September 23, 2017
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  • Severna Park Youth Build Houses For Those In Need

    Equipped with work tools, sleeping bags and a willingness to serve, two local church groups recently departed to nearby states to help those in need. Severna Park United Methodist Church For 37 years, Severna Park United Methodist Church has repaired homes with the Appalachia Service Project....
  • Severn River Lions Club Awards Two Scholarships

    Two local teens who earned scholarships from the Severn River Lions Club this summer will use the money to study engineering and nursing. Miranda Tison of Broadneck High School and Shelby Hogan of Severna Park High School will receive $1,000 a year throughout their four years in college. Every...
  • New Administrators Join Local Schools

    Summer may bring carefree days for students, but two incoming administrators are taking advantage of every free hour as they prepare for the upcoming academic year. Lorie Barnes has been hired as the new principal at Severna Park Elementary School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary...
  • Severna Park High School Student Attends Environmental Summit

    This summer, Severna Park High School rising senior Andreanna Roros was invited to the prestigious 2017 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University, joining 250 students from around the country to engage in a hands-on, intensive study in environmental science and...
  • SPES Educator Tours China

    Jennie Merrill Gains Greater Understanding Of Chinese Education System And Culture   “It was an amazing opportunity,” said Jennie Merrill, a fifth-grade teacher at Severna Park Elementary School. “I couldn’t believe it was actually happening because it truly was a...
  • Question Of The Month: Severna Park Community Center

    Each month, the Severna Park Voice poses a question to a local fifth-grade class. This month, while students are out for summer vacation, Jennifer Lee’s Theater in the Park class at the Severna Park Community Center answered the question: If you could be any animal, what would it be?...
  • Important Dates To Remember For Back-To-SchoolExclusive

    As summer winds down, it’s time to start thinking ahead to the new school year. Thankfully, the year begins a bit later this time around with classes starting after Labor Day. For some, this means going back to a familiar place, and for others, a new school is in store. To calm those back-to...
  • Math Is All Around UsExclusive

    Our world is alive with math! We are on summer break, but we can continue to practice math concepts as we interact with our environment. Here are some ideas for including math as everyday learning. Cooking and Meal Time: Let children help by measuring ingredients for recipes. Children can use...
  • Open Your Home And Your HeartExclusive

    Exchange Students Arriving This August In Anne Arundel County Youth For Understanding (YFU) — one of the world’s oldest, largest and most respected intercultural exchange programs — has been changing the way we see the world through high school exchange programs. Each year, YFU...
  • Severna Park Family Hosts Finnish StudentExclusive

    From patriotic displays to high school soccer practices, Finnish exchange student Leo Ollikka was recently treated to an up-close look at everyday life as an American. Ollikka is a resident of Espoo, Finland. The southern city on the Gulf of Finland has a population of nearly 300,000 and is the...
  • Best Buddies Conference Teaches SPHS Seniors How To Better Help The DisabledExclusive

    While many of their peers were enjoying relaxing family vacations and poolside parties, three Severna Park High School seniors — Abby Haste, Molly Moranto and Claire Gentile — were at the Best Buddies Leadership Conference in Indiana. The seniors attended the conference for the second...
  • Brian Tinkler’s Eagle Scout Project Is Something To Bark About

    After his family adopted a dog from Anne Arundel County Animal Control, Brian Tinkler felt a strong appreciation for the shelter staff and volunteers who lovingly care for animals as if they were their own. When the longtime Boy Scout began to contemplate an Eagle Scout project, he unsurprisingly...
  • SPHS Valedictorian Sets His Mind On Medicine

    Severna Park High School valedictorian Veeraj Shah thrives on a busy schedule. During his senior year, when most students choose to take a lighter course load, Shah saw an opportunity to take courses that his schedule couldn’t accommodate earlier in high school. “There are very few...
  • Broadneck Valedictorian Excels On And Off The Field

    Broadneck High School’s valedictorian, Ryan Keller, is a leader both in the classroom and on the football field. Eager to push himself, Keller signed up for as many Advanced Placement (AP) courses as he could handle. One of the first AP courses he took, a combined calculus class, was one of...
  • SPHS Salutatorian Is A Problem Solver

    Davis Cook, salutatorian of Severna Park High School’s Class of 2017, loves to solve problems both in his classwork and as a member of the school’s robotics team. While he was at the top of his class throughout high school, Cook was surprised to be named salutatorian, an accomplishment...
  • Broadneck Salutatorian Sets Sights On Space

    Broadneck High School salutatorian Henry Roberts didn’t think he’d finish high school in the No. 2 spot, despite holding that rank since his sophomore year. Part of him hoped he would end up in third. “Obviously, it’s a great honor to be No. 2 and to be salutatorian and to...
  • Beloved SPES Principal Lynn Birus Departs For West County

    “Severna Park Elementary School is a magical place,” said Lynn Birus, who was noticeably emotional as she contemplated leaving the school for the last time on Friday, June 16. Sitting in the sun-drenched atrium not far from the office she called home for the last seven years, Birus...
  • Question Of The Month: Olde Severna Park Summer Camp

    Each month, the Severna Park Voice poses a question to a local group of students. This month, students from the Olde Severna Park summer camp answered the question: If you could invent an ice cream flavor, what would it be?   Kiwi-watermelon ice cream Anna C. A grapefruit mango flavor...
  • Let Them Eat More Than Mac

    Most mother’s biggest pain point is food — prepping, cooking, serving, cleaning and repeating. Hassled by grocery shopping, nagged by starving mouths and pressured by picky taste buds, you find yourself, yet again, pulling into the drive-thru or making mac ‘n’ cheese. Summer...
  • Child Entertainer Takes Spotlight For Cancer Awareness

    A local fourth-grader recently raised more than $800 and moonwalked his way into the hearts of his community on his journey to raise money and awareness of the blood cancer that took the life of his grandmother. Nicholas Stohler donated the proceeds of his concert to the Leukemia & Lymphoma...
  • Mallory Gersh Undertakes Coin Drive For Severn River Lions Club

    Charitable Endeavor Is Teen’s Latest Community-Oriented Project Raise $1,000 in four days — that was the challenge that 16-year-old Mallory Gersh assumed last month when she heard the Severn River Lions Club had a donation need. Gersh approached the board of Severn School and began...
  • Talent Machine Company’s “High School Musical” Is A Magical Experience For Actors

    For its 30th anniversary show, the Talent Machine Company will present Disney’s “High School Musical,” featuring a cast of 51 talented children from all over the region, with performers ranging in age from 7 to 14. The play begins in East High on the first day back from winter...
  • Pasadena Organizations Team Up With Students To Plant Oysters In The Patapsco

    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...
  • Olivia Romano Heading Back To Africa

    In hopes of making a difference, Severna Park resident Olivia Romano will soon head back to Africa, where she plans to volunteer her time to advocate health education and classes related to HIV/AIDS awareness. She will spend three weeks in the province KwaZulu-Natal (or Zululand), an old but well-...
  • Three Kids Win Zachary’s Jewelers Mother’s Day Design Contest

    Three local fifth-graders were able to present their mothers with more than just a card and flowers this Mother’s Day. Allie Straub, Lena Stern and Noah Cover were the lucky winners of the Zachary’s Jewelers Mother’s Day design contest, in which they designed — and later...


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