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Running for confidence and fun with Girls on the Run [Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton]

This is the Girls on the Run group from Dayton Oaks Elementary School with their coaches at the after-run celebration.
This is the Girls on the Run group from Dayton Oaks Elementary School with their coaches at the after-run celebration. (Courtesy photo /)

Twice each week throughout the fall, girls in the third-, fourth- and fifth-grade from Dayton Oaks Elementary School, have been training as part of the Girls on the Run program. At the beginning of December, they ran a 5k race in Columbia, each with an adult buddy.

Girls on the Run helps the girls learn to work together and develop friendships while they become physically active. Along the way, they also do something to help the community. The Dayton Oaks students picked up trash around their school, helping to beautify the neighborhood.

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The 27 members of the Girls on the Run group from Dayton Oaks are Stephanie Albert, Miriam Auerbach, Marybeth Biewer, Mia Craig, Jaya Daulat, Grace Edwards, Mia Estes, Alexis Fath, Danielle Foster, Alexandra Gess, Karlie Harris, Belle Hynes, Maddie Mansour, Ryan McLemore, Grace Morris, Sophia Newman, Abigale Paterniti, Harley Rosen, Maya Sanyal, Zoe Schodzinski, Serena Soldavin, Quinn Steadman, Brennan Wheeler, Ave Whitfield, Samara Winrose and Aleesa Zirvi.

Miya Paterniti, the team coach said, “I was very inspired by the commitment and persistence that the girls showed during this season of Girls on the Run, both with their personal growth and their running. They were able to center their energy into running and into growing their star power together. I very much enjoyed this experience.”

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The Girls on the Run program proclaims its 5k to be “The happiest race you’ll ever run.” Everyone wins just by participating, no matter how long it takes to complete the course. The main goal is for every girl to be smiling as she crosses the finish line. The girls from Dayton Oaks were smiling.

Andrew Spang, the director of bands at Folly Quarter Middle School is excited to announce the results from the auditions for the Howard County Middle School Gifted and Talented Band. Eleven Folly Quarter students passed the audition. They will now perform in a concert at Marriotts Ridge High School on Sunday, Jan. 21, at 3 p.m. along with the best middle school band students in the county. Congratulations to Amy Hwang, Kristina Chao, Amy Wang, Ocarina Lin, Justin Ma, Daniel Danko, Parisa Tofigh, Aaon Meng, Kat Mauser, Eric Dorsey and Megan Ball for becoming part of the ensemble.

Several of the students chosen for the Howard County Middle School GT Band were Dayton Oaks Band musicians of the month in previous years. All that hard work does pay off. For the month of December, director of bands, Amy Bejm Syversen is excited to announce the Dayton Oaks Musicians of the month. Congratulations to Helen Quill, Sarah Burns, Sean Studdard, Quinn Steadman, Dustin Sisk, Nathan Markos, Nate Ellis, Ameya Moghekar, Alex Leonard, Gabrielle Shane, Tomi Mumuney, Isabelle Ives, Carolyn Dzubak, Hannah Le, Anaya Qian, Giovanni Morales, Charlie Endlich, Aiden Kwon, Gabe Murray and Ethan Sanders.

The Glenelg High School winter concert will be Wednesday, Dec. 20, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Glenelg. Christopher Winters, Kevin George and Ross Rawlings will direct symphonic and concert bands, orchestra and all of the choral groups as they perform seasonal selections. Tickets cost $8 and can be purchased from any band, choir or orchestra member, or from the front office of the school. This is one of the most popular concerts of the year and usually sells out, so get your tickets early. The marching unit bake sale will take place in the lobby before the concert and during intermission.

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The German Language Christmas Service at Calvary Lutheran Church will be held on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 3 p.m. Reverands Eric and Anke Deibler will lead the worship and the singing of Christmas carols in German. The brass choir will also perform. After the service, there will be a coffee hour with German goodies. Christmas Eve services will be held at 3, 5, 7 and 11 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 24. For more information about the church on Old Frederick Road call 410-489-5280, or go to calvarylutheranmd.net.

A Month of Tuesday Dinners Fundraiser at the new Dandelion Bakery Bistro at 3800 Ten Oaks Road in Glenelg will benefit the Glenelg High Marching Unit. On Tuesday, Dec. 19 and Tuesday, Dec. 26, you can check out the new restaurant, which is getting rave reviews and support the marching unit at the same time. Just write Glenelg Marching Unit on a piece of paper and give it to your server. You will enjoy a good meal while helping a good cause.

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