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Choir students hitting high marks at competitions and performances [Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton]

If you saw "The Music Man" at Glenelg High School, you know that there are some wonderfully talented vocalists at the school. The chorus students are having a fantastic year. Several participated in the Howard County Solo and Ensemble Festival and received straight one ratings, the highest possible score. Jeremy Hess, Alexander Thompson Harmon, Linda Roby, Alison Fitzgerald, Sarah Nalty, Wayne Allen, Emilio Bayarena, Ray Robinson and Bridget Doyle will now be able to continue to the state level competition.

Chosen to perform with the Howard County Gifted and Talented Honors Choir were Anne Fanelli, Emma Rothfield, Sarah Nalty, Alexandra Gautier, Mary Shea Kealey Kustas, Casey Banas, Linda Roby, Bridget Doyle, Tola Abu, Ray Robinson, Alexander Thompson Harmon, Jake Foster, Wayne Allen and Emilio Bayarena. Chosen to perform with the Maryland State Men's Demonstration Choir at the Maryland Music Educators Association Convention were Tola Abu, Jake Foster, Emilio Bayarena and Jeremy Hess.

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Glenelg students auditioned and were selected from more than 2,500 candidates from across the state to perform this year in the Maryland All-State Senior Chorus. Alexandra Gautier, Linda Roby, Alexander Thompson Harmon, Izzy Moyer, Sarah Nalty, Bridget Doyle, Wayne Allen and Mary Shea Kealey Kustas sang with the chorus in February. In addition, freshman Tommy Kormann was chosen to perform in the Junior All-State Chorus. He is the first ninth-grader at Glenelg in several years to be chosen to perform in this prestigious ensemble.

As well as singing at numerous performances across the county since September, the Glenelg Madrigal/Chamber Singers were personally requested to perform for Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and other distinguished guests at a private luncheon at Turf Valley Resort. Recently this same group received outstanding and superior scores at the Howard County Choral Festival and the District Choral Festival.

If you haven't heard these talented singers yet, you won't want to miss the spring concerts on Thursday, May 12 and Friday, May 13.

ßGlenelg also had some winning sports teams over the winter season. The Allied bowling team finished the year as county champion. The hockey club won the Howard County Cup game. The indoor track team ranked first in the county and third at the state meet. The wrestling team finished as regional tournament champions and county champions. Garrett Murray was the overall county champion wrestler. The girls basketball team was regional and state champions. Congratulations to these athletes for a great season.

The Folly Quarter Indoor Yard Sale was a big success. Thanks to generous support from Kendall's Hardware, and help from many volunteers, especially Dawn Martinec and Jenny McCormick, the Leo Club raised a lot of money for the Alice's Dream Foundation. This local organization helps families obtain durable medical equipment for children with special needs. For more information about Alice's Dream, go to www.alicesdream.org.

In celebration of Earth Day, there will be a community clean up in the Dayton area of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission watershed from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, April 23. Meet at the Big Branch Recreation Area parking lot on Triadelphia Mill Road, or the Pig Tail Recreation Area parking lot on Greenbridge Road extended, wearing appropriate clothing, boots and gloves. The clean up takes place rain or shine, so dress for the weather. If you have any questions, contact Ann or George Mech atgpmech@verizon.net or by phone at 301-854-0886.

Every year the Howard County Reading Council sponsors the county-wide Young Author's Contest and this year several local students were winners. Ally Mauser, a third-grader at Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School, received honorable mention for her poem "Inside a Mirror." Sydney Dapko, a second-grader at Dayton Oaks Elementary, also received honorable mention for her poem entitled "Horses and People." Glenwood Middle School sixth-grader Brooke DellaZanna received first place for her short story "Lost of Fae." All three students will be reading their winning entries at Barnes and Noble on Sunday, April 17. If you buy anything at Barnes and Noble on this day your purchase will benefit the Reading Council's Books for Babies program.

From Monday, April 25 through Saturday, April 30, you can support the Glenelg High School Marching Unit when you eat at Mama Millies Italian Restaurant in Glenelg. Just mention the Marching Unit when you order, and you will be supporting the group. You can eat in the restaurant or take the food home with you. Enjoy a good meal for a good cause.

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