Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Wootton, Churchill students bring home some Cappies

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Courtesy of James Pope.
Twenty-three students from five Montgomery County schools were chosen to participate in the 64-member Lions Club Honors Band and performed during a Lions Club District meeting in Waldorf. The students hailed from Clarksburg, Damascus, Northwest, Quince Orchard and Rockville high schools.
It may have lacked a red carpet, and the only paparazzi were excited parents armed with video cameras, but it was a thrilling evening nonetheless at the eighth annual Montgomery County Cappies 2007 gala held May 27 at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in Washington, D.C.

Thomas S. Wootton and Winston Churchill high school orchestra and theater performers won several of the top honors at the award ceremony that recognizes the very best talent from some 55 area high schools.

‘‘[The awards] give high schools a taste of what it must be like to win a Tony [on Broadway],” said Matt Sartucci, 16, of Potomac, a member of Churchill High’s theater group. ‘‘It recognizes the best in lighting, sound, and so on.”

The Cappies program, which has students visiting schools other than their own to critique plays and musicals, also has the same students deciding which school and performer wins a Cappie.

This year, the awards go to:

Matt Culbertson and Eli Mangold, of Wootton High, for best sound in ‘‘Children of Eden;” Churchill Orchestra for best orchestra in ‘‘Singing in the Rain;” Chloe Richard, of Churchill High, for best cameo actress in ‘‘Singing in the Rain;” Sam Klein, of Churchill, for best cameo actor in ‘‘Singin’ in the Rain.”

The evening included also included a performance by Churchill students Sam Klein, Ben Hoffman and Michael Butvinick in a scene from ‘‘Singin’ in the Rain.” Sartucci performed with fellow Churchill High student Evan Howard in a couple of numbers with the 2007 Cappies Singers & Dancers.

Happily, unlike the televised Academy Awards show, the Cappies does not stall with endless speeches giving thanks to everyone under the sun.

‘‘They keep it moving,” Sartucci said. ‘‘You’re asked to keep your [acceptance] speech down to a few sentences. Although one girl did cry, which was kinda sweet.”

GHS student knows poker

Charlene Thomas, a Gaithersburg High School senior, last month received a Novel Silver Award from The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2007 for her manuscript ‘‘Poker.”

Her piece was one of more than 100,000 works of art and writing submitted to the 80 regional programs and the ‘‘Region-at-Large” of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

About 800 artists and 400 writers received a national Gold or Silver award this year.

Thomas, also a Gazette intern from October to December, graduated from Gaithersburg High last week and plans to attend North Carolina State in the fall.

School’s out, get reading

Young readers in Montgomery County are invited to take a ‘‘Reading Road Trip” by participating in the 2007 Summer Reading Club beginning Thursday.

Children who sign up for the program will receive a gameboard to track their reading and a suggested reading list. The gameboard includes a map of the United States with facts featuring a variety of cultures and landmarks, ‘‘Wacky Facts,” ‘‘Rules of the Road,” and travel games.

For more information about these programs visit⁄library.

Upcounty events are as follows:

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday join the Quince Orchard Library for its Eighth Annual Community Day. The event features Tom Lilly’s One-Step Magic Company, balloon animals, crafts and more. The library is located at 15831 Quince Orchard Road, Gaithersburg. For more information call 240-777-0200.

1:30-3:30 p.m. June 20 Shazam Magic will perform at the Damascus Library, 9701 Main St., Damascus. Limit of seven free tickets per family. Tickets are available beginning Thursday. For more information call 240-773-9444.

2 p.m. on June 20 at the Gaithersburg Library storyteller Gary Lloyd will present ‘‘Tall Tales from America’s Trails.” The program is appropriate for all ages. Free tickets will be available at the children’s desk starting June 14. The library is located at 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. For more information call 240-773-9490.

10:30 a.m. June 21 there will be Music, magic and games with Ronald McDonald and his friend Stoogie at the Germantown Library. Free tickets for this 35-minute program are available beginning June 14. Elementary age children, plus families. The library is located at 19840 Century Blvd., Germantown. For more information call 240-777-0110.

2 p.m. June 21 at the Poolesville Library ‘‘Scales & Tales” will show Backyard Encounter to meet amazing animals and their hidden lives. The library is located at 19633 Fisher Ave., Poolesville. For more information call 240-773-9550.

PHS volunteers recognized

Volunteers at Poolesville High School were recognized for their efforts by the school system at an awards ceremony in Rockville last month.

Poolesville High was one of three high schools given Montgomery County Public Schools’ 2006-07 Outstanding School Volunteer Program Award, said Kate Harrison, an MCPS spokeswoman.

Eleven schools were honored with the annual prize, which was awarded based on the number of hours worked by school volunteers, Harrison said. Also recognized were Damascus High School and Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, she said.

Core volunteers at Poolesville High averaged 200 hours during the school year, PTSA member Pam Green wrote in an e-mail to The Gazette.

‘‘Everyone that volunteers at PHS should be so proud,” wrote Green, a mother of two Poolesville High students who said she gave more than 500 hours of her time over the year.

Drive for Supplies

Students can earn student service learning hours by volunteering for the Drive for Supplies project, which collects and donates used but usable school supplies from school lockers, desks and closets. Since 2002, the project has collected more than 33,400 pounds of goods.

Middle and high school students will sort, box and weigh the donated supplies.

The work is scheduled 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 9-11 in the cafeteria at Clarksburg High School, 22500 Wims Road. No prior sign-up is required. Elementary school students must be supervised by a parent.

Individuals and companies that wish to make donations should call the MCPS Student Affairs Office at 301-670-1419.

Non-profit organizations that benefit children may pick up supplies after the Drive for Supplies celebration and press conference at 10 a.m. July 16 at Clarksburg High School. Non-profit groups must register their organizations through the Student Affairs Office.

Open House

Montgomery College’s Germantown Campus will host an Enrollment Fair 1-4 p.m. June 29, at the school’s High Technology & Science Center, 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown.

Representatives from admissions, financial aid, counseling and advising, and disability support services will be available. There will be information about athletics, student life and the student employment services.

New students preparing to register for the fall 2007 can to enter a drawing for a $500 scholarship from the Montgomery College Foundation. The scholarships would be effective for the fall 2007 semester and could be used at any Montgomery College Campus.

To register to attend the Enrollment Fair, call 240-567-7816 or e-mail

For more information contact Kani Holt, coordinator of admissions recruiting, at 240-567-7816. To request accommodations for a disability, call 240-567-7770 at least one week in advance. The TTD number is 240-567-7767.

This is the last School Notes of the school year. Please continue to send youth-related items to Melissa Chadwick by e-mail, fax to 301-670-7183 or mail to 1200 Quince Orchard Blvd., Gaithersburg, MD 20878.