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Howard High puts graduate Kyle Mackall in the spotlight [Elkridge]

Congratulations to Kyle Mackall, son of Michelle and John Mackall of Elkridge, who was recently honored at the Howard High School Senior Awards with the Go Lions award.

Kyle is a 2013 graduate and, although he's always had some interest in sports (playing JV football and lacrosse his freshman and sophomore year), his greatest love is music and other artistic endeavors, and even has his own solo work entitled "Limitless," which can be followed on Facebook.

The Go Lions Award is presented to a single graduate who exemplifies specific criteria. Chosen by Howard's principal, Gina Massella, this recognition goes to a determined student who has overcome significant challenges, and has also reached his/her goals with a genuine, positive attitude and outlook; the recipient is considered someone who is poised to become successful in their chosen path and do good things by all along the way.

Kyle plans to attend Full Sail University in Winter Park, Fla., next January and pursue a bachelor's degree in film. Well done, Kyle, and best wishes on your journey!

Howard Johnson, immediate past president of the Greater Elkridge Community Association, has announced the new incoming slate of GECA officers and board members. The are GECA president, Doug Kornreich; treasurer, Kristy Mumma; secretary, Sandy Grabowski; corresponding secretary, Debra Roth; and board members, David Terry, Kathy Riddle and Kristin Harvey.

Johnson, who will serve as second vice president, extended his gratitude to past GECA administrator and treasurer Carol Bateman for her many years of support as an integral part GECA on behalf of Ekridge and Hanover. Well-deserved recognition was also extended to Val McGuire, now a non-resident member, for her past leadership and ongoing support in helping GECA meet its goals.

The old and new boards will have a transition meeting this month, and begin preparation for the 2013-14 year. If you have any questions, or wish to be more involved at the civic level, contact GECA at

Grace Episcopal Church in Elkridge is blessed in many ways, according to parishioners and residents Judy and Norman Peddicord. One of the greatest blessings is the parish's "adopted" Boy Scout Troop 432. These young men recently worked tirelessly and with great enthusiasm filling the sand box at the Grace Child Care Center (located at the corner of Landing and Montgomery Roads), and set up the stage for the GCCC graduations, and also put flags on the graves at Grace Church on Elkridge Heights Road, Sunday, May 19, in honor of Memorial Day. Grace Episcopal has sponsored Troop 432 for more than 50 years.

In other Grace Church news, Cathy Hudson, along with an energetic group of young members of the parish, recently broke ground to plant the new Rain Garden at the Grace Church Community Hall.

Are you interested in advising the Howard County Public School System on middle school redistricting for the 2014-15 school year? HCPSS is now seeking individuals to serve on the Attendance Area Committee. Prospective committee members must be Howard County residents and able to attend approximately six evening meetings to review and provide feedback regarding capital budget and redistricting recommendations developed by staff. The committee may include one student.

All letters of interest and resumes must be received by close of business Friday, June 21, submitted via email to or to delivered to: Howard County Public School System, Office of School Planning, 10910 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21042.

Doug Kornreich, president of the Greater Elkridge Community Association, is asking the community for ideas. According to Kornreich, "With the opening of the new school in Oxford Square, it will be very important that Elkridge and Hanover is well represented on a committee that will play an integral role in providing feedback, ideas, insight and recommendations regarding the new school, redistricting issues, etc. We need to have local input as these decisions will affect Elkridge for years to come. If we do not apply to fill out the committee, it will be comprised of members who may not live in the Elkridge/Hanover area, and who may not be as diligent with regard to the best interests of our community. Even if you don't personally apply, perhaps you know of a neighbor who would be a good addition to the committee; please encourage their participation. If you have any questions about this initiative or anything else associated with the community, contact me at"

If you've got news or upcoming events, kudos, and any other notables to share, I'd love to hear about it. Keep me posted on what's going on in your neighborhood.

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