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First Annual Strutting with the Staff

Words: Ashley Berry

The Howard County Public School System Educational Foundation, Bright Minds, hosted their first ever Strutting with the Staff on Saturday, March 21 at Glenelg High School. This fundraiser raised money to benefit the Bright Minds Foundation and the Students of the Howard County Public Schools.

Strutting with the Staff was a dance competition for all staff and teachers of HCPSS. Teams of dancers competed for votes from people in the community as well as a selected panel of judges: County Executive Allan Kittleman, Becky Funk from Monster’s Dance and Coleen West from the Howard County Arts Council.

The Centennial High School team started to practice in January. Theo Brown and Rebecca Clark, two teachers at Centennial, choreographed the dance and taught it the other 13 members: Mrs. Hafets, Mr. Dorsey, Mrs. Helmrath, Mrs. Barnes, Mrs Fleegal, Mr. Matchim, Mr. Barrett, Miss Hammers, Mrs. Reynolds, Ms. Fisher, Ms. Carlsen, Mrs. Beall, and Ms. McKechnie.

There were 3 different categories of winners: most money raised, most entertaining and judge’s choice. After all their hard work, the Centennial team took home first place for all 3 categories and was named the grand champion.

Many of the staff members on the team had some experience with dance or performing. Barrett and Brown did Step for their fraternity, Hammers was on the dance team when she was a student at Centennial, Fisher has experience in Irish Dancing and Reynolds participated in Centennial’s show, Dancing with the Staff, last year. Also, Carlsen and Matchim are Centennial’s theatre teacher and band director.

On the other hand, there were members of the team, such as McKechnie, who were not dancers and did not have any experience. She said, “The dance was difficult for me to learn because I have not done this kind of thing before. I also wanted to make sure I got it right so I didn’t let the team down!”

“We had some very talented dancers on the team, but as far as our success goes, I think that ultimately it was the patience, dedication and expertise of Mrs. Clark. She had the vision to put everything together and gave us great instruction and encouragement,” said McKechnie. “We had so much fun! It wasn’t everything, but winning was great and I would definitely do this again!”

Dancing with the Staff Takes Place at CHS

Words: Miranda Mason

Photos: Caitlin Martin

On April 16, 2013 Dancing with the Staff took place in the CHS auditorium at 7 p.m. At the event, students in Senior Dance Company paired up with a teacher and each couple competed for first place.

The event began with a performance by Senior Dance Company, and the duos were introduced with a video of the students interviewing their dancing partners. After all the couples had performed, an intermission was held so the audience could place their votes for their favorite pair. Each member of the audience received one vote with the purchase of their ticket, but additional votes were also available for 50 cents each.

Following the intermission, another performance was given by the Senior Dance Company, and all the dancing pairs were brought onto the stage for a round of applause and the announcement of the winners.

Third runner up was Ashley Grooms and Kathryn Carlsen with their performance of Roxie, second runner up was Teresa Franey and Karen Reynolds with their performance of Beat It, first runner up was Gabrielle Pisciotta and Kevin Dorsey with their performance of Lose Control, and Kelly McGowan and David Matchim won first place with their performance of Kung Fu Fighting.

“It was awesome and a lot of fun,” said band teacher and first place winner Matchim. “The best thing about the night was seeing the other teachers dance.”

Dancing with the Staff was not only fun for the performers, but also the audience. Many students brought signs to show support for their favorite duo, and each pair was introduced onto the stage with a huge round of applause.

“It was well worth it and a wild experience,” said sophomore Steven Wysocki. “They rocked my socks off.”

SGA General Assembly


Ellicott City, MD – On February 1, 2013, the Student Government Association General Assembly met to discuss upcoming events. Directed by student body president Farhan Bader, a junior, topics included a spring pep rally and a third school dance.

First, students debated the best activities to rev up the spirit at the pep rally occurring on Friday, February 8. They agreed that a ping-pong match, a basketball game, and a few rounds of blanket races would rouse the crowd.

Next, they dealt with the tricky problem of the school dance. As vice principal Kevin Dorsey explained, a failure to improve student behavior could result in a loss of dances in the future. “We’re trying to change a culture,” he told the General Assembly. “You haven’t seen the girls crying in my office because, caught up in the pressure of the moment, they did things they wouldn’t have done otherwise.” With this in mind, the students proposed various solutions. Pep rallies, punishments, and alternative options were suggested, but none were agreed upon at that time.

Discussions will continue at the next meeting, whose date is yet to be decided.

Be sure to show your spirit and wear school colors to the pep rally on Friday.