Tree of Lights

CLASS OF BRASS The Winters Mills High School Brass Ensemble performed a mini-concert of Christmas music in the lobby of the Carroll Hospital Center on Nov. 28 to help kick off the Tree of Lights event to benefit Carroll Hospice. The event serves to raise money for the hospice, and asks residents to honor and memorialize loved ones through donations and the purchase of holiday ornaments. For more information, go to or call 410-871-7220. (Photo by Phil Grout / November 28, 2011)

Tech Center student places third in national welding competition

Collins Lethbridge, a student at Francis Scott Key High School who is also a welding technologies student at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center, recently competed in the national Arc Welding Awards.

He earned the Regional Bronze Award for the High School Division Region 1, which includes 17 states and the District of Columbia.

Lethbridge chose a fence and gate project which required him to plan, design, and fabricate three major parts of the project — a blueprint to show the project to include dimensions and welding symbols, pictures of the finished project, and a report that outlined the steps and machinery used to build the project.

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Lethbridge's finished project was displayed at a convention in Indiana. The Arc Welding Awards are sponsored by the James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation.

New Leo Club forms at Francis Scott Key High School

A new Francis Scott Key High School Leo Club— an offshoot of Lions Club International designed for students — was formed when 16 members signed their Leo Charter.

The Taneytown Lions Club sponsored the new club.

Carly Weetman of Westminster was selected as president of the club, and Michael Slevin of New Windsor will serve as secretary.

The Leo Club at FSK is planning community service projects such as a Christmas Tree Project for Carroll Hospice, a fleece blankets and pillows project for the Children's Center at Carroll Hospital, and a project for "Pennies for Leukemia."

The Leo Club meets on Mondays at 9:20 a.m. at the school. Students ages 12-18 who would like to receive more information on the club may contact Sam Foster at 410-751-4994 or

Student pages selected for General Assembly session

Several local students were recently selected to serve as students pages during the Maryland General Assembly session that opens in January.

Each year the State Legislature invites high school students throughout the state to serve as pages on the floor of the House of Delegates and Senate. Carroll County is eligible to select four representatives and one alternate.

Seniors from all eight public high schools in Carroll County were eligible to apply. This year the students representing the county are:

Cory Maks, Westminster High School.

Taylor Sprague, Liberty High School.

Madison Getty, Manchester Valley High School.

Daniel Stonko, Manchester Valley High School.

Nathaniel May, Liberty High School (alternate).