Highland/Fulton: Three Reservoir High School students win awards in Poetry Alive contest

Reservoir High School students Chaz Atkinson, Caroline des Jardins-Park and Carl Gaytano were all winners in the Howard County Public School System's Poetry Alive writing contest. Chaz is in AP French, Caroline is in French 4 Honors and Carl is in French 2 Honors. Congratulations.

Chelsea Horvath, Tracey Fuller, Jinjoo Lee and Chanelle Brawner, all Reservoir High students, along with 30 other students from across the county, were chosen to represent Howard County in the The Learning Channel's "Say Yes to the Prom Dress" show this spring.

The group participated in a day long "makeover" program where they were provided with prom dresses, hair styling, nail care, and were given life skill lessons related to self-esteem and character. Howard County was asked to participate in this program through our partnership with the Horizon Foundation.

A special thanks goes out to Cathy Smith, Horizon Councils coordinator, and Reservoir's very own Barb Mueller, the secretary to Principal Pat Saunderson, for coordinating this "once in a lifetime" event for these Reservoir ambassadors.

Stephen Sims, another RHS student, was selected as a 2012 Carson Scholar, a national program which recognizes students for their academic achievements and contributions to their communities. Well done, Stephen.

Reservoir students Maeline Yang, Desmond Capers, Mikal Walcott and Seth Henry had their projects selected for display at the state level of the National History Day competition. Maeline and Desmond competed in the Exhibit Board category and Mikal and Seth competed in the Documentary category. Mikal and Seth won the Michael E. Patten Memorial History Award for Best Use of Primary Sources for their project titled "At the Heart of the Haitian Revolution: How Slaves Abolished a World Order." This award is sponsored and presented by the Surratt Society.

Every year at the annual Evening of Excellence celebration, the Howard County Council of Elders recognize graduating seniors who have achieved high grade point averages during their high school careers. This year, Reservoir High had the largest number of honorees of all the county schools that participated.

This year, Aspen Shackleford was chosen for the highest award given at this event, the Gloria Washington Wallace. A special thanks to Harriet Lee, the Reservoir BSAP mentor, for all of her hard work and leadership.

The Culinary Science and Advanced Culinary Science students at Reservoir did a fabulous job preparing the desserts for the GT Celebration recently. Principal Pat Saunderson reported that he heard comments such as "awesome," "delicious," "fabulous" and "outstanding."

Kudos to Lauren Bork, Raiyana Bryant, Jordan Craig, Tabitha Gaverth, Rachel Healey, David Henry, Moriana Ratliff, Avery Strott, Temi Adebukun, Darnley Green, TyShawn Hickson, Paris Macklin, Vu Nguyen, Kaelen Reed and Morgan Wolfe. Thanks also to Madge Johnson for her dedicated work with the Reservoir Culinary Academy students.

The athletes at Reservoir High School continue their winning ways. This time, the varsity baseball team won the county championship by crushing River Hill, 10-2. Congratulations to the team and to the coaching staff: Adam Leader, Josh Sullivan and Steve Pipe. Next up: the regional playoffs.

You know, it's not just the athletic programs at Reservoir that excel. Their academic programs are some of the best in the county. For example, language students taking French III were recently inducted into the "Société Honoraire de Français.

To qualify for this honor, their academic performance in French over the past two years had to be of stellar proportions, their overall grade-point average was also taken into account and they must be recommended by their teacher. The inductees are: Juniors Nalani Gallaher, Aisha Mustafa, Aesha Patel and Lauren Poleto; and Sophomores Alieya Abbas, Nehal Ahmed, Lucille Atieku, Raza Khan, Tristan King, Kyle Kroll, Tori LaFemina, Vania Lazo, Kirten McGhie, Bayadir Mohamed-Osman, Graham Thompson, Nicholay Topin and Daniel Vazquez.

Eleven seniors received French NHS honor cords which they will wear at graduation. They are: Kayline Anantua, Kelsea Belt, Diane Brown, Rachel Brown, Philip Danso, Cat Demos, Amanda Gross, Anna Lee, Sara Nadzam, Laura Ryan and Haley Sweeton.

Hats off to French NHS Sponsor Beth Demers for her continued hard work with her students.

This year's annual Reservoir football yard sale is scheduled for June 16 in the school's parking lot. Spaces rent for $15 each with addition space at $5. If you are interested in renting some space or in donating items for the football team table, email Jamie Davis at JamieDavis04@gmail.com to receive a registration form.

Payments for the spaces should be made out to RHS and sent to: Reservoir High School, Attn: Bryan Cole (Yard Sale), 11550 Scaggsville Road, Fulton, MD 20759.

Have you ever thought about hosting a foreign exchange student? For us, it was a very rewarding experience. Our student was a young lady from Barcelona, Spain that spent three weeks in our home.

If you find this interesting, then E.F. Language Travel is looking you. This organization is looking for host families for students from Spain, France, Russia and China during this summer for either of the 2 sessions: July 4-23 and July 25-Aug. 13. The students range in age from 14-17.

If you have kids around these ages, it would be a great experience for them to learn how kids from other lands live. The students spend weekdays at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County campus, in Catonsville, where they study English and go on various field trips and outings.

As a host family, you would need to drop off your exchange student at the university at 8:30 a.m. and pick him/her up at 5:30 p.m. The students spend evenings and weekends with their host families where they are provided with a bed and meals.

For your trouble (and believe me, the students aren't any trouble), host families receive a stipend of $300 for each student they host. And, you don't have to worry about their spending money or health insurance: they come with both. Interested families should email April Snyder at april.snyder@ef.com or call 443-812-4914.

Alicia Whye, Clare Spain, Trevor McKibbin, Daniel Kim, Dayo Adetunji, Sonya Datta, Marya Topina, Kenny Stargle, Joe Smith and Preslee Floyd were all named as the Lime Kiln Middle School "Students of the Week" for the week ending May 4.

Does your vehicle sport the words "wash me" written in the dirt? Then it's time for a car wash. The River Hill High School Class of 2014 will be hosting a car wash at the school on Saturday, June 2 from 8 a.m. to noon. The rain date is June 9. Proceeds from the event will benefit their Junior Prom.

Tanya Hoegh-Allan, the choir director at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Fulton, is also part of the Columbia music scene — jazz band, concert band, several ensemble groups, etc. The Columbia Jazz Band, of which she is a member, is kicking off this year's performances, which leads up to their 2012 European tour, with a free outdoor concert, weather-permitting, at the church on Sunday, May 20 starting at 1 p.m.

Bring a lawn chair, invite your friends and neighbors. Light refreshments are planned and a free will offering will be collected, which will be used to help defray the band's tour costs. If the weather doesn't cooperate, the concert will be moved indoors. You can find more information about the band by visiting their web-site: http://www.thejazzband.com.

St. Paul's is on the big bend in Route 216 across from Iager's Maple Lawn Farm, 11795 Route 216. Enter the church parking lot from Murphy Road. For more information about the concert, ring the church office at 301-725-0241 or go to the church's website at http://www.stpaulslutheran.info. I want to thank Randy Arndt for passing this notice on to me.

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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