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Gilman student has fun raising funds to fight cancer [Lutherville-Timonium]

What turns fun, social activities like bowling, laser tag, and dinner at a restaurant into events with an important purpose? When they are organized as fundraisers with a mission, and that is what Ben Oliver, of Timonium, did. This rising junior at The Gilman School was recently recognized for his outstanding efforts in raising money for the Maryland Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLSS). As first runner up in the Student of the Year Campaign, Ben raised more than $18,000 while showing both leadership qualities and dedication to the fight against blood cancers. He has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship to the college or university of his choice, and is considered by the LLS to have run an outstanding campaign. The LLS is appreciative, too, of the volunteer work Ben continues to do on its behalf.

"It was a great learning experience and we all enjoyed helping the animals," says Allison Horky. That is how Allison describes the effort her Girl Scout troop put into earning their Silver Award. Seventh graders Alexandra Angelos, Sarah Brandt, Allison Horky, Ella Markovsky, Kristen Metzler, and Sierra Raspa devoted their project to an organization that provides a safe and caring permanent home to unwanted, neglected, and abused farm animals. At the Burleigh Manor Animal Sanctuary in Ellicott City, the girls painted a fence, cleaned out stalls, cleaned a mechanical fan, and brushed and fed the animals. They also donated hay and produce to the farm. These members of Troop 2246 are now proud recipients of the award given to Cadette-level scouts whose project shows leadership, organization, determination, and a dedication to improving their community.

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After months of planning, it is now just a few weeks until the Lutherville Timonium Soccer Club U13 Girls team travels to Canada to see first-hand the Women's World Cup Soccer Tournament. The players making the trip (along with their families) are: Ava Archey, Julia Buttarazzi, Addy Claybour, Carrie Davis, Sophie Davis, Maisie Fischel, Emma Kirts, Ginger Kohn, Sarah Law, Katelyn Mann, Gwen Mather, Megan Matsko, Grace Pula, Zoe Roros, Katie Saunders, Deidre Sevidal, Sofie Sorteberg, Jessica Strauch, Lizzy Taylor, Lindsay Thompson, and Mckenzie Weller. Do you know any of the young women on the team? Are you a soccer fan? If so, the team could use your support; they are still holding events and raising funds to help with their travel costs. To make a direct contribution to the team, go to gofundme.com/rfr4v4.

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