June 24, 2017
School & Youth
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    • At the Pasadena Business Association’s June meeting, scholarship awards were presented to a group of ambitious young people whose accomplishments set them apart from their peers.Dylan Roche
      At the Pasadena Business Association’s June meeting, scholarship awards were presented to a group of ambitious young people whose accomplishments set them apart from their peers.

    PBA Empowers Six Local Graduates With Scholarship Funds

    By Dylan Roche
    Among the recipients of the Pasadena Business Association’s annual scholarship awards, there might be a future marine scientist, a future automotive technician and a future graphic designer, as well as a variety of other professionals.
    This next generation of leaders and achievers — 12...
    • Gwen Atkinson is retiring after a 35-year teaching career in Anne Arundel County.
      Gwen Atkinson is retiring after a 35-year teaching career in Anne Arundel County.

    Jacobsville Elementary Principal Retires

    By Darrell Mak
    Capping off an illustrious 35-year teaching career — all of it with Anne Arundel County — former Jacobsville Elementary School Principal Gwen Atkinson retired from the school earlier this year and is looking forward to relaxing, recovering and reflecting.
    “I had a very nice 35...
    • Chesapeake High valedictorian Christine Parkent gave a speech at her graduation ceremony on Wednesday, May 24.Andrew Candella
      Chesapeake High valedictorian Christine Parkent gave a speech at her graduation ceremony on Wednesday, May 24.

    Chesapeake Valedictorian Christine Parkent Is Harvard Bound

    By Gracie Fairfax
    Obtaining the title of Chesapeake’s valedictorian was no easy feat for Christine Parkent despite her inquisitive mind and determined nature. All throughout high school, the top spot of the class went back and forth between her and the salutatorian, Tara Dedrickson.
    “Freshman year, I...
    • Claire McCarriher, who will attend Princeton in the fall, addressed her class at her graduation ceremony on Wednesday, May 24.Stephanie Mennell Photography
      Claire McCarriher, who will attend Princeton in the fall, addressed her class at her graduation ceremony on Wednesday, May 24.

    Northeast Valedictorian Claire McCarriher Has A Love For Learning

    By Gracie Fairfax
    Northeast High School valedictorian Claire McCarriher always had her nose in a book growing up. As a lover of learning, McCarriher didn’t feel that earning the top grades in her class was a chore.
    “I kind of liked doing homework and I liked studying, so in terms of working toward the...
    • Tara Dedrickson completed her high school career in the top of her class as the salutatorian of Chesapeake High School’s Class of 2017.
      Tara Dedrickson completed her high school career in the top of her class as the salutatorian of Chesapeake High School’s Class of 2017.
    • Salutatorian Tara Dedrickson spoke to her graduating class on Wednesday, May 24.Andrew Candella
      Salutatorian Tara Dedrickson spoke to her graduating class on Wednesday, May 24.

    Tara Dedrickson Named Salutatorian Of Chesapeake’s Class Of 2017

    By Gracie Fairfax
    Chesapeake salutatorian Tara Dedrickson doesn’t settle for less than her best, both on the field as a 12-season varsity athlete and in the classroom.
    Dedrickson credits her work ethic for her success in high school. She took 13 AP classes, as well as two courses at Anne Arundel Community...
  • Northeast Salutatorian Conlan Birdsall Looks Forward To The Future

    By Gracie Fairfax
    The salutatorian of Northeast High School’s class of 2017, Conlan Birdsall, thrived on his academic, leadership and interpersonal skills in high school.
    “It wasn’t my ultimate goal,” Birdsall said of earning the salutatorian title, “but if I could get it, I was going...
    • This month, Ms. Fleck’s fifth-grade class answered the question, “What is your favorite memory from this school year?”Zach Sparks
      This month, Ms. Fleck’s fifth-grade class answered the question, “What is your favorite memory from this school year?”

    Question Of The Month: Sunset Elementary School

    By Zach Sparks
    Each month, the Pasadena Voice poses a question to a local fifth-grade class. This month, Ms. Fleck’s class at Sunset Elementary School answered the question:
    What is your favorite memory from this school year?
     
    My favorite memory is sports club, and it was fun staying after school...
    • Sarah Giddings, a rising junior at Archbishop Spalding High School, earned her Girl Scout Gold Award after installing a Little Free Library at Tick Neck Park.Sharon Mager
      Sarah Giddings, a rising junior at Archbishop Spalding High School, earned her Girl Scout Gold Award after installing a Little Free Library at Tick Neck Park.

