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Many spotlights on kids at Clarksville Middle [Clarksville]

Things are going great at Clarksville Middle school. Good news abounds.

Congratulations are due CMS student Alex Taber, who won three awards in the county schools STEM Fair for his project "The Effect of MIcrowaving Bean Seeds on the Time and Germination Percentage." He won Honorable Mention from the American Nuclear Society, the Dr. Lee Summerville Award in Biology and the MIddle School Sweepstakes for best project. His hard work paid off with certificates, a trophy, monetary awards and a school banner.

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Kat Graf won the Outstanding Engineer Award from the Society of Women Engineers, Baltimore-Washington Section at the STEM Fair. Her project, "Eisenia Foetida: Good for Soil or Just Yuck?" explored the effect of this species of compost worms on soil nutriens to see if the worms can be used to prevent runoff to the Chesapeak Bay. Congratulations, Kat, on a very impressive and useful study.

Amy Kramer and the CMS PTA recently organized a cyber-safety assembly. Speaker Danielle Lohan references apps kids are using and shared things she found on the internet about CMS students who do not have proper privacy settings.

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Parents, check out privacy settings for your children and yourself. Even adults need to be careful. It's astounding to see what others can learn about you easily.

CMS students are competing this month in the county National History Day. Best wisahes for good luck to Megan Rabe and Natalie Cho in Group Documentary, Divya Kalluri and partner in Group Web Site, Victoria Shen and partner in Group Web Site, Amal Imatiz in Individual Documentary, Bill Cao in Paper, Alex Taber and Katherine Kim in Individual Web Site, Katerina Graf and Michelle Lui in Performance.

After coming in second in last year's county spelling bee, Clarksville 8th grader Megan Rabe took first place in this year's Howard County Library System Spelling Bee and will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May. Congratulations, Megan.

Winning the county spelling bee is no walk in the park. More than 300 words were generated and the competition lasted for close to four hours. The competition is open to those in grades 4-8. Good luck, Megan.

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Photos from the Spelling Bee are available on the HCLSFlickr.site.

River Hill High will present Cultural Awareness Night March 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. It's a free event in the student dining center. Sample foods, songs and stories of our diverse neighbors. The program features information, a Zumba demo with Meg Cooperman, crafts, games. dancing and fun for all.

RHHS choirs, Bollywood Club, Roots Club and Improv will perform. To learn more about this free mingling opportunity, contact amy_hairston@hcpss.org.

The young and young at heart will want to attend RHHStival on March 28 at 7 p.m. at the high school. This is a youth music festival featuring local rock bands, acoustic acts and music performances of all types. Tickets available at the door will be $5 for students and $10 for adults.

Congratulations to Anna Latzko, Kimberl Moseman and Meena Sengottuvelu on being among 84 girls recently honored for acheiving their Girl Scout Gold Award. These RHHS students have earned the highest award for Girl Scouts. Way to go, girls.

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