This afternoon, the proud seniors of Hammond High graduate. It's a special time, graduation, full of of tedious rehearsals and ill-hidden tears. They will never be here together again quite this same way. So congratulations to the Class of '95.
Ten seniors will present parts of the graduation program.
Peter Laanisto, president of the National Honor Society, gives the opening remarks. Michelle Willis, Student Government Association, welcomes the participants. Elena Zelkowitz and Martina Siwek introduce the guests.
Keshea Slater introduces the guest speaker, Atholton Principal Roger Plunkett. Swati Pal is the class speaker. Rachael Simmons and Andrew Wiles share their recollections.
Heather Perkins and Ian Kennedy, last heard from as the principals of "Hello, Dolly," sing "The Way We Were" and "Lean on Me."
Sandra Bresnick and Melinda Leone, co-presidents of the Class of '95, give the presentations. Linda L. Johnston, a member of the Howard County Board of Education, awards the diplomas.
Graduation is the culmination of four years of maturation and effort. It's particularly difficult to attend to studies in the senior year, with so many new opportunities and responsibilities. But, many Hammond seniors managed to excel nonetheless.
Joshua Jacob Blinder, Adam Harris Clay, Julie Eileen Finglass, Christian Devon Heffer, Matthew James Lee, Rachael Dena Simmons, Martina Marie Siwek, Joshua Adam Sommers, Cara Rae Stockham, Eric Michael Sumner, Andrew Christian Wiles, Sin Kei Yeung and Elena Rochelle Zelkowitz have each
graduated in the top 5 percent of their class.
Speaking of graduations, can it be five years already since the class of '90 left? There's a five-year reunion of the class scheduled from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 10 at Looney's Pub. Hammond grads who moved away are welcome to come, but call organizer Maria Seidelman (410) 669-7139.
The cost is $20 per person for goodies, drinks and entertainment.
Savage Fest, the annual Savage town party, is billed as a community fair with vendors and entertainment, but somehow the Fest feels like the best block party you've ever attended. There will be games that kids can afford on their allowance, lots of crafts, heavenly food and a mix of entertainment.
The Savage United Methodist Church holds its annual strawberry festival across the street from the Fest. The church has some of the best barbecuers around, not to mention dedicated volunteers who churn homemade ice cream.
The Fest is this weekend, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday on Baldwin Commons, Foundry and Baltimore street in Savage.
It's the beginning of a new month, so that means the Montpelier Cultural Arts center is changing the exhibitions around again.
Sam Soto, a sculptor who has a studio in the center, exhibits his stone and rawhide pieces in the Resident Artist's Gallery until June 30. A reception will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 16. Both the exhibit and the reception are free.