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Highland/Fulton: Reservoir student awarded Congressional Achievement Award

Reservoir High School student Javier Wardcantori was awarded the Congressional Achievement Award from Rep. Elijah Cummings. Javier was recognized for his "extraordinary and selfless service to students and the less fortunate and (for his) personal commitment to achieving academic excellence." Congratulations on this award.

Another Reservoir student, Duncan Woodbury, received a "Mentored Ribbon of Distinction" for his STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Fair project at the recent Howard County STEM Fair, Duncan's project was entitled "Water-soluble Carotenoids for Use as Intracellular Antioxidants."

He explained that his research focused on the effectiveness of naturally occurring coloring pigments called "carotenoids" in deactivating the corrosive reactive oxygen species in the mitochondria of cells. A special thanks goes out to Dr. Kate Yienger who helped Duncan establish his internship at the Institute of Human Virology. Kudos, Duncan.

More than 100 Reservoir students organized and participated in the school's Black History Month Assembly recently. Principal Pat Saunderson wrote that the assembly was extremely well run and the performances were beautiful and enriching!" Judge Robert M. Bell, Chief Judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals, also attended the assembly. Judge Bell was a true pioneer of the Civil Rights movement in Maryland.

In addition to the Judge, several members of the Howard County Council of Elders were also here. Students from the Black Student Leadership Union, the African Student Union, and Alpha Achievers, members of the Drama, Band, Dance, and Choir programs were also featured in this wonderful production.

Harriet Lee, BSAP Mentor, is to be commended for her many hours of dedication and hard work in leading this initiative. Also, others who had a hand (or two) in the production were: to Jessica Binder, Matt Dubbs, Keedra Brown, Greg Knauf, James Beale, Sylvia Bennett, Gisela Cooke, Karen Searles, Binki McKenna, Barb Mueller, Kim Simmons, Denise Thomas, Madge Johnson, Kamilah Bruce, Vanessa Morales and Andre Beaudoin. Well done, everyone.

Sophomore Sondra Pearson, an Art 3 student, was chosen as the county high school representative for the Youth Art Month proclamation ceremony that was held recently at the Board of Education Meeting. Congratulations to Sondra and her teacher, Greg English.

Some other art students had some of their works selected for a county-wide art show titled "Papercraft." They are: Rachel Bailey, Jacob Rosenbaum,Yaa Danso, Eric Higgins, Kimo Manning, Rosemary Rekus, Jena Rutten, Sara Nadzam and Bailey Parater. The show is scheduled to run through April 19 at the Howard County Center for the Arts. Kudos to all.

Mark your calendars for "Back To The 80's: A Totally Awesome Musical," put on by the Lime Kiln Middle School PTA Drama Club. It's sure to entertain with its "fun, retro-style musical packed with music, laughs, and dance!" The dates for the performances are March 22 and 23 at 7 p.m. and March 24 at 2 p.m. I'll have more on ticket information as soon as it becomes available. In other Lime Klin news, the students of the week for the week ending March 2 were: Katherine Cho, Feraz Bhatti, John Adamson, Claire Bratchie, Sarah Bridges, Mike Britt and Shiv Patel.

Cedar Lane School, located at the multi-school complex on Route 216 in Fulton, presents the 15th annual "Walk for Our Stars" April 28 starting at 10 a.m. at Maple Lawn Community Center. This fun, non-competitive walk, run, or stroll raises money which will be used to support students with significant special needs and staff. Funds are used to purchase specialized equipment, fund the school's cultural arts program, student field trips, and additional staff development opportunities.

By supporting "The Walk" you will helping those who can't walk learn to stand on their own, and those who can't speak, find their voice. For further information, call the school at 410-888-8800 or email

Did you know that young adults, not yet 18 years of age, are eligible to register to vote in the upcoming presidential election Nov. 6? That's right. But, there's a catch: in order to register, the prospective voter must be 18 years of age by Nov. 6. Please take time to register and to vote.

As you know, there are peoples in many nations who do not have this right. Some are fighting and even dying in order to secure it. Personally, I take this right very seriously. I have voted in every local, state and national election since I was eligible in 1972. I have used absentee ballot forms, the old-style voting machines with levers and the new electronic ones. Your right to vote was purchased at a heavy cost.

One excuse some have used for not registering to vote is that they didn't want to have to appear on a jury and judge a fellow citizen. However, the state no longer uses voter rolls to pick prospective jurors. I think they are using other means such as driver's licenses, tax records, etc.

I want to wish my daughter, Christie Gait-Dillard, a very happy birthday. She and her husband, Josh, are expecting their second child (Woohoo, another grand-baby!) in October.

Faith and Begorrah! Happy St. Patrick's day. Well, that's all for this week. Commit a random act of kindness. Look in on your neighbors. Say a prayer for our troops who remain in harm's way and remember their families, too.

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