To say that Stasia Manak has been busy would be an understatement. The Old Town resident's list of accomplishments belie her 22 years.

Stasia is an accomplished singer and dancer, and according to her mother, Sandra, she has accumulated numerous gold, silver and bronze medals for figure skating and interpretive ice dance.

A product of home schooling, this young lady not only studied history, but also got to experience it firsthand when she visited Revolutionary and Civil War sites, westward wagon routes and the Lewis and Clark Trail, among others.

In her junior year, Stasia decided she wanted to experience the day-to-day life of high school and enrolled at Seton Keough High School in Catonsville. Excelling in her studies there, no one was surprised when this overachiever received a scholarship to Catholic University, and then an invitation to study for a semester at prestigious Oxford University in England.


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When finished with her studies, Stasia hopes to work for the Catholic Church, with perhaps a part-time stint with Disney. Her mother said, "She is a Disney geek."

Eisenhower Middle School teacher Nulty Lynch is participating in "Movember." The movement is a campaign to raise awareness and money for men's health issues, and donations will go toward testicular and prostate cancer initiatives. Nulty made his membership in this group official when he shaved his face clean, and began to groom, trim and wax his budding mustache in support of the effort. He and other men who are participating in the event are hoping to raise awareness of often-ignored health issues. To donate, go to http://mobro.co/nultylynch.

St. Philip's Episcopal Church, Sixth and Main streets, will hold its 46th annual Holly Days Bazaar Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Handmade gifts, ornaments, toys and baked goods will be among the offerings. Continental breakfast and lunch will be served. Kids can enjoy face painting and a visit from Saint Nick. More information is available by calling 301-776-5151; or go to http://www.stphilipslaurel.org.

Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services will hold its eighth annual Thanksgiving morning 5K Turkey Trot, Thursday, Nov. 22, at 8 a.m. Participants will gather at First United Methodist Church, 424 Main St. If you are not a runner, there will also be a one-mile fun walk shortly after the runners depart. Registration is available online at http://www.laureladvocacy.org. Paper registration forms can also be downloaded from the website. Preregistration and packet pickup will be held at the church on Wednesday, Nov. 21, from 3 to 7 p.m. Please bring a non-perishable food item to packet pickup and on race day for the LARS food pantry.

Happy Thanksgiving.