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Drama club learns that the show must go ojn [West Laurel]

Despite the unpredictable snow days and even a "wind" day, the Bond Mill Drama Club knew that the show must go on!

On March 23 and 24, the Bond Mill Drama Club presented "Gone with the Breeze." Technology teacher Kristen Ruiz directed and produced her 14th musical at Bond Mill. For six months Ruiz, Rolanda Brown, musical director, Stacie Vernor worked with a cast of 53 talented actors, actresses and stage crew. The musical is a telling tale of fleeting fame; a flamboyant cast of characters attempt to make a movie with movie stars with all the glitz. Roles for the young thespians were wild tour guides, frantic Hollywood studio personnel and agents, loony lawyers, little monsters, wanna-be-actors and gossip columnists. Musical and dance numbers included, "Give A Lawyer a Hug", "Fax Me A Kiss" and "Gone With The Breeze." Some of the students actually choreographed the ensemble dances. Teachers Kelly Heskett and Jessica Cowan worked with a bunch of very talented and artistic stage crew who included Sneha Jose, Johnathan Agbor, London Chavis, Christopher Villeda, Noel Motley and Ruben Grajales-Martinez.

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Brilliant performances were given by Sean Hamilton, Alain Chi, Gabby Millwood, Zahara Umar, Alex Jones, Cailey Dawkins, Asia Perkes, Paxton Vernor, Aaliyah Minwah, Naia Garcia, Alinah Walker, Claudia van der Have, Maila Reed, David Magno, Austin Mills-Gobbel, Jasmine Buckner, Kaylee Robinson, Addison Proctor, Ellie Rodriguez-Cruz, Camila Rodriguez-Cruz, Delaney McGinnis, Alyssa Casey, Reagan Wynter, Martin McCall, Zinnia Pickett, Sadie Werksman, Andrew Campos, Neyla Carr, Lizzie Kurio, Savannah Whitley, Eli Mayson, Christian Accius, Lyam Laryea, Alison Bent, Serafina Mann, Riley Hobby, Maarja McCall, Rylee Perkes, Bailey Batte, Ayanna Agyekum, Mirian Mgbaja, Kyla Dennis, Riley Galloway, Mikayla Jones, Natasha Brown and Eloise Smith. There was standing room only during the Saturday afternoon performance with friends, relatives and neighbors giving a standing ovation for an outstanding play and performances. Principal Justin FitzGerald praised Ruiz, his wonderful staff and tres talented students for once again showing our community that Bond Mill is number one! Bravo!

Nick Horsman, a 2017 graduate of Eleanor Roosevelt, earned the highest honor in Boy Scouting by attaining the rank of Eagle. Nick has had a life-long story with Scouting. It began with Pack 1250 with Dick Stevick earning his Bobcat and Tiger ranks. He moved to Troop 1673 earning his Wolf, Bear and Webelos. He discovered a love of camping and Pinewood Derbies. He received his Arrow of Light and eventually ended back where he started at Troop 1250 where he enjoyed camping in Goshen, Virginia, and Gettysburg, Rodney and Horseshoe in Pennsylvania. Then it was on to Tenderfoot to Life under the leadership of Bill Raynor and Dave Bisson. Finally, Nick attained the rank of Eagle under the leadership of Brian Switalski. He also followed the lead of his mentors serving as a leader to other scouts himself.

His Eagle Project involved building benches, birdhouses and creating a natural and lovely area at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Forestville.

Mark your calendars now for the Bond Mill Elementary PTO Carnival on May 19. This is a very special year as Bond Mill E.S. will celebrate its 50th Anniversary on the same day.

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