    Pasadena Girl Scout Installs “Little Free Library”

    By Sharon Mager
    To share her love of the written word with a younger generation of kids, Pasadena resident Sarah Giddings installed a Little Free Library at Tick Neck Park as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project. The “library” looks like a cross between a mailbox and a birdhouse, and it’s...
  • Kids, Get Your Fishing Rods Ready: PSG Derby Set For June 24

    By Anonymous
    The Pasadena Sportfishing Group's kids fishing derby will be held on Saturday, June 24, from 7:30am to 11:30am at Downs Park (Fernwood Pavilion) for children ages 4 to 13. Fishing lessons will be provided by PSG members. Food, drinks and snacks will be provided for lunch, and prizes and awards...
    • Members of Girl Scout Troop 1200 received their Silver Awards during a ceremony at High Point Elementary School in May.
      Members of Girl Scout Troop 1200 received their Silver Awards during a ceremony at High Point Elementary School in May.
    • Members of Girl Scout Troop 1200 received their Silver Awards during a ceremony at High Point Elementary School in May.
      Members of Girl Scout Troop 1200 received their Silver Awards during a ceremony at High Point Elementary School in May.

    Girl Scouts Earn Silver Award With Backpacks Of Love Project

    By Jane Seiss
    An 18-month community service project earned six rising ninth-grade Girl Scouts a Silver Award in May. For their project, the Cadettes of Pasadena’s Troop 1200 donated 21 backpacks of supplies to the Annapolis-based Blue Ribbon Project, which supports victims of child abuse and young people...
    • After winning the state champion title in 3-D and bull’s-eye, Pasadena’s Trey Dring (right) had a good showing in the national tournament.
      After winning the state champion title in 3-D and bull’s-eye, Pasadena’s Trey Dring (right) had a good showing in the national tournament.
    • Trey Dring (middle) placed in the top 19 percent of all boys in the United States during his first national archery competition.
      Trey Dring (middle) placed in the top 19 percent of all boys in the United States during his first national archery competition.
    • With less than one year of tutelage under Severn School archery coach Dan Mahoney, Trey Dring won the state champion title in 3-D and bull’s-eye.
      With less than one year of tutelage under Severn School archery coach Dan Mahoney, Trey Dring won the state champion title in 3-D and bull’s-eye.

    Local Archer Shoots For National Target After State Title

    By Judy Tacyn
    Just days into the 2016-2017 school year, Severn School sixth-grader Trey Dring approached his physical education teacher, Dan Mahoney, and said, “Mr. Mahoney? Are you the coach of the archery team?” After Mahoney answered in the affirmative, Dring replied, “I want to be on your...
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    • Since 1937, just 753 young men have reached the Herald of Christ rank. Pasadena resident Jacob Brunk joined that group on May 11 after a ceremony at Severna Park Evangelical Presbyterian Church.Caden Marin
      Since 1937, just 753 young men have reached the Herald of Christ rank. Pasadena resident Jacob Brunk joined that group on May 11 after a ceremony at Severna Park Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

    Jacob Brunk Earns International Herald Of Christ Award

    By Judy Tacyn
    On May 11, at Severna Park Evangelical Presbyterian Church, the international Christian Service Battalion honored Pasadena resident Jacob Brunk with its highest honor, the Herald of Christ award. With Jacob’s father, Jerry Brunk, in uniform and beaming at his side, Jacob’s mother,...
    • Chesapeake High students earned eight of the 10 scholarships awarded to Pasadena athletes on behalf of Pasadena Soccer Club.
      Chesapeake High students earned eight of the 10 scholarships awarded to Pasadena athletes on behalf of Pasadena Soccer Club.

    Pasadena Soccer Club Awards $20,000 To High School Seniors

    By Anonymous
    Pasadena Soccer Club (PSC) hosts the Mountain Road Soccer Tournament each November with the sole purpose of funding its scholarship program for local teens. The 2016 tournament was again a successful event and PSC was able to award 10 scholarships of $2,000 each. This year’s recipients were...

    Graduating Cougars Return To Fort Smallwood

    By Anonymous
    All Chesapeake High School seniors were invited to take a trip down memory lane and return to the elementary school they attended to enjoy a victory lap in their caps and gowns, showing younger students that hard work pays off. Among the Chesapeake feeder celebrations was a visit to Fort Smallwood...
  • Pasadena Students Earn All-County Dance Honor

    By Anonymous
    Twenty-eight Anne Arundel County Public Schools high school students have earned 2017-2018 All-County Dance honors for their efforts. All-County dancers are selected by dance company directors at county high schools. To qualify, dancers must perform at an advanced level, show leadership ability,...
    • Midshipman Caroline Watts helped third-grade student Addison Albert with a worksheet about volcanoes.Gracie Fairfax
      Midshipman Caroline Watts helped third-grade student Addison Albert with a worksheet about volcanoes.
    • Mids for Kids volunteer Ray Gerrety stood at attention while Keven Arias took down the American flag. Observing was Dusten Hooper, who takes down the Maryland flag.Gracie Fairfax
      Mids for Kids volunteer Ray Gerrety stood at attention while Keven Arias took down the American flag. Observing was Dusten Hooper, who takes down the Maryland flag.
    • Midshipman Shannon Dillman played with kindergarten student Lauren Bell.Gracie Fairfax
      Midshipman Shannon Dillman played with kindergarten student Lauren Bell.

