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Flags flying high for Glenelg High School Silks Squad [Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton]

The Glenelg High School Silks Squad, under the direction of Jennifer Blizzard-Sisk, has had a successful marching season this year, despite the fact that more than half of the members of last year's squad were seniors who graduated away from the program.

In the fall, the squad performed with the Marching Unit at football games, and then made several appearances through the winter at Keystone Indoor Drill Association competitions, gaining valuable performance experience. A competition at the Festivals of Music in Orlando, Fla., at the end of March, and a final performance at Jazz Under the Stars on Saturday, May 23, will round out the season.


The silks' marching season was highlighted by a spotlight routine to "Let's Groove" performed by the Glenelg Marching Band. The performance for the competitions is a flapper-style routine to "Swing With Me" by Jessica Simpson. This song is a throwback to the roaring 20's classic "Sing, Sing, Sing."

Director Blizzard-Sisk says, "With three returning members and four new members, I was very pleased with the program we were able to present."


She is proud of the wonderful and talented students in the squad. "I don't think people realize how difficult it is maneuvering a five-foot pole around your body and in the air."

Squad leadership is provided by captain Emily Chandler and co-captain Sarah Brock. Liz Morgan, Teagan Hollenbeck, Rachel Goff, Caitlyn Kicza and Jessica Chandler, an 8th grader at Glenwood Middle School who is part of the silks mentorship program, round out the team. Information about auditions to join this dynamic and fun program will be available soon.

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On Saturday, April 4, from 9 a.m. until noon, our neighbors will be cleaning up the area around the Patuxent Reservoir watershed area in Dayton. Groups will assemble at the Big Branch parking lot on Triadelphia Mill Road and the Pig Tail parking lot on Greenbridge Road.

Willing helpers of any age are welcome at either site, but children need to be accompanied by adults. Wear appropriate clothing, boots and gloves as the clean-up takes place regardless of the weather. If you have questions contact Ann or George Mech at 301-854-0886 or by email at

On Saturday, April 11, you can hear some great jazz music at Glenelg High School at 7 p.m. The concert will feature the Glenelg Jazz Ensemble and the Frieburg Schuler Jazz Orchestra, who will be visiting from Germany.

On Tuesday, April 14, the Glenelg Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Barry Enzman, will perform on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage at 6 p.m. The ensemble was chosen to represent Howard County in the "Music in our Schools Month". Congratulations to this outstanding group.

On Sunday, April 12, you and your family can participate in a morning of fitness fun at the Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School Retriever Run. The morning begins at 8 a.m. with a one-mile Fun Run for children ages 12 and under. Registration is $20 for children between 5 and 12 years of age. After the Fun Run, a 5k race will take place beginning at 8:30 a.m. Registration for the 5k is $30 per person. Go to to register online.

Congratulations to Glenelg High School students Anushka Desai, Anne Harshbarger and Sarah Rosso on qualifying as 2015 Carson Scholars. They were honored with a scholarship award, commemorative pin and certificate. Their academic achievements and humanitarian service to their communities makes these future leaders stand out


Glenelg also has four students who have advanced to the finalist stage in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Competition. Anne Harshbarger, Tyler Montgomery, Matthew Shollenberger and Dorshuan Shyu will all be considered for National Merit Scholarships. Congratulations and good luck.