Smithsburg High wins Academic Teams crown

April 12, 2011|Darylene Mowen | Around Smithsburg & Robinwood
  • Smithsburg High's Academic Team, from left, Ashleigh Baxter, Sandra Reynolds, Heather Delauter, Jason Shaffer, Abdul Latif, Usman Qadri, Ashley Spinks and Joanne Lee.
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Smithsburg High School dominated the 15th annual High School Academic Teams Competition on April 9 at Springfield Middle School.

In the championship round, Smithsburg more than doubled the point total of second-place finisher, Boonsboro. Washington County Technical High School finished third and Clear Spring High School finished fourth. Each team in the championship round advanced from one of two preliminary rounds.

Scholarship awards were provided by The Columbia Bank, Washington County Teachers Federal Credit Union and Hagerstown Community College Foundation.

Smithsburg team members included Ashleigh Baxter, Heather Delauter, Liza Dennis, Abdul Latif, Attiya Latif, Joanne Lee, Usman Qadri, Sandra Reynolds, Jason Shaffer, Ashley Spinks and Emma Zahm. The Leopards are coached by John Fetchen.

Homemakers Club news

The Brightwood Homemakers' Club will celebrate its 35th anniversary Tuesday, April 19, at Nick's Airport Inn, at 11:30 a.m. To make luncheon reservations, call Diane at 301-797-0034.

The guest speaker will be Mary King, who will talk about "Women: Connecting the Generations."

The club's business meetings are on the third Tuesday of the month at the Village at Robinwood, beginning at 2 p.m.

For more information, call Helen at 301-797-7890.

School bingo

Cascade Elementary School will hold its school bingo fundraiser Sunday, April 17, at Cascade American Legion 239.

The event will feature Longaberger baskets, Vera Bradley and Thirty-One Gifts items. Doors open at noon and bingo starts at 2 p.m. Lunch and snacks will be available. There will be 24 games, plus raffles. All attendees must have a ticket to enter. Tickets cost $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

For more information, call 301-766-8066 or 301-416-0899.

Robinwood Players

Hagerstown Community College's Robinwood Players will perform their spring show, "A Little Night Music," Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23, in HCC's Alumni Amphitheater.

Show times are 8 p.m. each night. General admission costs $7, but HCC students, staff and faculty can attend for free with a valid ID. Tickets are available at the door, but can also be purchased in advance at the HCC Bookstore by calling 301-790-2800, ext. 271.

In the event of rain, shows will be held in the Classroom Building Auditorium, CLR-111.

For more information, contact director Joe Marschner at 301-790-2800, ext. 509, or by email at

Smithsburg Middle  

From the principal's desk:

"I again wish to announce a very successful and rewarding administrating of the state assessments. Irrespective of any outcome, I was in awe at the individual efforts I saw from every child. The students were repeatedly told to ‘do your best' and I am proud to state that is exactly what they did. It is my hope you will also take a minute to dialogue with your child about their performance and reiterate our appreciation for their efforts.

"Spring has sprung and with it comes the endless energy of our youth. Understanding we are now down to less than 40 days of school, it is my hope you will insure you are actively progress monitoring and employing Edline. While in my youth I recall many perceptions of the end of the year as a time when things slow down, it is my hope that this is a time when students truly focus in efforts to end with the highest level of success."

Michael Kuhaneck, school principal

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