Recent Dulaney High grad recognized as student-athlete with a scholarship

Congratulations to Ellen Scheel, a recent graduate of Dulaney High School, for being recognized as an outstanding student-athlete in the Baltimore County Public Schools Allied Sports Program when she was named recipient of the Acadia Windows and Doors Scholarship. The scholarship celebrates the student-athlete who has demonstrated outstanding character, sportsmanship and the values of the Allied Sports Program. Ellen has been an enthusiastic participant in Allied soccer, bowling and softball programs, which provide students with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in interscholastic sports alongside their non-disabled peers. The program, under the direction of coach Anita Shaw, is beloved at Dulaney, with players, managers and buddies all enjoying the fun competition, and Ellen has been a wonderful and eager teammate during her years at Dulaney. Way to go, Ellen!

Two seminarians with local ties, Tyler Kline and Matthew DeFusco, are on their way to the path to Catholic priesthood, as they were both ordained as deacons at the Basilica of the Assumption on May 26. Tyler, a former St. Joseph Church seminarian intern and a graduate of Loyola Blakefield, and Matthew, a Dulaney graduate and the son of St. Joseph parishioners, Andy and Caroline DeFusco, were part of the same ordination class. Many St Joseph’s parishioners and staff attended the ordination Mass at the Basilica. Later this summer, another of St. Joseph’s former interns, John Martinez, will be ordained to the priesthood. While at the Catholic Community of St. Francis Xavier, Father Bob Leavitt celebrated his 50th anniversary of being a priest with a celebratory Mass and luncheon reception on May 21. Congratulations to all as they celebrate their individual accomplishments during their priesthood journey.

The Dulaney Science Department recently hosted the second annual Dulaney Science Day (DSD18) for 240 fifth-graders from local elementary schools who got a glimpse of what science looks like at the high school level. Students from the eight elementary schools — Jacksonville, Lutherville Lab, Mays Chapel, Padonia, Pinewood, Pot Spring, Riderwood and Warren, traveled to Dulaney to participate in a whirlwind of science activities with five stations of science, all designed and led by Dulaney AP science students and supported by various underclassmen. The stations included: extraction of DNA from fruit with biology, studying pH of acids and bases with chemistry, programming and running Finch robots with computer science, water-quality testing of local streams with environmental science and experimental design and time prediction with small battery-powered cars in physics.

The fifth-grade guests were greeted with an opening ceremony complete with student-created video and demonstrations involving students from each elementary school. They were then given an opportunity to sample the first robots of the Dulaney Robotics Club, while eating lunch with all the Dulaney volunteers. Organizing teachers included Steve Shaw, Nathanial Cool, Mark Glaeser, Edward Lyons and Marty Stranathan. From all accounts, the two-day event was a great success in allowing the elementary students to see firsthand how exciting and engaging high school science can be.

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