Dancing to state championship, Glenelg team scores [Glenelg/Glenwood/Dayton]

Howard County Times

Members of the Glenelg High School Dance Team are celebrating another fantastic year. In March, they attended the Mid-Atlantic Pom and Dance Association Maryland State Championships at the University of Maryland in College Park. Four of their dance routines qualified for championship performances, two in the Division 1 Large-Team category, and two in the Division 1 Small-Team category. They received first place for their Total Package routine, second place for their Lyrical and Kick routines, and third place for their Pom-Pom routine.

The four senior officers: Captains Tori Day and Lexy Kerwin, Co-Captain Allison Rossomondoand Line Officer Martha Girard each won an award for their performance as Routine Captain. Katie Landry and Sarah Cooper were awarded medals for their performances in the Jump Off and Spin Off competitions. To complete the awards ceremony, the team was recognized for earning the fifth highest score in the lyrical category and won an award for the best costume in the entire competition for their lyrical costume. These successful championship performances bring the team's number of Maryland State Championship Titles to 32. This continues to demonstrate their commitment to excellence, which is the motivating motto of the Glenelg Marching Unit.

The Dance Team also joined the entire Marching Unit in an adjudicated music festival in Orlando, Florida. The dancers supported the band in the parade competition and then competed in the auxiliary event. In both events, the gtoups earned first place and superior ratings. The Marching Unit also earned the Grand Champion trophy in the parade category. This continues a streak of 31 years of superior ratings and first place finishes.

Director Terry Newsome invites new members to join this championship team. Auditions for the 2017 to 2018 team begin this month. Clinic sessions will be held Monday, May 22; Tuesday, May 23 and Wednesday, May 24, from 3:30 to 7 p.m. in the dance studio at Glenelg High School. The formal audition is by invitation only and will be held on Tuesday, May 30 from 3 to 8:30 p.m. in the dance studio.

For more information, contact Newsome at 410-313-7621, or by email at theresa_newsome@hcpss.org.

If you drove past Glenwood Middle School on Saturday, May 6, you may have seen the large Bikes for the World banner blowing in the wind. Despite the windy and rainy weather, 14 energetic members of the Leo Club at Glenwood, and some of their parents, collected bicycles and prepared them to be loaded on a large Bikes for the World van.

Special thanks to Leo Club advisor Mary Powers who organized the collection day at Glenwood Middle School. Several Glenwood Lions Club members have been involved with the collection of bicycles over the last year. Lions Pete Adams, Harrison Morson and Larry Orwig have collected bicycles at the Howard County Landfill as part of a pilot program to reduce waste and delivered them to Glenwood Middle School. The Glenwood Lions Club also donated $1,000 to Bikes for the World to help offset the costs of delivering the bicycles.

Thanks to all of the volunteers, 217 bikes were collected and loaded into the van to begin thejourney to other countries. The bicycles will be repaired in the destination country and then given to someone to use for daily transportation.

Amy Syversen, the director of bands at Dayton Oaks Elementary School is excited to announce that the Spring Band Concert will be Thursday, June 1 at 9:30 a.m. and at 7 p.m. at Dayton Oaks. The concert this year will feature Assistant Principal Heather Tracy playing along with the band and will also include a piece called "Aunt Rhodie's Appetite." This is a play set to music featuring fifth-grade actors. Syversen is beginning her plans for the 2017 to 2018 school year and invites rising fourth graders to join the band. More information on the school band is at www.amybejm.com.

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