April 22, 2018
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    • Audiences are always impressed by the final product of Rock 'N' Roll Revival they get to see onstage, but few know how hard the student leaders work to make it all happen.Photo by Stephanie Mennell Photography
      Audiences are always impressed by the final product of Rock 'N' Roll Revival they get to see onstage, but few know how hard the student leaders work to make it all happen.

    Student Leadership Made Rock ‘N’ Roll Revival A SuccessExclusive

    By Dylan Roche
    Two weekends of sold-out crowds packed the Severna Park High School auditorium in March to enjoy Rock ‘N’ Roll Revival, and though many in the community left the show impressed by the singers, dancers and musicians, the talents of the student leadership behind the production went (...
    • (Left to right) Erin Schlesinger, Melissa Kibler and Katie Kibler represented Germany at Severn River Middle School’s Trip Around the World.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      (Left to right) Erin Schlesinger, Melissa Kibler and Katie Kibler represented Germany at Severn River Middle School’s Trip Around the World.
    • Jennie Snider represented South Africa during Severn River Middle School’s Trip Around the World. Snider moved from South Africa to Minnesota in 2003 for a job, and then later to Severna Park.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      Jennie Snider represented South Africa during Severn River Middle School’s Trip Around the World. Snider moved from South Africa to Minnesota in 2003 for a job, and then later to Severna Park.
    • Mike Viscardi and his son Henry are traveling to Italy for the first time this summer. Viscardi quizzed Henry’s classmates on the different landmarks in Italy during Severn River Middle School’s Trip Around the World.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      Mike Viscardi and his son Henry are traveling to Italy for the first time this summer. Viscardi quizzed Henry’s classmates on the different landmarks in Italy during Severn River Middle School’s Trip Around the World.
    • Linda Funderburk brought a variety of items to portray France during Severn River Middle School’s Trip Around the World. Funderburk’s mother was born in Paris, where she lived during World War II.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      Linda Funderburk brought a variety of items to portray France during Severn River Middle School’s Trip Around the World. Funderburk’s mother was born in Paris, where she lived during World War II.
    • Shingie Chiweshe represented her native country of Zimbabwe during Severn River Middle School’s Trip Around the World. Chiweshe moved to the United States in 2000 when she earned a scholarship to the University of Maryland.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      Shingie Chiweshe represented her native country of Zimbabwe during Severn River Middle School’s Trip Around the World. Chiweshe moved to the United States in 2000 when she earned a scholarship to the University of Maryland.

    Severn River Middle School Celebrates Diverse Cultures

    By Maya Pottiger
    “Ladies and gentlemen, this is your boarding call. You need to pack up your bags and depart for your next country.”
    Jennifer Kubista announced the message in the media center at Severn River Middle School on March 23, and her sixth-grade Passports to the World class began the rotation...
    • The Severna Park Kiwanis club selected Severna Park High School senior Maile Johnson as the Teenager of the Year because she is an active volunteer and accomplished student.Photo Provided
      The Severna Park Kiwanis club selected Severna Park High School senior Maile Johnson as the Teenager of the Year because she is an active volunteer and accomplished student.

    Maile Johnson Named Severna Park Kiwanis Club Teen Of The Year

    By Kerrigan Stern
    The Severna Park Kiwanis club, a local civic organization, has provided one Severna Park High School senior yet another accolade to add to her college applications. After analyzing the credentials of several candidates, the club recently recognized Maile Johnson as Teenager of the Year and granted...
    • Eighth-grader Abbie Smith said she was excited to be cast as Princess Winnifred because she’s a “spunky” and “funny” character who breaks stereotypes.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      Eighth-grader Abbie Smith said she was excited to be cast as Princess Winnifred because she’s a “spunky” and “funny” character who breaks stereotypes.
    • Choreographer Morgan Gingerich gave feedback during a rehearsal for Severna Park Middle School’s production of “Once Upon A Mattress.”Photo by Maya Pottiger
      Choreographer Morgan Gingerich gave feedback during a rehearsal for Severna Park Middle School’s production of “Once Upon A Mattress.”
    • Severna Park Middle School’s spring musical is “Once Upon A Mattress,” a fairytale that flips the script on gender roles.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      Severna Park Middle School’s spring musical is “Once Upon A Mattress,” a fairytale that flips the script on gender roles.

