Remembering Lincoln

February 08, 2012|Linda Murray | Around West Hagerstown

On Feb. 12, the nation will celebrate the birthday of a great American president, Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln once said, “Whatever you are, be a good one.” And so, my thought for this week is for us all to go out and be “a good one.”

Western Heights All-County Band members

Congratulations to Mrs. McEndree and the following students who represented Western Heights Middle School Saturday at the All-County Band Concert at North Hagerstown High School:

On flute: Tara Sprecher and Jennifer Montgomery; trumpet: Mariah McPherson and Emileigh Ebersole; oboe: Eduardo Elias-Vasquez; clarinet: Claudia Collison and Dylan Newell; baritone saxophone: Justin Smith; French horn: Ariella Ramirez; trombone: Alison Keelan, Kny Hawkins and Heidi Sutphin; and percussion: Bailey Covington, I’Kareem Buchanan and Tim Heidtke.

WHMS Indoor Color Guard

The Western Heights Middle School Indoor Color Guard kicked off its 2012 season Jan. 28.

This is the color guard’s third season of competition. This year’s show is titled “Incandescence” and is performed to the song “Hallelujah” by Alexandra Burke. The theme of the show is supposed to be the portrayal of colored light shining through stained glass windows. To see the upcoming schedule, go to

WHMS spelling bee

On Jan. 25, 61 students participated in the Western Heights Middle School spelling bee.

The top finishers have the opportunity to advance to the county spelling bee.

The first-place winner in the sixth grade was Jackson Kolich, with runners-up Alexa Paules, Corinn Snyder and Ian Duff.

In the seventh grade, Hajah Conde took first place with runners-up Keandre Johnson, Dylan Newell and Ben Carbaugh.

In the eighth grade , Isabella Kennedy won first place, with runners-up Shawn Lee and Maverick Davis.

The school wishes all of the students the best of luck in the county bee on Saturday, Feb. 25.

Ben Norris nominated for Carson scholarship

Each year, schools from across Maryland are asked to choose one student from their school to apply for a Carson scholarship.

The Carson scholarship fund was started in 1994 by Dr. Benjamin Carson and his wife, Candy.

The mission of the fund is to offer college scholar awards to students based on high academics, achievement and humanitarianism regardless of financial need. Students selected are awarded $1,000 which is held in a trust fund until the student attends a four-year university.

Teachers were asked to nominate students they thought best represented high academic achievement and humanitarian effort at Western Heights. Nominated students were asked to supply a short biography, a list of volunteer activities and a 500-word essay on a selected topic. This year’s candidate for the scholarship is Ben Forrest. Ben was nominated by his social studies teacher, Mrs. Long.

Winter Street Elementary to hold family night

On Thursday, Winter Street Elementary School will hold its second annual family math and reading night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event will focus on reading and math skills that children can use and practice at home and at school. Dinner will be served and every student will go home with a book.

Parents will receive packets explaining all of the reading strategies discussed at the event.

Mr. Jeff, from Washington County Free Library, will share activities with the children.

Additionally, parents who attend will receive information specific to their child’s reading levels and year-end goals. They will also have some math activities for students to practice their basic fact strategies. The event is in partnership with the Judy Center. 

Salem Avenue PTA planning book fair

Salem Avenue Elementary PTA will hold a Scholastic Book Fair from Friday, Feb. 24, to Friday, March 2. There will be three family nights, which will be Friday, Feb. 24, Tuesday, Feb. 28, and Thursday, March 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. Support your child’s love of reading and fill the shelves of the school library at the same time.

For every purchase, approximately 50 percent of the proceeds will go to purchasing books for the school library.

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