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Kick-off rally slated for this year's Relay for Life [Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton]

By Tracy Trobridge, tracy21738@yahoo.com 410-489-7444

3:30 PM EST, January 1, 2014

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Alex Yuan, a member of the public relations committee for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Western Howard County, is starting off the year with information about the 2014 Relay for Life. On Tuesday, Jan. 7, a kick-off rally will be held at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center in Glenwood at 7 p.m. to begin planning for the event, which will be held in June.

Relay for Life is a non-competitive overnight walk-a-thon benefiting the American Cancer Society. Over the past two years, Western Howard County Relay has raised nearly $150,000. The community is invited to attend the kick-off rally to learn about the 2014 event, including this year's theme and volunteer opportunities to help plan or run activities.

In addition, there will be a special candle light ceremony honoring cancer survivors and caregivers. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please go to http://www.relayforlife.org/westernhoward or contact the Relay Committee at 570-332-2859, or by email at najia.hasan@cancer.org.

Glenwood Middle School is proud to announce that musicians Matthew Bowman and Sandy Cho were selected for the Howard County Middle School Gifted and Talented Orchestra, and Jun Park was chosen for the Howard County Middle School Gifted and Talented Symphonic Band. In addition, Maria Koutsoheras, Sieun Park, Nicholas Preece and Christopher Reese were selected for the Howard County Middle School Honor Band. The students were nominated to audition by their musical directors based on their excellent skills. Congratulations to these talented musicians.

Glenwood Middle School seventh graders Anastasia Aleshire, Carissa Burgman, Summer Daly, Emma Fitzgibbon, Jennifer Giampalmo, Keara Lentscher, Gillian Marx, Camden Renehan, Jared Rezeppa, Maddy Southern, Austin Vickers, Garrett Walker and Austin Weyland will have artwork on display at the Board of Education through Wednesday, Jan. 22. The Howard County Seventh Grade Art Showcase, displaying artwork from every middle school in the county, is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays when the schools are in session. The Glenwood artists were recognized at an artist's reception in December at the grand opening of the Showcase.

The Young Authors' Contest is a writing contest that is held throughout the state of Maryland. The following students have won for their entries at Glenwood Middle, and will be entered in the Howard County contest to be held in January. Sixth grader Abigail Jones won recognition for her poem "Mirror Image", seventh grader Charlotte Glazier won for "Half" and eighth grader Kyrie Honchel won with "Silver Lining". Short story award winners were seventh grader Mina Hagan for "Living with Autism" and eighth grader Sarah Cooper for "I Believe in Miracles".

Congratulations to the Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School winners of the National Parent Teacher Association Reflections Program. This year's theme is "Dream, Believe and Inspire", which can be expressed through musical composition, literature, photography, visual arts and dance categories. Jordan Abrams, Jeremy Bouma, Sienna Gowda, Devin Hull, Grace Hull, Joshua Hull, Alex Kasbeer-Betty, Andrew Kasbeer-Betty, Kailey Kasbeer-Betty, Vivek Mamillapalli, Meghana Puri, Genevieve Rosenhyslop and Kaila Fay Spence will advance to the county level of the Reflections competition.