Triadelphia Adventist's Bible Bowl team a winner in Nebraska [Clarksville]

Congratulations to the Triadelphia Sparks Pathfinder Bible Bowl team from Triadelphia Adventist Church on taking first in state competition in Baltimore, in regional competition in Harrisburg, Pa., and now a national win at Union College in Lincoln, Neb.

A first place win means the team scored at least 90 percent on questions based on the Book of Acts plus I and II Thessalonians. Each year, the focus is on a different part of scripture.

Team members Christopher Berglund, Jeffrey Berglund, Hannah Klingbeil, Sarah Klingbeil, Sara Long and Heather Wahlen range in age from 13 to 15 and memorize large portions of scripture while learning content in detail. They are ably coached by Sharon Crews.

The team members had fun traveling and studying together for the competition and even managed a visit to the Omaha Zoo on the way out of Nebraska. Well done, team.

Clarksville Middle School is sponsoring a blood drive on Monday, May 13, from 4 to 8 p.m. To schedule an appointment you can go to and enter sponsor code 05311152 or phone 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Once again the school received a Silver Award in Healthy Howard's Healthy Schools Program, aimed at reducing childhood obesity. The award level was based on their Food on the 15th activity, Fun Run and Staff Wellness programs.

The Howard County Citizen's Association is inviting all to attend its annual meeting on Monday, May 13, at the Hawthorn Center in Columbia. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. with the discussion topic "What's on Your Mind and Do We Need Any Changes for Improvement?"

If you have an opinion, now is your opportunity to be heard.

As the end of the school year approaches, we are blessed with many good news items from our local schools.

Pointers Run Elementary School parent Jo Greenberg, with help from Patti Clifford and Kasia Brodka, completed a rigorous application in the Healthy Schools Program to snag a Gold Level Award for the school. The program made note of the Pointers 5k Run, All-School Pointer Fit morning announcements with Pointer Dog, Turkey Trot, Jump Rope for Heart, before- and after-school physical activities, Peaceful Playgrounds at recess, Fitnessgram, Field Day, Boys/Girls Night Out, Paws for Fun, Wellness Committee/safe school, Girls on the Run, PTA Walking Wednesday, staff stress management and Virgin Health Miles for staff. A good application helped produced gold for Pointers Run.

Way to go.

The fourth annual Fun Run at Pointers Run was a huge success, with over 425 runners raising $4,865 for the school. Congratulations to all runners.

Top finishers in the one-mile run among boys were Alec Zaller, Noah Zaller and Ben Burton. Girls top finishers were Jane Bendel, Katelyn Herberholtz and Emily Herberholtz.

In the 5k Run, it was Overall Men: Talen Campbell, Sean Shieldz and Evan Benedek; and Overall Women: Katherin Herberholtz, Bridget Kim and Lexi Ehrman. At the elementary level, top runners were boys: Grant Shields, Sebastian Silberman and Zach Newman. For girls, top runners were Dorothy Campbell, Cora Cheer and Kylie McNamara.

End of year concerts will showcase student progress. Dayton Oaks' band and chorus concert is set for Tuesday, May 14.

Kudos to River Hill High School's Anthony Yu on being named among 550 students advancing to the finals in the 2013 U.S. Presidential Scholars competition. Good luck.

River Hill's Future Business Leaders of America captured a 10th consecutive state championship. The impressive group is lead by Teresa Waters.

The FIRST Robotics team heads to St. Louis with their creation the Incredible Hawk, its student creators, programmers and operators for the 2013 FIRST Championships. The team is sponsored by physics teacher Greg Clark and parent Miles Reidy. This is definitely a winning team, with or without the championship.

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