Samantha Hall, an eighth grade student at Lime Kiln Middle School, submitted her essay to the 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. "Living the Dream" essay contest. Students were asked to write and submit a personal essay, basing it on the legacy of Dr. King and their ability to live his "dream" as a result of his efforts.
This contest was conducted through the Howard County NAACP Youth Council, the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission and the Howard County Office of Human Rights. Samantha's essay was selected as the second place winner with a prize of $200. Congratulations, Samantha.
Each year, the Gardens Figure Skating Club, based at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel, puts on a spring skating show. This year is no different, with the club presenting "The Lion King on Ice".
And, there are at least three local performers taking part in the show. Debbie Smith, a resident of Beaufort Park in Fulton, along with daughters Shelley and Julie, are part of this year's cast.
"When I signed Shelley and Julie up for lessons as youngsters I noticed the rink also offered an adult class. I signed up as well", Debbie wrote in a recent email exchange.
They have been skating together for about 14 years and even though her girls have advanced much further in figure skating, Debbie and her girls still enjoy being in the shows together. Shelley and Julie both graduated from Reservoir.
Shelley is a graduate student at UMBC and Julie is taking college classes at Howard Community College. Show dates are March 29 and 30. The times for each performance are 1 and 3:30 p.m. Tickets for the shows can be purchased at the rink's box office or on-line at http://www.seatyourself.biz/gardensfsc.
Two Reservoir High School music program students had the honor of playing with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Meyerhoff in Baltimore.
Kayla Krammes is a sophomore at Reservoir and has been playing the violin since second grade. Her parents are Su and Craig Krammes.
"When I was little, I played both piano and violin but I dropped piano to focus on violin", Kayla wrote in an email.
She's currently teaching herself to play the ukulele and the guitar. However, "violin does take up a considerable amount of my week", she wrote.
Hers is a busy schedule — Howard County Gifted and Talented Orchestra, the school orchestra and her quartet Accoppiato, with three other high school students that are hired for various events, from weddings to parties, as well as volunteering at senior centers around the holidays.
In spite of this, she says she still finds time to play sports and to hang out with friends. Kayla said that she plans on pursuing a medical career but also plans on playing the violin during her college career.
Myla Wilson, the daughter of Perry and Denise Wilson, is also a Reservoir sophomore, but Myla's instrument of choice is the viola, the instrument her mom played in high school.
"I chose the viola because I love the sound and I did not want to play the violin because the pitch is too high for my liking" she wrote.
In addition to her busy music schedule, Myla finds time to play field hockey and lacrosse. For fun, she plays the ukulele. Myla wrote that she didn't think that she'd play the viola in college, but would probably join an outside orchestra because she loves to play.