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Local artist shows true 'colors' for Pleasant Plains musical [Towson]

By Rus VanWestervelt, Rusvw13@gmail.com

12:15 PM EDT, October 1, 2013

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So many of our schools in Baltimore County – and Towson, in particular – make a strong effort to find ways to work with parents and other community members.Pleasant Plains Elementary School is no exception. Recently, it partnered with local artist and parent, Will Williams, of Loch Raven Village, to create original artwork for the school's upcoming musical, "Colors."

Uriah Moore, vocal music teacher at Pleasant Plains, reached out to Williams and discussed a way for students to enjoy his artwork. Williams' painting will be used as the main backdrop for the short play, which allows both performers and audience members to learn about expressing one's feelings appropriately, cooperating and being positive.

"I am grateful that we have an atmosphere of generosity within the school and that parents are stepping up to the plate to provide support needed in the classrooms," Moore said. "Whether it's volunteering for field trips, providing support during special events, or helping to create (items) in the classroom, Pleasant Plains parents continually provide a model of cooperation and dedication for each student in the school."

The play will be performed in December by students in kindergarten through second grade.

"I think it is great that we have offered a forum for positivity through all content areas, especially when linking art, music, and theater," Moore said.

The Loyola Blakefield High School community is celebrating the announcement of its new president, Anthony I. Day. The Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus also has named Day the school's Director of the Work, responsible for Loyola's Blakefield's Ignatian mission. Both appointments took effect Sept. 25.

Day is well known to the Loyola Blakefield community, having served as principal for five years before being named interim president last spring. He has been engaged in Jesuit education — as student, teacher, and administrator — since 1987.

Bill Karpovich, former Calvert Hall mathematics teacher/department chair, and varsity soccer coach, was honored during half time of the school's varsity soccer game versus Mount Saint Joseph on Sept. 27. Calvert Hall's current head coach, Rich Zinkand, and St. Joe's coach, Mike St. Martin, both graduated from Calvert Hall in 1987 and played for Karpovich.

Congratulations to Greg Tolj, junior at Calvert Hall, who participated in the U.S. Army's Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program over the summer at the Department of Defense's Army Research Lab at Aberdeen Proving Ground. His summer internship culminated with a presentation at a student symposium where Army researchers learned and asked questions about his project.

Calvert Hall also is recognizing 2013 graduates Brian Healy, J.C. Lazzaro, Bryan Nixon, Daven Patel, and Ian Sevy as National AP Scholars after receiving an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 4 or higher in eight or more of these exams.

Want to get more involved in addressing American and world hunger issues? Towson Presbyterian Church will be screening "A Place at the Table" on Oct. 4. The event is open to the entire community. After the film, there will be a brief Q & A and discussion. Bread for the World will provide support and tools for writing letters to our representatives in Congress about issues relating to world hunger.