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Banner year for Glenelg High's Silks Squad [Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton]

When the Glenelg High School Marching Unit steps out onto the parade route, they are preceded by members of the Silks Squad carrying the banner and flags.

The Silks Squad has been under the direction of Jen Blizzard-Sisk since the summer of 2013. Blizzard-Sisk is a 1987 graduate of Glenelg, who taught dance and worked as a drama choreographer at Glenelg from 1991 through 1999. She was also the owner and director of Footprints/Blizzard Dance Studio in Glenelg for 15 years, until she retired five years ago to stay home with her two sons, Tristan and Dustin Sisk, who attend Dayton Oaks Elementary.

On Saturday, Feb. 22, the squad performed at the Keystone Indoor Drill Association competition at Tuscarora High School in Frederick, where they placed seventh, and gained valuable performance experience. They will perform in another competition on Saturday, March 15, at Boonsboro High School, before the big performance at Myrtle Beach in April with the full Marching Unit.

Blizzard-Sisk is very proud of the wonderful and talented students in the squad. "I don't think people realize how difficult maneuvering a five-foot pole around your body and in the air really is," according to Blizzard-Sisk.

The squad consists of captains Sarah Clark and Angela Banner, line officers Hannah Fischer and Natalie Romine, and squad members Sarah Brock, Emily Chandler, Liz Morgan, Morgan Schoepfer, Nikki Weems and Lauren Wright.

Six of the members are seniors, so the squad will be looking for new students to join the team for the 2014-2015 school year. Audition dates have not been scheduled because of the many weather related school closings, but all interested students can contact Blizzard-Sisk for information at jenblizzsisk1@verizon.net or by calling Glenelg High School at 410-313 -5528. This is an exciting and challenging activity to be a part of, and Liz Morgan, the newest member, says it is a lot of fun, too.

Glenelg High School will host the 2014 Howard County High School Band Assessment on Friday, March 14, from 2:30 through 9 p.m. and Saturday, March 15, from 8:30 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

There will be amazing music being performed by every high school band in Howard County, and all of the performances are free to the public. Each band will perform a piece of music to warm up, then a piece which will be judged, and all will be playing their best. If you enjoy listening to great musical performances, this is an event which you should not miss.

Congratulations to Glenelg High School students Negeen Ahmadi, Courtney Burriss, Shelby Ellegood, Katherine Greulich, Alison Howard, Jennifer Landry, Gabrielle Mirabile, Alisha Pelkey, Willow Saunders and Christian Waksmunski, who are being inducted into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. Induction into the society is awarded to dancers who demonstrate outstanding work in dance, along with teamwork, and participation in choreography, performance, teaching and production.

Current members of the society who have continued to demonstrate teamwork, motivation, leadership and community outreach are then awarded the Star Award. Recipients this year are Temitope Abu, Molly Calvert, Carissa Doody, Amanda MacDonald, Sydney Moore, Lauren Roche and Lauren Vagnoni.

Jennifer Seye, the National Honor Society for Dance Arts chapter sponsor at Glenelg High School, says, "Students who are earning the NHSDA Star Award are not only talented individuals who have worked to achieve a high level of dance performance and technical skill themselves, but are individuals who have proven through leadership they are dedicated to helping others be celebrated and recognized through projects that help advance dance education centered in the arts."

Congratulations to Glenelg pole vaulter Calvin Pitney, who won the state championship at the 3A State Track and Field Championships in February. Pitney cleared 13 feet with no misses to win first place in the pole vault. Julia Nardone placed fifth in the mile and third in the two mile. Freshman Alexis Newberry placed sixth in the 500m, and the team of Julia Salandra, Allison Piwowarski, Meghan Finnan and Samantha Biegel broke the school record by over two seconds, and placed seventh in the 4 by 200m race. The girls team finished 11th and the boys team finished 20th in the state. Congratulations everyone.

Folly Quarter Middle School will hold its Indoor Yard Sale on Saturday, March 29, from 8 a.m. to noon. The sale is sponsored by the Leo Club and proceeds will go to the PTA's Scholarship Fund. If you have crafts or other items you want to sell, spaces are available. A six-foot table space will cost $20. Information about parking and set up times will be sent to registered vendors. For more information, contact Karen Mobley at 443-506-7394 or email at highestpointhc@aol.com

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