National recognition for a tireless young fundraiser

Ellie Feaga is seen with Glenwood Middle School principal David Brown, who encouraged students and staff to help with Ellie's 2014 fundraising bake sale.
Ellie Feaga is seen with Glenwood Middle School principal David Brown, who encouraged students and staff to help with Ellie's 2014 fundraising bake sale.(submitted photo)

Ellie Feaga, a seventh-grader at Glenwood Middle School, was named Maryland's top middle school volunteer for 2015 by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. This nationwide program honors young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.

Ellie has raised more than $20,000 for a variety of causes by hosting an annual bake sale that has become a major event in this community.


Ellie started her bake sale career in 2010 by raising $2,000 for the America Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund. Since then she has raised money for March of Dimes, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Glenelg Methodist Church food pantry, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Shaughness children's education fund, the Wounded Warrior Project and the Lisbon Fire Department. For the last few years she has divided her donation between a local and a national charity.

Ellie will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and a trip to Washington, D.C., in May. During the trip she and 101 other award winners from each state and the District of Columbia will spend four days touring landmarks, visiting with congressional representatives, and getting to know each other. An awards ceremony at the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum will cap off the trip.

Congratulations, Ellie. You deserve to be recognized as an outstanding volunteer.

Calvary Lutheran Church, 16151 Old Frederick Road in Woodbine, is celebrating Scout Sunday on Sunday, March 1. Scouts and their families are invited to attend the service at 11 a.m. and show their Scouting spirit. For more information, call the church at 410-489-5280 or go to http://www.calvarylutheranmd.net.

Cooksville resident Lisa Trovillion, whose first novel "False Gods" was released at the end of 2014, donated the proceeds from sales of the book in December and January to the Glenelg United Methodist Church Youth Program. She is pleased to announce that over $500 was raised for the youth program. Thank you to everyone who helped a good book benefit a great cause.

If you were unable to watch "It's Academic" on Saturday, Feb. 14, you might not know that the team from Glenelg High School defeated the teams from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and North County High School. Glenelg's team, consisting of seniors Tyler Montgomery and Brandon Barajas, and junior Jared Lanterman, will now compete in the playoff round in April against Bryn Mawr and Mount Hebron High Schools. Congratulations, and good luck to the team.

Come join your neighbors and eat Italian at the St. Andrew's Episcopal Church feast on Thursday, Feb. 26, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dinner costs $9 per person, with a cap of $30 for a family. Children 5 and younger are free. Proceeds from this month's feast will benefit Bridges to Housing Stability to help Howard County residents with homelessness. Call 410-489-4035 if you need more information.

Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School band director Brandon Henley is pleased to announce that Nicholas Bakhtiar on saxophone and Kevin McAllister on trombone were selected for the Howard County Elementary School Honor Band. Students are recommended for this group by their band directors.


Kevin and Nicholas will rehearse with students from across the county for several months in preparation for a concert in the spring. Congratulations to these talented young musicians.