January 22, 2018
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    • Coached by Eric Bitoude, the Broadneck Bruin team includes sophomore Jameson Gilkey, sophomore Will Sizemore and senior Sander Miller.Photo Provided
      Coached by Eric Bitoude, the Broadneck Bruin team includes sophomore Jameson Gilkey, sophomore Will Sizemore and senior Sander Miller.

    Local High Schools Battle For Bragging Rights On “It’s Academic”

    By Judy Tacyn
    Many parents and grandparents may remember waking up early on Saturday mornings to watch their local high schools compete on “It’s Academic.” That’s because the show has been in production since 1961. What started on NBC4 in Washington, D.C., continues to be America’s...
    • More than 100 people competed in a December event hosted by the SPHS speedcubing club. “Having a club with dozens of other likeminded people is what made all of the Severna Park competitions possible,” said Spencer Gretz, speedcubing club vice president.Photo by Jimmy Burton
      More than 100 people competed in a December event hosted by the SPHS speedcubing club. “Having a club with dozens of other likeminded people is what made all of the Severna Park competitions possible,” said Spencer Gretz, speedcubing club vice president.

    SPHS Hosts Speedcubing Competition

    By Jimmy Burton
    Contest Draws More Than 100 Competitors

    On December 16, a total of 114 competitors representing six different nationalities gathered for one common hobby: Rubik’s Cubes. The Severna Park High School speedcubing club began planning in September for the competition.
    “Planning the...

    • This month, students at Broadneck Elementary answered the question “What is an invention that would make life in the future much easier?”Photo by Maya Pottiger
      This month, students at Broadneck Elementary answered the question “What is an invention that would make life in the future much easier?”

    Question Of The Month: Broadneck Elementary School

    By Dylan Roche
    Each month, the Severna Park Voice poses a question to a local fifth-grade class. This month, students at Broadneck Elementary answered the question:
    What is an invention that would make life in the future much easier?
     
    My invention is a machine for cleaning. It would have a broom and mop...
    • Cutty McGrath completed his Eagle Scout service project this summer when Troop 993 finished building a much-needed trailhead kiosk at the Severn Run Natural Environmental Area located off Veterans Highway in Millersville.Photo Provided
      Cutty McGrath completed his Eagle Scout service project this summer when Troop 993 finished building a much-needed trailhead kiosk at the Severn Run Natural Environmental Area located off Veterans Highway in Millersville.

    Cutty McGrath Reaches Rank Of Eagle Scout

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    Henry Thomas “Cutty” McGrath III, along with fellow scouts Steven Andrew Engel and Noah Harris Foxson from Troop 993 in Severna Park, received his Eagle Scout Award at a Court of Honor ceremony on December 30 at Severna Park United Methodist Church.
    McGrath has been an active...
  • Arnold Elementary Earns Wellness Distinction Award

    By Dave Topp
    For its efforts to promote and encourage a healthier lifestyle in and around the community, Arnold Elementary was one of six Anne Arundel County public schools to receive the 2017 AACPS Wellness School of Distinction award.

    Earning such an honor does not come lightly. Schools must show significant efforts in establishing initiatives toward the 10 components of Whole School, Whole Community and Whole Child (WSCC) model: health education; physical activity; health services; nutrition environment and services; counseling, psychological and social services; social and emotional climate; physical environment; employee wellness; family engagement and community involvement.

    “You have to...
    • Madelaine Garner created her own line of handmade products called MadelaineMade. Since she was young, she loved being creative, so she decided to make a business. “If anyone else wants to start their own business, I believe it is important to love what you do,” Garner said.Photo courtesy of Madelaine Garner
      Madelaine Garner created her own line of handmade products called MadelaineMade. Since she was young, she loved being creative, so she decided to make a business. “If anyone else wants to start their own business, I believe it is important to love what you do,” Garner said.
    • Madelaine Garner created her own line of handmade products called MadelaineMade. Since she was young, she loved being creative, so she decided to make a business. “If anyone else wants to start their own business, I believe it is important to love what you do” Garner said.Photo courtesy of Madelaine Garner
      Madelaine Garner created her own line of handmade products called MadelaineMade. Since she was young, she loved being creative, so she decided to make a business. “If anyone else wants to start their own business, I believe it is important to love what you do” Garner said.
    • Madelaine Garner created her own line of handmade products called MadelaineMade. Since she was young, she loved being creative, so she decided to make a business. “If anyone else wants to start their own business, I believe it is important to love what you do” Garner said.Photo courtesy of Madelaine Garner
      Madelaine Garner created her own line of handmade products called MadelaineMade. Since she was young, she loved being creative, so she decided to make a business. “If anyone else wants to start their own business, I believe it is important to love what you do” Garner said.
    • Madelaine Garner created her own line of handmade products called MadelaineMade. Since she was young, she loved being creative, so she decided to make a business. “If anyone else wants to start their own business, I believe it is important to love what you do” Garner said.Photo courtesy of Madelaine Garner
      Madelaine Garner created her own line of handmade products called MadelaineMade. Since she was young, she loved being creative, so she decided to make a business. “If anyone else wants to start their own business, I believe it is important to love what you do” Garner said.

