We have some new STARs in our midst, as two of Cockeysville Middle School's stellar staff were recognized by Baltimore County Public Schools for going above and beyond the call of duty in performing their job responsibilities.
Steve Waltermyer and James Kelly were both named STAR award recipients for the month of January. Mr. Waltermyer is a bus driver whom Cockeysville Middle students can always count on to get them safely to and from school.
Mr. Steve cares about the students on his bus and is willing to help them whenever he can. When a student mentioned to him that Cockeysville Middle was having a fundraiser at a local restaurant, Mr. Steve promised to participate. Sure enough, he attended the event, much to the delight of the Cockeysville Middle community.
Mr. Kelly serves as an adult assistant and is a first-year employee at Cockeysville Middle. He is known as "Mr. Marty" to staff and students and he works tirelessly to support students who have special needs and need additional support. When many of his students performed at the school's annual winter concert, he was there to support them. He promised to wear a suit and tie to celebrate the occasion. And that's exactly what he did. Congratulations to Mr. Steve and Mr. Marty and thank you for being such positive influences on our children.
A shout out to Mays Chapel Elementary School for bringing home a major prize in the annual Baltimore Gas and Electric's Wires Down Video Challenge.
The Mays Chapel version of BGE's iconic "Wires Down" commercial, which debuted in 2000 and featured a catchy tune and lively animations, was awarded the Spotlight Award along with a $5,000 donation to the school.
The school was so enthusiastic about the contest that Mays Chapel also earned the Rock the Vote award during the online portion of the competition. BGE conducts the contest to raise awareness of electrical safety, especially in elementary school children.
Congratulations to all on your award-winning commercial!
Along with the new year, the Cockeysville Volunteer Fire Department has a new slate of officers and directors for 2017.
At its company meeting Jan. 16, new officer holders were sworn in by President Mike Davis of the Maryland State Volunteer Firemen's Association. The line officers for the year are: Chief: Kevin Roberts; Fire Captain: Brian Ball; EMS Captain: Amy Fairbrother; 1st Fire Lieutenant: Kevin Banister; 2nd Fire Lieutenant: Jason Craver; 3rd Fire Lieutenant: Paul Willhite; 1st EMS Lieutenant: Gerad Sherman; 2nd EMS Lieutenant: John Thomas; Engineer: Larry Gribble; and Assistant Engineer: Billy Walker.
The members of the Board of Directors, who are responsible for administration of the CVFC, are: Jean Roberts, President; Kenny West, Vice-President; John Dixon, Treasurer; Andrew Rosenblum, Secretary; and members Donna Gribble, Mike Holland, Tawney Linko and Greg Primrose. Congratulations to all on your new positions!