Meade student takes her basketball skills on the road

School is almost out for the summer, but for Russett resident and rising Meade High School senior Imani Bailey, the fun and hard work continues. As an up-and-coming basketball star, she plays showcase basketball for Nike Bluestar Maryland as a starting point guard along with fellow Meade High School teammate Jamie McKeither.

The month of July will be extremely busy for Imani. Her schedule will take her to various places such as the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; the U.S. Junior Nationals National Championships at the Capital Sports Complex, in District Heights; and the Elite 24 Summer Jam at Augusta State University in Augusta, Ga., just to name a few. Some of her other accomplishments, besides a 3.7 grade-point average, include her selection to the Nike Skills Academy in Hampton Va.; a two-time Baltimore Sun second team all-metro player; a 2011 third team all-metro player by The Washington Post; a two-time, first team all-county player; and the 2011 Most Valuable Player for Meade High School.

Her future goals include leading her Meade High team to the state finals in 2012 and pursuing a career in nursing.

Imani's passion for basketball started with the Jessup Provinces Youth Organization, the Maryland Lady Shooting Stars and Team Sol. A team player, Imani's spirit, passion for others and hard work are an inspiration to us all. Congratulations and good luck to Imani in her future endeavors.

Russett's annual Community Picnic was in full swing June 11. Catered by Maryland Country Caterers, there was plenty of mouth-watering picnic fare such as grilled chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, a variety of salads, corn on the cob, desserts and more. Games kept children of all ages scampering about and playing with their balloon animals and other balloon creations, while others were busy using their bubble wands to make bubbles or were busy bouncing around inside the ever-popular gigantic sea park-like moon bounce. But that's not all folks! The piece de resistance was the air-conditioned game truck, a delight to many. A variety of video games tested everyone's skill level, young and old alike.

Socializing and getting to know one another was the theme of the day and catching up with friends, Al and Christine Ritter, along with their girls and Russett Sharks swim team members, Lauren, Allie and Kylie, was a definite treat for me. Other familiar and new faces in attendance adding to the fun and camaraderie were Russett Community Association board treasurer Rob Newman and his wife, Julie; as well as Jane and Edgar Rodriguez and Neighborhood 14B representative, Julian King and his wife, Linda, just to name a few. The enthusiasm and smiling faces were not hampered by the somewhat hot temperatures but it just added to the fun at hand and reminded everyone summer is not that far away. A big Russett thank you goes out to the Activities Committee, all our volunteers, participants as well as on-site staff who helped to make this another successful and exciting event. See you next year!

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