March 18, 2003|by Jean Baraclough


Opening this week

"View from the Top" (PG-13) - This is the story of a young woman from meager beginnings who dreams of becoming a flight attendant as her chance to see the world. Gwyneth Paltrow, Christina Applegate, Candice Bergen, Marc Blucas and Rob Lowe star.

Speech and essay contests

Competition is Saturday, April 26

Submission deadline is Monday, April 14

The Maryland Right to Life Foundation will conduct a speech competition for high school juniors and seniors and an essay contest for students in grades seven through 10.

Speeches and essays are to be on one of the following topics: Abortion, infanticide or euthanasia. Contestants in the speech contest are to prepare and deliver a five-to-seven-minute original speech. Contestants in the essay contest are to write an original 500- to 750-word essay.

Prizes for the speech competition are $250 for first place; $100 for second place and $50 for third place. The first-place winner will have the opportunity to compete at the national level.


Prizes will be awarded in two categories in the essay contest: Seventh and eighth grades or ninth and 10th grades. First place in each category receives a $100 U.S. Savings Bond; second place in each category receives a $50 savings bond.

For information, an application and a copy of the official rules, contact the foundation at 1-410-269-6397; go to on the Web; or send e-mail to

Scholarship opportunity

Offered by Gateway Foundation and City Hospital

Martinsburg, W.Va.

The Gateway Foundation and City Hospital are jointly offering health professional scholarships to graduating seniors in public and private high schools in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties, W.Va. The Judge Gray Silver Jr. Health Professional Scholarship Fund will award two $500 scholarships to seniors at each of the high schools to be used at any accredited in-state or out-of-state college or university.

A committee will select scholarship recipients based on data supplied in their applications, the health profession being pursued, financial need, grades and community service activities.

For applications and information, contact high school guidance departments or the Gateway Foundation at 1-304-264-1223.

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