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Students give voice to important issues in oratorical contest [Timonium]

Ian Michael Moore and Mary Norris, students at St. Joseph's School in Cockeysville, won the Optimist Club of Timonium's Oratorical Contest held Monday, March 18. Twelve children participated in this competition and spoke on the theme "Why My Voice is Important." Ian and Mary received official medallions for the honor. In addition, Ian and Mary will go to the Maryland/South Delaware District, Zone 6 contest where they will compete against winners from other Optimist Clubs in the area. The winners of the Zone 6 competition will go to the District Contest in Ocean City with the chance to win a $2500 scholarship.

"Ian and Mary did a wonderful job presenting their speeches on the question posed to them," club President Raymond "Skip" Sheeler said. "The members of our Optimist Club have no doubt that Ian and Mary each have a bright future ahead."

The Optimist Club of Timonium has participated in the Optimist Oratorical Contest for 55 years and has been active in the community since 1958. Other programs and service projects that the club is involved in include Shop With A Cop, Youth Appreciation Week, fundraising for the Sidney Kimmel Pediatric Cancer Center, The Young Artists Showcase in conjunction with the Towson Arts Collective, Pal Day on the Farm where, among other things, urban children learn that milk comes from cows. Additional information about the Optimist Club of Timonium is available on Facebook or on its website, http://www.TimoniumOptimists.org.

Kudos also go to Deanna Sarlak who was recently honored as the Timonium Optimist Club's Student of the Month for March. Deanna is an A student at Lutherville Laboratory School, where she participates in the Environmental Club and Drama Club. She's also a Girl Scout who enjoys doing community work, especially singing to the elderly. She attends jazz and ballet dance classes, and plays the piano and the flute. Deanna is known to be a very hard working student with a positive attitude and a passion for helping others. Way to go, Deanna!

Sixteen freshmen and sophomores from Calvert Hall College High School participated in Central Maryland History Day at the Community College of Baltimore County-Dundalk on March 16. The following students were recognized and will advance to Maryland History Day 2013 at UMBC on Saturday, April 13: Ben Poore and Mike Foley, 1st place, website (1066: The Year that Changed England Forever); Paul Phan, 1st place, paper (Tet Offensive); George Hughey, 1st place, documentary ("The Battle of Midway as a Turning Point in the Pacific War"); and William Field and Thomas Tennant, 2nd place, documentary ("The Battle of Coral Sea and Its Effects on Aviated Warfare").

This year's state contest is expected to draw more than 600 participants from across the state. State winners will move onto the National History Day Contest in College Park, in June.

Congratulations to Jim Rafferty and Carolyn Adamiak who were recently honored on Scout Sunday at the Timonium United Methodist Church. They were given the Cross and Flame Award by Pastor Francie Dailey. This award recognizes adult leaders who have given exceptional service in the use and promotion of Scouting programs through the United Methodist Church.

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