Each $5,000 Amanda Wins scholarship is awarded from Amanda Post's memorial fund. through the generosity of family and friends who perpetuate the memory of a girl who had a passion for academics and soccer.
There is an Amanda Post Amanda Wins River Hill High School Student-Athlete Scholarship and an Amanda Post, Amanda Wins Soccer Association of Columbia/Howard County Student-Athlete Scholarship.
Three scholarships were awarded in the first year to the Class of 2010. River Hill scholarships went to JennaMarie Hill and Carlynne Hudson. The SAC scholarship went to Mt. Hebron's Erica Cranston.
In 2011, four $5,000 scholarships were awarded. Timothy Higgins and Daniel Shi won from River Hill. SAC scholarships went to Ryan Konstanzer and Breanna Marsh, both of Reservoir High.
Three additional $5,000 scholarships were awarded in 2012, which would have been Amanda's graduating class. Katherine Marlatt and Oliver Zhan won for River Hill. Wilde Lake's Gillian Sawyer won the SAC scholarship. That's a total of $50,000 to 10 deserving Howard County students in just three years.
Scholarships are awarded through the Columbia Foundation. Applications for 2013 graduates are now being accepted. To learn more, go to http://www.columbiafoundation.org/receive/scholarships and scroll down to links for Amanda's scholarships.
Have your youngsters taken the Y-Fi Challenge? Students ages 12-18 and their families are invited to spend 60-90 minutes in a "real life" simulation of financial planning and decision-making experiences.
Find out what your future job will really pay. Make a budget and stick to it. Register at http://www.2013yfichallenge.eventbrite.com/ then come to Howard Community College on Jan. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The National Geographic Bee produced an 8th grade winner at St. Louis School. Grace Sullivan next moves to state competition. Congratulations, Grace, and good luck.
The first STEM Family Night to highlight STEM education initiatives will be held at St. Louis School on Jan. 29. There will be presentations by Eric Energy, domino expert Scott Suko and exhibitions by Marble Store. You'll find Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are fascinating fields.
The Dayton Oaks Regional Early Childhood Center preschool program is accepting applications for a 3-year-old class for the remainder of the 2012-2013 school year. Children must have turned 3 by Dec. 31, 2012. The program is open to children with disabilities and a limited number of children without.
To obtain an application package, see Judi Sharp or Patti Waldman in the school office. Applications must be completed and returned by Feb. 1. If you have further questions, call Sheila Schlosser at 410-313-1581.
The Dayton Oaks PTA launched Food on the 15th this month. The PTA will collect and distribute nonperishable items to disadvantaged senior citizens in Howard County each month.
Congratulations to the talented musicians at River Hill. Michael Busher has been selected by Bands of America Honors Ensembles to play trumpet in the band. Logan Faulconer was selected for percussion in the orchestra. Way to go.
Local students are moving into county competition in the 42nd annual Reflections competition with the theme Magic Moment of Reflections.
From Clarksville Middle School, 6th grader Karen Feng will be showing "Don't Worry, You Will Be Fine" in Visual Arts. In Photography, 8th grader Ben Choi will show "Backlight," 6th grader Brennan Young will show "Eyes Meeting" and 8th grader Chris Young will show "State Fair Lights."
At the high school level, Lu Fang Hung will represent River Hill in literature. Alaina Feinberg and Sierra Kelly will compete in photography. There are three competitors in visual arts — Manasa Mamillapalli, Lu Fang Hung and Michael S. Zhan. Morgan Geraghty and Elena Silverman will compete in dance.
Congratulations and best wishes for good luck as you each move forward in competition.