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Practice makes perfect for Loch Raven Technical Academy's band [Towson]

Towson Times

I had the good fortune to attend the Loch Raven Technical Academy Spring band concert on May 14, just days before they performed at Hershey Park and earned a superior rating and won the overall top middle school band award.

The seventh and eighth grade band, led by Mark St. Pierre, played "Rain" and "Whale Warriors," both composed by Brian Balmages, and the James Bond theme song, composed by John Barry. In all three pieces, I was struck by how the student musicians captured the mood of each piece perfectly, with strong brass solos and timely haunting chimes.

"When a child sees and feels the effects and power generated when music is played with the correct dynamics, articulations and tempi and the reaction they get from the audience, an intrinsic connection is developed between them and the music," said St. Pierre.

LRTA Principal Stacey Johnson affirms that student success begins with dedicated teachers. "The music program has been very successful due to the hard work of our teachers and the dedication of our talented students," said Johnson. "Ms. Prizzi, Mr. St. Pierre, Ms. Epps and Ms. Kirkwood all work hard to ensure that our students learn the music and practice it."

"It's a beautiful thing to watch as young minds become aware of aesthetic beauty," said St. Pierre.

David Cosimano, Nathan Hoffman, and John Wescott, who have been scouts of Immaculate Conception Church's Boy Scout troop since elementary school, received their Eagle Awards on May 3. Each scout committed to a service project to enrich the community.

Cosimano painted, cleaned, and built book shelves at the Gribbin Center at Gallagher Services. Hoffman renovated the old Towson Catholic High School Library by donating old books, repurposing furniture, and creating trophy cases from old book shelves. Wescott designed and built a paved wheelchair-accessible pathway from the Immaculate Conception School faculty parking lot to the school.

Notre Dame Prep engineering students, including senior Caroline Walker, of Towson, won the Architecture, Construction, and Engineering (ACE) competition at the 12th annual ACE Mentor Program Presentation Night on May 14.

In the competition, NDP architecture and engineering students came in first place for their proposed redesign of Baltimore 5th Regiment Armory. Walker received the top ACE Scholarship for $4,000 to be applied toward her interior design studies at Auburn University next year.

The NDP team of 14 students worked with Notre Dame Prep alumnae mentors Katie O'Brien, Stephanie Vidal, Kelly Garrity, and Marissa Pribyl. They developed a proposal for a mixed use site "…to bring together people from all over Baltimore to discover new things about themselves and the world around them," according to their mission statement. "The 5th Regiment Armory will be Baltimore's Passport to Possibilities."

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PHOTOS:

1. Towsontowne Tigers

CAPTION: Congratulations to the Towsontowne Tigers girls travel soccer team, who won the Spring 2015 Central Maryland Soccer Association's U-11 league championship on May 17, finishing the season with a 5-0-1 record.

Pictured: Top row, l to r: Evan Balkan, John Hutch

Middle Row, l to r: Isabel McFarland, Chloe Potter, Ella Kate West, Amelia Balkan, Chiara Hutch, Gracy Back, Laney Schmugge, Sophie Rine, Olivia Garfink

Front Row, (kneeling), l to r: Olivia Kahn, Chelsea Shumate, Caroline Rice, Elizabeth Johnson, Grace Klein, Emma Tufano.

Not pictured: players Lilly Knott and Julianna Leatherwood, coaches Mike Leatherwood and Allison West

2. Eagle Scouts David Cosimano, Nathan Hoffman, and John Wescott, of Troop 750.

3. NDP students

NDP students (l to r) Kennedy Monaco, Emma Blanchard, Elyssa Ferguson, Abby Barbara, Megan Frye, and Caroline Walker with ACE mentor Katie O'Brien '05 (far right)

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