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These Century High School students will be competing in the 12th annual Century Idol event at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at the school. From left: junior Kylie Cooley, senior Garrett Mabe, sophomore Talia Hall, senior Sam McIntire and senior Dani Diorio.
These Century High School students will be competing in the 12th annual Century Idol event at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at the school. From left: junior Kylie Cooley, senior Garrett Mabe, sophomore Talia Hall, senior Sam McIntire and senior Dani Diorio. (Submitted photo)

Five Century High School students will vie to become the 2015 Century Idol during a competition at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 2, in the school's auditorium.

Come out and witness this occasion. Be sure to get there by 6:40 p.m. to get the full experience, as you watch the Century Idol contestants walk the red carpet.

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This will be the 12th edition of Century Idol, an event sponsored by the school's Tri-M Music Honor Society and the Century High School Music Boosters. All of the contestants will receive cash prizes, but the grand prize is a two-hour demo recording package donated by Omega Studios in Rockville.

The winning isn't just for the five competitors. "We have a lot of door prizes, so audience members can win, as well," said Melissa Adelmann, Century's vocal music instructor.

Starting from an audition group of about 30 students, the class of competitors has been whittled down to these finalists. The voting is a multi-step process. "The school will see two video rounds and vote, which will be added to the May 2 audience votes," Adelmann said.

Century sophomore Talia Hall is the youngest competitor, and she will sing "Lay Me Down" by Sam Smith. "I tried out for Century Idol, because I wanted the full experience of being onstage and working with amazing people," Hall said.

Junior Kylie Cooley and senior Dani Diorio are the other two female contestants. Cooley will sing "Someone Like You" and Diorio will sing "Beneath Your Beautiful."

Diorio said, "I love being able to find ways to use my talent of singing. I like going onstage and singing my heart out."

"I do this competition, because Miss Adelmann encouraged me to do it," Cooley said. "I'm very happy that I did."

The two male contestants are both Century seniors. Sam McIntire will perform "Thinking Out Loud," and Garrett Mabe will be singing Marvin Gaye's classic, "What's Going On."

"I've been playing in the little band during intermission," said Mabe, who had played with The Usual Suspects for earlier editions of Century Idol, "so I decided to go onstage and sing and see if I can win it."

"They're all really great kids," Adelmann said. "They're all really passionate about music."

Tickets are $10 per person and will be sold at the door on the night of the event. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the music program at Century High School.

During the intermission, you can purchase some light refreshments at the concessions stand in the lobby. Concession proceeds will go to support the work of Hope for Tomorrow, a charitable organization at Century founded by student Janice Onigbinge.

The Hope for Tomorrow project for this year is to collect travel-sized personal hygiene items that will be distributed in Nigeria, when Onigbinge travels there this summer. If you would like to bring travel-sized items like soap, shampoo, toothbrushes or hand sanitizer, you may donate them at the concession booth at the Century Idol event.

To get more information, call Century High School at 410-386-4400.

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The school is at 355 Ronsdale Road, Eldersburg.

'The Voice' at Liberty

Keeping in the musical mood, you can head over to Liberty High School for its annual "The Voice" competition at 7 p.m. May 4. Ten musical acts will be taking the stage in the school's Schnorr Auditorium at 5855 Bartholow Road, Eldersburg.

At Liberty, you'll watch both the semifinal and final rounds in two categories: Musical Theater/Classical and Contemporary. Each category has five acts competing in the semifinal round.

Three judges will pick two finalists from each category to compete in the finals. A new set of three judges will take over and pick the winners for each musical style.

The grand prizes will each feature a monetary reward, a recording package and free vocal coaching.

Competing in the semifinals/finals are Kayla Caitlin, Julia Creutzer, Mickaila Perry, Tanner Skura, Michaela Wilson, Alaina Bloom, Sydney Jones, Jeremy Lewin, the duo of Christine Chumnanukson and Mackenzie Miller, and the trio of Olivia Harpine, Colleen Joy and Parker Kleb.

If you come to "The Voice" at Liberty, you can cast your votes for a winner, as well.

General admission is $5 per person, with proceeds supporting Liberty High School Vocal Music.

For more information, call Liberty High School at 410-751-3560.

The Memory Cafe

Starting on May 7, The Memory Cafe will be offered from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the South Carroll Senior and Community Center, 5928 Mineral Hill Road, Eldersburg.

The Memory Cafe will offer a social engagement program for people with memory loss as well as their families and friends. It will offer a blend of education, support and social camaraderie for participants.

Attendees will get to meet and share experiences with fellow caregivers and their loved ones in a context provided by health and social care professionals.

The Memory Cafe is sponsored by the Carroll County Bureau of Aging and Disabilities, the Alzheimer's Association and Right at Home In Home Care & Assistance.

To get more information about the cafe, call 410-386-3833.

Refreshments will be provided by Right at Home.

FFA plant sale

It's May, so it's finally time to start working on those outdoor plantings. Wondering what to plant? Check out the plants at the 2015 Liberty High School FFA plant sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 2.

All of the plants have been raised in the school's greenhouse by FFA members and other agriscience students. These are local plants ready for your local garden. The students will be selling vegetable plants, herbs, flowering plants and flowering hanging baskets.

The plant sale will take place in the Liberty High School greenhouse, which is by the tennis courts behind the school at 5855 Bartholow Road, Eldersburg.

For more information, contact FFA adviser Katy Macleod at kjmacle@carrollk12.org.

Onion appeal

In a change from last week's column, the Freedom Lions Club will only be taking orders for Vidalia onions — rather than selling them — at the Sykesville-Freedom District fire company Spring Fling on Saturday, May 2. Due to delays in the Georgia onion harvest, the onions are now scheduled for delivery the weekend of May 10-12.

For more information, call the Lions Club at 410-549-LION (5466) and leave a message.

Teatime on May 15

The South Carroll Senior and Community Center will offer a Mother's Day Tea from 1 to 3 p.m. May 15.

Reservations are currently being accepted for this event at the center, 5928 Mineral Hill Road, Eldersburg.

Tickets for the tea are $12 per person. Included in the price are the tea and refreshments, along door prizes and a special, surprise entertainment.

The menu will include ham and cheese sandwiches; cucumber, chive and onion sandwiches; chicken salad sandwiches; tomato and mozzarella skewers; fruit skewers; and a variety of desserts.

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You can reserve tickets now by calling the center at 410-386-3700.

The tea is open to the community. Attendance will be limited to just 60 people, so don't delay making your reservations.

Nancy McKenzie covers Berrett, Eldersburg, Flohrville, Gaither, Gist, Johnsville, Louisville, Marriottsville and Sykesville. Contact her at 410-848-2260 or mckenzietimes@comcast.net.

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