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March 04, 2003

Movies

Opening this week

"Bringing Down the House" (PG-13) - When a lonely guy (Steve Martin) meets a woman (Queen Latifah) on the Internet who happens to be in prison, she breaks out to be with him, and proceeds to wreak havoc on his middle-class life. Also starring Eugene Levy, Joan Plowright and Missi Pyle.

Scholarship opportunity

Offered by Western Maryland Troopers Association

Application deadline is March 28

The Western Maryland Troopers Association will award a $300 scholarship to one graduating senior in each public high school in Washington County for a total of eight scholarships worth $2,400.

Any graduate who will pursue a career in law enforcement, health occupations, social work or education in a college or a technical school may apply. Selection will be based on financial need, unsung heroic deeds, proof of commitment, grade point average of at least 2.5, school attendance record and personal interview.

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For an application, contact the high school guidance office or call WMTA at 301-733-8003. Applications must be returned by the deadline to the WMTA office, 111 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Mardi Gras All Night Skate

Saturday, March 8, 8 p.m. to

Sunday, March 9, 6 a.m.

Family Skating Center

17333 Virginia Ave.

Hagerstown

Admission is $15 and includes regular skates.

Admission from 8 to 11:30 p.m. only is $7 plus skate rental.

Collect Mardi Gras beads and join in the coin scramble after midnight. The event will be chaperoned by adults.

Washington County Reading Council's Poetry Celebration

Tuesday, March 18, 7 to 9 p.m.

South Hagerstown High School Library Media Center

Hagerstown

Registration deadline is March 10.

Washington County students who are poets and poetry fans may register to read, recite and perform. The public is invited. There will be refreshments.

Registered participants may read or recite an original poem or a favorite published poem, or perform a choral reading with a group of friends or dramatize a poem with costumes and props. Participants and sponsors will be eligible to win one of four $25 Borders gift certificates.

Individual performances must be two minutes or less, group performances must be four minutes or less and all material must be school-appropriate for all ages. Registration must be received by Kathy Thornhill at South Hagerstown High School by March 10.

For information, send e-mail to ThornKat@wcboe.k12.md.us; or call Dave Williams, 301-766-8369, ext. 3515.

University of Maryland Young Scholars Program

Applications accepted through May 15.

The Young Scholars Program is open to academically qualified rising high school juniors and seniors. The three-week program, from July 13 to Aug. 1, allows students to earn three college credits and experience first-hand what academic and university life is like.

This year's program offers 11 customized courses designed to give students hands-on experience and test their academic and career interests. The program includes courses in architecture, classics, modern biology, dance, creative writing, theater, kinesiology, education, technology, satellite imagery and international politics. Students also participate in evening seminars on college preparation, college admission strategies, time management and career assessment, or they may take part in extracurricular activities, including field trips to Washington, D.C., and Baltimore.

Students admitted to the program may take advantage of university resources, including libraries, computer labs, dining halls and recreational facilities. Students may live in an a residence hall or commute to campus.

For information, including tuition and fees, go to www.summer.umd.edu/youngscholar5 on the Web; send e-mail to summer@umail.umd.edu; or call 1-877-989-7762.

- Compiled by Jean Baraclough,

editorial assistant

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