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16- CAPE GAZETI"E, Friday, February 4 - February 10, 1994 School & Education ROTC coming to Cape High in 1994 Army to pick up tab for local program in fall By Kerry Kester Lt. Col. Joe Spicer, Army Jr. ROTC Operations Officer in the 4th Brigade of the Ist ROTC region, proposed to the Cape Hen- lopen School Board that it consid- er offering a Jr. ROTC program at the high school next year. The hoard showed enthusiasm for Spicer's proposal at its Thurs- day, Jan. 27 meeting, but it did not vote to accept the program. Antic- ipated budget shortfalls in.the 1994-95 school year, they explained, would make the pro- gram cost-prohibitive. The day after the meeting how- ever, Spicer gained approval from his commanding officer to offer Cape a new proposal. "We offered to fully fund the program for one year and even partially for the next year if neces- sary," says Spicer. Superintendent Suellen Skeen immediately contacted the board members following Spicer's call, and the board decided to approve the proposal. Spicer says that the army will foot the bill because the Cape district appears to have a very conducive climate for a suc- cessful program. Kerry Kester photo With the assistance of Lt. Col. Joe Spicer, U.S. Army Jr. ROTC Operations Officer in the 4th Brigade of the 1st ROTC region, the Cape Henlopen School District will be able to offer a Jr. ROTC program in the high school next school year. According to a U.S. Army doc- ument outlining the program, "Junior ROTC is a cooperative program between the U.S. Army and the host high school. The pur- pose of the program is to provide public and private secondary school students opportunities for leadership development." Spicer says that students engaged in the program will focus on developing leadership and citi- zenship skills, drug awareness, life skills, communications skills, as well as more academically-orient- ed skills. Spicer also says that stu- dents in the program will study career options, which often lead students to pursue higher educa- tional opportunities. "We preach success," says Spicer, who points out that Jr. ROTC participants have higher rates of graduation than the gener- al student population, and they are awarded a high percentage of col- lege scholarships. "I'm excited about this," says School Board President Walter Hopkins, who had military train- ing himself. "It's been a big help to me over the years. The leader- ship development makes it a big plus." Del Tech Science Expo to feature NASA exhibits The drama of "Hot and Cold," the excitement of the Hubble Space Telescope, the space shuttle and eight exhibits from NASA are the highlights of the second annual Sussex County Science Fair and Expo on Friday, Feb. ll at Delaware Tech Southern Campus in Georgetown. The public is invited to attend the free fair and expo from 4 to 7 p.m. Focusing on the importance of science and technology in our daily lives, this multi-faceted event is designed to appeal equally to students and the public of all ages. It will be held in the Higher Education Building and is spon- sored by the Partners in Educa- tion- Delaware State University, Delaware Tech Southern, Wilm- ington College and the University of Delaware. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., students in grades six through 12 from county high schools will compete in 12 categories ranging from physics to chemistry to botany. Students will present the results of their research projects which they carded out under the supervision of science teachers. Interviews will be conducted and projects judged by a select group of educators and science- oriented individuals. Winners of the Sussex County show are eligible to enter the Delaware Valley Regional Sci- ence Fair in Philadelphia. Win- ners from that event can partici- pate in the national competition. At 4 and 6 p.m. the Franklin Institute Science Museum's show "Hot and Cold" will be presented in the Lecture Hall. Liquid nitrogen is used to explore the three states of matter and the physical changes. The show will be done by experienced professionals who "aim to drama- tize and illuminate basic scientific concepts through action demon- strations." This show, the best offered by the Institute, will appeal to all ages. Highlighting the relationship between science and space will be the exhibits from NASA's God- dard Space Flight Center. These professional exhibits will include models of the Hubble Space Telescope the space shuttle, sounding rockets and the gamma ray observatory spacecraft; pictor- ial panels about the space shuttle, preserving our planet, exploring the plants, observing planet earth, new age of exploration, sounding rockets, space science; and an earth photo disk. The Awards Presentation for the students research projects will begin at 5 