Laurel Leader

Smithsonian intern Kelsey Wood is lost in the stars [North Laurel/Savage]

Kelsey Wood, a junior at the University of Maryland and local North Laurel resident, is interning at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.

Everyone tells their children to reach for the stars while growing up. That is exactly what Kelsey Wood loves to do.


Kelsey, a junior at the University of Maryland and local North Laurel resident, is interning at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.

Kelsey thought she wanted to major in graphic arts until she took a geology class. She was hooked. She has always loved Earth Science, but she now wants to learn about other terrestrial bodies as well so changing to Geology as her major was natural for her.


This summer, Kelsey got accepted into the internship of her dreams. It gave her a chance to do the work she wants to do with experts in their field.

This summer, she is looking through images of Mar's surface trying to find inflated lava flows. The images came from the Mars Odyssey Spacecraft. Kelsey will also be mapping ancient crater lakes and draining basins on Mars, using GIS technology, in order to learn more about the conditions that may have been on Mars in the past.

Kelsey says, "I could not be more excited about this internship. It is so fun and challenging and is the sort of work I hope to do after I graduate."

Keep reaching for the stars, Kelsey. She is also planning Mars Day at the Museum and designing postcards of recent images from Mars and running activities during the event on July 26.

Murray Hill Middle wants to welcome Josh Wasilewski as their new principal. Josh has come from Wilde Lake Middle School.

Reservoir High School's Student Service Office is open during the summer, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For an appointment, call 410-888-8860.

The Howard County Police Department will host the National Night Out Against Crime on Aug. 6 at the North Laurel Community Center starting at 6 p.m. For information, call 410-313-0390.

The Savage Community Association will celebrate National Night Out with the annual Ice Cream Social on Aug. 6 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Baldwin Common, at 9035 Baltimore St.


Don't forget to sign up for the Savage 7K Run and 1 Mile Historic Walk on Sept. 22. The run starts at the Carroll Baldwin Hall and goes past the Mill through Savage park and the neighborhood before returning to the Hall. The walk is a guided tour through Historic Savage.

Proceeds from the event go to support renovations to the Hall. The goal is to raise enough money to support new steps, ramps and railings. Register online at or at Road Runners in Columbia.

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church on Route 216 will hold its annual Yard Sale on Sept. 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Spaces are available for $20 for two and $10 for each additional, with a two-space minimum. For more information, contact Joan Morris at or Gail Brown at