The Dayton Oaks Elementary School winners of the Young Authors Contest are, back row from left, Merina Billey, Imirie Billey, Tevi Sanchez and Anya Nguyen and, front row from left, Jocelyn Baker, Poppy Knerr, Isabel Sowry and Rishi Khosla. (Photo by Deborah Castleman / January 14, 2014)

Dayton Oaks Elementary School's reading specialist Deborah Castleman is proud to announce that Jocelyn Baker, Imirie Billey, Merina Billey, Rishi Khosla, Poppy Knerr, Anya Nguyen, Tevi Sanchez and Isabel Sowry were the school winners of the Maryland Young Authors contest.

The contest, for students in grades 2 through 5, is a great way for them to showcase their writing talents. Congratulations to these talented short story writers and poets who will now be entered in the county competition.

Every year the Carson Scholars Fund honors deserving students from across the country with a $1,000 scholarship and an exciting recognition program. The Carson Scholars Fund is a nonprofit organization founded in 1994 by world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin S. Carson and his wife, Candy.

The CSF aims to recognize and reward students in grades 4-11 who earn the highest level of academic achievement and also display strong humanitarian qualities. To date, they have awarded over 5,200 scholarships to students in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Only one student from each school can be nominated to compete for this prestigious award.

Bushy Park Elementary School recognized students who have attained a strong academic record in their core academic classes in the first quarter of the current year and was proud of the large number of students who were eligible. Congratulations to Will Cersovsky, who was this year's nominee from Bushy Park.

The Jazz Ambassadors, the official touring big band of the U.S. Army, will perform in the Glenelg High School auditorium on Friday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m., along with the Glenelg High School Jazz Band.

The Jazz Ambassador ensemble has performed concerts in all fifty states and at jazz festivals around the world. Local trombonist Sgt. Maj. Michael Buckley is the element leader for the ensemble, and provides the ties to Glenelg, as his son, Chris Buckley, plays trombone for the Glenelg Jazz Band.

The concert is free, and no tickets are required. Come on out to experience an exciting evening of jazz, featuring two great jazz ensembles.

The AAU Invitational Winter Jump Rope Tournament will be held Saturday, Feb. 1, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center at Glenwood. The tournament is hosted by Howard County's precision jump rope team, Kangaroo Kids, and admission is free.

Watch novice and experienced jumpers compete in single rope speed, power and freestyle events in male and female divisions. Jumping rope is a unique combination of exercise and dance which is fun to perform, and exciting for spectators to watch.