p.m. with Lt. Gov. Ruth Ann Minner serving as mistress of ceremonies. The business aspect of the expo will feature area businesses and educational institutions offering information aboui science-related careers. Participating are the Department of Agriculture, Science Alliance, Wallops Island, Delaware Electric Cooperative, University of Delaware, Dept. of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. Light dihner selections will be available for purchase during the early evening hours. The Space Exhibit will be on display through February during regular college hours, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday and alternate Friday evenings and ,,eekends, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 855-1600 for information about the Science Fair and Expo, the NASA exhibit or the viewing hours. Planning Your Teen's Future seminar set "Planning for Your Teen's Future" is the focus of a presentation at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 9 in the Lecture Hall of the Higher Education Building at Delaware Tech Southern Campus in Georgetown. Free and open to the public, this meeting will be of interest to college- bound middle and high school students and their parents. The Associate Director of the New England Regional Office of the College Board, Jim Montague, will be the speaker. The College Board is the,organization which produces the SAT and PSAT college admission tests. Discussion topics will include academic planning, academic encour- agement, admission testing, admission process, career choice, financial aid and financial planning. Delaware Tech Talent Search is the sponsor of the program. A feder- ally funded program, Talent Search serves over 400 students in western Sussex County in grades 7 to 12 by providing career and college coun- seling. For information about "Planning for Your Tean's Future" or Talent Search call Brenda Stover, program director, at 856-5400, ext. 523. Sussex YMCA plans classes this winter The Sussex Family YMCA in Rehoboth Beach will be holding the fol- lowing classes during the months of February and March. Lifeguard re-certification will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 12 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 19, Prerequisites for this course are current certifications in YMCA Lifeguarding, CPR and First Aid. Advanced registration is required. A Pool Operator on Location Course will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26. This course is geared for everyone from mainte- nance personnel and home pool owners to Aquatic professionals. It will provide participants with a basic knowledge of water chemistry, filtra- tion, environmental control, risk reduction, cost effectiveness and safe pool operation. It is now a requirement by state code for all commercial pools to have an ope. rator on staff. Minimum age for this course is 18- years-old. On Saturday, March 5 the YMCA will be holding an Adult CPR class from 1 to 5 p.m. All classes are limited in size and advanced registration is required. The Sussex Family YMCA is located at 105 Church St., Rehoboth Beach. For more information on the classes and their costs, call 227- 8018. Drugs and prison UD by Sea topic Feb. 8 James A; Inciardi, professor of criminal justice and director of the Center for Drug Alcohol Studies at the University of Delaware, will speak on "Drug Involved Offenders: From Crime in the Streets to Prison-Based Treatment" in Lewes and Seaford on Tuesday, Feb. 8. Part of the University By The Sea Lecture Series, his talk will be giv- en at 10 a.m. in 104 Cannon Laboratory, 700 Pilottown Road, on the University's Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes, and again at 2 p.m.'in the Seaford Library, 402 North Porter St. Each lecture is free and open to the public. Inciardi will discuss drug-involved offenders and take an in-depth look at an innovative, prison-based drug treatment program that has been predicted to focus the eyes of the world on Delaware as a national model. The University by the Sea lecture series is sponsored by the Universi- ty's Office of Alumni and University Relations. For more information, call the University at 855-1620 in Georgetown. Lewes chef makes fall Dean's List Chef D. Lee DeShong, awarded a silver medal from the Academy of Culinary Arts, Atlantic Community College, Mays Landing, N.J. in 1985, returned to full time studies this past year (29 years after high school graduation) to complete the two years required for a Bachelor's Degree in Food Service Management at Johnson and Wales University of Providence, R.I. Chef DeShong, of Lewes, was named to the Dean's List with a 3.85 average for the fall semester. He was the head chef at Gilligan's Restaurant during the summer of 1993 and expects to return for the 1994 season, with plans for graduation in 1995.