    “Once Upon A Mattress” Flips The Script

    By Maya Pottiger
    Cinderella had help, but not all princesses do when tracking down their prince.
    Such is the story of “Once Upon A Mattress,” Severna Park Middle School’s spring musical this year.
    “The plot is fun, and it’s a twist on a story people know,” said producer Jill...
    • For her “American Idol” audition, Mia DeCesaris sang “Elastic Heart” by Sia and “Love on the Brain” by Rihanna.Photo Provided
      For her “American Idol” audition, Mia DeCesaris sang “Elastic Heart” by Sia and “Love on the Brain” by Rihanna.

    You’re Going To Hollywood: Local Singer Makes It On “American Idol”

    By Monica Resa
    Mia DeCesaris, a Millersville resident and Archbishop Spalding student, got a golden ticket. And it wasn’t for Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, but rather the Hollywood round of “American Idol,” which got its reboot on ABC this year after 15 years on Fox.
    DeCesaris decided...
    • On April 21, Arlington Echo will celebrate 50 years of teaching students how to study climate, land, water and living organisms. The open house event will be held from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the outdoor education center in Millersville.Photo Provided
      On April 21, Arlington Echo will celebrate 50 years of teaching students how to study climate, land, water and living organisms. The open house event will be held from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the outdoor education center in Millersville.
    • On April 21, Arlington Echo will celebrate 50 years of teaching students how to study climate, land, water and living organisms. The open house event will be held from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the outdoor education center in Millersville.Photo Provided
      On April 21, Arlington Echo will celebrate 50 years of teaching students how to study climate, land, water and living organisms. The open house event will be held from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the outdoor education center in Millersville.

    Arlington Echo Celebrates 50 Years Of Outdoor Education

    By Dave Topp
    With each passing school year, thousands of students receive the unique opportunity to study the outdoors at Arlington Echo. A special treasure to the Anne Arundel County Public Schools system, the Millersville site is home to the county’s environmental literacy program and its leading...
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    • “My goal is for people to learn how to create eco-friendly gardens and try to sustain the environment of the bay in a healthy way,” said Miranda Surrett, who will host a workshop on April 29 at Severna Park Library.Photo courtesy of Captain Avery Museum
      “My goal is for people to learn how to create eco-friendly gardens and try to sustain the environment of the bay in a healthy way,” said Miranda Surrett, who will host a workshop on April 29 at Severna Park Library.

    Girl Scout To Run Eco-Friendly Gardening Workshop At Severna Park Library

    By Jane Seiss
    On Sunday, April 29, the community will be treated to an eco-friendly backyard gardening workshop at Severna Park Library. Organized and developed by local Girl Scout and middle school student Miranda Surrett, the event will teach locals how to create a native plant garden, rain garden, floating...
    • After an assembly honoring the 17 lives lost at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting in February, students at Magothy River Middle School wrote messages on pieces of paper, one of which says, “stay strong.” All 750 pieces of paper were used to create a chain that hangs outside the cafeteria.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      After an assembly honoring the 17 lives lost at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting in February, students at Magothy River Middle School wrote messages on pieces of paper, one of which says, “stay strong.” All 750 pieces of paper were used to create a chain that hangs outside the cafeteria.
    • After an assembly honoring the 17 lives lost at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting in February, students at Magothy River Middle School wrote messages on pieces of paper, one of which says, “stay strong.” All 750 pieces of paper were used to create a chain that hangs outside the cafeteria.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      After an assembly honoring the 17 lives lost at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting in February, students at Magothy River Middle School wrote messages on pieces of paper, one of which says, “stay strong.” All 750 pieces of paper were used to create a chain that hangs outside the cafeteria.
    • Magothy River Middle School assistant principal Sue Sergeant asked students to help her cut tissue paper to create a colorful tribute to the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      Magothy River Middle School assistant principal Sue Sergeant asked students to help her cut tissue paper to create a colorful tribute to the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting.

