Highland/Fulton: Reservoir High teacher, staff member named county's best at ceremony

Reservoir High School was well-represented at the Honor of Excellence Awards celebration on May 2 with two staff members recognized as the "best of the best" in Howard County.

John Perfetto, a special education teacher, was given the First Year Educator Award by Howard County Public School System board member Frank Aquino and chairwoman Sandra French during a nearly two-hour ceremony at the Jim Rouse Theatre, at Wilde Lake High School, in Columbia.

"It makes me appreciate everyone's work for putting it together and nominating me. I know they got my back," Perfetto told Lauren Bork of the Gatorati, Reservoir High's online publication.

Marian Boring, a data clerk who works in student services, also won the district's Office Professional Recognition Award.

"I'm very shocked and happy," Boring told Bork. "It makes you want to continue to do as much as I can for everyone in the school."

Fine arts teacher and instructional team leader Keedra Brown was nominated for the Agnes Meyer Teacher of the Year Award and paraeducator Sheri Meyer was nominated for the Distinguished Assistant Award.

Joanna Herrera, the director of religious education for St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic parish in Fulton, invites anyone in the community to join church staff "Coffee and Conversion." This informal get—together will be a time where you can update your understanding of the Catholic faith or investigate becoming a Catholic.

This will take place at the church on June 12 starting a 7 p.m. It is open to everyone and presents "an opportunity to learn more about the Catholic Faith as you consider your own faith journey." Joanna asks that you R.S.V.P. by June 5. Drop her an email at jherrera@instrumentofpeace.org. Or call the church office at 410-880-1285. Snacks will be provided.

A couple weeks back, students from the Reservoir High music programs traveled to Virginia Beach, Va., where they continued Reservoir's strong tradition of high achievement. There, the band, choir, orchestra and color guard students met in their annual competition against schools from Maryland and other East Coast states.

Here are the results of the competition:

Concert Band — first place, Superior rating; Symphonic Band — first place, Superior rating; Outstanding Soloist Award for Band — Wyeth Aleksi; Outstanding Section Award for Band — Symphonic Band Low Brass; Orchestra — first place, Superior rating; Outstanding Soloist Awards for Orchestra — Kyle Pompei, Wyeth Aleksi, Natalie Harris and Lea Sauer; Outstanding Section Award for Orchestra — percussion section, cello section;

Jazz Band — first place, Superior rating; Outstanding Section for Jazz Band — Brass Section, Rhythm Section; Outstanding Soloist Award for Jazz — Allison Bradbury; Choir — first place, Superior rating; Men's Choir — first place, Superior rating; Women's Choir — first place, Superior rating; Madrigals — first place, Superior rating; Outstanding Choral Accompanist — Anna Yang; Outstanding Choral Soloist — Alex Ruth and Chelsea Horvath;

Indoor Drum Line — first place, Excellent rating; Color Guard — first place, Superior rating; Symphonic Band — Festival Champion; Orchestra — Festival Champion; Instrumental Grand Champion; Women's Choir tied for the Festival Champion for Treble Choir; and, Award of Distinction — Matthew Dubbs and Colin O'Bryan.

On a different note, the chaperones were pulled aside by the staff from another school and told how incredible the kids performed and how well they behaved.

The following students were recognized as Lime Kiln Middle School Students of the Week for the week ending April 27: Cameron Andrews, Matthew Floyd, Ryan Mahanand, Pace Isaac, Katherine Kim, Matthew Keating, Diana Towner, Nomiki Mastrogianis and Andrew Wollack.

Students from the Lime Kiln Middle School Shakespeare Club participated at the Middle School Shakespeare Festival at the Rouse Theatre. At the fun, full-day event, they presented their scenes and watched as six other middle schools performed some of the Bard's work.

The theme for their scenes was "Love Gone Awry" and the following actors and actresses performed: "Taming of the Shrew," performed by Marya Topina, Joe Smith and Mikheil Kharebava; "Much Ado About Nothing," performed by Ben Olek, Sarah Shea, Gaurika Mester, James Via and Kayla Krammes; "Midsummer Night's Dream," performed by Sonya Datta, Eric Hasegawa, Madison Trice, Dylan Gellis, Matt Keating and Erin Hill; and, "Romeo and Juliet," performed by Sarah Kratt, Sarah Shea, Kelly Becker and Anu Faboro.

Five students also performed monologues: Sarah Kratt, Marya Topina, Pranav Damera, Alexis Datta and Michelle Wong. Finally, Kelly Becker, James Via and the Midsummer Night Ensemble came home with awards for their performances.

Just a reminder to a change in the school calendar: The last day of school is back to its original date of June 8, thanks to a waiver granted by the state Board of Education. The school year had previously been extended to June 11 to make up the day lost because of Hurricane Irene back in August, but the board approved the waiver submitted by Superintendent Sydney Cousin.

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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