Principal Addie Kaufman honored by the Washington Post

In my last column, I wrote about Addie Kaufman, the inaugural principal of Reservoir High School and currently the principal of Marriotts Ridge High School, who was selected by the Washington Post as the Distinguished Educator Leader for 2013.

I wanted to share her response to my note of congratulations but it came in too late for last week's column. Here it is now:

"It is an honor to represent Howard County as the Washington Post's Distinguished Educational Leader. This award is a testament to the teaching excellence and dedication of my colleagues throughout the school system without whom this recognition would not be possible. My deepest joy in receiving this award comes from the work that I do with students each and every day. This is a job about which I am passionate, and I am flattered to be recognized for doing something I love every day!"

Congratulations again, Addie.

Eleven Reservoir High School students participated in the Howard County Public School System Portfolio Preparation and Senior Art Show. One of the show's components, Portfolio Development, highlighted each student's artwork in Art III or Photography II. Another component, the Senior Show, consisted of artwork created by seniors in Art III and IV and Photography II and III.

The seniors who participated were Stephanie Armstrong, Gerard Vanloo, Elaina Quinn, Ronald Orozco, Allie Gowins, Jackie Cooper, Adam Gartrell and Jena Rutten. The juniors were Connor Taylor, Hunter Bailey and Rosemary Rekus.

One artist from each school had a chance to present several of their pieces, explaining the motivation for getting involved in the visual arts.

Senior Adam Gartrell received the grand prize for his juried submission.

Congratulations to all the participants and to their teachers Greg English, Jennifer Moon and William Borja.

The accolades keep pouring in for the student athletes at Reservoir High. Zelor Massaquoi was named First Team All-County and Baltimore Sun Second Team All-Metro Girls Basketball; Keri Rager was Second Team All-County Girls Basketball; Matt Christian and Kyle Reilly were Second Team All-County Boys Basketball; Mason Kilcarr was First Team All-County Wrestling; Amy Oliver was First Team All-County Girls Indoor Track; Olumide Akinbinu, Eric Higgins, Evan Rector and Gibrill Sheriff were First Team All-County Boys Indoor Track. Congratulations.

MESA is an acronym that stands for mathematics, engineering, science achievement. Reservoir High has a MESA program. In fact, at the recent Howard County MESA Day Competition, several Reservoir student groups did well in competition with other county high schools.

Among them was the Basswood Bridge Team, which built bridges that were evaluated on how much weight they could hold in comparison to the weight of the bridges. The team, which came in second, is Jennifer Nguyen, Marcelo Vargas-Palacios, Hunter Bailey and Saul Escalante.

The Cyber Robot Team, which used programming and problem solving to design a virtual robot that would complete a maze on its own, came in third. They are Nicholay Topin, Sydney Pavelik, Grace Badden and Patrick Custer.

The Prosthetic Arm Team created hydraulic systems to develop prosthetic arm devices that had to complete simple tasks. The team came in fourth. They are Dan Acquard, Brian Acquard, Zach Blough and Taj Ingram.

Congratulations to the Reservoir teams and also to their sponsors, teachers AnneMarie Steele and Dan Rosewag.

The Lime Kiln Middle School students of the week for the week ending April 19 are Korie Scott, Benjamin Doyle, Garrett Lyons, Julia Swanner, Hannah Brown, Matthew Amponsah and Cecelia Wood.

Members of the school's wind ensemble performed the "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the opening of the Oriole's game on Wednesday, April 17. Over 180 school staff, families and friends were on hand to support the students and watch the game. You can view the pictures at the school's website, Congratulations to all the students and to teacher John Jackowski.

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