Reservoir High School loves ending the year on a good note. That note is that four students were selected for All State Chorus honors.

Andrew Rayo and Michael Palmer were chosen for the Senior Mixed Chorus and Andrew Spangler as an alternate. Kristen Smith was selected for the Women's Choir.

Reservoir had over 500 students participate in Poetry Out Loud, which is a national poetry recitation competition. Brian Shouse and Nsikan-Abasi Akpan are the winners and will compete in the Howard County competition Jan. 8. Kristen Smith earned an Honorable mention as well.

Reservoir also celebrated many awards in sports recently as did many of their players. This includes Blair Bonner, First Team All County, and Keri Rager, Second Team All County, in soccer; Xandi Barrett, Second Team All County, and Allison Costenbader, Honorable Mention All County, in field hockey.

Cindy Alms and Amy Oliver earned the Baltimore Sun's Girls Cross Country All Metro honors. Cindy made the first team and Amy is on the second team. Pretty impressive, ladies.

The following won honors in football: James Simms for Howard County Defensive Player of the Year and Baltimore Sun All Metro Defense, Robert Armstrong for First Team All County Defense in Secondary, Dario Burley for First Team All County Offensive Line, Austin Marsh for First Team All County Kicker, Avian White for Second Team All County Offense as Running Back, Mohammad El-Zein for Second Team All County Defense in Secondary, Robert Newberry for Second Team All County Offensive Line and Zack Hess for Second Team All County Defense as Linebacker.

Gorman Crossing Elementary School just finished its toy drive for the Johns Hopkins Children Center. What a great way to celebrate this holiday day season by giving to others.

The school also participated in the country's Walk to School Wednesdays. Walking is a great way to start the day by having your child get some exercise before the class day begins. Exercise has been proven to increase brain activity and improve focus. For more information about this activity, contact the school at 410-880-5900.

Hammond Middle School staff and students also did some walking and they did theirs for charity. On Nov. 30, the school participated in a walk/run project for Accelerate Ethiopia.

This program supports the Himalayan Cataract Project and Imagine1day. The school selected this projected based on one of their teachers, Matt LaCorte, who is about to go to Ethiopia on a humanitarian mission.

Have you considered volunteering? Charity's Closet is always looking for volunteers to help in the store. The folks there will also hold their next monthly Girls Night out on Jan. 10 at 5 p.m. To find more details go to successinstyle.org/.

Merry Christmas and Happy Kwanzaa for all who celebrate those seasons and everyone enjoy the winter break for those with students of all ages.