(January 26, 2014)

Emma Halley, a junior at Glenelg High School, was a winner in the 2013 National History Day competition. She received the Outstanding Entry Tied to a Historic Site Award, sponsored by the History Channel, for her Senior Individual Exhibit.

Emma's project was entitled "Votes for Women, Parades, Picketing, and Prison: A Turning Point in the Women's Suffrage Movement." The award is given to the best senior entry that uses at least one historic site as a major focus for research and presentation. Emma received a monetary award from the History Channel in the amount of $5,000.

Emma, along with 15 other Maryland middle and high school students and their parents, was recognized at sessions of the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates on Monday, Jan. 27. Emma enjoyed meeting with her state delegate, Warren Miller, a former student at Glenelg High School.

Two students from Howard County were in the group of 16 honored at the State House in Annapolis, and both are from Glenelg area schools. Christopher Messer from Folly Quarter Middle School ranked as a finalist in the National contest for his Junior Individual Exhibit entitled "Operation Urgent Fury: A Turning Point in U.S. Military History."

Each of the students won awards at the 2013 Maryland History Day competition, sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council, before moving on to claim honors at the National History Day contest. Over 19,000 middle and high school students from Maryland participated in the Maryland History Day program in 2013. Emma and Christopher are truly outstanding students, and great representatives of our neighborhood.

It's time for another feast at St. Andrew's Church on Route 97 in Glenwood. The monthly dinner will be held Thursday, Feb. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. February's dinner will be a chili feast with all the fixings, including fresh garden salad, homemade cornbread and awesome desserts. The cost will be $9 per person, with a maximum of $30 for a family. Children 5 and younger are free. You can dine in or carry out.

Proceeds benefit Bridges to Housing Stability, which assists Howard County residents who are homeless or in danger of losing their home. The chili feast will be donated by Smokin' Hot Bar and Grille in the Inwood Shopping Center. For more information about the feast, send an email to lynnequinn@comcast.net.

If you like to eat good food while supporting a good cause, the Glenelg High School National Honor Society is hosting a dinner in the Glenelg cafeteria on Friday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. Tickets will be $20 for the dinner which will be catered by Mission BBQ. All proceeds will go to the Children's Cancer Foundation. Tickets can be purchased in the front office of the school, through NHS Members, or by contacting Herjit Jandu, the NHS Sponsor, at her email Herjit_Kaur_Jandu@hcpss.org.

Jane Clarke was excited that her grandson, Kyle Blair, made the Dean's List at West Virginia University. Kyle is a senior who is majoring in Exercise Physiology. Kyle's very proud mother, Judy, is a graduate of Glenelg High School.

Congratulations to the following Glenelg High School students for their winning entries in the Howard County level of the Reflections Arts Contest. Sara Gordon received first place in film production, Rachel Marin placed first place in visual arts, and Sydney Moore received third place in dance choreography. All three entries will move on to the Maryland State level.