Congratulations to the newly-elected officers at Immaculate Heart of Mary School, who were selected by their peers.

All of the candidates gave campaign speeches before the election and the winners will represent classmates at the student council meetings.

Eileen Phelps, enrollment and marketing manager at the school, said, "The Student Council serves as a democratic forum for the students to have a voice in the school, enabling them to enhance the school and community."

"Our student council is very active and busy," said Student Council Faculty Advisor Terri Archibald. "These students have a lot of responsibility and really grow their leadership skills."


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The new officers are: Sarah Aviles, president; Caroline Cummings, vice president; Madison Williams, secretary; Nick Torres, treasurer.

Eighth-grade representatives are Connor Gordon, Grace Kin and Malaika Wanjihia.

Students representing the seventh-grade classes are Gannon Conrad, Brian Kelly and Katie Cohen.

Sixth-grade representatives are Nate Porter and Arnay Marshall.

Fifth-grade representatives are Devan Conrad and Darby Brandenburg. Fourth-grade representatives are Matt Gordon, Maggie Sullivan, Mitchell Harrison and Kayley Belzner.

And Zachary Hanlon, Caroline Welsh, Ella Baynes and Bradley Gruber will represent the third-grade students.

Best wishes to these students as they lead their student body!

Last month, students at the school were surprised by a visit from Poe, the Raven's mascot, and several Raven's cheerleaders at a pep-rally concluding the school's race for education, a walk-a-thon to raise money to help fund school programs.

Students from pre-kindergarten through the eighth grade, and even parents, walked or jogged to raise money from pre-arranged pledges. Although the total dollars raised is not in yet for this year, last year's race raised $48,000.

Terri Archibald, who has been teaching for 33 (with 18 at Immaculate Heart) received a Teaching Excellence Award from the Archdiocese of Baltimore at a convocation where 2000 Catholic school teachers gathered for worship and professional development.

Among other accomplishments, Archibald was instrumental in implementing the school's environmental science program and oversees the school's student council and fund raising projects. Five other teachers from across the archdiocese also received this award.

Several other Immaculate Heart teachers were honored for years of service — second-grade teacher Sally Bogucki for 10 years; music teacher and Center for Leadership in Communication Arts director Libbie Kendal for 15 years, and first-grade teacher Gail Cernik for 20 years.

Two dinosaurs, a witch, a little devil, a clown and other colorful characters turned out for the annual Parkville American Legion Auxiliary Unit 183 Halloween party on Oct. 30.

All of the costumes were creative — such as a girl dressed as a cook working over an oven with a turkey and pie baking and a working oven light.

More than 30 children and their parents were entertained by Vera Very Much the Clown Gabriel, who did magic and gave each child a balloon sculpture before they were treated to pizza, cake and juice. Finally, the menagerie of characters paraded through the building filling their bags with Halloween treats.

POP Music Boosters of Parkville High School is hosting a Longaberger and Vera Bradley Bingo at the Parkville Recreation Center, 8601 Harford Road on Saturday, Nov 19.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and Bingo starts at 7 p.m. The $15 tickets can be purchased at the door, or call Louise at 410-882-1529. Proceeds go to support Parkville High School Performing Arts Department.

Enjoy a ham and oyster dinner on Nov. 19, from 1 to 6 p.m., at Hiss United Methodist Church, 8700 Harford Road. Side dishes are green beans, corn, homemade potato salad, slaw, pickled beets, beverage and dessert.

After your meal, stop at the fall bazaar featuring attic treasures, crafts, Hiss pickled beets, candy, baked goods, jellies and more. Christmas greens will be sold by Boy Scout Troop 475.

Dinner is $18 for adults; $5 for children ages 3 to 12; and free for those younger than 3. Carry outs are available for $18.50.

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