Kudos for young judo, Koammodu experts [Rodgers Forge]

It's probably safe to assume most of us are looking forward to spring. It's no coincidence that snow is a four-lettered word. Especially after the past two weeks. But all this snow didn't prevent the youth of our neighborhood from accomplishing some pretty impressive achievements.

David Dippel, 6, won all three of his Brazilian Jujitsu matches in a tournament at Team Maryland BJJ in Clarksville. In addition, David is preparing for a judo competition scheduled for March in Hyattsville, as well as upcoming tournaments in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Hawaii. Sign me up to chaperone that last one. 

And then there's Noah Webb, 8, who recently qualified for his Black Belt after much training (two hours a day for four days a week!) and an exhaustive four-hour test in Koammodu, a Korean Martial Arts. "[It's] quite a rarity for someone so young to have earned this level of expertise and skill," according to proud dad, Ryan Webb. If you plan on walking down a dark alley sometime soon, I would recommend calling on David or Noah to escort you. I know I'd feel safer with one of them along.

Kat Georgantas, 13, was recently notified that her artwork has been selected to adorn the halls of the Maryland General Assembly for the 2014 Legislative Session. She received two plaques of recognition and a letter from Sen. Jim Brochin congratulating her on the achievement and inviting her and parents, Kate and Dominic Georgantas, to Annapolis for a personal tour. And to sign autographs. I bet they ask for autographs. 

In January, Evie Calwell, 10, won Rodgers Forge Elementary School's Fairytale Ending Contest. Evie wrote a new ending to "Hansel and Gretel," which was then performed by the teachers while Evie narrated. Watch out, John Waters! 

Standing outside the school one afternoon waiting for her son in the unexpected frigid rain, Courtney Gover was pondering how she could keep her infant daughter, Tabitha, mostly dry on the walk home when Leo Li, 8, a new arrival to Rodgers Forge, approached her and offered his umbrella. Did I mention Leo's 8? And he didn't know the Govers. Just saw a mom in need and took action. I mentioned he's 8, right? Leo: You. Are. Awesome. And welcome to Rodgers Forge.

Students at Rodgers Forge Elementary School celebrated their 100th day of school on Wednesday, Feb. 12 followed by a 5-day weekend thanks to the S.N.O.W. The funniest thing, second-graders dressed up to demonstrate how they might look when they are 100 years old. Ha! The whole school celebrated being 100 days smarter. Many students also participated in the Valentines for Veterans program by bringing in an extra card or two for our military heroes. Because our men and women in uniform can always use some extra love. Sweet.

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