AN ITEM IN THE HONORS AND AWARDS COLUMN IN LAST THURSDAY'S SOUTHERN MARYLAND EXTRA INCORRECTLY STATED THE NAME OF A LOCAL DANCE TROUPE AND MISSPELLED THE NAMES OF TWO OF ITS MEMBERS. THE LOCAL DANCE TROUPE IS POWER EXPLOSION, AND ITS MEMBERS INCLUDE KATIE ASHER AND JENNAH BATTS. (Published 08/05/1999)

Charles Makes Education Appointments

Carol Leveillee has been named principal of Mary H. Matula Elementary School in La Plata. She was the school's vice principal last year and is replacing Eva Coffman, who has retired as principal.

Timothy Rosin is the new principal at C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School in Waldorf. He was acting principal at the school last year.

The two principal appointments were approved recently by the Charles County Board of Education. The board also named Santy DiSabatino director of transportation. He has been transportation coordinator since 1996.

Five new vice principals also were designated by the board. The five, who are awaiting assignment to specific schools, are Debra Bowling, who has been a reading resource teacher; Sabrina Robinson-Taylor, formerly a Prince George's County elementary teacher; Robinette Breedlove, who was acting vice principal at Barnhart; Wilhelmina Pugh, formerly the acting administrative intern at Barnhart; and Michael Forrest, who was the magnet coordinator at Gwynn Park Middle School in Prince George's.

Couple Lauded for Conserving Chapman's

Bonnie Bick and Alex Winter of Charles County recently received the Southern Maryland Audubon Society's 1999 Conservation Award for their work that led to the preservation of Chapman's Forest, 2,250 acres in the western part of the county that had been slated for development.

The efforts of Bick and Winter were praised by society president Bob Boxwell, who said the couple's "relentless, uncompromising zeal . . . is an inspiration to us all."

The society honored Bick and Winter by adopting in their name five acres in the Pantanal region of Brazil. The Pantanal is the world's largest wetlands, covering about 60,000 square miles. In 1998, sixth-grade students from a nearby town in Brazil wrote Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening to urge him to prevent the Chapman's development.

The Chapman's land along the Potomac River north of Indian Head is now slated to be left undeveloped after Glendening committed state funds to purchase most of it for use as a park.

Piccowaxen Student Is DARE Essay Winner

Katie Irwin, a student at Piccowaxen Middle School, has been named the DARE student of the year by the Charles County sheriff's office.

Sixth-grade students in the contest, which was sponsored by the sheriff's office, Charles County Public Schools and the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, were judged on the essays they wrote explaining how they felt about the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program.

Finalists in the competition were Megan Mitchell, Milton Somers Middle School; Dianne Sullivan, Gen. Smallwood Middle School; Ron Panciera III, Matthew Henson Middle School; Joi Hosley, Mattawoman Middle School; Erika Gonzales, Benjamin Stoddert Middle School; Anthony Bliss, John Hanson Middle School; William Ratliff, St. Peter's School; Rachel Welniak, St. Mary's Bryantown; Rachael Young, St. Mary's Star of the Sea; and Sam Haddaway, Archbishop Neal School.

Marine Museum Honors Tireless Volunteers

The Calvert Marine Museum recently honored volunteers who contributed more than 17,000 hours of service last year. Rick Brice of Lusby was named Volunteer of the Year for 1998.

Other special awards included:

* Eleanor Prince and Ruth Showalter received the Governor's Award for Service and Volunteerism. Their years of museum service include s weekly testing of the quality of water holding marine creatures.

* Several volunteers were honored for 1,000 or more hours of service. They were Paul Berry, Bill Lake, Al Lavish, Buck McClellan, Kay McClellan, Don Miller, Margaret Saville, Skip Snelson and Bev Walker. Showalter received special recognition for reaching the 2,500-hour mark.

* Linda McGilvery received the Lifetime Volunteer Award for her long-term dedication to the museum.

Dance Troupe Takes Scholarship

Uninvited Power Explosion, a local dance troupe, received a $500 scholarship grand prize in the youth talent show at the 22nd Annual Charles County Trade Show and Marketplace earlier this summer.

More than 60 area youngster competed in the talent show.

Members of the dance troupe are Kate Asher, Jennifer Batts, Anna Howard, Peggy Sue Ayres, Rebecca Thomas, Jennifer Maletto, Jenna Charters, Melissa Charters and Becky Watson.