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Full circle for honored art educator Christine Long [Highland/Fulton]

Full circle for honored art educator Christine Long [Highland/Fulton]
Reservoir High art educator Christine Long (courtesy LIfetouch School Portraits)

The public school system has been getting some awesome educator talent the last few years. One such educator is Christine Long.

She was recently named the 2015-16 Maryland Art Educators Association Howard County New Teacher of the Year.

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Christine and her twin Caitlin were born in Towson, but she and the rest of her family have resided in Howard County since her birth. In fact, up until she left for college, they lived in the same house — highly unusual for this area.

She attended Hammond Elementary and Hammond Middle schools and graduated from Reservoir High School in 2009. She always knew that she'd do something with art "on the side", but never ever thought about having a career in the field.

During her sophomore year in an art class she realized just how much she loved it. Her teacher, Greg English, who was also a rookie teacher that year, helped to turn that spark of desire for art into a passion.

She graduated from Towson University summa cum lade with Bachelor of Science in Art Education. She found out that shortly after her graduation, one of the art teachers at RHS would be moving on, leaving an opening.

She wrote, "The first thing I did was call Mr. English and ask him about the opening. We both agreed that it would be the ultimate full-circle and dream come true for me but I never thought I would actually get the position. After all, the field was very competitive and I wasn't sure if a high school would want to hire someone who didn't look much older than a high schooler herself."

But that is what happened. I asked her where she thought she would be in 5 years. She hopes to be starting a family and to contribute even more to the RHS art department where it all started. Her ultimate reward would be to inspire one student the same way that Mr. English inspired her. Congratulations.

Last week I wrote about the Reservoir High School National Merit semifinalist. This week, it's about the five additional RHS seniors that have been recognized as National Merit Commended Students based on the test during their junior year.

These folks are among the top 5 percent of the 1.5 million test takers last year. They are Ewan Ball, Jamie Hyatt, Ethan Kim, Bala Kommula and Meghna Sreenivas. Congratulations.

The Lime Kiln Middle School students of the week for the week ending October 2 are: Aidan Kristo, Evan Spann, Brian Niederhauser, Derrick Fuentes, Mollie Ranmond, Yari Armand, Christopher Cunning, Logan Kim, Braylon Frey, Riley Norris, Katherine Adao, Mariah Williams, and Taresse Bathrick. Excellent job.

The Allied Soccer Team of Reservoir High School is rolling. They squeaked by the Oakland Mills Scorpions by a score of 5–3. Will Alexion scored two goals, with Clara Scholz, Marcus Grant, and Christopher Dominguez each adding a goal. In their next outing, they kept their winning streak alive, defeating the Glenelg Gladiators 14-8. Becca Quintern scored a hat trick with three goals. Teammates Marcus Grant, Will Alexion, and Clara Scholz scored two goals each.

The remaining team members all scored a goal each, securing the win. They have since improved their standings to 4-0 with a win against Mt. Hebron 7–1. Will Alexion and Ally Ignacio led the team with two goals each with teammates Clara Scholz, Marcus Grant, and Christopher Dominguez with one goal each. Congratulations to the entire team and to the coaches Susanne Hughes and Stephane Doodigian.

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