August 17, 2018
School & Youth
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    • (L-R) Caitlyn Murphy, Matthew Mangano and Elena Harris were among the teens who participated in WoodsWork this year.Photos courtesy of Scott Wiley
      (L-R) Caitlyn Murphy, Matthew Mangano and Elena Harris were among the teens who participated in WoodsWork this year.
    • WoodsWork joined Habitat for Humanity in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where the large group of 170 people helped to rehab three homes, beautify unoccupied homes with colorful murals, and clean open spaces.Photos courtesy of Scott Wiley
      WoodsWork joined Habitat for Humanity in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where the large group of 170 people helped to rehab three homes, beautify unoccupied homes with colorful murals, and clean open spaces.

    They Nailed It: While Building Homes Afar, Teens Show Altruism

    By Judy Tacyn
    Teens around the globe are actively engaged in recognizing the universal human need for assistance and compassion, and mobilizing others to address issues head-on. Here in Severna Park, altruistic teens have been on the forefront of good works for generations.

    This summer, teens joined faith-...

  • Magothy River Middle Welcomes New Administrators

    By Jillian Amodio
    This fall, Magothy River Middle School will have two new administrators, with Nuria Williams becoming principal and Hanne Denney stepping into the role of assistant principal.

    Williams was unavailable for an interview, but Denney shared some insight on her background and future goals.

    Prior...

  • St. Andrews Swim And Tennis Club Hosts Youth Triathlon For Brain Cancer Research

    By Ian Weiner
    On August 11, the St. Andrew’s Swim and Tennis Club will host the Kenzie Rose Youth Triathlon, an event that raises money for pediatric brain cancer research at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C.

    Kenzie Rose passed away from brain cancer on December 18, 2016, at 17...

    • An aerospace engineer and mother of two Cape St. Claire students, Morgan Van Arsdall joined the CAC so she could facilitate information and learn more about how the school system works.Photo Provided
      An aerospace engineer and mother of two Cape St. Claire students, Morgan Van Arsdall joined the CAC so she could facilitate information and learn more about how the school system works.

    Morgan Van Arsdall To Represent Broadneck Cluster On CAC

    By Maya Pottiger
    In July’s election, Morgan Van Arsdall was voted in as the Broadneck cluster representative on the Citizen Advisory Committee.

    Van Arsdall, a mother of two Cape St. Claire students, also applied to be a member of the committee two years ago.

    “I really wanted to get more involved...

  • SPHS Graduate And Hospice Volunteer Donates Graduation Money To Teen Grief Program

    By Jane Seiss
    This summer, SPHS graduate Elise Fonseca donated $750 of her graduation money to Camp Phoenix Rising at Hospice of the Chesapeake. She volunteered at the Pasadena hospice and palliative care facility and gave the monetary gift because she felt it was the right thing to do. The camp offers support,...
  • Be More Like Grandpa

    By Leslie Dolsak
    What is it about grandparents that kids relish and adore? For many children, the anticipation of seeing Grandma and Grandpa is unmatchable. Whether they live near or far, whether they’re seen weekly or yearly, the yearning to be with Grandma and Grandpa runs deep. So why should we as parents wait to be grandparents to start making these divine, indelible marks on our children? What lessons can parents adopt from grandparents?

    My fondest memories of Grandpa were never related to playing; in fact, I don’t think Grandpa played. My fondest memories were not using Grandpa’s iPhone; in fact, he had an old rotary. My fondest memories with Grandpa were not going to...

  • Help Your Child With A Smooth School Transition

    By Jillian Amodio
    Switching schools can be daunting for parents and children. Here are a few tips to make these transitions smooth and enjoyable.

    Be Prepared

    Many schools offer orientations and sneak-a-peek sessions to ease anxiety for kids. Getting to know the layout ensures that the children feel comfortable and confident while navigating their new territory. By meeting teachers and administrators, your child becomes familiar with the people who will guide them through their school career. Talk about anything that might be different or new about their school.

    Keep Dialogue Open

    As our kids get older, our involvement in their life changes. We no longer need to hold their hand through everything,...

    • This month, students from Theater in the Park summer camp answered the question: “If you could invent any ice cream flavor, what would it be?”Photo by Maya Pottiger
      This month, students from Theater in the Park summer camp answered the question: “If you could invent any ice cream flavor, what would it be?”

    Question of the Month: Theater in the Park

    By Maya Pottiger
    Each month, the Severna Park Voice poses a question to a local fifth-grade class. This month, while students are out for summer vacation, summer campers at Theater in the Park answered the question:

    If you could invent any ice cream flavor, what would it be?

     

    Popcorn.

    Abby G....

