Milena Novotny, of Elkridge, is heading to Annapolis. Each year the State legislature provides hundreds of students from across the state with the opportunity to serve as a page during the spring legislative session beginning in January.

Howard County teachers and administrators are asked to select six students from the 12 high schools. Milena, a Long Reach High School senior, expressed interest to her Social Studies teacher, Joe Straub, who, in turn, submitted her name to his supervisor at the Board of Education, Mark Stout.

Stout heads the selection committee that conducts the interviews of all nominated students. Milena was selected based upon her written letter of interest and the subsequent interview process.

According to Staub, "Milena absolutely impressed the committee. Every year the competition level for this unique opportunity is quite high. We've had only two students chosen in my seven years as Instructional Team Leader of this department."


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Milena is president of her senior class at Long Reach, with a consistent honor roll presence. Her mom, Lisa Novotny, is understandably proud of her eldest daughter and said, "She is a graduate of St. Augustine School in Elkridge, where she continues to serve as a volunteer cheer coach, utilizing her past expertise on the Long Reach pom-pom and cheer squads, and has been actively involved in Girls Scouts since 1st grade."

In addition to her impressive academic achievements, volunteer service, and proactive interest in government, Milena works a part-time job at Coal Fire restaurant.

Her dad, Joe Novotny, a career technology teacher and wrestling coach at Long Reach, is equally proud. "I'm sure it will be an exciting two weeks and she'll learn a great deal from this experience," Joe said.

Staub knows that Long Reach is sending its best representative to Annapolis.

"This is a great chance for kids interested in the reality of state government to see it up close and personal, and while their roles vary depending upon needs of the specific delegation, Milena will have the opportunity to meet with State Senators and Delegates, and work with members of their staff." Congratulations, Milena!

The Elkridge Heritage Society invites you to its next general meeting on Thursday, Dec. 27, at 7 p.m., for a Christmas-themed tour and historical presentation at St. Augustine's Church, led by long-time Elkridge resident and parishioner, Polly Thornton.

The group will gather in the vestibule of the church, and everyone is invited to the Brumbaugh House on Main Street for refreshments following the tour.

Also, please consider membership in the Elkridge Heritage Society. The annual membership fee is only $25 per person, or $35 per family. Support is crucial to the presentation of local history.

Membership funds assist in the renovations and upkeep of the Brumbaugh House and property, the preservation of Dr. Brumbaugh's office, and help showcase the ever-growing collection of Elkridge-related memorabilia and artifacts that are kept on display at the house.

For details, information and/or more history on the Elkridge Heritage Society, contact info@elkridgeheritage.org.