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Computer team at River Hill needs sponsors for competition

River Hill's Team Rocket, a group of advanced computer students, is in first place going into the finals of ZeroRobotics 2012 AstroSpheres competition sponsored by MIT and NASA. Now all they need is $6,000 to attend the finals at MIT on Jan. 11.

The event will be broadcast live from the International Space Station. Astronauts will run the actual codes created by our students and others on SPHERES satellites to determine the winner. Until this point, the codes have been run on computer simulators.

If you would like to donate or can help connect the group to corporate sponsors, contact

Come to Triadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church on Brighton Dam Road for a special Christmas Evensong beginning at 4 p.m. on Dec. 22. The inspirational program includes instrumentals and a choir assembled from three Central Maryland churches will perform Vivaldi's "Gloria" under the direction of Daniel Ashton. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served following the free concert.

Christmas Eve services will be held at Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church at 4, 7, 9 and 11 p.m. All are welcome. To learn more details, call the church office at 410-531-5653 Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., go to or send email to

St. Louis Catholic Church will conduct masses on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at several locations beginning at 4 p.m. Christmas Eve through 12:45 p.m. on Christmas Day. Go to to learn more.

Third graders at Pointers Run created ornaments from recycled materials and craft supplies such as beads and ribbon. Those created by Jena Bernstein, Carloo Chon, Trinity Cheng, Defne Demirekler, Lily Greenberger, Max Halpern, Nathan Hoch, Ben Lee, Madison Praisner and Hannah Tremblay were selected and hung on the Christmas tree at the State House in Annapolis. Congratulations.

River Hill Music Boosters would like to publicly congratulate David Flyr on being selected to play French horn, first chair in the All-State Senior Band and also to play French horn in the All-Eastern Band.

Other River Hill musicians selected for the All-State Senior Band are Hannah Young (bassoon, alternate), Kevin O'Brien (bassoon, alternate), Shane Mercy (tenor saxophone, alternate), Allan Levy (baritone saxophone, alternate), Michael Busher (trumpet), Bernard McNamee (trombone), Chun Mun Loke (French horn) and Michael Hagan (percussion, alternate).

Allyson Luo (clarinet), Erica Kocher (French horn) David London (trombone) and Logan Faulconer (percussion) were selected for the All-State Orchestra.

Jennifer Lu (clarinet), Roger Mao (clarinet), Kyle Faulconer (trumpet), Xim He (French horn), Mitchell Evans (tuba, 1st chair) and Sonya Datta (percussion) were selected for the Junior All-State Band.

Congratulations, students. Your practice and talent have been recognized.

A great big, gigantic thank you is sent to Dayton Oaks staff and the community for support of the school's first McTeachers' Night at the Clarksville McDonalds recently. Joseph Cox, owner and operator of the Clarksville McDonalds, is the parent of two Dayton Oaks students. He donated 20 percent of the evening's profits toward the purchase of classroom books.

You may have seen some Dayton Oaks teachers working the front counter, the drive-through window, toasting buns in the back of the restaurant or greeting families. . It was a great evening of fun and netted over $825. Many thanks are sent to you all for support of the event.

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