Around Boonsboro

March 08, 2006|by KRISTY SMITH

March roars in

Greetings, neighbors! March arrived more like a roaring polar bear than a lion, but by the time this column runs, we should be on our way to warmer weather.

I have attended and heard of lots of indoor activities in the past weeks, celebrating many successes of our area youth.

Academic successes

The 32-member Chess Club at Boonsboro Elementary School has just completed its grade level tournament for this year. The following winners received a trophy and medallion for their chess playing expertise:


Third-grade winner Aidan Thaggard finished with a record of seven wins and one loss; fourth-grader Greg Fiola had a perfect 7-0 record; and fifth-grade winner Wyatt Haggerty also posted seven wins and just one loss.

Congratulations to all our chess players for their hard work in playing the game of chess, and thank you to Mr. Kann for making this happen!

At Boonsboro Middle School, the National Junior Honor Society inducted its second class of members in a ceremony held Feb. 24. NJHS President Anna Olszewski presided along with other club officers at the event, which was organized and presented by the student members. New inductees are Heather Ramsey, Megan Deckert, Chad Love, Marcus Allnutt, Laurin Smith, Erin Scally, Ari Church, Andrew Hoffman, Elizabeth Leizear, Shannon Anderson, Kasey Jenkins, Heather Johnsson, Christy Midgett, Andrew McLaughlin and Katrina Bushko. Congratulations to these new members, and the current members of this prestigious organization.

Excellence in the arts

Several local musicians presented work at Washington County Public Schools' 2006 Solo and Ensemble Festival on Saturday, March 4, at South Hagerstown High School. Students were adjudicated on their overall performance and musicianship. Instrumental and high school vocalists performing level 2 music or higher that receive a 1 rating will qualify for the State Solo and Ensemble Festival.

Boonsboro Middle School musicians attending included pianists Aurelle King, Alexandra Pantos, Nathan Robbins, Natasha Maiorana, Haley Dagenhart, Jesse Mendez and Kasey Jenkins; solo trumpet Scott Haupt, trumpet trio Max Damewood, Matt Detora and Ben McNamee; trombone duet Danielle Derflinger and Kasey Jenkins; solo flute Alexandra Pantos; clarinet duet Samantha Baldwin and Cassandra Golden; Violin Duet Katie Brennan and Anna Olszewski, solo Violin Katrina Bushko. Kudos to these young musicians for their accomplishments!

Sports stars

The U14 Hub City Hornets volleyball team, coached by Wendi Smith, placed third on Saturday in the U14 Columbia Invitational Tournament at the Volleyball House in Elkridge, Md. In only their second tournament, the team of 10 girls played great ball, showing growth in the areas of teamwork and communications. Eight of the 10 Hornets are eighth-graders at Boonsboro Middle School.

The team is back in action this weekend at a tournament hosted by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Grace Academy in Hagerstown. Team members include Amanda Bussard, Macy Fuscsick, Alison Griffith, Lauren Martin, Rebecca Demers, Cortney Silvis, Lauren Abbott, Alisha Cochran, Laurin "Bambi" Smith and Callan Spicher. Congratulations, young ladies!

Events this weekend

The busy and benevolent youth of Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, March 11, from 3-7 p.m. in the Social Room of the church, at 134 S. Main Street in Boonsboro. The menu will feature Rocco's spaghetti sauce (with and without meat), bread, salad, and drinks. There will also be a bake sale table for you to purchase your dessert or to take home. Carry-out and delivery in the Boonsboro area will also be available. To place your delivery order, contact the church during the dinner at 301-432-8741. The cost for the dinner will be $5 for adults, $3.00 for ages 5-12, and children 4 and under will eat free. Proceeds will benefit Mt. Nebo Youth Ministries and Missions. For more information, please contact Rob and Toni Wetzel at 301-432-5763.

Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ, 33 Potomac St., will hold a soup, sandwich and bake sale along with an indoor yard sale on Saturday, March 11, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the church. Sandwiches, soups, pies and other yummy baked goods will be available for eat-in or carry-out customers.

Planning ahead

Parents of children with special needs are invited to a letter of intent workshop to be held at the Marshall Street School in Hagerstown on Tuesday, March 14.

This program is sponsored by Partners for Success Family Support Center, a department of Washington County Public Schools. This workshop will help you to prepare important information about your special needs child to be shared with the guardian you may have chosen. A make-it, take-it project will include the creation of a binder to organize and hold important papers and information about the likes and dislikes of your child. Also on the agenda will be assistance in planning for the future needs of the child including information on wills and estate planning. All materials will be supplied. Childcare will be available, but you must register in advance by calling Toni Nelson, Family Support Coordinator, at 301-766-8221.

Keep me posted!

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