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Local students impress in earning honors [Cockeysville]

Jack Sullivan, left, and Sean Rogers, both of whom are students at St. Joseph School, in Cockeysville, took the top honors in the Optimist International Oratorical Competition. Sean, an eighth-grader, captured first place for boys in the contest, while Jack earned the runner-up spot.
Jack Sullivan, left, and Sean Rogers, both of whom are students at St. Joseph School, in Cockeysville, took the top honors in the Optimist International Oratorical Competition. Sean, an eighth-grader, captured first place for boys in the contest, while Jack earned the runner-up spot. (Submitted)

St. Joseph School students are once again taking the top honors in the Optimist International Oratorical Competition, with two students winning top prizes. Sponsored locally by the Cockeysville Optimist Club, the contest allows students to gain public speaking experience along with the chance to earn recognition and scholarships.

Sean Rogers, an eighth-grader, captured first place for boys in the Zone 6 Regional contest, speaking on the topic of "What the World Gains from Optimism." Sean will compete at the district level, in Ocean City, against students from the other five zones, which range across Maryland and southern Delaware.

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Jack Sullivan, a seventh-grade student at Saint Joseph, in Cockeysville, earned second place for the boys. Each student prepared and presented an approximately five-minute-long speech highlighting their personal take on the topic. Congratulations to both and good luck to Sean as he competes at the district competition.

Two bright young ladies from Cockeysville have also been recognized for their hard work and dedication by earning prestigious scholarships. Julia Clark, a senior at Dulaney High School, has been awarded a National Merit Scholarship from Northrup Grumman, a global defense and electronic systems corporation. Julia is one of just 1,000 students nationwide to receive a corporate-sponsored scholarship through the National Merit Scholars program. Julia plans to study biology in college.

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Olivia Wayson, an eighth-grader at St Joseph School, was named a Knott Scholar and awarded a four-year, full-tuition scholarship from the Marion I. and Henry J. Knott Scholarship Fund. Olivia will attend Notre Dame Preparatory School in the fall. Congratulations to Julia and Olivia on their outstanding achievements.

Dulaney High School recently hosted its 4th Annual ArtFest, which featured a lively evening of art, music and dance. The evening culminated in the Dulaney Dance Program's Spring Concert, which featured more than 50 talented students showcasing their talents.

Under the direction of Deborah McWilliams, the dance teacher at Dulaney, the students presented numbers ranging from tap to lyrical to modern that featured choreography from many of the students themselves. The performance also marked the last time that the senior dancers performed at Dulaney. The seniors are "a unique and very dedicated group of talented young dancers who will be greatly missed." Mrs. McWilliams said.

The senior dancers included Hannah Bostwick, Marjorie Bowerman, Jenna Farabaugh, Isabella Hsiano, Jane Peterson, Jenny Peterson and Kayla Triantafilos from the Dance Company, and Caitlyn Beasley, Mary Charlotte Gitlin, Chloe Hundley, Blake Lund, Ellie Nuckols and Arielle Williams from the Dance Program.

Job well done, ladies, and remember to keep dancing!

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