Glenarden Woods 3rd in World Meet
An Odyssey of the Mind team from Glenarden Woods Elementary School took third place in the world competition recently held in Ames, Iowa, and another team from the school placed among the top 20 finalists. The two teams were the only Maryland representatives at the final competition, in which students were asked to build balsa structures that weighed half an ounce. The structures were then tested to see which held the most weight.
Members of the Division I team, which comprises second through fifth grades, were April Carnahan, Matthew Davis, Thomas Dressler, Daniel Dwiggins, Kate Golden, Arathi Krishnamurthy and Cathleen O'Malley. The team competed against 49 other teams in the division and finished in the top 20.
Members of the Division II team, for sixth through eighth grades, were Debbie Ashpes, Kim Harrington, Rena Hull, Kashef Qaadri, Jonathan Quigg, Erica Rosenbaum and Dori Wolf.
The students were accompanied by their principal, Oretha Bridgwaters; teacher and team coach, Stanley Edwards; and a parent coach, Diana Rosenbaum.
'Cycle and Recycle' Champs
Mandy Hnarakis, 9, of Takoma Park, and Richard Osborne, 13, of College Park, are the grand prize winners in the "Cycle and Recycle" contest sponsored by Prince George's County and College Park Bicyle shop.
The contest raised $600 for charity by recycling more than 35,000 aluminum beverage cans. The grand prize winners collected the most cans in the two age categories set by contest rules; 32 other youths also collected other prizes. The contest was designed to heighten young people's awareness of the need to recycle.
Italian Exam's Top Scorer
Caterina DeSarno, a senior at Oxon Hill High School, earned the highest score in the nation on the Level IV National Italian Examination, Prince George's County school officials announced. DeSarno will receive a $2,000 scholarship toward a four-week study-trip to Italy this summer.
Design Takes 1st Prize
Jason Caroff and Richard Judy, students at Springbrook High School in Montgomery County, came up with the winning design in the 1990 Montgomery County Young American Architecture Competition. Students representing 20 high schools throughout the county each submitted a design for a 2,800-square-foot, four-bedroom home. The winning home will be built on Grist Mill Drive in Rockville.
Bethesda Tutor Honored
Students of Bannockburn Elementary School in Bethesda celebrated Arbor Day this spring by dedicating a newly planted tree to their longtime tutor, Cecil Maurice, 81, who died Feb. 16. Maurice, a neighborhood resident, was honored by Montgomery County several years ago for his work as a school volunteer. Students said their new Japanese red maple would "remind us of the love of education and the love of children that Mr. Maurice symbolized."
Magruder Actors Perform
For the second straight year, the Magruder High School Drama Club of Rockville has been selected to perform a full-length play at the prestigious theater festival sponsored by the International Thespian Society at Ball State University.
The society evaluated more than 200 plays in the United States and Canada and chose five groups to perform full-length performances. The Magruder cast performed Larry Shue's "The Foreigner" during the festival.
Metro Honors 2 Men
Metro has honored two Prince George's County men for their outstanding work. Horace L. Johnson, of Forestville, was named Metrobus Employee of the Year for his work during the past year as the lead mechanic of a nine-member team responsible for 57 buses at the Metrobus Southern Avenue Annex in the District. Walter J. Boyd, of Mitchellville, was named Bus Operations Employee of the Year. Besides his duties as a bus driver on the Takoma, Petworth and 16th Street lines, Boyd served on the special response team at Metro's Northern Division that focused on safety.
State Honors 6 Students
Several local students were recognized by Gov. William Donald Schaefer for academic progress made in the Maryland's Tomorrow program. The program, which was initiated in 1988, is designed to help students at risk of dropping out of school. The students attended an awards dinner in Annapolis and received a $100 savings bond donated by Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. The students are Rhonda Lee Stewart of Calvert High School, Timothy Brown of McDonough High School, Courtney Taylor of Howard High School, John Randoll of Gaithersburg High School, Nicola Bartley of Northwestern High School and John Butler of Leonardstown High School.
State Sen. Bernard C. "Bernie" Fowler (D-St. Mary's/Calvert) received the Truitt Environmental award presented by the Center for Environmental and Estuarine Studies of the University of Maryland. Fowler was recognized for a long association with environmental causes on the Chesapeake Bay.
Suitland Teacher Cited
Kate Leahy, a teacher at La Reine High School in Suitland, has been awarded a summer seminar fellowship by the National Endowment for the Humanities to participate in a six-week program at the University of Maine. The seminar will study Thucydides, a Greek historian.