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Cub Scouts help the homeless at annual derby [Fulton/Highland]

Randy Arndt, a parishioner at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Fulton, passed along an email about a recent event that occurred at the church. He wrote, "When the Cub Scouts of Pack 1702 in Fulton held their annual Pinewood Derby competition on Saturday, Dec. 10, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, they brought something more than their race cars and high hopes. They also brought along a whole bunch of blue jeans and other cold-weather pants needed by homeless men who visit the Day Resource Center on Route 1 in Jessup. Responding to an urgent request passed along to the Pack leaders by its charter organization representative at St.Paul's, the scouts brought in nearly two dozen pairs of men's pants to help replenish the empty shelves at the Resource Center. The charter rep, Randy Arndt, was dropping off some lunch items for the cleaning crew of homeless volunteers when he learned of the situation.He quickly contacted Pack 1702 leaders and St. Francis Roman Catholic Church in Fulton as well as his congregation at St. Paul's about the need for men's cold weather pants.

Arndt said the donations from the Cub Scouts were the icing on a "fast response" effort to provide cold-weather clothing for people seeking assistance at the Day Center. "We had a terrific outpouring of support," he said. More than 50 pairs of men's pants were delivered to the Day Center for distribution. Donations of needed items are always welcome at the Day Resource Center.

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Nina Tiller, proud mother of a student scholar, sent an email about her daughter, Haley Tiller, a senior at Reservoir High School. Haley was selected as "The Wendy's® High School Heisman® Award Winner for Reservoir High School in Fulton."

You can read more about the award at the Wendy's website: www.wendyshighschoolheisman.com.

You can read more about Haley here. She is a three-sport varsity starter athlete. She plays feld hockey, basketball and lacrosse, is the team captain for both field hockey and basketball and was selected to play on the Brine High School All-American Lacrosse Team where she represented the state of Maryland in her junior year.

On the scholar side, Haley is the state and RHS pesident of DECA - an international association of marketing students; plays an active role in SGA, not to mention being active in a few of the honor societies at RHS such as the National Honor Society, the National Spanish Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society.

Haley is an AP scholar with distinction and a straight-A student who has received both the RHS Scholar Athlete Award as well as the Principal's Honor Roll Award every year she has attended Reservoir. Congratulations, Haley.

The Lime Kiln Middle School students of the week for the week ending Dec. 9 were: Jocelyn Baker, Emily Meadows, Mason Freedman, Grady Allbritton-King, Dylan Bradford, Chase Bauman, Tomi Falodun, Maxwell Battist, Shiv Shah and Ali Damani.

The LKMS students of the week for the week ending Dec. 16 were: Rayaan Chaudhry, Eric Roth, Ben Davis, Amber Brown, Lily Lei, John McKenna, Owen Bennertz and Zoe Frey.

LKMS student Anjali Paliyam entered the annual Champion of Courage essay contest sponsored by Fox45 Baltimore where she reached one of the top 25 spots for the state of Maryland.

Anjali's choice for her champion is ElonMusk, one of the modern tech giants of the modern age. Anjali has been invited to a meeting where she will have breakfast; have her reading of her essay taped; receive a $100.00 savings bond and a chance to win more prizes. Congratulations, Anjali.

Another LKMS student, eighth grader Dennis Michael Herschbach, submitted his poem titled "Pieces" to the Young Writers of America Poetry Contest. Only 20 percent of the thousands of submissions are selected for publication. His was one of them. Michael is a member of Writer's Guild. Congratulations, Dennis.

The Lime Kiln Middle School students who qualified for the annual spelling bee are: sixth grade: Irene Allbritton-King, Grady Allbritton-King, Alexander Cui, Lexi Fishman, Jack Hadeed, Jason Kang, Teagen Rausch, Valarie Yu and Alisha Uddin; seventh grade: Aiai Calmer, Ishnaan Kaur, Calvin Keeley, Michelle Lee, Camila Mendez and Oriel Ockerman; eighth grade: Victoria Bradford, Branden Brown, Jason Ha, Craig Hoffman, Jacob Kaplan, Suhani Khosla, Aminah Malik, Mollie Raymond, Sam Ryu, Disha Sanwal, Zoe Schlossnagle, Sabrina Ventoso, Cannor Vu, Jesse Wilcox, Tristan Yasay, Sabrina Zalesk, Naomi Zecharias and Michael Zhan. Congratulations to each of you.

Each year, The Council of Elders of the Black Community of Howard County, in partnership with the Howard County Public School System, recognizes fifth-grade students of color for their outstanding academic success in mathematics, language arts and in the MSA Science Assessment. Nearly three dozen students at Fulton Elementary School are being honored at a Celebration of Academic Achievement on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. at Glenelg High School. The students are: Christian Abernathy, Victoria Keys, Yewande Akinwande, Alexander Lee, Marvin Allmond, Mathias Makonnen, Nina Armani-Dove, Kaitlyn Marks, Kevin Applewhite, Sofia Morais, Jaylen Bennett, Camilla Munongo, Elena Bowle, Sirak Nephtalem , Jordan Brathwait, Fikayo Olamide, Camille Brown, Elijah Padgett, Taylor Brown, Gabriella Prather, Amir Edris, Summer Richmond , Jalen Finn, Cynthia Scipio, Cameron Frey, Ke'marui Steward, Lorenzo Gamble, Lena Washington, Luln a Ghirmai, Matthew William, Brooke Jackson, Joseph Woldemichael, Titi Jaji, Johanna James and Logan Wright.

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