    Magothy River Middle School Honors Parkland Victims, Survivors

    By Maya Pottiger
    On March 14, one month after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, schools across the country participated in various activities to show their solidarity.
     

    At Magothy River Middle School, students participated in a “walk-in,” which was a...

  • The 16th Annual Earth Day Festival: What To Expect

    By John Kiser
    What comes to mind when you think of April? Springtime? Rain? Of course, it’s Earth Day! After 15 years of delivering a fun, informative and educational event to promote environmental awareness, Severna Park High School will host the 16th annual Earth Day festival on April 21 from 10:00am to...
    • This month, we asked Ms. Bloomfield’s fifth-grade class, “What do you like to do in Severna Park on a rainy day?”Photo by Maya Pottiger
      This month, we asked Ms. Bloomfield’s fifth-grade class, “What do you like to do in Severna Park on a rainy day?”

    Question of the Month: Oak Hill Elementary

    By Maya Pottiger
    Each month, the Severna Park Voice poses a question to a local fifth-grade class. This month, students from Ms. Bloomfield’s class at Oak Hill Elementary School answered the question:
    What do you like to do around Severna Park on a rainy day?
     
    I like to invite my friends over and...
  • The Great Cellphone Debate

    By Voice Media
    Following the tragic events at schools both in Maryland and nationwide, parents are increasingly worried about reaching their kids during an emergency. In a recent Facebook survey, we asked our followers if all schools should have cellphone service. These are some of the highlights from both sides...
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    • Brooke Hodges started her dental drive in 2014 after she noticed a lack of dental items being donated to local shelters. This past winter, Brooke collected nearly 3,000 dental items, and then she and her friends sorted the donations into 500 gift bags.Photo Provided
      Brooke Hodges started her dental drive in 2014 after she noticed a lack of dental items being donated to local shelters. This past winter, Brooke collected nearly 3,000 dental items, and then she and her friends sorted the donations into 500 gift bags.
    • Brooke Hodges started her dental drive in 2014 after she noticed a lack of dental items being donated to local shelters. This past winter, Brooke collected nearly 3,000 dental items, and then she and her friends sorted the donations into 500 gift bags.Photo Provided
      Brooke Hodges started her dental drive in 2014 after she noticed a lack of dental items being donated to local shelters. This past winter, Brooke collected nearly 3,000 dental items, and then she and her friends sorted the donations into 500 gift bags.

    Brooke Hodges Continues Successful Dental Drives, Volunteer EffortsExclusive

    By Maya Pottiger
    It took Brooke Hodges and her mom 20 minutes to check out at the dollar store. Their cart was filled to the brim with dental supplies. A woman in line asked what the materials were for.
    Since 2014, Brooke has done a dental drive to help those less fortunate than she. During her second winter...
  • SPHS Rules The Buzzer On “It’s Academic”Exclusive

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    Led by team captain Ben Luke and fellow seniors Noah Foxson and Daniel Saenz, the Severna Park High School It’s Academic team is again garnering impressive results on the popular TV quiz show. Severna Park outlasted Calvert High School and Maryvale Prepatory School on October 21, an episode...
    • Twins McKenna (PHOTO #1) and Cameron (PHOTO #2) Lee undertook a bicycle ride from Key Largo to Key West as part of Bike to the Beach, a charity event for autism research and awareness.Photo Provided
      Twins McKenna (PHOTO #1) and Cameron (PHOTO #2) Lee undertook a bicycle ride from Key Largo to Key West as part of Bike to the Beach, a charity event for autism research and awareness.
    • Twins McKenna (PHOTO #1) and Cameron (PHOTO #2) Lee undertook a bicycle ride from Key Largo to Key West as part of Bike to the Beach, a charity event for autism research and awareness.Photo Provided
      Twins McKenna (PHOTO #1) and Cameron (PHOTO #2) Lee undertook a bicycle ride from Key Largo to Key West as part of Bike to the Beach, a charity event for autism research and awareness.

