In today's business world, certifications (or certs, as people in the industry say) can be the differentiating factor between you and another applicant vying for a job. Doctors advertise that they are "board certified" and accountants are "certified public accountants" and a lot of your computer geeks can have multiple certifications as well.

To get those certifications, one usually goes through some sort of rigorous training regimen followed by a comprehensive test. Two Reservoir High School teachers — Lauren Grant and Rona Li — were recently notified that they had achieved the prestigious National Board Certification.

The process these two teachers went through to earn this certification is very intensive. Principal Pat Saunderson wrote that "very few teachers across the nation receive this designation each year." Li also represented the National Board Certified teachers from this area at a reception given at the White House. Congratulations, Lauren and Rona. You have brought honor to yourselves, your families and to Reservoir High.

Reservoir High students Jackie Cooper and Eric Higgins were recognized by the Maryland Department of the Environment for participating in a sculpture competition using only recycled materials. Congratulations also to their art teacher, Vivica Williams, as well.


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The Student Government Association at Reservoir has taken on a new initiative: coordinating the daily announcements. SGA Parliamentarian Marilyn Roth organizes all of the announcements and creates a script every day for our student announcers. The SGA announcers are Kristen Axtell, Jalen Thomas, Wes Horne, Chanelle Brawner and Imari Miller.

Saunderson wrote that "(t)hey have done an outstanding job and brought a lot of enthusiasm to this important part of (the) school day."

Thanks go out to Pat and his staff for keeping us up-to-date with all the happenings at Reservoir.

From the latest eail issue of the Fulton Elementary School's "The Falcon's Eye:" The physical education department at Fulton Elementary want to thank everyone for making the second annual Turkey Trot a great event and a huge success. Two-thousand, six hundred ninety food items were collected and distributed to FISH of Howard County's "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" program.

Congratulations to the following Fulton students for their outstanding performance on the Maryland School Assessment for 2011: Oluwatomi Ajayi, Eno-Abasi Akpan, Beulah Andoh, Tiffany Baako, Joshua Bradford, Grace Brown, Mason Christian, Gabrielle Clark, Justin Hill, Bradley Konigstein, Bintou Koroma, Kadija Koroma, Kaj Lucas, Johnathan Marter, Jared Morson, Savannah Onyenorah, Thandi Romney, Averi Shackleford, Darryl Suber, Luis Wardcantori and Lauren Winston.

The Council of Elders of the Black Community of Howard County, in partnership with the Howard County Public School System, recognized these fourth- and fifth-grade African-American students for outstanding performance on the Maryland School Assessment for 2011. The students were recognized at an MSA Celebration Nov. 17 at Oakland Mills High School.

Do you want a break from your hectic holiday schedule? Then join the Lime Kiln Middle School PTA at their next "Gotta Eat" night at Boston Market, Snowden River Parkway, in Columbia. It's located in the same complex as The Home Depot and Bertucci's. It'll be Tuesday, Dec. 20 from 4 to 10 p.m.

Did you know that the PTA receives 15 percent of the sales from Lime Kiln friends and family? You can dine in or carry out, but the drive thru is not available on that day. Orders can be placed in person or online at http://www.bostonmarket.com. You gotta eat, right? So, why not make a night of it and, in doing so, help out the Lime Kiln PTA.

t really benefits the LKMS kids, eh?

Marriotts Ridge High School Music Foundation is hosting the 2011 Holiday Jazz Cabaret on Tuesday December 20th at Marriotts Ridge HS, 12100 Woodford Drive, in Marriottsville, on Route 99 near Route 32.

The night will feature performances by the Marriotts Ridge Madrigals, the Women's Ensemble along with other choral groups. Tunes from the Big Band jazz group will round out the evening. Admission $10 per person For more information, email chairwoman Donna Flemister at donna@fdaexpo.com .

Just a reminder that Friday, Dec. 16 is the last day to drop off a new, unwrapped toy for this year's Toys for Tots collection at Fulton Family Chiropractic, 7625 Maple Lawn Blvd., Suite 160.

Dr. Jerry Radas and his staff look forward to meeting you. For more information, give the office a call at 301-490-8550. Also, Saturday, Dec. 17, Emmanuel United Methodist Church, on Old Scaggsville Road, is holding its annual Breakfast with St. Nicholas from 8 to 11 a.m.

Tickets are $8 for ages 13 and older, $5 for ages 4-12 and free for children 3 and younger. For more information, call the church office 301-725-5200.

Only nine more shopping days until Christmas! 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 are serving in harm's way and remember their families, too.