Mount View Middle team rocks at robotics competition [West Friendship]

Talk about getting students excited about science and technology — Mount View Middle School's Super Naturals performed splendidly during the regional qualifying competition of First Lego League Robotics held at Marriotts Ridge High School on Jan. 11.

The energetic middle school team won first place in the Robot Mission category and took second place in the overall competition. The seventh grade team, which includes Parker Brown, Joshua Cooksey, John Underwood, Samantha Ichniowski, Amaris Hester and Hanna Al-Kowsi, represent one of six teams which will advance to the state tournament to be held at the University of Maryland Baltimore Campus, on March 1.

More excitement coming out of the halls of Mount View Middle School, where on Jan. 15, eighth grade student Sarah Yang won the school spelling bee with her correct spelling of the word "portraiture". Twenty middle school spellers went through 16 rounds of spelling until the competition was down to nine more rounds with just two spellers which included first place Sarah Yang and second place Hanna Al-Kowsi.

West Friendship Livestock 4-H Club reporter Breanne Yencha shared news of the club's annual Family Night, which was held on Jan. 5 at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship.

During the event, the new roster of club officers was announced and includes Emma Woodbury, president, Eric Fiege, vice president, Bethany Arrington, treasurer, Rachel Thomas, recording secretary, Nathan Thomas, corresponding secretary, Breanne Yencha, reporter, Dakota and Raelyn Spahr, historians, Caroline Beall and Justin Woodbury, parliamentarians, Austin Johnson, Grace Meyer and Ashlyn Turner, recreational leaders, and Chris Buckley, greeter.

The 4-H members and their families enjoyed a delicious dinner, games and door prizes. Special guests included alumni members of the West Friendship Livestock 4-H club, including Susie, Jim, Jimmy and Sean Coffey. This local and long-standing 4-H Club meets on the third Wednesday of each month in the Fair Activities building at the Howard County Fairgrounds. Club meetings begin at 7 p.m. New members and visitors are always welcome.

Final reminder. The Knights of Columbus chapter at St. Louis Church in Clarksville are shouting Bingo! and hoping that you will be among the crowd gathered on Jan. 31 when the annual Longaberger Basket Bingo fundraiser comes to the church social hall.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with Bingo games beginning at 7 p.m. Good food and drink, raffles, door prizes and the prized Longaberger Baskets too. Admission is $20. Questions? Contact Mike Leumas at 410-290-8290 or or Nick Tranchitella at 410-531-6162 or

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