Elkridge resident Soo Jeon will play the role of Belle in the theater-on-ice production of "Beauty and the Beast," Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25 at the Gardens Ice House, in Laurel. The 17-year-old has been skating for only eight years. (Submitted photo / March 3, 2012)

Soo Jeon, of Elkridge, will play the role of "Belle" in the theater-on-ice production of "Beauty and the Beast," on Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25 at the Gardens Ice House, in Laurel.

Jeon, 17, who has been attending the McDonogh School since the sixth grade and is currently in her junior year, has been a competitor at national and regional figure skating competitions and is a veteran performer of Gardens Figure Skating Club ice shows.

She attended Deep Run Elementary School for five years and at 17, has been skating for only eight years. She has made incredible strides in the sport for what some would consider a "late start" on the ice.

"It is definitely more than a hobby for me, and is a huge time commitment, but I am competitive. I have learned to fight through disappointments and just keep pushing myself even if the results do not follow immediately," Jeon said.


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Jeon is an honor roll student, favoring math, history and French, and is active in the French Club and Special Olympics Club at McDonogh.

Don't miss Jeon as Belle in the Gardens Figure Skating Club eighth annual Spring Ice Show of "Beauty and the Beast" with four shows: March 24 and 25 at both 1 and 3:30 p.m. at the Gardens Ice House's Patrick Arena, 13800 Old Gunpowder Road, in Laurel.

Tickets are on sale at the arena for $10 general admission, with a limited number of special reserved seats available for $15. General admission tickets are available online for $11 at http://www.seatyourself.biz/gardensfsc. Groups of 10 or more may purchase general admission tickets for $8 per person by inquiring through gfsctickets@gmail.com. Under age 3 admitted free.

The full cast includes local skaters ages 3 and older with skill levels ranging from beginner to advanced, creating a visually exciting theatrical experience.

The show is an entertaining way to experience the magic and artistry of figure skating. Many of the skaters compete in the U.S. Figure Skating system including national level artistic, theater on ice, and synchronized skating competitions.

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory recently presented "Girl Power – Reach For the Sky: Career Opportunities for the Women of Tomorrow in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics" March 11. The following Elkridge Landing Middle School received recognition at the event. Richa Beher, James Corley, Seneca Friend and Joseph Lockard each received an Award of Excellence and Jordan Corley received a runner-up award. Congratulations to these student for representing Elkridge Landing Middle and their community so well.

Also in Elkridge Landing school news, the following students were chosen as "Students of the Month" for February, and were chosen by their teachers for consistently demonstrating an attitude of Optimism. Being optimistic means they decide to have a good overall attitude on a daily basis, emphasize the positive over the negative and approach each task with enthusiasm. The sixth-grade students are: Zach Allen, Olivia Bracley, James Conway, Lisa Nwanna, and Kyle Young; from seventh grade, Drew Cisna, Maddie Guerke, Ajah Ragler, Krutika Rathod and Aaron Wales. Rounding out the ELMS "Optimists" are eighth-graders: Austin Archable, Ashlee DeLeon, Alayna Gerald, Aaryn Moore-King and Sarah Sagi. Congratulations!

Calling all hungry, fun-loving Lions and their friends! The Howard High School Lions Pride Booster Club Annual bull and oyster roast will be held on Saturday, March 24th at Martin's West, 6821 Dogwood Road, Woodlawn, from 7:30 – 11:30 p.m. For those who have attended in the past, it's always a grand time, and 2012 is no exception.

The committee is planning another great year of food, dancing, raffles, prizes and silent auction. If you'd like to help make this year's event a success, donations for the auction are greatly appreciated and can be anything from tickets to sporting or cultural events, timeshares, gift certificates, company merchandise or services (i.e. lawn care, painting, etc).

If you would like to help in any way, emial event coordinator Laurie Huffman at laurie.huffman@alcatel-lucent.com or call 443-280-4864. For tickets, email Renee Wilkins at rmrw21@aol.com or call 410-747-6192.

The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Ellicott City is sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive March 25 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Harrison Hall on the church grounds. Our Lady Of Perpetual Help is at 4795 Illchester Road, Ellicott City. Walk-ins are accepted; appointments are appreciated. To schedule an appointment, call Lori Merl at 410-455-9440.

Here's a reminder that the Elkridge Adult Athletic Association, a proud Elkridge community organization for more than 30 years, is accepting applications from area high school seniors for its 2012 Scholarship Awards. Applications will be accepted until April 22. More information about the EAAA Scholarship and the application process can be found on the EAAA Facebook page, or by calling Jeff Lockard at 410-796-8088 or email jeff.w.lockard@gmail.com)

Nancy Grabowski let me know that the "Divas" are excited to, once again, hit the links with their Divas Ladies League at The Timbers at Troy. They will have an organizational meeting March 29 at 9 a.m. at the Timbers clubhouse, 6100 Marshalee Drive, in Elkridge.

This is a Thursday morning 18-hole league, and is open to anyone 21 or older with an established handicap. They are always looking for new members, and the Divas will be playing a different tournament every week. The membership requirement is to join the Timbers Players Club.

Just go to http://www.timbersgolf.com and go to the Players Club to find out all about it, or stop by the golf course. The first day of their "Diva Season" will be April 12th with a 9 a.m. start on the tee times. Don't be shy with this group; they would love to have your company on the greens! For more information, email Grabowski at nlg2design@msn.com, or call 410-440-2526; or LaVerne Brown at lvebrown@verizon.net. Have fun!

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