Students at Halstead Academy and their families are seeing stars — literally.

Last month the school hosted Space Night, featuring a variety of space-related stations and activities.

Highlighting the evening was a visit by astronaut Don Thomas, who shared his experiences of four space flights with the eager students.

Jim O'Leary, director of Maryland Science Center IMAX and the Davis Planetarium, added additional information on the solar system.


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Several Towson University Noyce Scholars — students who have earned Noyce Scholarships to prepare them to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics(STEM) courses — hosted a station where participants were asked to identify planets.

Students also had a visit by the mobile Baltimore County Public Schools Star Lab, a planetarium setup in the gymnasium.

Before the potential future astronauts departed for home, they were treated to space ice cream.

Susie Peeling, the magnet coordinator said, "It was a great night, as 183 people attended" but she said the main comment she heard from kids, "it was awesome," shows it was a big hit with the students.

According to the website for the organization, Programs of Religious Activities with Youth, the God and Service Award is a national award given by churches and national youth agencies for distinguished service by adults in ministry to young people through national youth agencies such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Camp Fire USA and American Heritage Girls."

This is the award that was presented to Terry Jones during the Scouting Sunday service at Hiss United Methodist Church last month.

To be eligible, one must have a minimum of five years service to both the church and a national youth organization, encourage youth to participate in service projects and have a lifestyle that is a model for youth — as well as other criteria.

Jones, an Eagle Scout himself, became involved in scouting again when his two sons were old enough for Cub Scouts.

Before he knew it, he was cub master. Currently, he is on the troop committee and is the liaison between the church and the troop.

Both Jones and his wife, Denise, are active members at Hiss. Their son Terry Lee, also an Eagle Scout, gave a clear picture of his father's philosophy on service when he said, "Dad just does whatever needs doing."

It was Jones' wife who pinned the medal on him, and Pastor George Weitzel presented him with the citation. Sons Ryan and Terry Lee were also present.

All of the troops that meet at Hiss were honored on Scout Sunday — Cub Pack 475, Boy Scout Troop 475, Brownie Troop 828 and Daisy Troop 3916.

Some of scouts participated in the service by leading prayers, reading scripture and by serving as ushers. Hiss has been supporting scouting for 61 years.

Congratulations to the following students from Calvert Hall College High School who participated in the recent District Solo and Ensemble Festival, sponsored by the Maryland Music Educators Association.

Students André Washington and Brendan McCoy each received "excellent" ratings for their vocal solos.

In addition, each of the following groups received "superior" ratings, which qualify them for the State Solo and Ensemble Festival, to be held in May:

Brass Ensemble — Austin Rush, Nick Meyers, Eric Frazier and Andrew Giska.

String Ensemble — Aria Jalalian, J.C. Lazarro, Adam Jensen, Brian Healy, Aaron Burton and Mark Copenhaver.

Sax Quartet — Louis Kline, Sean Jones, Zack Tuck and Joe Tincher.

Madrigal Singers — Chris Heemann, Matt Amrhein, Matt Anderson, Collin Power, Tyler Lipman, Sean Chaikowsky, Todd Fleming, Jamier Barksdale and Daniel Ezeka.

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