Highland/Fulton: On the mat, hard to pin these Reservoir wrestlers down

The Reservoir High School wrestling team is having a fine season. Recently, the team participated in the prestigious Grapple at the Brook XV Tournament held at Springbrook High School, which featured teams from across Maryland and Virginia.

For the Gators, Troy Kilcarr at 112 pounds, Mason Kilcarr at 132 pounds and Wes Beattie at 170 pounds all won individual crowns.

Placing second for Reservoir was Michael Sullivan in the 195-pound match. Trent Kilcarr at 120 pounds and Hans Wicklein at 138 pounds both finished third.

Paul Quattrone earned fourth place at 145 pounds. Tyler Ponton at 106 pounds and Brian Glueck at 182 pounds placed fifth while Stephen Sims and A.J. Strott took sixth place at 152 and 160 pounds respectively.

In their next match-up against Mt. Hebron, Mason Kilcarr came away with his 100th career victory, only the sixth wrestler in Reservoir school history to achieve this milestone. Congratulations to all of the wrestlers and to coach Andy McIntyre.

Two of the Reservoir High School student groups, the African Student Union and Black Student Leadership Union, joined forces and sponsored a cultural event titled "African Is Me," a play written by Reservoir's very own student playwright Nsikan Abasi-Akpan, who described the skit "as an opportunity for individuals to reflect upon cultural differences, norms and stereotypes while gaining an understanding of the uniqueness of each human being."

Following the skit, students participated in a discussion led by student service counselors Jill Snyder, Linda Packman and Veronica Valentine.

In addition to Nsikan, several other Reservoir students participated in the reading of the play. They were Stephanie Ichniowski, Robert Highsmith, Nick Grant, Sylviane Alexion, Andrew Rayo, and Bolu Adebekun. Principal Pat Saunderson wrote in his email, "These are the kinds of experiences that make us proud to be part of the Reservoir Family."

The Reservoir High School chapter of the National Honor Society recently had its induction ceremony for the new members for 2012-2013. Over 80 students became members of the chapter, exemplifying the four pillars of membership: scholarship, service, character and leadership.

The ceremony, led by the current officers Xandi Barrett (president), Garrett Deardon (vice president), Sarah Blough (parliamentarian), Brian Shouse (secretary), and Brian Glueck (treasurer) include the installation of the new officers for the next year — Jonathan Koh (president), Rohan Kurivilla (vice president), Delaney Fox (parliamentarian), Neel Khanna (secretary), and Troy Anlage (treasurer).

Keynote speaker at the event was NHS Teacher of the Year Jan Edlowitz. Congratulations to all and also to Maria Tolson, the NHS adviser. The entire list of inductees can be found on the school website, http://www.rhsgators.com.

The students of the week at Lime Kiln Middle School for the week ending Jan. 25 were Jessica Wang, Cameron Prentice, Evan Curtin, Naveed Nekoo, Nimah Gulzari, Matthew Barila and Dominica Totaro.

Ro Pavlovsky, the secretary at Pointers Run Elementary School, sent me an email regarding kindergarten registration at the school.

The school will allow parents to come in to register their kindergarten or new students for the 2013/2014 school year on Feb. 13 from 1:30 to 5 p.m. and Feb. 14 from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. See the school website atpres.hcpss.org for a list of documents to get your child registered. Call the school office for further information at 410-531-7142.

I want to wish a happy birthday to my wife Jennie and also to her mother, Jennie Thompson.

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