"Pomp and Circumstance" is echoing in the ears of the members of Centennial High School's class of 1995 after a series of celebrations that culminated in their June 1 graduation at Merriweather Post Pavilion.
On May 25, the school held its Evening Awards, when community groups presented awards and scholarships to students.
So Kim was the evening's pianist, playing the "Pomp and Circumstance" processional and "Trumpet Voluntary" recessional.
The student speakers were Nikki Kassolis and Shana Lloyd.
Students Nadji Mitchell and Flora Nudelman recited a Dr. Seuss poem on graduation. Toni Richards sang "The River" and Marcia Kunkle sang "Look to the Rainbow."
The next morning, the school held a Farewell Assembly, when the underclassmen finally could tell the seniors their true feelings about them.
Lauren Lynch and Chris Donahue welcomed everyone. Lauren Dutterer sang the musical selection "Seeds." Dan Puryear and Chris Campbell were student speakers, and Nischom Silverman and Colleen Nugent created the senior slide show.
Social studies teacher Bruce Smith was chosen as the senior teacher; his son Kevin Smith, a member of the class of 1995, gave him the award.
The senior class gift was a large glass showcase, to be used for display of athletic trophies.
Faculty sponsor Nancy Jones and class sponsor Kathleen Maizel each said goodbye to the class.
Two prestigious school awards were given. The Nancy Freimanis Award, given in memory of the teacher/aide who died of Lou Gehrig's disease this year, was presented to Nischom Silverman.
The Memorial Angelo Fortunato Scholarship Award, which commemorates the school's first principal, was awarded to Chris Donahue.
Finally, on graduation night, Student Government Association President Shara Boonshaft and Kevin O'Connor were student speakers. After Michael Offenheiser sang "This Is the Moment," Sandra French of the board of education awarded the diplomas.
zTC Douglas Ulman announced the turning of the tassels, and for this group of teens, high school was history.
Congratulations to you as you disperse yourselves through the larger world.
At the end of each school year, St. John's Community Association creates a Good Citizenship Award for the children of Dunloggin Middle and Northfield Elementary schools.
The awards go to a girl and boy each from fifth and eighth grade, and each winner receives a $50 savings bond.
This year, the award was associated with a bookmark contest in which students created bookmarks with logos or pictures and slogans celebrating reading as an activity.
Northfield Elementary winners include fifth-grader Ji Chung, /^ whose slogan is, "Read a book and soar with it," and whose logo was a soaring superhero.
Elisa Jehn's slogan, "Reading is a magical journey" had a fantasy theme.
Dunloggin Middle School winners are Chendi Zhang, whose slogan was "Reading is achieving," and Kristina Schappeler, whose slogan was "Books are springing up everywhere."
Each of the winners received a gift certificate from Junior Editions Book Store.
Ellicott City's Trinity School has proudly announced the graduation of eighth-grade students June 6. Congratulations to all 35 new graduates.
Presidential Academic Awards were presented to Kristina Brust, Katie Creech, Eric Case, Shannon Early, Marc Graham, Ursula Gross, Alberta Harrison, Randi King, Zachary Martinez, Andrew Maurer, Deanna McCullough, Megan Moulding, Stephen Reis, Tess Romiti and Catherine Stacy.
Other academic awards included the Brian Varacalle Award for Science, earned by Amy Milauskas. The awards for the highest academic average were given to Eric Case and Deanna McCullough.
The award for perfect attendance was earned by Dana Dvornicky.
The Trinity award, given to a student for a spirit of generosity, concern for others and conscientiousness in daily life, was presented to Eric Case.
Four students received scholarships to help further their educations.
Katie Creech won a scholarship to Notre Dame Preparatory School. Kristin Brust and Randi King each won a scholarship to Seton Keough High School. Ellen Ohlmacher won an art scholarship to Mount de Sales High School.
My sixth-grade son, Sam, enjoyed playing his first season of soccer this spring, in the Soccer Association of Columbia's Centennial League.
The Centennial League, comprising Ellicott City and parts of Elkridge, now accounts for one-third of the soccer teams in SAC's roster.
Sam received some wonderful coaching from his Ellicott City coach, John Murach, who combines a laid-back personality and the concern of a father with the drive of a coach.
Other under-12 coaches included Ryan Simmons, who stepped into a spring vacancy; Gary Wirth, "who has been around for a while"; and Thomas Hook.
Under-11 coaches were Bruce Harvey, who coaches two soccer teams each season; Glen Severn; Dick Bosstick; and Matt Gallagher, a new college graduate with no children who coached just for the fun of it.
Dan Graham, who has coached soccer for many years, sometimes two teams, chose not to coach this year, but rather accepted an even more challenging task: organizing and coordinating the huge SAC organization in the Centennial area.
Hundreds of children played soccer because of his efforts. Thanks, Dan.