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The Glenelg High School Robotiators competed in the Week One Regional Competition at Battlefield High School in Haymarket, Virginia, at the beginning of March. The Robot-Gladiators won the Engineering Inspiration Award, which “celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school and community.” According to FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) this includes outreach and ongoing efforts to interest people in engineering, not just the robot and the competition. This is the highest of the field awards that the Robotics Club has received in the team’s history, and this season has just begun.

The Computer Science Team from Glenelg competed in the University of Maryland High School Programming Contest in February. This is a three-hour competition featuring high school students from the D.C.-metropolitan area demonstrating their programming skills and problem-solving abilities. The Glenelg team, consisting of Kevin Kim, Nikos Koutsoheras, Carter Montgomery and Aaron Ortwein, finished in sixth place out of 35 schools.

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Cole Lahmann and Elizabeth Morton from Glenelg have made the list of finalists for the 2018 National Merit Scholarships. To become part of this group, both students received outstanding scores on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test and the Scholastic Aptitude Test, have participated in school and community activities and demonstrated leadership abilities while maintaining an outstanding academic record. Fewer than 1 percent of the high school students in the country reach this level.

The Folly Quarter Middle School FIRST Lego League team competed in the Maryland State Championship held at University of Maryland, Baltimore County in February. The team, consisting of Alex Patrone, Otto Schlanger, B.J. King, Joshua Hull, Nik Anna and Benjamin Yu, placed second overall, out of 72 teams. They will now have the opportunity to represent the state of Maryland at the World Competition in Detroit in April. Only two teams from Maryland will be going to the competition, so this is an incredible accomplishment. Congratulations to all these outstanding students.

Here is another opportunity to break away from the kitchen in support of a great cause!

There will be an Italian Feast at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Glenwood on Thursday, March 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. Enjoy a delicious meal prepared by Brett Arnold of Smokin’ Hot Bar & Grille in Glenwood featuring spaghetti with sauces, salads, garlic bread and decadent desserts. You can eat in the Parish House or take the meal home with you. Dinner is $10 per person, with a cap of $35 for a family of four. As always, children 5 and under are free. Proceeds from this month’s feast will go to support the music program at St. Andrew’s.

Mark your calendars for a free concert at Glenelg United Methodist Church on Sunday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m. The Kenny Rittenhouse Jazz Quartet will be performing “Java & Jazz.” Coffee and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church on Old Frederick Road welcomes everyone to the Holy Week Services at the church. Palm Sunday worship services will be held on Sunday, March 25, at 9 and 11 a.m. with a procession of palms. Maundy Thursday’s service will be a contemporary worship at 7 p.m., and Good Friday’s service will be a traditional one at 7 p.m. On Sunday, April 1, the joyful Easter celebrations will be at 9 and 11 a.m.

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