    Mom And Daughters Bike To The Beach For Autism Research

    By Judy Tacyn
    Fraternal twins Cameron and McKenna are like most teenage sisters. They like to play together and spend time with their parents, Julie Allen and Rob Lee, and their two dogs, two quail and 10 fish. However, some activities that most families take for granted are challenging for the 13-year-olds. At...
    • When PTA mom Loretta Wilson first had the idea for the variety show, she wanted to call it Shining Star Moments.Photo Provided
      When PTA mom Loretta Wilson first had the idea for the variety show, she wanted to call it Shining Star Moments.
    • Deanna Ortiz, a former PTA mom who volunteered with the variety show for many years, choreographs the finale, which incorporates all of the kids who participated in the show.Photo Provided
      Deanna Ortiz, a former PTA mom who volunteered with the variety show for many years, choreographs the finale, which incorporates all of the kids who participated in the show.
    • (Left to right) Jennifer Augustine, Joe Amey and Jessica Gorski sported pink boutonnieres. Gorski provides them for everyone volunteering with the show to make each person stand out.Photo Provided
      (Left to right) Jennifer Augustine, Joe Amey and Jessica Gorski sported pink boutonnieres. Gorski provides them for everyone volunteering with the show to make each person stand out.

    Severna Park Elementary Hosts 12th Annual Variety Show For Breast Cancer

    By Maya Pottiger
    For the last 12 years, the largest fundraiser for the Severna Park Elementary PTA has been its variety show.
     

    But the funds don’t go to the PTA, they go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation in honor of three SPES mothers who passed away from breast cancer: Loretta Wilson, Jennifer...

    • Erick Howard (right), seen here with SPUMC facilities manager Dave McKinney, recently led an effort to design, purchase and assemble benches on the church grounds as part of his Eagle Scout project.Photo Provided
      Erick Howard (right), seen here with SPUMC facilities manager Dave McKinney, recently led an effort to design, purchase and assemble benches on the church grounds as part of his Eagle Scout project.

    Eagle Scout Project Restores SPUMC Memorial Garden

    By John Kiser
    Wanting to give back to the people and building that graciously host his troop, Severna Park High School junior Erick Howard chose to design, purchase and assemble benches in the memorial garden of Severna Park United Methodist Church for his Eagle Scout project.
    An active member of Troop 993 for...
    • Parker Crandall, Jazmine Jensen and Ella Tomko recently took first-place honors in the Anne Arundel County Reading Council’s Young Authors Contest. Maddie Roth (far right) was a finalist in a contest held by Grub Street, Towson University's literary and arts magazine.Photo by Zach Sparks
      Parker Crandall, Jazmine Jensen and Ella Tomko recently took first-place honors in the Anne Arundel County Reading Council’s Young Authors Contest. Maddie Roth (far right) was a finalist in a contest held by Grub Street, Towson University's literary and arts magazine.
    • Folger McKinsey second-grader Lily Feinman penned “Fantastic Owls,” a first-place short story in the Anne Arundel County Reading Council’s Young Authors Contest.Photo Provided
      Folger McKinsey second-grader Lily Feinman penned “Fantastic Owls,” a first-place short story in the Anne Arundel County Reading Council’s Young Authors Contest.

    Young Authors Excel In Maryland Writing Contests

    By Zach Sparks
    From their classrooms and their homes, students are using the written word to transport readers across the world, and for that effort, several young scribes have been recognized.
    Winners of the Anne Arundel County Reading Council’s Young Authors Contest included students from Broadneck High...
  • Severna Park Reacts To Parkland School Shooting

