Local girl has passion — and knack — for archery [Cockeysville]

Ashley Bogdanowicz, a 13-year-old from Cockeysville, has a passion for archery and lately has been racking up championship wins.

Ashley, an eighth-grader at Cockeysville Middle School, recently captured the 2017 JOAD Outdoor State Championship to go along with two 2017 Indoor State Champion titles that she earned in the Junior Olympic Archery Development program (JOAD) and the World Archery Federation (FITA).

Ashley competes in the Cub class, which is for the13-14 age group. She shoots on a recurve bow, which has curved edges to increase the leverage when the bow is braced. She has competed in and won several local and state competitions since 2015.

During indoor competitions she shoots from a distance of 18 meters and outdoors from 30 meters, with older age classes shooting outdoors at 50, 70 and even 90 meters. Ashley got her start in the JOAD program about 2 years ago; the program shoots outdoors and indoors at Ridgley Middle School as a part of the Oriole Archers.

Congratulations to Ashley and lots of luck with future competitions!

Local fans at the Orioles game Sept. 22 might have recognized a familiar face when Vincent Sandroni, the vocal music teacher at Cockeysville Middle School, performed during the seventh inning stretch.

Mr Sandroni, an accomplished tenor, sang “This Land is Your Land,” a song that has been the Orioles custom during Friday night home games for the past two seasons. Mr. Sandroni has also twice sung the National Anthem at Orioles Park at Camden Yards and always delights the crowds with his beautiful rendition. He has also won international acclaim as part of Pratt Street Power, a barbershop quartet, and with Parkside Harmony, a contemporary men’s a cappella chorus.

Pratt Street Power — which also includes Darren Schmidt, Ed Schubel and Ben Hawker — was named the 2016 Harmony Foundation’s International Youth Barbershop Quartet and has a busy schedule of performing and competing in international competitions coming up this year. Students at Cockeysville Middle have been lucky enough to have Mr. Sandroni as their teacher since 2014. He does an amazing job with all the grade level choruses; the Voices of Cockeysville, a select honors chorus; and the glee club. He has also worked with the school’s drama club and yearly musical.

We all look forward to hearing you sing again soon, Mr. Sandroni!

Congratulations to Samantha Engler, Sherry Guo, Abhinav Khushalani, Adabelle Xie, and Megan Zhang for being named semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. All five are seniors at Dulaney High School and join eleven other Baltimore County Public School students as semifinalists.

These students achieved the highest scores on the PSAT test and represent less than 1 percent of high school seniors in the nation. Good luck to them as they now compete for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships.

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