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Graduates of Hagerstown etiquette school blossom

July 31, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

HAGERSTOWN -- Even before the Blossom School of Etiquette graduation ceremony began Wednesday evening, Alexis Stoner had nothing but good things to say about what she learned.

"I learned about manners and how people smile at me when I use them," the 9-year-old Hagerstown girl said.

An hour later, it was Alexis doing all the smiling when she was named Miss Blossom - the outstanding graduate of the second class that holds its sessions at the Memorial Recreation Center.

Alexis received a gift basket from Nicole Downey, the first Miss Blossom from the previous graduating class in March.

Lauryn Daniels, 7, said she now knows how important it is not to crack gum when someone is talking.

"It is annoying so you shouldn't do that," Lauryn said. Sitting like a lady was another thing Lauryn said she learned during the classes.

"I'm very proud of these girls," said Ladetra Robinson, founder of the school. During the second round of classes, the students also got to visit the Baltimore Aquarium and The Maryland Theatre.

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Plans are under way for dancing lessons, which will be in preparation for a grand cotillion in the fall.

Memorial Rec Director Bob Petties said the Blossom School has been good for the community. He thanked the parents who brought their children faithfully to each class.

In addition to Alexis, the latest graduates include Hailey Daniels, Lauryn Daniels (Miss Congeniality), Lovelei Holly, London Holly, Aneka Moore, Anesha Moore, Rukeria Mooney, Akela Taylor (Miss Manners) and Madison Weedon.

Instructors include Ladetra and Randy Robinson, Mary Jane Koontz and Tiffany Arnold. Classes are held in manners, creative writing, cooking and crafts.

"I really enjoyed working with the girls," Koontz said. She announced tentative plans for a Halloween party and a Christmas event.

The Blossom School of Etiquette classes are ongoing and a monthly calendar is posted at Memorial Rec for signup. For more information, call 301-790-0203.

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