Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008

High schools to participate in academic challenge

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Photo courtesy of Carroll County Public Schools
Sgt. Albert Edwards (center) of the Army presented Cindy Bell (left), assistant principal, and Ann Tiboni, kindergarten teacher, and Eldersburg Elementary students on Jan. 11 with a flag that had flown over the Logistics Support Area Anaconda in Iraq on Christmas Day. He had read about the letters Eldersburg kindergarten students had written in the fall to request a new flag and wanted to show his unit’s appreciation for their patriotism.
Carroll Community College and Carroll County Public Schools will sponsor the Carroll Academic Challenge, a daylong set for March 29 in the college’s Scott Center, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster.

The Carroll Academic Challenge is a friendly competition between students from all Carroll County public high schools. Each school selects a team of students to represent it.

‘‘The event provides motivation for high school students to celebrate academics and rewards them for their outstanding efforts,” stated Bill Warburton in a press release.

Warburton produces the event each year along with a committee of public school representatives and college staff and faculty.

‘‘Carroll County Public Schools have athletic and band competitions, so it is nice for our students to have a competition that allows them to highlight the academic skills they are acquiring in the classroom,” stated Steve Johnson, assistant superintendent of instruction, in the release.

Students on each high school team are given questions derived from the academic disciplines of science, math, literature, and history, among others. Students receive points for correct answers that are totaled at the end of the day to determine the winning high school.

During the competition, a team of independent judges monitors rules and addresses any disputes that may arise. Teams practice with hypothetical questions for months in advance with the assistance of coaches from their schools.

Dwight Dingle of WTTR radio will serve as the moderator.

For information about the Carroll Academic Challenge, call Bill Warburton at 410-386-8464.

South Carroll Idol

Students will show off their pipes at South Carroll Idol tonight inside the school’s auditorium, 1300 W. Old Liberty Road, Sykesville.

The show will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6 for students and $8 for adults.

The show features South Carroll High students, and is modeled after Fox’s ‘‘American Idol.”

Contestants are Jonathan Wagner, Chad Will, Floyd Jones, A.J. Dorsey, Scott Bartley, Taylor Colvin, Alexis Bosiacki, Shellie Hierstetter, Kristen Van Fleet and Andrea Racine.

Alternates are Ben Azat and Holly Pelton.

The three judges are: Paul Mathews, theory chair at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University; Pippa Duggan, local actor and acting teacher; and Mike Pope, jazz bass player for acts such as David Sanborn and Al Dimeola.

Performances will feature the SC Idol Band, the SC faculty band, the dance club and several comedy acts including Adam Sandler’s ‘‘Lunch Lady” song performed by Eric Schmitz and Zach Schmidt.

*South Carroll High School is kicking off prom season with dress and accessory consignment sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 23 in the school cafeteria, 1300 W. Old Liberty Road, Sykesville.

The event is sponsored by the South Carroll High PTSA. Seamstresses will be available and shoppers will have the opportunity to make appointments with local salons, florists, tuxedo shops and limousine companies.

A March 1 snow date has been set.

Dresses can be dropped off in the front lobby of the school from 6 to 8 p.m. today, and from 10 a.m. to noon on Feb. 9.

Consigners will receive 60 percent of the sale price. A dress will be priced higher if it is professionally dry cleaned with a dated receipt attached.

Questions should be directed to Mary at

Oklahoma Road Middle

Oklahoma Road Middle, 6300 Oklahoma Road, Eldersburg, will hold its sixth annual read-a-thon from 6-9 p.m. Friday.

Students pledge money to read for 100 minutes. Pledges collected will fund a visit by Margaret Peterson Haddix, author of ‘‘The Shadow Children” series and other books, on March 6.

During the read-a-thon, students will read, enjoy snacks and be eligible to win door prizes throughout the evening.

Grand-prize winners will go to dinner with the author.

Other students will have lunch with the author, or win a complete hardback set of the Shadow Children series or the Harry Potter series.

For information, call Julie Paczynski, media assistant at 410-751-3600.

Liberty High

The Liberty High School Instrumental Music Boosters is sponsoring a Vera Bradley Bingo to benefit the school’s instrumental music program.

It will be held on Feb. 15 in the Oklahoma Road Middle School Cafeteria, 6300 Oklahoma Road, Eldersburg. Doors and food concession stand will open at 6 p.m. Games begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door.

For tickets, call Mary Llewellyn at 410-549-3496 or Beth Harkins at 410-781-4658.

Century High

The Century High School Dance Team will hold a free movie event in February.

The dance team will show, ‘‘Ratatouille” at 2 p.m. Feb. 23 at Century High School, 355 Ronsdale Road, Eldersburg. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m.

Refreshments will be available for a fee.