    Catching Up With Madelaine Garner, Creator of MadelaineMade

    By Alena Carhart
    Recent Severna Park High School graduate Madelaine Garner (class of 2017) created her own online business and Instagram called MadelaineMade. Her products include homemade necklaces, soaps and cosmetics listed at affordable prices.
    The idea became a reality due to her passion for creativity....
    • (L-R) Ryan Bonner, Lincoln Boyle, Court Barrett and Dennis Underwood (bottom) represented St. Martin’s-in-the-Field Episcopal School at the Severn Scholastic Chess Tournament in December.Photo Provided
      (L-R) Ryan Bonner, Lincoln Boyle, Court Barrett and Dennis Underwood (bottom) represented St. Martin’s-in-the-Field Episcopal School at the Severn Scholastic Chess Tournament in December.

    Checkmate: St. Martin’s Chess Team Wins First Place at Severn Scholastic Tournament

    By Alyson Kay
    After what coach Tom Barrett described as a “grueling” six hours, St. Martin’s-in-the-Field Episcopal School topped six other teams and won first place in the elementary division at the Severn Scholastic Chess Tournament in December.
    Each player competed in five games. Leading...
    • Matt Verni is one of many SPHS students who park on residential streets while on-campus options are limited during the school’s construction.Photo by John Kiser
      Matt Verni is one of many SPHS students who park on residential streets while on-campus options are limited during the school’s construction.

    Where Can We Park?

    By John Kiser
    Students Try To Find Legal But Convenient Parking Options While SPHS Lots Are Unavailable Due To Construction
    Parking can get pretty tricky, especially in a school zone. Many Severna Park High School seniors who have driving privileges are finding other places to park since the new senior lot has...
  • SPHS Prom Fashion Show Set For January 26

    By Alena Carhart
    During Severna Park High School’s prom fashion show, set for January 26 at 7:00pm, attendees will find raffles, vendors, dancing, and students dressed up to the nines.
    “The prom fashion show is an event where Severna Park students can model current fashion trends,” explained...
    • The Cool Schools Challenge encourages young people to show their support for Special Olympics by forming plunging teams among their peer group and raising funds for an exciting but chilly field trip.
      The Cool Schools Challenge encourages young people to show their support for Special Olympics by forming plunging teams among their peer group and raising funds for an exciting but chilly field trip.

    Students Are “Freezin’ For A Reason” With The Cool Schools Challenge

    By Maya Pottiger
    The Cool Schools Challenge provides students with an opportunity to make a difference in thousands of lives.

     

    On Thursday, January 25, roughly 2,500 school-age kids will be excused from class to plunge into the icy Chesapeake Bay two days before the Polar Bear Plunge.

     ...

    • SPAN’s director of development, Ellen Kinsella (middle left), received a check from Oak Hill Elementary educators Pat Anderson and Bernadette Jackson and Oak Hill Principal Deneen Houghton.
      SPAN’s director of development, Ellen Kinsella (middle left), received a check from Oak Hill Elementary educators Pat Anderson and Bernadette Jackson and Oak Hill Principal Deneen Houghton.

    Candygrams For SPAN: Oak Hill Spreads Holiday Cheer With Annual FundraiserExclusive

    By Voice Media
    Candy canes have many uses, from dessert toppings to decorations, but Oak Hill Elementary students found another use for them this season: selling them to help local families.
    In just four days, Oak Hill sold candygrams to raise more than $2,215 for SPAN (Serving People Across Neighborhoods), a...
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    • After raising $160 for supplies that went to police officers in Key Colony Beach, Florida, Tristan Newhouse was presented with a citation on behalf of Captain Thomas Kohlmann, Major Michelle Simpson, Captain Herb Hasenpusch and Captain Shawn Urbas.Photo by Zach Sparks
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    Food For Thought: Severna Park Boy Sends Care Packages To Florida

    By Zach Sparks
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    • For his Eagle project, Patrick Oliver led a team that beautified a portion of the Cape St. Claire beach area in November.Photo Provided
      For his Eagle project, Patrick Oliver led a team that beautified a portion of the Cape St. Claire beach area in November.
    • Patrick Oliver (right) assigned one group to plant native grasses, one to spread mulch, and one to bag leftover waste and debris.Photo Provided
      Patrick Oliver (right) assigned one group to plant native grasses, one to spread mulch, and one to bag leftover waste and debris.

    Eagle Scout Project Benefits Cape St. Claire Beach

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    • This month, fifth-graders at Jones Elementary School answered the question “What is your favorite holiday tradition you enjoy with your family?”Photo by Dylan Roche
      This month, fifth-graders at Jones Elementary School answered the question “What is your favorite holiday tradition you enjoy with your family?”

    Question Of The Month: Jones Elementary School

    By Dylan Roche
    Each month, the Severna Park Voice poses a question to a local fifth-grade class. This month, fifth-grade students at Jones Elementary answered the question:
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    I always like to light the four Advent candles.
    James A.
    My...
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