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Claire Rainville of Springdale has been named the Distinguished Young Woman of Greater Baltimore of 2016.
Claire Rainville of Springdale has been named the Distinguished Young Woman of Greater Baltimore of 2016. (Submitted photo)

Congratulations to Claire Rainville of Springdale for being named the Distinguished Young Woman of Greater Baltimore of .Claire recently won the local Baltimore pageant hosted by the Distinguished Young Women organization, a national scholarship program that inspires high school girls to develop their full, individual potential through a fun, transformative experience with a focus on scholarship, leadership and talent.

Dating back to 1958, with its roots in the America's Junior Miss pageant, this program encourages young ladies to "Be Your Best Self" and Claire has certainly embraced that motto.As a part of the process, Claire was judged on academics, self-expression, fitness and talent and she has already earned a college scholarship award.Claire is a high school junior specializing in dance at the Carver Center for Arts and Technology and the daughter of Sharon and Len Rainville.Good luck to Claire when she heads out to Westminster in July to compete for the Distinguished Young Woman of Maryland title and a chance to advance to the national pageant in Mobile, Ala. in 2016.

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February is American Heart Month and Cockeysville Middle School hosted their annual Hoops for Heart event and raised $6,700 for the American Heart Association. The 200 students participating in Hoops for Heart had a chance to show off their basketball skills and compete in various dribbling and shooting challenges. Top students included Danny VanNatta, Rachel Krug, Jack Shimanek and Chris Ritchey.A special shout-out to eighth-grader, Colman Hallinan, for being the top Hoops for Heart fundraiser at CMS collecting donations of $625 for this worthy cause. The event culminated in a dance-off celebration with students, teachers and special visitors like Dulaney High School Cheerleaders:YMani Brown, Cheyenne Gray, Diamond Johnson and Nadira Sutton, Towson University Cheerleaders:Alexys Green-Lynch, Megan Neal, Morgan Sprengel and Casey Wierbonski and Towson University Football players: Bryton Barr, Jon Desir, Andre Dessenberg and Stefan Janik all getting their groove on.

Students at Cockeysville Middle didn't limit their generosity to just the American Heart Association during the month of February.The Student Government Association created and sold Valentine flower-grams with all the proceeds benefitting the Maryland SPCA.Their $325 donation went directly to helping the pets in their adoption center. In the words of the Maryland SPCA …" We think all of the Cockeysville Middle School Cougars are simply paw-some!"

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