Teen stuff

March 06, 2007

Poetry night rescheduled

The Washington County Reading Council Poetry Night has been rescheduled for today, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The event takes place at South Hagerstown High School Library Media Center. Students will read or recite an original poem or a favorite published poem. Groups of students will perform choral readings or dramatize a poem with costumes and props.

All material will be school-appropriate for all ages.

For more information, e-mail Kathy Thornhill at or call Dave Williams 301-766-8369, ext. 3515.

South High teens host Christian hip-hop group

Fresh Digress, a Christian hip-hop group, will perform in Hagerstown on Saturday, March 10, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The concert will be held in the auditorium at E. Russell Hicks Middle School, 1321 S. Potomac St. Some comedy acts to open the show. Admission to the concert is free.


Fresh Digress' debut album includes such songs as "Rise And Shine," which features Christian hip-hop funnyman John Reuben. Other songs include "Shake Them Keys," which has an anti-drinking-and-driving message, and "Princess."

For more information, go to

Bike routes published for Washington County

The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau has released a new bicycle tours map and brochure for Washington County.

The new glossy map folds out to include eight bicycle loop tours throughout Washington County, including one through Hagers-town. Each tour varies in length, from 10 to 34 miles and explores a variety of terrain.

The new map-brochures are available at Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau welcome center in downtown Hagerstown, and at many CVB member businesses, especially hotels and bike shops throughout the area. Go to

Local agency offers big cash prizes for contest

The Washington County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition is asking teens to help design public service announcements that raise teens' awareness of the high teen pregnancy rate in Washington County.

The contest has three categories: a 30-second TV ad; a 10-minute short video; and full-page magazine ad. The deadline for submission is 5 p.m. Friday, March 23.

Prize money is given to the top three entries in each category. First-place entries will receive $1,000; second place will receive $500; third place will receive $250. Prizes will be awarded at an awards presentation at The Maryland Theatre.

The competition invites teens to produce and submit PSAs centered around the theme "sex has consequences." The PSAs will be broadcast and published locally. The contest is open to Washington County residents, ages 13 to 21.

Official rules are available at To see winning ads from other parts of the country, go to and

HCC offers scholarships

Hagerstown Community College announces that scholarship applications for the 2007-08 academic year are available for new and returning students in degree programs.

Students who currently receive an HCC Foundation scholarship must reapply. One application is available for both the HCC Foundation and Student Financial Aid scholarships. Students must be enrolled for at least six credit hours to apply for HCC Foundation scholarships and most student financial aid scholarships.

Submittal deadline is April 20 at 4 p.m. Late applications will not be accepted. For information, call the HCC Foundation at 301-790-2800, ext. 348, or the Financial Aid Office at extension 473.

Pa. gallery seeks 'faces'

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Council for the Arts is seeking entries for "Saving Face," an exhibition of self-portraits. Area residents are invited to submit self-portraits - either two- or three-dimensional, realistic or abstract - to be displayed at the council's gallery, 159 S. Main St., from May 25 through July 15 - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Finished self-portraits will be hung at the council on a first-come, first-served basis and should be delivered to the council May 8 through 15. Works may be created in any medium, but they should be framed (two-dimensional works) and family-friendly.

The entry fee is $5. First-place awards will be given for the following groups: adult (including college students), grades nine through 12, grades six through eight, and grades two through five.

For information, call 717-264-6883.

Club offers scholarship

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Shepherd University Foundation announces the creation of an endowment funded by Berkeley County Crime Solvers Inc. The scholarship will benefit students studying criminal justice or fire science at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College.

Recipients of the scholarship must have at least one year's service as an employee or volunteer in a Berkeley County fire department or law enforcement agency.

For information about this scholarship, call Shepherd University Foundation at 304-876-5397.

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