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Fundraiser is a memorial to Jacqueline Shearer [Clarksville]

Jacqueline Shearer, daughter of Barb and Danny Shearer, was an extraordinary girl who fought a courageous 11-year battle with a recurrent brain tumor. She even named her tumor Dale.

No one knows how long Dale had been with Jacqueline, but she was diagnosed two weeks before her 11th birthday. Jac fought for life and for the right to be a normal kid. She found strength in her family, friends and her show horses LIttle D and Eli.


Against all odds, she graduated from River Hill High and competed at a national level, finishing second in the 2008 Pennsylvania National Horse Show. Whether facing risky brain surgery or a large horse jump, Jac faced life head on without fear. At those times, she was a normal kid doing what she loved.

Seven surgeries, three rounds of radiation and over 10 chemotherapy regimens at Children's National Medical Center gave Jacqueline the opportunity to see other teens in cancer treatment and to consider their needs. Could their parents afford the best treatment? Would they have access to needed resources? She had more compassion and concern for others than for herself.


In spite of all Jac's bravery and the efforts of her team of doctors and nurses at Children's National Medical Center, Jacqueline Shearer died on Oct. 24, 2012. In honor of her memory, the first annual Jacqueline Shearer Memorial Gala was held last year. It was a huge success. Funds raise enabled the Shearers to hire a navigator to bring activities to the teen room at Children's, where in the past there had been no activities for teens being treated for cancer. Two scholarships were awarded from the Jacqueline Shearer Memorial Fund. Students submit essays to be considered for the college scholarships.

Now it's almost time for the second annual Jacqueline Shearer Memorial Gala, to be held at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, 700 Aliceanna St., on Saturday, Nov. 29, from 7 to 11:30 p.m. There will be an open bar, hors d'oeuvres and a light-fare dinner buffet. A highlight of the evening is fantastic music. Misspent Youth, a very popular local band, will be opening for Mark Rivera, a member of the Billy Joel Band, Foreigner and Ringo Starr Band along with his special guest musicians.

Tickets, special room rates and more information is available online. Go to

There are many ways you can support teens in our community. One way would be to go to the River Hill Sports Grill, 6040 Daybreak Drive, on Thursday, Nov. 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. to support RHHS guitar students who will be entertaining as you enjoy your dinner.

Here's another option. The next River Hill Music Boosters Citrus Sale  order is due Nov. 25 for delivery Dec. 13. They will have red grapefruit, navel oranges and tangerines, or a variety pack of all three.

Please note — Minneola Honeybelles are only available in January, but they are in such short supply this year that you must pre-order by Nov. 25 to get them.

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Mark Stout, HCPSS Curriculum Coordinator for Advanced Placement and Secondary Social Studies, and the River Hill Cultural Awareness Club were recently honored by the Howard County Human Rights Commission as recipients of the 2014 Howard County Human Rights Awards.

River Hill senior saxophonist Shane Mercy was honored in Oct. as one of 125 student musicians from all around the country chosen for an exclusive performance with the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band.

Clarksville Middle School principal Melissa Shindel gave national education officials an unfiltered look at a day in the life of a principal. She was one of a select group of regional principals chosen for a leadership shadowing program organized by the U.S. Department of Education.

The chorus and orchestra at CMS will perform their winter concert in the RHHS auditorium on Friday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. The concert will be followed by the first school social of the year, a free dance sponsored by the chorus and orchestra.

The first CMS Turkey Trot will take place on Nov. 24 (rain date Nov. 25). Students will participate in the Mayflower Medley relay, the Gobble Wobble, a 1,000-meter individual  race or the Harvest Hustle, a 1,600-meter individual race, by grades.

If you missed shopping at the book fair at your school, check to see if they are extending the sale with an Online Scholastic Book Fair. This is something Dayton Oaks is offering. Go to to check it out.