Rodgers Forge: Ending school year carries accolades to Towson-area local students

Honors will be heaped on Rodgers Forge resident John Zylstra, who will receive the Outstanding Graduating Senior Award from the Mathematics and Statistics Department from theUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Later, on May 21, John will graduate from UMBC, cum laude, with a full scholarship to UMBC's Graduate School in statistics.

He is the son of Maria Pflaum and Gregory Zylstra. A 2007 alumnus of Towson High School, John will intern at the Census Bureau this summer.

Speaking of Towson High School, several students have been receiving recognition.

Shanelle Grier and Lisa Schroeder won Best Group Documentary in the National History Day Competition at Essex Community College for their entry, "The Revolution Will Be Televised." That made them eligible to compete in the state competition at UMBC.

The Generals took first place for the year in the Baltimore County Math League. The school won gold with the help of Matt Bender, Sanchir Enkhzol, Adam Healy, Kyle King, Hanweh Liu, Yucong-shi, Becky Spencer-Strong and Billy Wu.

Billy Wu also qualified for the American Invitational Mathematics Exam.

We might add that the following students earned a perfect score in the math league contest — Ksheeraja Ravi, Matt Bender, Adam Healy and Sam Arrington.

Peter Skeels ran the math league team this year and was proud of all those Towson students who participated and made such a fine showing.

Artists at Towson High School are also in the news. Eric Carlson's self portrait represented Towson at the 2012 Congressional Art Competition.

Ian Detwiler and Rowan Bathurst are currently exhibiting at the Towson Arts Collective Young Arts Showcase.

Kyle King's poster was chosen to represent Towson High in the county's "Brotherhood/Sisterhood Competition."

Congratulations to all those above who have made Towson High School so proud in so many fields.

We might add that the 2011 edition of the THS literary arts magazine, "Colophon," has garnered its share of accolades.

It earned the highest award from the National Council of Teachers of English, received the Marylander Award for Best Magazine in the State of Maryland/DC Scholastic Press Association and is a finalist for national top honors by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and the National Scholastic Press Association.

Book lovers will have great fun selecting books for themselves or as gifts at Dumbarton Middle School's BOGO Book Fair, May 24-25. The fair will be held in the school lobby during school hours, 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

The evening of May 15 will be filled with music as Rodgers Forge Elementary School's band, orchestra and chorus present their Spring Concert at 7 p.m.

The St. Pius X Community is gearing up for its annual St. Pius Carnival, May 18, 6 to 10 p.m.; May 19, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and May 20, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Rides, games, food and novel booths filled with collectibles, used books and more will provide enjoyment for the family.

Forgers, it is time to clean out your cellars, attics and everything in between. You can easily dispose of these unwanted objects at the May 12 Dumpster Day. All details are listed in the April Rodgers Forge Newsletter.

On May 20, 3 p.m., Central Presbyterian Church's Chancel Choir, along with orchestra and organ, will present the beautiful "Lux Aeterna" by Morten Lauridsen. This is, indeed, a fitting finale to this year's Sundays at Central Concert Series.

Youngsters in Gaywood had a terrific time at the Easter Egg Hunt on March 31. The Easter Bunny, crafts, games and snacks produced a fantastic afternoon, and participants and parents were so grateful to Erin Yaggy and Erin Prumo for making it happen.

Happy Mother's Day to all of you marvelous women, who nurture, raise, mentor, guide help and love so many.

Till we meet again ...

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