Basketball players from the Villa Maria School team (in red-and-white uniforms) conclude their season with a game against sister school Villa Maria of Harford County. The Harford County team won by one point in the last seconds of the game to hand the Baltimore County team its first loss of the season. (Submitted photo / February 28, 2013)

The month of February saw a wide variety of events being held on the campus of St. Vincent's Villa. The children at St. Vincent's were treated to a wonderful concert early in the month by the Pizzazz group of high school students who wish to share their musical gifts with others. The children sang along with many of the songs, showing their enjoyment of this special event. For the President's Day holiday, high school basketball teams from Mt. St. Joe's and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel came out to run a mini-basketball clinic with the children as part of a day of service organized by Catholic Charities. The clinic ended with a pick-up game between the high-schoolers and the older boys from St. Vincent's. The Jacksonville Optimist Club, along with the Towson University Optimist Club and the Service Learners from Stevenson University came out to play bingo the last Saturday in the month. This fun-filled event is filled with prizes and goodie bags, as well as snacks.

The children at St. Vincent's Villa also participated in the annual St. Vincent's Villa's Got Talent show. Under the guidance of staff members, children went up on stage (in front of 250 people, including their families) to sing and dance as a unit. The children wore costumes put together by the staff .Many of the staff members were also showcased through pictures describing their activities that serve and teach others outside of work. During intermission, audience members were invited to view artwork of the children in the art room gallery. Elli Dietrich, an intern at St. Vincent's Villa and a Towson University student, said afterward, "It was so inspiring to see all the St. Vincent's kids hard work come together the evening of the talent show. They showcased their singing, skits, artwork and dance routines and they were true Hollywood stars!"

Last but certainly not least of February's festivities on the St. Vincent's Villa campus was when the Villa Maria School main campus basketball team finished its season with a true nail-biter against its sister school, the Villa Maria School of Harford County. The game took place in the gym on the grounds of the St. Vincent's Villa and it was standing room only as students and staff brought signs and banners supporting their home team. The gym was a sea of red and black, Villa Maria School's team colors. The game was closely contested with the score staying within two points throughout most of the game. Though the game was tied in the last ten seconds, the visiting team then was fouled and scored one of the two foul shots to win by one point. A good game, but truly disappointing for the Vila Maria team, since it went into this game undefeated. Villa Maria coaches Glenn Simpkins, Sherrie Tucker and Bradley Morton did a fantastic job of making sure the sportsmanship of the team was the primary goal throughout the season. This was more than evident as the teams shook hands on midcourt after the game. Coach Glenn has said, "that the end result should always be one of confidence in yourself and in your ability to make a difference in the lives of those around you."

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