    By Kensey Katz
    “I think more people are worried because the school in Florida was a school sort of like our school — it was a big high school,” said Anne Roman, a junior at Severna Park High. “So I think people have realized it could happen in a high school like ours.”
    Following the...
    • The oyster shells are stored in recycling bins and boxes outside of Oak Hill Elementary School until the Oyster Recovery Partnership collects them.Photo Provided
      The oyster shells are stored in recycling bins and boxes outside of Oak Hill Elementary School until the Oyster Recovery Partnership collects them.
    • Representatives from the Maryland State Bar Association read a story that detailed all of the different substances that have gone into the Chesapeake Bay. Students poured the substances into a previously clear bucket of water to watch the effects.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      Representatives from the Maryland State Bar Association read a story that detailed all of the different substances that have gone into the Chesapeake Bay. Students poured the substances into a previously clear bucket of water to watch the effects.
    • Bryan Gomes, a representative from the Oyster Recovery Partnership, passed different oyster shells around so the students could see and feel them up close.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      Bryan Gomes, a representative from the Oyster Recovery Partnership, passed different oyster shells around so the students could see and feel them up close.
    • Bryan Gomes, a representative from the Oyster Recovery Partnership, dissected an oyster to show Oak Hill Elementary students the different muscles and organs inside.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      Bryan Gomes, a representative from the Oyster Recovery Partnership, dissected an oyster to show Oak Hill Elementary students the different muscles and organs inside.

    Heroes On The Half Shell: Oak Hill Recovers Oysters

    By Maya Pottiger
    Oak Hill Elementary is competing to win a trip to the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore.
     

    On February 12, the fourth-grade classes at Oak Hill enjoyed presentations by the Maryland State Bar Association and the Oyster Recovery Partnership. Together, these organizations presented...

    • Sara McCoy (left) was presented the Ladies of Ancient Order of Hibernians award certificate by Maryland State LAOH President Kelly Parks.Photo Provided
      Sara McCoy (left) was presented the Ladies of Ancient Order of Hibernians award certificate by Maryland State LAOH President Kelly Parks.
    • Holding the oversized check of $500 is David Grigsby (left) assistant principal of Broadneck High School; Kathy Norris, Maryland State LOAH historian; junior Sara McCoy; and Kelly Parks, Maryland State LAOH president.Photo Provided
      Holding the oversized check of $500 is David Grigsby (left) assistant principal of Broadneck High School; Kathy Norris, Maryland State LOAH historian; junior Sara McCoy; and Kelly Parks, Maryland State LAOH president.

    Broadneck Student Wins Irish History Contest

    By Elizabeth Spearman
    It took more than the luck of the Irish for Broadneck High School junior Sara McCoy to win a contest sponsored by the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians.
    LAOH is a Catholic women’s organization that promotes Irish and Irish-American history. The theme of its writing contest was “...
    • Artist-in-residence Gayle Kassal and Benfield art teacher Tracy Edwards wanted to highlight water in the mural as many of the students live on that natural resource.Photo Provided
      Artist-in-residence Gayle Kassal and Benfield art teacher Tracy Edwards wanted to highlight water in the mural as many of the students live on that natural resource.
    • Jack Slote and Elizabeth Jones, Benfield Elementary students, painted the base coats of the mural during their art class.Photo Provided
      Jack Slote and Elizabeth Jones, Benfield Elementary students, painted the base coats of the mural during their art class.
    • Sydney Day and Abigail DiPaola, two fifth-graders at Benfield Elementary, took pride in painting the Maryland flag on the new mural.Photo Provided
      Sydney Day and Abigail DiPaola, two fifth-graders at Benfield Elementary, took pride in painting the Maryland flag on the new mural.
    • Artist-in-residence Gayle Kassal sketched the mural across five PVC panels and made a color map for Benfield Elementary students to follow while they filled in the lines with paint.Photo Provided
      Artist-in-residence Gayle Kassal sketched the mural across five PVC panels and made a color map for Benfield Elementary students to follow while they filled in the lines with paint.

    Students, Artist-In-Resident Paint Mural At Benfield Elementary

    By Maya Pottiger
    For three weeks in February, Benfield Elementary students worked together to make their school more colorful.
     

    From February 5 to February 23, artist-in-residence Gayle Kassal worked with third- through fifth-grade students to paint a mural that will hang in the hallway. The students...


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