert (Marriotts Ridge); Emily Heimsoth and Marci Zimmerman (Mount Hebron); Or Ganel and Jennifer Hood (Oakland Mills); Kathryn Winand and Cara Lombardo (Reservoir); Samuel Legrys and Lillian Yu (River Hill); and Allison Peck and Amy Butler (Wilde Lake).

Board of Education to meet Thursday

The Howard County Board of Education will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

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

A feasibility study, which looks at future capital needs and improvements and attendance-area adjustments, when necessary, will be presented during the evening session. The board will hold public hearings on Policy 4111 (school health services) and Policy 3131 (publications/communications).

To sign up to testify or speak: 410-313-7194.

To request a sign-language interpreter: Colleen Rice, 410-313-7046. Two-weeks' advance notice is preferred.

Advisory panel sets planning meeting

The Citizens Advisory Committee to the Board of Education has scheduled a planning meeting from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room ML-2 at the Department of Education in Ellicott City.

Projects for the 2007-2008 school year will be discussed. The meeting is open to the public.

Information: Rose Dennison, 301-490-7716.

Summer school registration is open

The summer school program for Howard County high schools offers a variety of courses to allow students to earn credit toward graduation or for academic enrichment.

Registration is accepted in person only at the Homewood Center, 10914 Route 108, Ellicott City from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and June 20, and from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday and June 23.

Tuition is $475 for credit courses; $275 for review credit courses. Some courses, including ESOL English courses and Algebra I, are free.

Registration forms are available in high school counseling offices and must include a counselor's signature.

Information: 410-313-6682.

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