Deserving students will benefit from Mark Hollingsworth Scholarship

Earlier this year, I wrote about the Mark Hollingsworth Scholarship, founded in memory of a Sykesville man who died from lung cancer in July 2010, at the age of 48. Hollingsworth was a devoted family man, an avid traveler and triathlete, and a compassionate individual.

Every spring for five years (until Hollingsworth's youngest child, Jake, graduates from high school in 2015), the Columbia Foundation ( will award a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating Marriotts Ridge High School senior who exemplifies Hollingsworth's positive outlook on life. This year, Faith Katsman received the inaugural award.


The scholarship recognizes Hollingsworth's generosity, but family and friends have also chosen to keep his spirit alive through "Team Mark," a group that plans to take part in local activities to promote community involvement and help raise awareness and money for a variety of causes, not just those related to cancer.

On Aug. 21, Team Mark sent more than 20 participants and 30 spectators to Centennial Park for the Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon. Hollingsworth attended the Iron Girl Columbia many times in the past to cheer on his wife, Michelle, his daughter, Taylor, now a senior at Marriotts Ridge, and his mother-in-law, Diane Krichmar.

This year, members of Team Mark stood out boldly in bright blue T-shirts bearing a red and yellow "Super Mark" "M" shield similar to Superman's "S" shield. After Mark's initial diagnosis, Taylor and some of her friends created the personalized logo for a superhero cape they gave to her dad for symbolic strength. Team Mark T-shirts incorporate the "M" shield on the front, and on the back, the No. 13 in recognition of Mark's college volleyball number.

Look for Team Mark at Centennial Park again Oct. 2 for the Half Full Triathlon in support of the Ulman Cancer Fund. The group will be working a water/aid station and could use some additional volunteers. If interested in helping out, email, or go to for more information. A wine and beer tasting is also in the planning stages, with more details to follow.

Friendship Baptist Church would like to invite the community to a free family event. On Sunday, Sept. 18 at 2:30 p.m., local actress Anita Gutschick will present a humorous look at three women of the Bible: Rebekah, Ruth, and the woman at the well. The "Water Jars" performance costs $5 per person or $20 for families of four or more. Call the church office at 410-442-5506 to purchase tickets; seating is limited.

Get ready for some fall comfort food at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church! This month's community feast Sept. 22 will feature chicken pot pie, plus side dishes, beverages and desserts, lovingly donated by Smokin' Hot Catering. All are welcome!

The meal costs $9 per person or $30 maximum per family and runs from 6 to 8 p.m. During this time, a mum and pumpkin sale will also take place and proceeds from both events will help send church youth on a Journey to Adulthood (J2A) pilgrimage in San Francisco next summer.

If you cannot make the dinner, St. Andrew's will continue selling mums and pumpkins (as well as pansies, flowering kale, gourds, popping corn, and other fall goodies) Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The address is 2892 Route 97, in Glenwood. For more information, email or call 410-292-8202.

Because of the hurricane-delayed start of school, Marriotts Ridge High School has rescheduled its back-to-school night for Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. The office phone number is 410-313-5568 for more information.

Back-to-school night at West Friendship Elementary will still take place Tuesday, Sept. 20 with band and strings meeting at 5:30 p.m., grades 3-5 will meet at 6:30 p.m., and grades K-2 will meet at 7:30 p.m. Call the school at 410-313-5512 with any questions.

Waverly Elementary, too, will host its back-to-school gatherings as originally planned: Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. for Kindergarten and first grade 1; , 7 p.m. on September 20 for grades 2 and 3, and 6:30 p.m. on September 21 for GT, followed by grades 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. The phone number is 410-313-2819.

Mt. View Middle School held its back-to-school night Sept.1, as scheduled.

One final reminder: On Sunday, Sept. 18 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Glenelg United Methodist Church will host a free community concert featuring world-renown trumpeter Vince DiMartino. Joining him will be Bob Boguslaw on piano, Aaron Clay on bass, Chris Rose on drums, church Music Director Doug Burian on trumpet and church organist Richard Cartwright on organ and piano. Come enjoy an evening of classical and jazz music, followed by a reception. A free-will offering will be invited. The church address is 13900 Burntwoods Road, in Glenelg, and the phone number is 410-489-7260.