Highland/Fulton: Reservoir High School students excelling academically, athletically

There's a lot that has gone on and is going on over at Reservoir High School. Let's start with the wrestling team. They had a very successful season, ending it with two wrestlers, Mason Kilcarr and Sam Rowell, qualifying for the state championships. Sam finished in fifth place, which made him the youngest Gator in school history to place at the state tournament.

Congratulations to coach Andy McIntyre, coach Jessie Moore and coach Dan Rowell for their outstanding effort. Let's hear it for the Reservoir Gator wrestling managers: Colleen Baxley, Paola Lara, Michelle Rinaldi, Gabrielle Santos and Sam Woodard.

The Reservoir indoor track teams looked pretty impressive at the Indoor Track and Field Nationals held recently. Mike Motta started the meet off strong in the 60-meter dash and finished in the top 20 for all of the competitors. The girls 4 x 800m relay team of Lisa Horowitz, Amy Oliver, Cindy Alms and Karli Smiraglia ran an impressive race, finishing with a school record of 9 minutes, 56.81 seconds. In the boys 800-meter run, Timmy Usher ran a blistering 1:56.88, setting the fastest time in Reservoir History. Next on the track was the girls 4 x 200m relay team of Toyin Ajayi, Yaa Danso, Sierra Clay and Daishea Williams who finished with a 1:48.98, a new season best. This time was less than 3/10 of a second off the school's indoor record that was set almost seven years ago.

The boys 4 x 200-meter relay team of Bryan Sosoo, Jalen Thomas, Danny Green and Mike Motta ran an incredible race and finished 19th overall. In the girl's 1600-meter medley relay, the team of Toyin Ajayi, Sierra Clay, Khristine Butler and Amy Oliver finished15th overall and set a school record with the time of 4:23.18. The boys 1,600-meter medley relay was the final event of the meet. Jalen Thomas, Danny Green, Mike Motta and Timmy Usher ran a very exciting race and came in second overall, losing to the winners by only .14 seconds. Their second- place finish at the meet earned them the 17th fastest time in the nation out of 1,600 entries and a set another school record. Congratulations to all of the team members and their coaches, Phil Rogers and Jud Lincoln.

It's not just middle-school students who get recognized as students of the month "for their positive contributions to (the RHS) school community. They are (in no particular order): Jillian Regner, Frank "Tony" Ramos, Brian David, Reina Canales, Rudy Halliburton, Saul Escalante, Nik Khanna, Veronica Oliveira, Emily Wilson, Kelsea Belt, Chandler Moore, Chaz Atkinson, Dishaben Patel, Zachary Watson, Colleen Paraska, Alexandra Gowins, Samantha King, Amir Joseph, Kristen Smith, Kamal Browne, Michael Payne, Lauren Poleto, Emily Wang, Robin Pidliskey, Peter Assad, Laura Nesbitt, Jordan Budzinski, Christian Witt, Stephanie Ichniowski, Louis Schaab, Tania Penado, Robert Newberry, Courtney Brown, DaShayla Brown, Connie Chung, Anna Janush, Lauren Folea, Haseeb Ashard, Arsh Patel, Justyce Bennett, Cameron Drennan, Alina Zaidi, Paula Foma, Darius Washington, Lien Miller, Vu Nguyen, Nathaniel Howe, Sondra Pearson, June Dickson, Dillon Bard, Kevin Mayers, Evan Davis, Danielle Gray, Melissa Schoppet, Bria Spriggs, Sunnita Mehnng, Chris Reilly and Derek Jones.

Then, over in the music department, there are the students who were chosen for the All State Senior Band, Orchestra, and Choral programs. They are: Lea Sauer, Kyle Pompei, Wyeth Aleksei, Abby Goron, Matt Acquard, Chelsea Horvath, Eric Meehan and Katie Kelly. These kids honor their families, the school and their teachers by their selection. Congratulations to these fine students and their families. Let's not forget their fine instructors: Matt Dubbs, Colin O'Bryan and Greg Knauf, whose dedication to the students help produce these kinds of rewards.

Even the teachers get recognized! John Perfetto was selected as the Reservoir High nominee for Howard County First Year Educator of the Year. Perfetto was nominated by his fellow staff members in recognition for doing an outstanding job this year. Congratulations.

Reservoir's Destination Imagination team took first place at the regional competition. The team consisted of Eric Higgins, Jose Cova, Nick Ewing, Leah Shinol and Matt Kogan. Destination Imagination is a challenging competition based on creative problem solving. There are two parts to the competition: The central challenge is the one they work on for several months in preparation for the competition. The other part is the instant challenge, given to them at the competition and which requires the students to think quickly on their feet.

The students learn how to work effectively as a team, to think creatively and to improve their problem solving skills. The team now prepares for the state tournament at theUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore Countyon April 14. The team sponsor, Lauren Roberts, has done a great job working with the team. Congratulations.

Diamond Baker, Tania Penado, Allan Castellanos, Marcos Miranda, Saul Escalante, Tabitha Gaverth, Kayla Johnson and Candace Johnson, all Reservoir students, volunteered at the fourth annual Soup'r Sundae, a fund-raiser benefiting the Grassroots Shelter, the county's only emergency shelter.

Happy Passover and Happy Easter to all. Well, that's all for this week. Commit a random act of kindness. Look in on your neighbors. Say a prayer for our troops who are serving in harm's way and remember their families, too.

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