    • Clifford Jamieson, the valedictorian for Severna Park High School’s class of 2018, will attend Yale University in fall 2019 after taking a gap year.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      Clifford Jamieson, the valedictorian for Severna Park High School’s class of 2018, will attend Yale University in fall 2019 after taking a gap year.
    • Clifford Jamieson, the valedictorian for Severna Park High School’s class of 2018, will attend Yale University in fall 2019 after taking a gap year.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      Clifford Jamieson, the valedictorian for Severna Park High School’s class of 2018, will attend Yale University in fall 2019 after taking a gap year.

    Clifford Jamieson Excited To “Explore Interests” At Yale

    By Maya Pottiger
    Clifford Jamieson was busy during his four years at Severna Park High School.

    During his sophomore year, he was elected class president, which led to his involvement with the Student Government Association. Jamieson helped plan prom, as well as organize other student events and activities.

    He...

    • Izzy Kintzley, salutatorian for the Severna Park High School class of 2018, posed with Clifford Jamieson, the class’s valedictorian.Photo Provided
      Izzy Kintzley, salutatorian for the Severna Park High School class of 2018, posed with Clifford Jamieson, the class’s valedictorian.
    • Izzy Kintzley, salutatorian for the Severna Park High School class of 2018, ran indoor and outdoor cross country and served as captain for two years.Photo by Colin A.J. Murphy
      Izzy Kintzley, salutatorian for the Severna Park High School class of 2018, ran indoor and outdoor cross country and served as captain for two years.

    SPHS Salutatorian Izzy Kintzley Runs Into Nursing

    By Maya Pottiger
    Since she was 6 years old, Isabel “Izzy” Kintzley knew she wanted to be a nurse.

    In the fall, she will attend the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, as a nursing major.

    “Finding a job that helps other people and making a difference in other people’s lives is...

    • Brianna Banting was the valedictorian for Broadneck High School’s class of 2018, and she will attend the University of Maryland in the fall.Photo Provided
      Brianna Banting was the valedictorian for Broadneck High School’s class of 2018, and she will attend the University of Maryland in the fall.
    • Brianna Banting was the valedictorian for Broadneck High School’s class of 2018, and she will attend the University of Maryland in the fall.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      Brianna Banting was the valedictorian for Broadneck High School’s class of 2018, and she will attend the University of Maryland in the fall.

    From Bruin To Terrapin: Brianna Banting Heads To UMD

    By Maya Pottiger
    For Brianna Banting, her two passions fall on opposite ends of the right-brain and left-brain spectrum.

    Her right-brained side was involved in many musical organizations throughout high school, while her left-brained side is ready to take on a biochemistry major in college.

    “There are...

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    • Brady Morrissey, the salutatorian for Broadneck High School’s class of 2018, is following in his father’s footsteps and joining the United States Air Force.Photo Provided
      Brady Morrissey, the salutatorian for Broadneck High School’s class of 2018, is following in his father’s footsteps and joining the United States Air Force.
    • Brady Morrissey, the salutatorian for Broadneck High School’s class of 2018, is following in his father’s footsteps and joining the United States Air Force.Photo Provided
      Brady Morrissey, the salutatorian for Broadneck High School’s class of 2018, is following in his father’s footsteps and joining the United States Air Force.

    Broadneck Salutatorian Soars To Air Force Academy

    By Maya Pottiger
    While many of his peers have their summers ahead of them, Brady Morrissey is already underway with the next step in his life: basic training at the United States Air Force.

    Morrissey, the salutatorian for Broadneck High School’s class of 2018, followed in his dad’s footsteps by...

    • During rehearsals for “42nd Street,” kids learn dances and practice singing both in groups and individually.Photo Provided
      During rehearsals for “42nd Street,” kids learn dances and practice singing both in groups and individually.
    • During rehearsals for “42nd Street,” kids learn dances and practice singing both in groups and individually.Photo Provided
      During rehearsals for “42nd Street,” kids learn dances and practice singing both in groups and individually.

    Talented Children Star In Upcoming Musical “42nd Street”

    By Kerrigan Stern
    The iconic number 42 is not just Jackie Robinson’s number and the name of a hit song by Coldplay, but it is also the name of a road in the acclaimed musical making its way to Annapolis this summer, “42nd Street.” Moreover, 42 is the number of young, talented children ages 7-14 who...
    • An 8-year-old entrepreneur, Paige Bradtmueller creates fidget stones out of clay to help people relieve stress and anxietyPhoto Provided
      An 8-year-old entrepreneur, Paige Bradtmueller creates fidget stones out of clay to help people relieve stress and anxiety
    • An 8-year-old entrepreneur, Paige Bradtmueller creates fidget stones out of clay to help people relieve stress and anxietyPhoto Provided
      An 8-year-old entrepreneur, Paige Bradtmueller creates fidget stones out of clay to help people relieve stress and anxiety

    Fidget Stones By Paige — The Next Big Craze?

