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Agricultural science takes root in Howard County schools [Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton]

Ellie Feaga, a sophomore at Glenelg High School, was very excited when the announcement was made that an Agricultural Science Academy would be offered at the Applications and Research Laboratory. This is a cause that Ellie has been working on for a long time.

In February 2016, when Ellie was an eighth-grader at Glenwood Middle School, she was invited by State Senator Gail Bates to testify in support of Senate Bill 770. This bill would include agricultural science education in the school curriculum in Howard County Public Schools. Ellie spoke about the career opportunities available in the field of agriculture, many of which do not require a person to work on a farm. These are opportunities that mesh with the science, technology, engineering, arts and math programs which are already part of the curriculum.

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In November 2016, Ellie was invited by the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation to speak at its Annual banquet about her Senate testimony on behalf of agricultural science.

Ellie then wrote to Interim Superintendent Michael Martirano to ask for his support in the endeavor. Martirano agreed and an Agricultural Science Advisory Board was created. Ellie was asked to be the student member of the board.

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Ellie’s persistence paid off when the Maryland State Department of Education approved Howard County’s request to offer the curriculum. In October, the Board of Education announced that there will be an Agricultural Science Academy beginning in the fall of 2018. The two-year program will include plant and animal science. Students will be able to sign up for the program in January. As Ellie says, “Agriculture already affects every life in this entire world.” Now all students in Howard County will have the opportunity to learn more about this important field.

Kassidy Sharp, the theatre arts director at Glenelg High School, invites you to the fall theatrical performance of the slapstick comedy “Noises Off.” Performances will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30, Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 2, with an afternoon performance at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. If you need more information you can call Glenelg High School at 410-313-5528.

Amy Bejm Syversen, the director of bands at Dayton Oaks Elementary School is excited to announce the Band Musicians of the Month for November. Sydney Dapko, Nathan Smith, Amelia Townsend, Kate Skandalis, Henry Yarmus, Audrey Picker, Tyler Montfort, Emily Galgano, Brian Yang, Patrick Knoll, Tyler Cho, James McGall, Alex Ball, Matthew Urban, Adelina Lukenoff, Georgia Kline, Violet Nelson, Suhani Patel, Shane Lee, Michael Carpenter and Matthew Keane are all impressing Syversen with their awesome attitudes. Keep up the good work.

Glenelg High School is pleased to announce that this year’s Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Ambassador for Glenelg High School is Connor Leard. The alternate ambassador is Omotoyosi Abu. These two sophomores are being recognized for their outstanding leadership. Both students will attend a three-day leadership conference in the spring with the other ambassadors from the state. The Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership conference is designed for high-school sophomores to recognize their potential to become effective and ethical leaders. Congratulations to Connor and Omotoyosi, who will be great representatives of Glenelg.

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Congratulations to Glenelg ninth-grader Heather Vallone. Her bookmark design was chosen as the high-school level winner for the Howard County Library’s bookmark contest.

Saint Nicholas will be visiting St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Glenwood on Saturday, Dec. 2, for breakfast from 9 to 11:30 a.m. In addition to the breakfast, there will be a St. Nick Shop where children can purchase and wrap, dollar gifts for their loved ones. Christmas wreaths will be available for sale. Breakfast will cost $8 for adults and $6 for children under 10. Be sure to bring your camera to record your Breakfast with St. Nicholas. Tickets will be sold at the door. If you have questions or want to reserve a table, send an email to Hannah Graham at hgrahamstandrews@gmail.com.

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