The 27th annual Central Maryland Physics Olympics will take place Saturday, Feb. 23, at Liberty High School in Eldersburg.

Tim Durkin, physics teacher at Liberty High School and the person responsible for coordinating this event 27 years ago said: “The theme of this year’s Olympics is the Apollo Space program in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon.”


In the competition, students are given a problem to solve, supplies to do it, and a time limit of just 25 minutes. Students are aware of three of the six events going into the competition. The excitement escalates when they work to solve the three mystery events.

Heather Kelleher, science teacher at Francis Scott Key High School, said: “At the Physics Olympics, teams from high schools across Maryland compete in six engineering challenges to test their knowledge of physics and their problem-solving abilities by designing devices to meet the challenges.”

This year, three teams, composed of 16 students, will represent Francis Scott Key High School in the competition. Freshmen competing for the first time are Zac Benner, Michael Baldwin, Alyssa Kitzinger, Kaylee Marianelli, Lily Selivan, Cheyenne Schoeffield, and Zander Von Marko. Sophomores are Daniel Dreyer, Mason Francisco, Colton LeBeau, Joe Loy, Elizabeth Mahoney, Mina Rohde, and Maddie Schiavi.

Seniors Maddie Rohde and JW Logie, aspire to attend college to earn degrees in physics. Rohde, who is interested in a career in astrophysics said: “I chose to participate in Physics Olympics due to my interest and passion for the subject.” Logie has his sights set on law school.

Good luck to all the FSK students taking part in this challenging event!

Northwest Middle PTO to hold Basket Bingo

The Northwest Middle School PTO will host a basket bingo event on Friday, Feb. 22, in the school cafeteria, 99 Kings Drive, Taneytown. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Games start at 6 p.m. Tickets $15(students $8). Ticket price includes 16 games. Special games available to purchase for $1 each.

Trisha Jensen, PTO President, said baskets are going to be filled “themed” baskets. For anyone who loves bingo or baskets, this is the perfect combination!

Harney VFW to host Oyster, Chicken, and Pit Beef Feed

The Monocacy Valley Memorial VFW Post 6917-07 will host an All-You-Can-Eat Oyster, Chicken, and Pit Beef Feed, March 2, at the Post Pavilion, 5801 Conover Road, Taneytown, from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $40 each. Games of chance will be available.

Harris Seafood will be on hand to cook up their Chesapeake Bay Oysters. The meal will also include raw, and large padded fried oysters, and oyster stew. Fried chicken and pit beef, and a variety of side dishes, and desserts will round out the menu. Draft beer, soda and bottled water are included.

This event is popular and generally sells out quickly. Tickets must be purchased before Sunday, Feb. 24. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Post at 410-756-6866 or Frank M. Rauschenberg at 410-756-5444.

Homemade valentine is the best made valentine

Don’t know what to get your Valentine? You know it’s tomorrow, right?

I’ve always answered the “what do you want for a gift” question with “homemade is the best made.” I have been delighted time and again with something homemade from the heart. The gifts that weren’t edible are gently stored away or displayed for all the world to see on my refrigerator. Sometimes, a simple handwritten heartfelt note can be the perfect gift. Good luck with your gift choice and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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