    By Sharon Mager
    Arnold resident Paige Bradtmueller is an artist who has her crafts in three locations, along with orders coming in through a Facebook page less than 24 hours after it was created. Amazingly, the successful entrepreneur is 8 years old. She’s already used her first earnings to purchase a large...
    • This month, students from the Eco Adventures summer camp answered the question: “What was your favorite vacation you ever took and why?”Photo by Zach Sparks
      This month, students from the Eco Adventures summer camp answered the question: “What was your favorite vacation you ever took and why?”

    Question Of The Month: Eco Adventures

    By Zach Sparks
    Each month, the Severna Park Voice poses a question to a local fifth-grade class. This month, while students are out for summer vacation, summer campers at Eco Adventures answered the question:

    What was your favorite vacation you ever took and why?

     

    Going to Disney World. I went on...

  • Richard Benfer Completes Term As Teacher’s Association President

    By Ian Weiner
    For the last six years, Severna Park resident Richard Benfer has advocated on behalf of teachers and students as president of the Teacher’s Association of Anne Arundel County (TAAAC). On July 31, Benfer will head back to the classroom since term limits require that he step down from the...
    • Elementary School Teacher of the Year winner Kristen Zorica (left) was joined by St. John Principal Casey Buckstaff, whom Zorica said “leads and inspires all of us every day to be the best version of ourselves.”Photo by Judy Tacyn
      Elementary School Teacher of the Year winner Kristen Zorica (left) was joined by St. John Principal Casey Buckstaff, whom Zorica said “leads and inspires all of us every day to be the best version of ourselves.”

    St. John’s Kristen Zorica Named 2018 Elementary Teacher Of The Year

    By Judy Tacyn
    The Archdiocese of Baltimore recently named Kristen Zorica from St. John the Evangelist School in Severna Park as Elementary School Teacher of the Year. Genie Massey, from St. Maria Goretti High School in Hagerstown, was named High School Teacher of the Year.

    The Teacher of the Year recipients...

    • Morgan C. depicted Amelia Earhart.
      Morgan C. depicted Amelia Earhart.
    • Ethan H. dressed as Theodore Roosevelt.
      Ethan H. dressed as Theodore Roosevelt.
    • Isabella D. went as Betsy Ross.
      Isabella D. went as Betsy Ross.
    • Nathan K. depicted Nikola Tesla.
      Nathan K. depicted Nikola Tesla.
    • Corinne M. went as Harriet Tubman.
      Corinne M. went as Harriet Tubman.

    St. John The Evangelist Brings History To The Present

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    Third-graders at St. John the Evangelist Catholic School treated faculty to a walk through history on June 6. Children researched famous Americans, dressed up as the people they studied, and created a “wax museum” for parents and faculty to explore. By pressing a button, visitors could...
    • An AACPS teacher since 2010, Geoff Bernstein shares his passion for technology education with students at Severna Park High School.
      An AACPS teacher since 2010, Geoff Bernstein shares his passion for technology education with students at Severna Park High School.

    AACPS Names Geoff Bernstein Educator Of The MonthExclusive

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    For its June Educator of the Month, the Board of Education selected Severna Park High School’s Geoff Bernstein, who started with Anne Arundel County Public Schools in 2010.

    As stated by members of the board, Bernstein’s passion for technology education has been shared through his...

    • Reagan Seay and her friends from Girl Scouts boarded their bus at the Chartridge Common Area before departing for the ultimate overnight party courtesy of the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
      Reagan Seay and her friends from Girl Scouts boarded their bus at the Chartridge Common Area before departing for the ultimate overnight party courtesy of the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

    Severna Park Community Provides Send-Off Fit For A Princess

    By Judy Tacyn
    Lindsay Seay is a loving mother who would do anything to see her children happy and healthy. Her daughter Reagan, a bubbly fifth-grade student at Oak Hill Elementary School, has the happy part down pat, but the healthy aspect has been lifelong challenge.

    Reagan was born with heart defects and...

    Beloved Teacher Retires From St. Martin’s-In-The-Field

    By Monica Resa
    Linda Cielewich has been at St. Martin’s-in-the-Field for 29 years. After 34 years of teaching, she is ready for retirement.

    “Three decades carries with it an unsurpassed breadth of perspective and wisdom on early childhood education,” said Jamey Hein, head of school. “Linda has certainly earned...


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