A big shout-out to two notable Reservoir High graduates [North Laurel/Savage]

This is it! The end of the 2013 school year is here. That officially makes it summer for all the students.

Claire Willis wants to congratulate her granddaughter, Colleen Paraska, on her graduation from Reservoir High School. Paraska will be going to Howard Community College next year on the Rouse Scholarship for business. She graduated with a 4.0 GPA, was a National Merit finalist and received many awards at Reservoir.


Also, big congratulations to Biyik Akinshenoyin, not only for graduating from Reservoir but for becoming the State Champion Boys Singles Tennis player.

Nice way to end the year to you both. I'm sure there are many other stories of our graduates. Let me know yours.

I attended Hammond and Laurel Woods elementary's Simulated Congressional Hearings. It was a great day learning about our Constitution from the fifth-graders. Way to go!

Now that school is out, some of you will be moving over the summer. Do not forget to contact your child's school to let them know, so they can transfer their records.

Hammond Elementary's Principal Judith Bland will retire this year. I'm sure everyone wishes her well.

Also, James Livers, known as Uncle Jimmy the crossing guard at Laurel Woods, will retire from his post. Good luck.

This summer the Howard County Police Department will once again host the Mobile Recreation Center on Thursdays at the North Laurel Community Center. This is a drop-in program, which runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will offer a chance for kids to play board and video games, and sports in a supervised environment. To find out more about the program, call 410-313-2620.

The North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, will host Saturday at the Movies with "The Muppet Movie" this Saturday, June 15, at 6 p.m. Popcorn and a drink are included.

The movie cost $2 for members, $4 for nonmembers, and kids 5 and under are free, but need to be registered. Call 410-313-0390 to register.

While at the center, check out all their activities. There is plenty to do for everyone in the community.

Is your child Movin' Up to Middle School this fall? Why not sign them up for the library programs where they can meet classmates, learn positive ways to succeed and work on those combination locks.

Due to construction at our library, the program will be at the North Laurel Community Center on Aug. 14, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Registration is required at 410-313-7750 or hclibrary.org.

Forest Ridge is once again a Certified Green School.

The school has also been certified a PBIS Gold School. That stands for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports program. Way to go, Forest Ridge!