Reservoir High launches a new honor society for science [Fulton/Highland]

Reservoir High School has a new honor society — the Science National Honor Society. The inaugural class was inducted in the newly formed honor society based on academic successes in science classes, interest to promote science education, and interest in community service initiatives related to science fields, such as environmental projects.

The senior class members are Anwaar Bastien, Jonathan Bui, Shikha Dave, Rohan Kuruvilla, Tory LaFemina, Kirsten McGhie, Nhien Theresa Phan, Owen Pochettino, Brendan Sheehy and Michael Sullivan. The junior class members are Siya Bhagat, Emily Blanchard, Brian Freeman, Ayaz Hussain, Rishit Patel, Sarah Sandler, Puja Trivedi, Emily Wang and Thomas Wood. The student officers are Connie Chung, president, MonYi Lwin, vice president, Caroline Fourney, secretary, and Stephen Sims, publicist. Kudos to the society's sponsors Jessica Kohout, Rita Park and Paul Lee. Congratulations.


The staff at Reservoir High School recognized one of the outstanding custodians by declaring Feb. 10 Murchison James Day. Mr. James has worked at RHS ever since the school opened its doors in 2002.

"You can always hear him singing as he works around the building," Principal Pat Saunderson wrote in one of his recent RHS newsletters.

Mr. James also celebrated his 75th birthday that same day. Barb Mueller, Pat's secretary, tried to get of photo of Mr. James. Unfortunately, she was not successful. Thank you, Mr. James, for your dedication and hard work at the school.

The Reservoir Tri-M Music Honor Society held its first used instrument drive last year. They're doing it again this year from now until April 11. It doesn't matter what kind of instrument or its condition — all donations will be accepted. The donated instruments will then be given to Hungry for Music, an international organization that reconditions instruments and provides them to children "with a hunger to play." Instruments can be dropped off in the music suite. For more information, contact Greg Knauf via email:, or by calling 410-888-8850.

Want a great night out and help the Reservoir High School community at the same time? The RHS Gator Gala, formerly the RHS Bull Roast, takes place March 21, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. It's a great night out for the adults and it helps support the many clubs, activities and sports teams at Reservoir High School. It is also the biggest fundraiser of the year.

The venue has changed to the Gathering Place in Clarksville. Seating is limited and so is the number of tickets. Don't get left out in the cold. You can purchase your tickets online at .Tickets are 25 percent cheaper this year, $37.50 a person, which includes a buffet dinner (menu on the website) and limited alcohol. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Erin Dorn at

On March 7, the Fulton Elementary School mascot Freddy the Falcon joined the Kids for Character greeters and School Assistant Principal Susan Nickles in their colorful tie-dyed T-shirts to greet their fellow students when they arrived at school. The greeters are selected by their teachers for displaying exemplary character traits.

The February greeters are Sonia Lipcon in Mary Robinson's Kindergarten class; Blake Smoot in Kelly Grenzer's class; Riyana Patel in Diana Geyer's class; Corina Tarhon in Danielle Provance's class; Clare Chung in Jillian O'Brien's class and Natalie Shope in Dana Rhodehamels' class.

A team of fifth graders at Fulton, known at the Fulton Flip Maniacs, competed against other Destination Imagination teams from Howard and Baltimore counties and Baltimore City at the DI North Central Tournament held on Feb. 22.The Maniacs, made up of Alex Shumacher, Caleb Dockendorf, Connor Vu, Liz Smolen, Hudson Davis and Mehul Sreenivas, had to find a solution to the technical challenge called Dig In, where they had to create a machine that could detect and remove hidden objects. The Maniacs won second place and advanced to the Maryland State DI competition scheduled for April 5 at UMBC (my alma mater). Good luck, Maniacs!