River Hill junior wins election to Howard County Board of Education [Clarksville]

Howard County Times

For the second year in a row, a student from River Hill High School has been named the student member of the Howard County Board of Education. Junior Ambika Siddabathula was elected by Howard County student voters in grades sixth through 11th. The election included a nominating convention and a public forum that was broadcast on YouTube. During the campaign, Siddabathula said, “My platform is student representation and involvement, communication between students and administration, and also implementation and communication of the policies.” After she is sworn in at a July board meeting, Siddabathula will represent the 56,000 county students in the public school system for the 2018-2019 board term.

River Hill senior Ogenna Umeozulu was named the 2018 Sankofa Award Winner from The Council of Elders of the Black Community of Howard County. This award recognizes a student for representing the concepts of self identity, academic accomplishment and vision. Senior Laurence Crandon was named a finalist for the award. A total of 20 seniors from River Hill were honored for their exceptional academic achievements by the council.

The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers has recognized senior Craig Selbrede with a 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Award. Selbrede, who wrote a piece titled Makeshift, has been invited to the national awards ceremony in New York City in June.

Kudos also go out to Kelly Wester, the River Hill High School Teacher of the Year. Wester has been a chemistry teacher at River Hill since 2010.

Great entertainment from local community members is on tap for the grand opening of the Clarksville Commons on Saturday, May 12, from 2 to 5 p.m. Performers will include Kangaroo Kids, the Mt. View Middle School Chamber Choir, the Howard County Special Olympics Hip Hop Team, Toby’s Dinner Theater and the Young Columbians. Activities will include a scavenger hunt for kids, wildflower seed planting and free cake. For more information, go to clarksvillecommons.com.

The event will also mark the first day of the season for the weekly farmers market at the Commons. The Howard County Farmers Market will be on site on Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Nov. 17. The market is “producer only,” which means the vendors only sell items that have been produced in Howard County, such as local produce and meats, sweet treats and meals to go. Learn more at howardcountyfarmersmarkets.com.

Have you ever camped for chicken? Clarksville’s new Chick-fil-A location, at the corner of Route 108 and Ten Oaks Road, will open on Thursday, May 17. To celebrate the grand opening, the fast food restaurant will host a campout contest. The first 100 participants who camp out for 24 hours will receive one free meal per week for a year. At past events, campers have pitched tents in the parking lot and amused themselves by playing board games, holding dance parties and working on art projects. Registration begins at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, May 16. To learn more on how to become a camper, go to facebook.com.

The River Hill High School Boosters Summer Sports Camps are now accepting registration. The camps, which are offered for a variety of sports and skills, teach fundamentals while providing individual and group instruction for athletes ages 9 to 14. The camp is staffed by River Hill High School coaches and associates with extensive teaching and coaching experience on the elementary, middle school, high school and college levels. For more information, contact Brian Van Deusen at bvandeusen@hcpss.org or 410-313-7120.

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