Merit Scholars Named

Throughout the spring, the National Merit Scholarship Program honored Howard County high school seniors who had high scores on their 2003 Preliminary SAT. They were also evaluated on other academic achievements, extracurricular accomplishments and the potential for success in rigorous college studies. Among the more than 1.3 million students in more than 21,000 high schools across the country who competed, 8,170 students were selected.

Howard County students who received the Corporate-Sponsored Merit Scholarships, ranging from $500 to $2,000 per college year, were: Daniel J. Cahn from River Hill High School, Jessica R. Rennenkampf from Oakland Mills High School, David B. Childers from Centennial High School, Roger P. Guseman III from Howard High School and Maureen C. Maselko, an Ellicott City resident who attends Mount de Sales Academy in Catonsville.

National Merit Scholarships, totaling $2,500 each, were given to: Xue-Wei Cheng from Centennial High School, Isha Agarwal from River Hill High School, Vera Eidelman, a Columbia resident attending the Park School of Baltimore in Brooklandville, Hilary K. Finucane from Wilde Lake High School, Sarah L. Grady from Mount Hebron High School, Mary F. Novack from Glenelg High School and Korey N. Haynes, a Woodbine resident who attends Seton Keough High School in Baltimore.

College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship awards, in the amount of $2,500, were awarded to: Rachel E. Gold, a Columbia resident who attends Garrison Forest School in Owings Mills, Rachel B. Herman from Mount Hebron High School, Joseph C. McCord from Centennial High School and David M. Song from Mount Hebron High School.

Fairy Godmothers Wanted

Clark's Elioak Farm in Ellicott City is looking for help to repair and restore the giant storybook figures from the former Enchanted Forest. The theme park, which drew thousands of children and adults over the years, closed in 1988 and briefly reopened for the summer in 1994 before closing for good. The larger-than-life-size figures remained on the property until this year, when they were brought to Elioak Farm, off Route 108.

As the farm prepares to celebrate the Enchanted Forest's 50th birthday with a weekend of family activities Aug. 13 and 14, volunteers are needed to sand and scrape the Little Red Schoolhouse, the Giant Sombrero and the Crooked Horse. A bricklayer is also needed to build Humpty Dumpty's brick wall, which could not be moved from its original location.

The work can be done from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through July 29 and between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. July 30 and 31. For more information or to volunteer, call 410-730-4049.