Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007

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Step right up

Upper County Steppers, a nonprofit performing arts step team, is offering tryouts for its junior and varsity teams.

Boys and girls ages 10-18 are invited to try out 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29 and 30 and Sept 5, 6 and 7 at the Upper County Community Center, 8201 Emory Grove Road in Gaithersburg.

For more information, call 301-528-9697 or send an e-mail to

Turner and television

Ashley Bayton, a senior at Col. Zadok Magruder High School in Derwood, received the WJZ-TV scholarship from the Baltimore Community Foundation.

The $1,000 award was established to honor the memory of longtime WJZ (channel 13) newsman Jerry Turner. The scholarship is for children who intend to pursue a career in broadcast journalism.

The Baltimore Community Foundation invests in human services, youth, education, transportation, neighborhoods, diversity, environment, arts and cultures, and promoting Baltimore.

One last call

Because the reviews keep coming in, Youth Press is extending its deadline until Aug. 31 for short essays⁄book reviews on the final Harry Potter book, ‘‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” which was released July 21.

The reviews will be published in an upcoming edition of Youth Press.

Please include your name, age, community you live in, school and grade. Also tell us how big a fan of Harry Potter you are, if you have read all of the books and seen the movies.