Dayton Oaks Elementary School is proud of their many students who recently participated in the school's Young Authors Contest. The following students were first-place winners at Dayton Oaks and will now have the opportunity to have their short story or poem judged in the Howard County Young Authors' Contest in January.

The following students will have a poetry piece in the county contest: second-grader Imirie Billey, third-grader Juliette Yoltay, fourth-grader Alexander Moy and fifth-grader Raaya Khleif. Second-grader Karis Turner, third-grader Jesper Kwon, fourth-grader Hailey Politzer and fifth-grader Arden Perry will each have a short story entry in the county contest.

Good luck to all the students in the county contest and keep up the great work.

Some local schools in our area recently announced the winners of the annual PTA Reflections program. School-level winners, will move on to compete at the county level. County winners will then compete at the state level, and finally onto the national level.


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Each year, the national PTA Reflections program challenges students to create art inspired by a specific theme. Themes are selected from hundreds of ideas submitted by students in the PTA Reflections Program Theme Search Contest. Past themes have included "Exploring New Beginnings," "If I Could Give the World a Gift...," "A Different Kind of Hero," "I Can Make a Difference by…" and "Together we can." The 2011-2012 theme was "Diversity Means..."

In its more than 40-year history, the Reflections program has encouraged millions of students across the nation and in American schools overseas to explore their artistic talents. The program offers students the opportunity to create works of art for fun and recognition. Students are encouraged to submit works of art in six arts areas: dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography and visual arts.

Some of the local school winners include the following:

The judges at Folly Quarter Middle School were very impressed by the excellent literature, photography, music composition and film production entries this year. Selected to represent Folly Quarter Middle School at the county level are Barbara Brewer, Paige Caine, Bailey Heneghan, Zoe Read, Brian Rohner and Benjamin Selnick.

Students at Glenwood Middle School were also quite creative with their entries. Representing Glenwood Middle School at the county level with their entries will be Caroline Kwon, Holly Lakin, and Ashley Reed with their literature pieces; Caroline Kwon, Alex Wood and Logan Barragan with their photography entires; Jesse Bailey and Camille Sirenne, Kaitlyn O'Byrne and Caitlyn Kicza, and Ryan Higgins with their film pieces; and Sara Hart with her dance interpretation of "Diversity Means…."

The following Glenelg High School students had their pieces selected for judging at the county level: Sung Chong, Nick Gorey, Lu-Fang Hung, Madeline Judd, Zachary Nguyen and Sarah Wieder.

Congratulations to all of these students for their great pieces of work and good luck to all at the county level judging.

If you happen to drive down Frederick Road in Ellicott City, you may have noticed that the new Miller Branch Library opened in mid-December. This new facility is also home to the Howard County Historical Society, located on the second floor.

The Historical Society has plenty of exciting projects and activities planned in the upcoming months. Many of these activities will require volunteers. If you enjoy learning about (or sharing) Howard County history, and would like to lend a hand, call Paulette Lutz, the new volunteer coordinator for the Historical Society, at 410-480-3250 or email info@hchsmd.org.

Additionally, if you have any books, photos or other items that pertain to Howard County history or the families of Howard County, that you would like to donate to the Historical Center, bring them to the library or contact the Historical Society at the number above to arrange a pick-up. The historical society is especially looking for items relating to the history of western Howard County at this time.

The Howard County Historical Society is also pleased to present one of their first programs in their new location. If you enjoy hearing about the history of the Civil War, you will want to attend a presentation of "The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War: A Marylander's View" presented by Henry Stansbury Jan. 21 at 2 p.m.

By using contemporary views largely from Harpers and Frank Leslies' Illustrated newspapers, former President and Chairman of the Maryland Historical Society Stansbury will start by discussing the 1860 Presidential elections, then onto Fort Sumter leading up to the Pratt Street Riots. The riots were followed by the occupation of Maryland by federal troops, arrests of southern sympathizers and some significant military events which impacted Maryland dramatically at the time, as well as events that still impact Maryland today.

For anyone interested in attending the Civil War program, go to http://www.hclibrary.org, and register for the event, under Classes/Events for Jan. 21 to ensure a seat.