This week's news seems mostly all about winners. Everybody wants to be a winner and it's nice when everyone can win. Sometimes struggling to compete makes you a winner even without a trophy or ribbon. Congratulations to all who struggle in the race of life. You know who you are. Keep pressing on.
The Amanda Post Memorial Fund was established to honor one who struggled and lived with enthusiasm.
This is the fifth year of the Amanda Post Amanda Wins River Hill High School Student-Athlete Scholarship and the Amanda Post Amanda Wins Soccer Association of Columbia/Howard County Student-Athlete Scholarship. Each scholarship provides $5,000 to be used toward tuition, room and board and other expenses for a freshman year of college.
It's hard to pick just two winners, so this year the committee added a third.
Congratulations to Emily Marlatt, winner of this year's Amanda Post Amanda Wins River Hill High School Student-Athlete Scholarship. Emily is a 4-year player on the River Hill varsity lacrosse and field hockey teams. She will be attending Denison University to double major in mathematics and education.
There were two Amanda Post Amanda Wins Soccer Association of Columbia/Howard County Student-Athlete Scholarships awarded. Congratulations to Andre Chen, a graduate of Marriotts Ridge and 7-year SAC player. Andre has multiple college acceptances and is still deciding where to study technology and global sustainability.
Congratulations also to Ruthanna Lucas, a graduate of Centennial High and 7-year SAC player. She will be attending Salisbury University to study graphic design.
In just five years, Amanda's memorial fund has awarded $75,000 to 15 RHHS and SAC student-athletes. For more information on these scholarships, go to http://www.cfhoco.org/receive/scholarships.
Over 100 parents, students and staff participated in the third annual Clarksville Middle School Fun Run/Walk. Many others came to cheer them on, enjoy a picnic supper and dance to music provided by Clarksville Middle School alum Aaron Weingrad. At the finish line, Sam Johnson was the first place boy and Naomi Farkas was the first place girl.
The annual Enrichment Fair followed the run.
Clarksville Middle School Chorus and Orchestra performed recently at Hershey Park. Both did a superior job and won first place in their categories. Caroline Loveless received the only Outstanding Student Accompanist award and the Chamber Choir took the big one — the Overall Choir Award for junior high/middle school. Way to go.
Dayton Oaks Elementary fielded six fifth grade teams in the Rube Goldberg Engineering Challenge hosted by the Howard County Library. Their task was to put toothpaste on a toothbrush using at least three simple machines and eight steps.
Adam Doran, Marcus Arterburn, Ian Quill, Ryan Gesell and Craig Hoffman, the team of Mechanical Masterminds won first place in the most scientific category. Congratulations Masterminds and all participants.
Relay for Life of Western Howard County is just around the corner. The final planning session is June 10, 7 p.m. in the Gary J. Arthur Community Center in Cooksville.
The entire community is invited to share the free, fun-filled overnight event at Western Regional Park on June 13 and 14. Opening ceremonies begin at 6:30 p.m. Relay for Life is to celebrate cancer survivorship and raise money for the American Cancer Society. It also recognizes those we have loved and lost in the battle. The growing number of luminaria testify that most families in our area have been touched by cancer and have lost loved ones both human and pets. Mark your calendar and plan to participate.
Registration is open for FLAG (Fun Learning About God) Camp at New Hope Adventist church on Hall Shop Road. FLAG Camp is a Christian-based day camp for children in grades kindergarten through eighth grade and runs from June 23 to Aug. 1. Children have a daily connection with God, worship, arts and crafts, sports and a daily field trip.
Summer is rapidly approaching. Have you made plans?