Middle school students hope to 'be' best spellers [Cockeysville]

Sara Gray, seventh-grader, and Ben Kanzanzides, sixth-grader, will represent Cockeysville Middle School at the 8th annual Baltimore Spelling Bee. The Bee is sponsored by Learn It Systems in partnership with the Josephine B. Scheffenacker Trust. The event will be held in mid-March. Sara and Ben came in first and second, respectively, out of a field of 17 Cockeysville Middle School students. The CMS spelling Bee started with a spelling bee club meeting on Fridays after school and culminates with the school's bee on Feb. 4. The school's team is sponsored by the Cockeysville Middle School Parent Teacher Association. Sarah and Ben will be competing with students from 30 other Baltimore city and county public, private and parochial schools. Winners of the Baltimore Bee earn a chance to represent Baltimore at the Scripps National Spelling Bee held in Washington, D.C. in May. Additional information can be found on http://www.baltimorebee.org.

Recently, the National PTA Reflections Program named several of our students from Cockeysville Middle School and Warren Elementary School for their original works of art based upon a pre-selected theme, while increasing community awareness regarding the importance of the arts in education. This year's theme is "The Magic of a Moment." The following students were recipients from Cockeysville Middle School: Musical Composition/ Middle Award of Excellence, Michael Cheng; Film Production/Middle Award of Excellence,: Michael Young; Dance Choreography/ Middle Award of Excellence, Elizabeth Gudis; Photography/ Middle Award of Excellence, Kerith Jangam; Photography/ Middle Award of Merit:, Kerith Jangam and Caden Riley; Literature/Middle Award of Merit,: Lauren Cole and Hanna Gauss; Visual Arts Special Artists Award of Excellence, Sierra Ayers-Mutchler and Amber LaPenna. From Warren Elementary School, the following students were recognized for their artistic endeavors; Photography/ Primary Award of Merit, Kyle Reedholm; Photography/ Intermediate Award of Merit: Sarah Barbour, Film Production/ Intermediate Award of Excellence, Skye Hubbard. Congratulations to all these exceptionally talented students from our local schools!

The Cockeysville Volunteer Fire Company will be hosting a Quarter Auction on Friday, April 5at 11210 York Road, Cockeysville 21030, with the doors opening at 6 p.m. with the auction beginning at 7 p.m. Cost is $5 for two paddles and $3 for one paddle. A full menu of food will be available for sale. Outside food is discouraged. Bring quarters and bid on donated items by vendors such as Pampered Chef, Cookie Lee, Avon, Tastefully Simple and many more. Come and join the fun and support the Fire Company. No bids higher than 75 cents. Contact Linda Scheide @ 443-824-4608 for additional information.

Broadmead Retirement Center,13801 York Road, Cockeysville, will host a barn sale Friday, April 12 from 8:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Best prices in town for numerous items including appliancers, china furniture, baked goods, clothing, lamps and glassware.

Stella Maris is planning another festive evening of wine, food and fun. They hope that you will join them for the 10th anniversary Wine Tasting & Auction for the benefit of the long-term care residents of Stella Maris. The event will be held on Saturday, April 27 from 7-10 p.m. at The Grand Lodge of Maryland. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For information, please contact Kathy Deane at 410-252-4500, ext. 7570 or kdeane@stellamarisinc.com.

It seems hard to believe that spring is almost here and the holidays of Passover and Easter are around the corner. I wish my family and friends the happiest times that these holidays can bring now and always.

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