Members of the Mt. Hebron High School Lancer Drill Team include, top row, from left: coach Kelsie McIntyre, Caroline Crowder, Roshni Ghosh, Sammy Smith, Mollie Reese and coach Jenny Caputo Shanahan; Middle row, from left: Jenny Fales, Stef Lynch, Bridget Reese, Jalene Shim; bottom row, from left: Captain Hannah Evans, Co-Captain Amy Trask and Captain Kelsey DeWitt.
Members of the Mt. Hebron High School Lancer Drill Team include, top row, from left: coach Kelsie McIntyre, Caroline Crowder, Roshni Ghosh, Sammy Smith, Mollie Reese and coach Jenny Caputo Shanahan; Middle row, from left: Jenny Fales, Stef Lynch, Bridget Reese, Jalene Shim; bottom row, from left: Captain Hannah Evans, Co-Captain Amy Trask and Captain Kelsey DeWitt. (Submitted photo)

Congratulations to the Mt. Hebron High School Lancer drill team!

After participating in various county competitions, the team went to battle at the MAPDA State Championships at the University of Maryland last month. The group entered three state categories — Division I Pom, Kick, and Total Package — and won first place trophies for each competition. In addition, the team captains were judged separately in competition and all three captains won first and second place medals for their routine performances.

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The team consits of captains Hannah Evans and Kelsey DeWitt, co-captain Amy Trask, members Caroline Crowder, Roshni Ghosh, Sammy Smith, Mollie Reese, Jenny Fales, Stef Lynch, Bridget Reese, Jalene Shim and coaches Kelsie McIntyre and Jenny Caputo Shanahan.

Way to go, drill team.

Calling all young poets! The Friends of the Howard County Library is sponsoring the "Word Up! Celebration" at the Miller Branch library on Wednesday, April 25th at 7 p.m.

Meet guest poet Truth Thomas, author of several books of poetry, including Speak Water (scheduled for publication this month) and listen to Howard County students read their Word Up! winning poems. Word Up! is a contest where Howard County students compete for best originial, unpublished poems in three divisions, grades 6-7, grades 8-9 and grades 10-12. No reservations are required for this event.

On Saturday, April 21, the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Venturing Crews and Girl Scouts in Howard County will be conducting their door-to-door Scouting for Food drive.

The drive begins when the Scouts and crew members deliver tan plastic bags to county homes. Community members can fill the bags with unexpired, non-perishable food and leave it at their door or mailbox.

On April 21, the bagged food will be picke up by the Scouts and donated to food pantries in the county. Last year, they collected more than 87,000 pounds of food. With your help, they hope to exceed that amount this year.

For more information, email scoutingforfoodNPD@verizon.net.

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