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October 12, 2004

Essay/Web site contest for Maryland high school students


The Maryland Colonial Society Inc. has announced its annual essay and Web site for Maryland high school students and classes. This year's theme is "From rails to riches: Early Maryland railways - the Free State route to exploration and commerce." Students may write an essay or design a Web site around the history of railroads in Maryland and the engineering excellence, innovation and perseverance of the men who built them. Participants may write about any one outstanding event, person or company that led to the formation of early Maryland railroading or an overview of the development of railroading in Maryland.

There are three categories: best essay based on the theme; best individual Web site based on the theme; and best class Web site based on the theme. The prize in each category is $150 and the opportunity of a summer internship at the Maryland State Archives. Any Maryland high school student or class may enter.

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Prizes will be awarded at Maryland Day ceremonies Thursday, March 24, at the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore. The entry deadline is March 10.

For contest and entry details and rules, visit www.mdsa.net on the Web, under Education and Outreach; or call Lois Jones, 1-410-889-4488.




Movies opening this week


"Shall We Dance?" (PG-13) - A Chicago accountant (Richard Gere), tired of the boring routine that his life has become, decides to take lessons from a beautiful dance teacher (Jennifer Lopez) he sees through a window. As the joy of dancing enters his life, he realizes that it might be the secret to saving his troubled marriage. Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci and Bobby Cannavale also star.

- Compiled by Jean Baraclough, editorial assistant

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