Villa Cresta STEM winners go onto to county contest [Loch Raven]

Ever wonder which room in the house has the most dust? Anthony Zverev did.

So he used dust distribution as the subject of his recent STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) project. Triggered on by his own bout of sneezing and coughing in the fall, the Villa Cresta Elementary School fourth-grader was driven to research dust mites and dust allergens. He then made the hypothesis the living room would have the greatest concentration of dust and outside would have the lowest.

To test his hypothesis, he put a layer of grease on graph paper for each area and allowed the paper to sit undisturbed for two weeks. To count the mites, he viewed enlarged high resolution photos of the paper on the computer. 

The results both supported and refuted his hypothesis. The living room did have the highest concentration but the kitchen had a lower concentration than outside. And he also discovered that most of the dust collected inside were fragments of fabric while the outside dust were soil particles.

His project and the trifold presentation, he put together won first place for his grade at the school's science fair. 

The fifth-grader who placed first, Ava Woods, did her experiment on various types of salt and how they re-crystalized after being dissolved in water. She, along with Anthony will represent Villa Cresta at the county STEM fair at Parkville High on May 9-10.

This was the 11th STEM fair for Villa Cresta. Twenty-eight fourth- and fifth-grade students received honorable mention and six students received first, second and third place trophies. 

It's not often that you have six churches coming together from all over the Baltimore metropolitan area especially when they are different denominations — but that's what  will happen at Arnolia United Methodist Church when they host their third annual benefit concert on Saturday, April 26 at 6:30p.m. All of the groups performing are worship bands playing contemporary Christian music. Featured this year are St. Paul's Band from St. Paul's Lutheran of Glen Burnie, New Vision  from St. Luke's Lutheran of Baltimore City, Carrion from Chestnut Grove Presbyterian of Phoenix, Faith Unlimited from Faith Lutheran of Cockeysville,The Walk from Timonium United Methodist and Rejuvenate from Arnolia United Methodist.

Jarrett Rettman, Rejuvenate's director, Keith Derrickson, music director at Arnolia and Dick Disharoon, the church's former music director have worked together to bring together the various bands including St Paul's which is directed by Joel Hinck, who was the founding director of Rejuvenate.

The event is walk-in; a free will offering will be taken which will be used to improve Rejuvenate's monitors in the sanctuary.

Arrive early at the church located at 1776 East Joppa Road and enjoy a homemade spaghetti dinner 4-6 p.m. at $10 for adults and $5 for kids.

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