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Dayton Oaks Elementary students excel in creative arts contest | GLENWOOD/GLENELG/DAYTON

The national Parent Teacher Association sponsors a contest in creative arts every year that encourages students to reflect on a theme. This year’s theme was “I Matter Because …” Students are grouped by different age levels and judged at the county, and then at the state level. Students at Dayton Oaks Elementary School submitted many entries, and some will be advancing to the state contest.

Kayleigh Miller received Outstanding Interpretation, First Place, in the dance choreography category for her work titled “Healing Through Dancing.” Naomi Rader-Gowda received Award of Merit, Third Place, in film production for her work titled “I Matter Because of the Hearts I’ve Touched.” She also received Outstanding Interpretation, First Place, for photography for her work “I Matter Because I Believe.” Genevieve Bush received Award of Excellence, Second Place, in music composition for “Never Say Never.” William Burke received Award of Merit, Third Place, in music composition for his work “Kindness.” Natalie Townsend received Award of Merit, Third Place, in music composition for her work “Because I’m Me.” Jaidy Cox received Award of Excellence, Second Place, in photography for “Nature Power.” Emma Jin received Outstanding Interpretation, First Place, in the visual arts category for “Unique.” Congratulations to these talented students, and good luck in the state competition.

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Amy Syversen, the director of bands at Dayton Oaks Elementary School is pleased to announce the Dayton Oaks band musicians of the month for March. Anaya Moghekar, Aria Fulton, Christian Lee, Clark Conn, Dave Mbuyamba, Eli Schreiber, Larry Du, Luke Drake, Michael Eyasu, Natalie Pearlman, Nishant Shah, Rayan Dayal, Tyler Bowman and Zachary Clapper have been working hard to impress Syversen.

Like everything else this year, band is very different than in other years. The students haven’t been able to practice or perform together in the same room. They haven’t experienced the joy of making music together to entertain an audience. Syversen is very proud that so many students are sticking with band during this difficult year.

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Gaurav Sharma, David Liu and Joel Mao, students at Glenelg High School, participated in the Future Business Leaders of America National Virtual Business Personal Finance Challenge as a team this year. The three are the top-scoring team in Maryland. They even ranked 58th in the nation among all 234 teams that competed in the spring semester. The team has qualified to compete in the final round at nationals.

Glenelg High School’s It’s Academic Team competed this year against Marriotts Ridge and Milford Mill high schools. As in most events this year, the competition was virtual, via Zoom. Instead of playing in the studio and pushing the buzzer to get a chance to answer the questions, each school team was asked questions and recorded giving their answers.

Glenelg’s team, consisting of Team Captain Charlotte Kutz, Elizabeth Bai and Kira Ronaghan defeated the other two schools. In fact, Glenelg’s team answered all but one question correctly, and ended the game with a score of 475 points. Marriotts Ridge was close behind, but Glenelg’s team moved on to the next round.

Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church on Old Frederick Road in Woodbine, has begun holding in-person worship services in the sanctuary. Reservations must be made in order to limit the number of people and maintain social distancing. For Easter Sunday, the church will offer two services, both outdoors, as long as the weather permits. The contemporary service will be at 9 a.m. and the traditional service at 11 a.m.

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Worshippers are welcome to sit in their cars or bring a lawn chair. Social distancing will be practiced and masks must be worn. Live streaming will be offered via YouTube. Reservations are not necessary for the outdoor services and everyone is welcome to join.

Spring is happening around us. Along with the crocus and daffodil flowers, which are popping up alongside the roads, I’ve noticed signs saying Roadside is NOT a Trashcan. This is a great idea and I hope people are paying attention. Does anyone know who is responsible for this campaign? It will be good if it can cut down on the amount of trash along the roads.

Send information to tracy21738@yahoo.com or 410-489-7444.

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