Martin Luther King Middle School had a Destination Imagination team for the first time this year. It is comprised of six West Laurel students from the school — Haley Bateman, Kenny Graninger, Evelyn Jah, Marcus Jones, Rahel Mani and Michael Stroud — with the seventh team member, Amy Lepore, coming from College Park Academy. All seven students are now sixth-graders and attended Bond Mill Elementary.
They chose to take on this year's technical challenge, which required them to design and build a vehicle that would carry a team member across a performance space of 14 feet using two different forms of movement and two different forms of propulsion. The vehicle had to reliably change between the two methods. They also had to integrate the vehicle into a performance about change, keep everything to no more than eight minutes and stay within a fixed budget. This team was able to take first place at both regional competition and, even more impressively, at state competition. Team members are among more than 8,000 students representing more than 1,400 teams that will advance to Global Finals, which will be held at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville May 25-28. Cheri Batemen (parent) is the coach manager with two teacher sponsors, Tracey Goodridge and Vickie Johnson to make it all possible. Principal Robin Wiltison was beyond excited and proud of her students. Globals here they come!
Bond Mill Elementary also competed in the Destination Imagination state competition and knocked out their competition with a first place win. The team was managed by teachers Donna Albrecht and Stacie Vernor and is comprised of seven fourth-grade students: Carolyn Appleby, Trevor Bateman, Kisakye Kirabo, Sabrina Pillai, Nathan Sokolowsy, Nolan Vernor and Mia Reese. The team chose to take on the scientific challenge, which required them to investigate different forms of camouflage; design and create a character that represented a real life form that utilized camouflage; design appropriate scenery and props; and integrate everything into a performance lasting no more than eight minutes.
After placing first at both the regional and state competition, Bond Mill Elementary's team is now moving on to Global Finals. Principal Justin FitzGerald cheered on his team at the state competition with lots of Bond Mill parents and teachers there supporting their successful DI team. Go Bulldogs on to Globals in Tennessee!
West Laurel said a sad good-bye to a wonderful friend and neighbor this month. Kim Passmore passed after a long heroic fight with cancer. Kim and her husband, Joe, raised four sons, Phillip, Bryan, Chris and Jeffrey, and daughter Meredith here in West Laurel. While busy with five children, she worked as a nutritionist, was active on the PTAs of four schools, was an active member of the West Laurel Swim Club and swim team and was probably best known for her work and leadership with the West Laurel Recreation Council. Kim always gave it her all whether it was with her church, her family, neighbors, friends or community. We all knew Kim as a feisty small woman with boundless energy and limitless love.
Prince George's County Public Schools' kindergarten registration for children in our community who turn 5 years old by Sept. 1 has begun. Register now. You must bring the original birth certificate, up-to-date immunization record, parent picture ID and proof of residence. Proof of residence includes a deed, signed settlement papers or current mortgage statement for home owners, or a legal contract for renters. You must also bring two pieces of mail addressed to you that is recent, with postmarks. For more information, please call the Bond Mill office at 301-497-3600.