It's mulch season and St. Paul's is here to help [Highland/Fulton]

Spring is just around the corner. One thing to think about is putting down fresh mulch.

Randy Arndt, a parishioner at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Fulton, has announced the Men's Brotherhood annual spring mulch sale. The proceeds go to a college scholarship fund for youth in the congregation.

Come by the church parking lot anytime between 9 a.m. and noon each Saturday until the end of March, or while supplies last. A large 3-cubic-foot bag of premium hardwood and shredded hardwood mulch is $5 per bag and your order will be loaded into your vehicle for you.

Local delivery of large orders, up to 45 bags, will also be available for a flat rate of $20. Soil conditioners and some decorative mulch, such as red mulch, will also be available.

The first scholarship, a $1,000 grant, was awarded in 2012 to Kathleen Hupfeld, an Atholton High School graduate who is now attending Elon University in North Carolina.

For additional information about the mulch sale or to inquire about delivery, contact Mike Heyser at 301-370-6362.

The "Star Spangled" kids at Fulton Elementary School for the month of December are as follows:

Kindergarten — Finn Riley, Tori Schlossnagle, Blake Smoot, Abbie Frisvold, Naina Nambiar, Luke Chung, Tim Wade, and Soleil Moonasingh;

1st Grade — Emily Phansaithong, Anthony Joseph, Ella Davidson , Daniel Gargano, Manan Zaveri, Kadence Cho, Milan Khalid, Anita Bottner, Ben Gargano, Jazzy Galotta, Elliot Turner, and Krishi Sahjiwani;

2nd Grade — Larissa Dragulescu, Andrew Phelps, Alana Leak, Luke Brennan, Tyler Weirich, Mecca Jackson, Xavier Manigault, Jack Lloyd, Noah Ko, Casey Van't Hoff, Jade Vissering, and Brandalynn Coon;

3rd Grade — Destiny Wade, Peter Lee, Christian Choi, Emily Wieser, Bailul Ghirmai, Collin Pham, Owen Stiendorf, and Sophia Brown;

4th Grade — Johnny Nionakis, Panav Gududuri, Olamide Oluwafemi, Kyle Stevenson, Kyle Ecker, Monica Prince, Owen Anglin, Helen Fleming, Pooja Tailor, Caleb Dockendorf, Imran Edris, Gloria Yun, Skylar Wynne, Samantha Toibero, and Clayton Carter;

5th Grade — Sarah Ricketts, Max Son, Lilly Utz, Carrie Lubis, Ethan Dixon, Mikayla Kellum, Jonathan Marter, Trace Teodori, Hannah Lee, Ali Rajabi, and Alex England. Congratulations.

Several staff members of Reservoir High School recently reached some milestones in their service to the students and families of Howard County.

They are Neil Sullivan, pupil personnel worker, 35 years of service; Margaret Brothman, English teacher, CRD teacher Elise Jordan, and Leslie Thomas, math teacher, all three with 25 years of service; and Keedra Brown, dance teacher and fine arts team leader, and Madge Johnson, culinary science and child development teacher, both with 15 years of service. Congratulations.

The Reservoir High School Poms Team did well at a recent regional invitational. They competed in two categories, Pom and Hip Hop.

Led by team captains Alexis Sample and Alissa Rohlehr, the squad received enthusiastic applause from the audience. Alexis was awarded the first place Gold Medal as Squad Captain for the Poms routine.

Congratulations to the team and to Coach Marisa Willman!

the Lincoln-Douglas debate team at RHS continues to show formidable skills. At the invitational tournament, a school record 12 students competed in five categories.

Mikal Walcott took the Silver Medal in Lincoln Douglas Debate, going undefeated in his rounds. Brian Shouse was 2-1 in Lincoln Douglas. Fellow team member Joe Smith received Honorable Mention in his first attempt in the impromptu category with Dylan Gellis also performing well in the same class.

Daima Rosado came away with high marks in the Children's Lit performance. Not bad for her first competition!

Other team members Jon Smith, Advait Ramanan, Puja Trivedi, Chrystal Wilson, Ayo Omolana, Rachal Rehling and Maxi Wardcantori did great. Congratulations to the entire team and to coach Emily Mandile!

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition is the largest national competition for high school artists. Round one of the competition is done by regions.

Reservoir High School students competed with several states in the northeast region in the 2013 event and were very successful. Artwork that is awarded gold medals goes on to the notional level. Students who earn medals in the national competition go to Carnegie Hall in New York to be recognized.

RHS has had several students in the past few years at the national level. This year may continue that level of skill. The RHS Scholastic Regional Winners 2013 in Art (34 awards total with seven gold medals for RHS students) are as follows:

Amy Armstrong, silver, photo; Hunter Bailey, silver, mixed media; JuYeon Chung, two honorable mentions, painting; Jackie Cooper, three honorable mentions, painting; Jackie Dubin, two honorable mentions, digital and painting;

Adam Gartrell, gold, drawing, and honorable mention, painting; Allie Gowins, honorable mentions, mixed media; Taylor Harrington, honorable mention, photo; Eric Higgins, gold, sculpture, silver, mixed media, and honorable mention, painting; A.J. Jonas, gold, photography, and silver, digital media;

Iliana Jones, honorable mention, photo; Sondra Pearson, gold, fashion; Anthony Petrillo, gold and two silvers, photography; Elaina Quinn, silver, photography; Jacob Rosenbaum, honorable mention, mixed media; Jena Rutten, honorable mention, fashion;

Connor Taylor, two honorable mentions, painting and drawing; and Gerard Vanloo,two gold and two silver, photography. Erin Lamich was awarded a silver medal in the writing competition.

Congratulations to each of the students and to their teachers Greg English, Jennifer Moon and William Borja for their dedication and leadership.

Pointers Run Elementary School will hold kindergarten and new student registration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through March 1. The schools' website,, provides a list of items that you will need to bring. You can find it under the registration heading. For additional information, call 410-313-7142.

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