    Mids For Kids Provides Area Students With Role Models

    By Gracie Fairfax
    To many kids in the greater Annapolis area, seeing a midshipman in uniform is like seeing a superhero. Mids for Kids, a campus program under the Midshipman Action Group, partners with local schools to put midshipmen volunteers in the classroom. About 140 midshipmen are actively involved with 15...
    • St. Martin’s-in-the-Field students enjoyed a day on the bay with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and planted 2,432 oysters at Fort Carroll.Tom Barrett
      St. Martin’s-in-the-Field students enjoyed a day on the bay with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and planted 2,432 oysters at Fort Carroll.

    Pasadena Organizations Team Up With Students To Plant Oysters In The Patapsco

    By Gracie Fairfax
    As summer approaches, Marylanders shed winter coats and flock to the beautiful Chesapeake Bay. But when it comes to the health of the Chesapeake Bay, some small creatures play a vital role that shouldn’t be underestimated.
    Pasadena-based organization Restore Rock Creek and the Maryland Yacht...
  • Runners Fulfill Family’s Promise With Memorial 5K Race At Northeast

    By Judy Tacyn
    When Ryan Williams was running, he was free. The gifted athlete floated around tracks and across cross-country terrain as if he were dancing on air. The 2003 Northeast High School graduate earned accolades throughout his high school career and in college.
    “He was such a beautiful runner,...
    • Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary participated in Bodkin Elementary’s 10th annual Environmental and Local Culture Fair on May 6, bringing turtles and other creatures.Photo by Andrew Candella
      Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary participated in Bodkin Elementary’s 10th annual Environmental and Local Culture Fair on May 6, bringing turtles and other creatures.
    • During the Environmental and Local Culture Fair, students had the opportunity to do hands-on crafts and activities.Photo by Andrew Candella
      During the Environmental and Local Culture Fair, students had the opportunity to do hands-on crafts and activities.
    • Handmade soaps and upcycled jewelry were among the items sold at the Environmental and Local Culture Fair on May 6.Photo by Andrew Candella
      Handmade soaps and upcycled jewelry were among the items sold at the Environmental and Local Culture Fair on May 6.

    Bodkin Elementary Emphasizes The Environment

    By Gracie Fairfax
    On Saturday, May 6, about 500 Bodkin Elementary students, parents and community members gathered at the school to celebrate the 10th annual Environmental and Local Culture Fair put on by the school’s PTA. The fair included environmentally focused vendors and educational groups, from the...
    • The students involved in Chesapeake’s AVID program have not only developed their study skills but also formed bonds with their classmates.
      The students involved in Chesapeake’s AVID program have not only developed their study skills but also formed bonds with their classmates.

    AVID Program At Chesapeake Helps Students Prepare For College

    By Erin Hamilton
    One of the many classes Chesapeake High offers its students is AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination). A nonprofit organization with programs in high schools around the world, AVID was established in 1980 to provide college readiness strategies and organizational help to students.
    For...
    • Ryan Peck won first place in the Fort Smallwood Optimist Club’s essay contest after he penned an entry on “Chasing Optimism in the Face of Challenges.”
      Ryan Peck won first place in the Fort Smallwood Optimist Club’s essay contest after he penned an entry on “Chasing Optimism in the Face of Challenges.”
    • Joe Couch’s second-place essay highlighted his battle to overcome resentment after losing his left index finger.
      Joe Couch’s second-place essay highlighted his battle to overcome resentment after losing his left index finger.
    • Ryan Cameron earned third place in the essay contest with his tale of accepting his parents’ divorce.
      Ryan Cameron earned third place in the essay contest with his tale of accepting his parents’ divorce.

    St. Jane Frances Students Recognized For Optimism

    By Zach Sparks
    Do you see the glass as half-empty or half-full? After entering a contest sponsored by the Fort Smallwood Optimist Club, St. Jane Frances students were tasked with explaining why they see the glass as half-full.
    Fort Smallwood Optimist Club President Don Sparklin said the club hosts an annual...

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