Around Jonathan Street

February 26, 2008|By MADGE MILES / 301-791-7647

South High student recognized

This week, the Around Jonathan Street column highlights Kadeem "Deem" Brim for Black History Month.

Kadeem, a sophomore at South Hagerstown High School, recently was named to the All-County Orchestra.

He plays the French horn during concert season and the mellophone during the marching season.

He has also participated on the wrestling and tennis teams at South High.

Next year, he plans to participate in the "Best Buddies" after-school program.

That program is designed to pair a special needs student with students in high school in a one-on-one mentoring relationship. He said he was excited about the opportunity to help someone.

He is a good student, has been on the honor roll and his mother, Matia Swan, said, "He just amazes me!"


His grandmother, Ms. Eliza Mongan, calls him her "Lil' man." Ms. Swan said that her mother loves talking about him (and her other grandchildren.)

Although he is only in the 10th grade, he says he wants to make an impact in his community and one day be remembered for the work he has done to help his community.

When Deem was young, she recalls him saying that when he grew up he wanted to be an architect so he could build houses for the homeless or that he wanted to be rich so he could provide for the less fortunate; always looking for how he could help someone else.

Ms. Swan ended our conversation by saying, "He has been such a good child. I am so proud of him and happy that someone nominated him to be an honoree."

Friday's concert

Please join Presiding Elder Darin Mency, pastor of Greater Campher Temple, at The Maryland Theatre, South Potomac Street, on Friday at 8 p.m as he will be the master of ceremony at a concert with CeCe Winans, Chauncey "Godfella" Baylor, Evangelist George Ann Skelton, Kerensa Gray, Shannon Watkins, Kim Raquel and Andy Kramer.

Women's Day

Ebenezer AME Church has one last fundraiser before its Women's Day event.

On Saturday, March 8, there will be a spaghetti dinner starting at 11 a.m. at the church.

The dinner will include spaghetti, Italian bread, tossed salad and iced tea. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $4 for children younger than 12. There will also be a baked goods sale with cakes, pies, cookies and more.

Juanita McFall and Lenora "Dolly" Greene, the event coordinators, said they would be delighted if the community would join them on Sunday, March 9, for their Women's Day program, which will be held at the 11 a.m. service with guest speaker Elder Betty Howard of Charity Community Church of God in Randallstown, Md. The Women's Day choir will perform.

At the 4 p.m. service, the guest speaker will be Elder Bertha Greene, Sacred Zion Full Gospel Baptist Church, Baltimore. She will be accompanied by her choir and congregation for an afternoon of praise and worship.

This year's Women's Day Theme is "Women Pressing on the Upward Way" and the Scripture is Philippians 3:14 - "I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."

Black Achievers

Tickets will go on sale Friday for the Hagerstown YMCA Black Achievers' annual Gala, which will be Saturday, March 29. The gala is open to the community and is being held to honor Adult Achievers and recognize Teen Achievers.

It will be held at Fountain Head Country Club at 13316 Fountainhead Road in Hagerstown.

The keynote speaker will be Washington Johnson, editor of Message Magazine at The Review and Herald in Hagerstown.

The evening will begin with a social hour at 6 p.m. with the dinner program starting at 6:30.

Tickets can be purchased at the Hagerstown YMCA. Tickets cost $30 for adults and youth 12 and older; and $15 for ages 4 to 11.

For more information, call the Hagerstown YMCA at 301-739-3990

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