National recognition for artist Ally Schito [Ellicott City]

Congratulations to Ally Schito! The Centennial High School senior won a silver medal for her mixed media painting titled, "Adding a Dimension" in the renowned Scholastic Art and Writing competition, a national art contest sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. In June, the organization will host a ceremony for national medalists at Carnegie Hall in New York City. 

The CHS Art Honor Society student created "Adding a Dimension" at Artipre, an art studio on Chevrolet Drive in Ellicott City, where she painted several pieces for inclusion in her college portfolio. 

"I know that I express myself best through my artwork and, therefore, have decided to go to art school. I haven't decided on a major yet, but I do know that pursuing my passion for art is the only way I can be truly happy," Schito wrote in her artist statement for the Howard County Public School's senior art show, where she won a juror's award for a drawing titled "Veling". 

It's no surprise to Schito's mother, Pam Gogol, that she will pursue her passion of painting oil, acrylic and mixed media in college, "She's been interested in art since elementary school and was accepted into the Howard County Public School system's Gifted and Talented art program in fifth grade."  

CHS art teacher and Art Honor Society advisor Nan Collins is thrilled that her "hardworking" and "talented" art student, who "continues to come up with very skilled surprises," will continue to follow her passion after high school. 

"Ally has made the choice to start her artistic education with all the wonderful art offerings at Howard Community College as a Rouse Scholar, with the intention to continue her studies at one of the prestigious art schools that have accepted her — Pratt, MICA or the School of Art Institute of Chicago."

Thank you to Judi Miller of Architecture by Design in Ellicott City, and daughter Olivia Miller, who brought Schito's award to my attention. 

Mt. Hebron Marching Unit Boosters Publicity Chair Raymond Chow has terrific news to share about the band's recent trip to Orlando, Fla., where the musicians competed in the OrlandoFest music festival. 

In addition to winning the jazz ensemble grand championship and the concert band grand championship, the talented students won several awards — Lancers (first place with a superior grade), Cavaliers (first place with an excellent grade), Jazz Ensemble (first place with a superior grade), Dixieland (first place with a superior grade), Drumline (second place with an excellent grade), Percussion Ensemble (first place with a superior grade), Symphonic Band (third place with an superior grade), Symphonic Wind (second place with an superior grade), and Wind Ensemble (first place with a superior grade).

The Viking marching unit also had the honor of marching down Disney's Main Street in the Magic Kingdom playing "Let It Go" from "Frozen".   The moment was captured on video and can be seen on YouTube at 

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7472 is hosting a fundraiser to support local veterans at Bob Evans restaurant in Ellicott City, on Saturday, May 10, between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. The restaurant will donate 15 percent of the bill to the post's veterans relief fund when customers present a fundraiser flyer at the time of purchase. Download a flyer from the Post's website at Bob Evans is at 4900 Beaver Run, off of Executive Park Drive, Route 100 at Exit 1 B-C.

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