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Cockeysville column: Dulaney High's choir serenades O's fans with National Anthem

On Aug. 29, the Dulaney High School Chamber Choir took the field at Oriole Park at Camden Yards to sing the National Anthem prior to the Orioles game. As an added bonus the group also performed “O Canada” as the opponent that evening was the Toronto Blue Jays. Both were lovely a capella renditions under the direction of Christy Senita, Dulaney’s vocal music teacher performed by students Ben Clement, Annaliese Collins, Anna D’Aleo, Sammi Ditto, Rowan Gardner, Rachel Gitlin, Sazhelle Guitierrez-Moulton, Jimmy Hayden, Spencer Herrin, Ava Kensing, Kyra Mahoney, Alex Mucha, Alex Mungo, Annie Murphy, Guy Nolet, Cam Patillo, Hailey Russo, Aidan Slowey, Liam Slowey, Xander Smith and Jenna Soto, who are all juniors or seniors at the school.

This was the first time the Chamber Choir sang the National Anthem for the Orioles, but hopefully not the last time! According to Ms. Senita, “after a summer apart, we got together twice for rehearsals the week of the game and then after singing, the majority of the group sat together along the first baseline and were spotted on the Jumbotron several times throughout the game being their normal entertaining selves.” Sounds like a terrific experience and even better, they brought the Orioles some luck as the Birds beat the Blue Jays by a score of 10 to 5 that night.

Ms. Senita also noted that the group has “some really amazing concerts planned this year so this is just the beginning, but what a great way to start the year!” The Chamber Choir as well as other Dulaney musical groups will be performing on Oct. 25 in the school’s auditorium. Additionally, many of the talented members of the choir will also take part in Dulaney’s Open Mike Night on Sept. 26.

Joanna Wicks, a former Cockeysville resident, is making a splash on the national stage as she competed this past weekend in the Miss America Pageant. Joanna represented Delaware in the pageant as she is a graduate of the University of Delaware and now makes her home there but this local girl still has many ties and admirers back here in Maryland. Joanna is a product of the Baltimore County Public Schools attending Warren Elementary, Cockeysville Middle and is a graduate of George Washington Carver Center for the Arts and received well-wishes from each school. Joanna is now an art teacher at St Thomas More Academy in Delaware and her talent reflected her passion for art when she showcased her speed painting abilities during the pageant. Joanna produced a portrait of Wonder Woman in 90 seconds and to add to the fun, she painted the portrait upside down! Her platform focused on Domestic Violence Prevention and Awareness and while she didn’t win the ultimate prize, she deserves congratulations on a job well done.

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