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CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, March 13 - March 19, 1998 - 45 Top speller at RES Jalissa Bonville, the daugh- ter of Diaz and Linda Bonville, placed second in the state in the fourth grade spelling bee competition held March 8 in Dover by the Delaware Association of Teachers of English. Bonville, who competed against 15 other fourth- graders from throughout the state, is seen here holding her trophy, with Rehoboth Elementary School Principal Esthelda Parker-Selby. Members of the "Nature and Me" course in the Cape Carousel Program include (l-r) Christ- ian McDowell; Bo Pratt; Michael Dolgas; Bruce Egolf, instructor; Carlos Lizardi; Corey Schab; and Georgiana Buck. Class members not present for the photo are Jimmy Gill, Jason Hast- ings, Bradley McDaniel, Justin Porter and James Priano. Cape Carousel When Lewes Middle School fifth-grader Michael Dolgas took the microphone to talk about the "Nature and Me" course he took after school as part of the new Cape Carousel Program, an over- flow crowd of parents, students and friends listened. "Mr. Egolf taught us, but not like a teacher - he made it fun." The crowd laughed, but Dolgas sensed that maybe his statement wasn't as diplomatic as it could have been. He looked toward the door of the Lewes Middle School multipurpose room where faculty members and others were stand- ing. "Uh-oh," he said, his words still amplified by the microphone, "Miss Hilton's going to kill me." Dolgas smiled sheepishly and the crowd laughed again. It was all in good fun and captured some of the enthusiasm of the students and the crowd as they shared in the accomplishments of the new program. Sponsored by Cape Henlopen School District and the MBNA Excellence in Education Grants Committee, the Cape Carousal program began this year as an after-school academic en- richment program for middle school students. The program's program first Community Night on March 3 offered the students the chance to show off some of their new- found knowledge and skills. In all, 126 students worked for seven weeks exploring 12 differ- ent subjects that captured their imaginations. They talked about the natural world, demonstrated self-defense moves studied in tae kwon do, presented a portion of an original opera and showed off ani- mated Web pages they created for the Internet. They acted out scenes from Shakespeare, showed off new fi- nancial, glass-crafting, French, improvisation and Spanish skills. And they discussed a new appre- ciation for art and the world of Disney. Jane Ellan Golde, coordi- nator, and Anne Hilton, assistant coordinator, noted that registra- tion is currently underway for the second session of the program which will start March 17 and continue until May 7. Although the program takes place in class- rooms at Lewes Middle School, Milton Middle School students are also eligible and transportation is available. As stated in the program distrib- uted for the Community Night, the celebrates first efforts philosophy of the Cape Carousel program is "to create an environ- ment in which students will cele- brate their enthusiasm for learning through the development of their multiple talents. Working togeth- er with teachers, instructors, par- ents and members of the commu- nity, students will have the oppor- tunity to extend their learning, to explore their interests and to de- velop their potential." 'Child's Play' Continued from page 44 Magee's main character forgets her frown when her grandmother brings out her birthday cake. Quick to laugh out loud herself, Magee assures everyone that the story is fiction. Albanese created a story about an invisible man named Panton who had a knack for throwing pies at a young man named William. Coincidentally, Albanese has a brother named William. Kranz wrote of a boy who spit out a pumpkin seed that grew into a giant pumpkin. The pumpkin ended up being made into an apartment. The author explained that it was a "very little apartment, but a huge pumpkin." Another writer with a fondness for growing things, Orth created a story about a magic watermelon car. The car traveled the world over, got covered with sand, nib- bled on by some and ended up in Mexico, fighting a bull. Southern Delaware perfor- mances took place the first week of March and all the fifth- and seventh-grade students from Mil- ton Middle attended perfor- mances. Melissa Theberge, a middle school seventh-grade teacher, said that Milton Middle is particularly proud to have so many students recognized for their outstanding writing, especially since there was such a great response from schools all over the state. ETCH TIM at The Sussex Family YMCA Saturday, March 14th Ages 13 - 17 7 P.M. to 11 P.M. $2 per student with ID *Pre-register by calling YMCA to reserve slot.* Sponsored by "Campaign For Kids" funds and Lewes/Rehoboth Rotary Club