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Dulaney High and St. Joseph students show winning ways

Congratulations to the Dulaney High School Math team participants Minwei Cao, Jay Han, Casey Lim, Heetaek Lim and Lisa Ann Tang who were the winners of $1000 for their solution to the Moody's Mega Math Challenge recycling problem: Waste not, Want not: Putting Recyclables in their Place. Their 19-page solution was in the top 43 of 1,054 solutions submitted. In addition, Jay Han was the school winner of the American Mathematics Competition and scored well enough to compete in the second round competition – The American Invitational Mathematics Competition. These competitions are the beginning of the selection process for the US Math Olympiad team. What a wonderful representation from the Dulaney High School student body.

St. Joseph School Cockeysville recently celebrated the accomplishments of several of its middle-school students. Mary Norris and Connor Maher, both seventh-graders at the Catholic K-8 school, took first place at the Maryland/South Delaware District, Zone 6 Optimist oratorical contest held in Cockeysville on April 9. There they presented original speeches based on the theme "Why My Voice is Important." Seventh-grader Paige Taranto, as well as eighth-grader Ian Moore, were first runners-up at the contest. Mary and Connor will compete later this month at the district competition in Ocean City. In addition, all SJS eighth-graders participated this school year in the Catholic Math League contest, a national math contest for Catholic school students. They competed in the Algebra 1 division and took four different tests throughout the year. Across the country, 1,206 students took the Algebra 1 tests. The results of the contest were recently released, and St. Joseph School had fifteen students rank in the top 100 overall, and three of those students scored in the top 40. "These young men and women are excellent role models for the younger students in the school," notes Terrance Golden, principal at St. Joseph School Cockeysville. "They have worked hard to earn these honors, and — along with their parents and teachers — we are very proud of them," he said.

Save May 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the Epworth United Methodist Church's 2013 mission team's annual yard sale. Remember to save your valuable used clothing, household items, jewelry, toys, books, furniture, sports equipment — anything you have that others might want. The mission team will begin to accept donations on Sunday, April 28 from noon to 3 p.m. and continue through Friday, May 3 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. In addition to used items, there also will be a silent auction with donations from area merchants and restaurants, pit beef and baked goods. Come and support the mission team's trip in June to Camp Mechuwana in Winthrop, Maine!

Carol Harsel, of Springdale, is pleased to announce that her son, Luke Harsel, made the Dean's List at Temple University in Philadelphia Honors College. Luke is majoring in advertising and is a graduate of Dulaney High School, class of 2011. Congratulations to Luke and his proud mom.

The Cockeysville Senior Center reminds our readers of upcoming trips to some great places. Nemours Mansion and Gardens Tuesday, May 14 includes dining on board the largest four-mast sailing ship converted into a floating restaurant followed by a visit to Nemours Mansion and Gardens. Cost is $90. Land Sea and Rail takes place Tuesday, June 18. Enjoy a safari aboard a land cruiser, have lunch at a historic 1800s Victorian mansion. After lunch cruise down the Susquehanna on a paddle wheel river boat and then board the Middletown and Hummelstown Railroad for a guided scenic tour. Cost is $105. Mackinac Island at the Grand Hotel takes place Sept, 20-27 and includes seven nights hotel accommodations including two nights at the magnificent Grand Hotel on the island. The trip includes a horse-drawn carriage ride of Mackinac Island and a candlelight dinner at Warthers Museum..Cost is $1,459 per person based on double occupancy. For information, contact Eda at 410-887-7694.

A very special Happy Mother's Day to all those who are celebrating this wonderful day. To my own dear mother, Lee Brancati, of Cockeysville, a special wish of happiness and health for now and always.

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