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High School Students to Participate in First Ever Howard County Student Exchange Day

Words: Sasha Allen and Emily Hollwedel

*Editor’s Note: April 1, 2019–This article has been modified to reflect the correct date of the second exchange, April 3. A previous version stated that it was April 4.*

About a year ago, Wilde Lake senior Rachel Henry was going about her usual day when she was struck with an idea.

I originally thought of the differences between specifically Wilde Lake and Glenelg,” Henry shared. “I would sit and look at race, [Free and Reduced Meals], and test score comparisons. They’re so drastically different that I don’t even know how it’s possible with a school only 20 minutes away. I sent an email to a few Board Members, and the principals of both Wilde Lake and Glenelg to see if I could go to Glenelg for a day.”

It wasn’t easy. Henry encountered some difficulties in trying to implement her idea. “It was immediately shot down by my principal, who was supportive but certain it was against policy,” recalled Henry. “A month or so later, I got a call in the front office from Cindy Drummond, advisor of Howard County Association of Student Councils, saying that the board latched on to my idea.”

The idea of the program is simple: students are given the chance to connect with new people and experience different schools in Howard County.

On Wednesday, March 27, participating Wilde Lake students will travel to Glenelg, and Long Reach students will go to Centennial. On April 3, participating Glenelg students will go to Wilde Lake, and Centennial students will go to Long Reach. On the days of the exchanges, the students will attend classes until fifth period, where they will meet with school liaisons and debrief.

Henry highlighted the differences between these schools, specifically between Wilde Lake and Glenelg. “When I see 46% African American, 25% white, and 13% Hispanic, in Wilde Lake’s stats, I think diverse. But when I look at Glenelg’s 76.2% white, and a number over 5% can’t even be conclusive for any other race but Asian, at 11%, I think of segregation.”

Henry is no stranger to being perceived as different from others.

My dad is black and my mom is white, and I honestly don’t know if places other than where I’ve gone are as accepting of that,” she said. “I am also a practicing Jew, so in that aspect I am also different.”

James LeMon, Director of Community, Parent, and School Outreach in Howard County, expressed his excitement for the program to be in place. He was vital in the implementation of Henry’s idea.

“I’m just excited that we are taking a student’s idea and we are going to make it happen,” LeMon stated. “I think it is a great opportunity for the kids to experience a day in the life of a different school, culture, get to meet some other students.”

As for the goals of the program, both Henry and LeMon hope the experience will unify the schools and students.

What I want for students, including myself, is to stop thinking of pre-conceived notions about schools in our own county,” shared Henry. “I go to Glenelg on Wednesday, and to be completely honest, I’m terrified. Four boys got arrested there last year for racist and anti-semitic graffiti. Being mixed, and Jewish, those hate crimes directly pertained to me.”

LeMon had a similar notion about the ideas that students in Howard County have about other schools.

Every school has a different culture, and I think the goal was just to experience the day in the life of another student in Howard County,” said LeMon.

Henry’s ideas are now in effect in not just her own school, but in multiple. She hopes that this can end up being a county-wide opportunity.

This group of 20 students who get to experience another school for the day are going to bring back this information to their schools and spread it,” said Henry. “I just hope lasting impressions are made, and people are truly in this experience to see what it’s like to be at different schools.”

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HCPSS, McDaniel Announce Inaugural T4T Scholarship Recipients

Words and Photos: Sabrina Han

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On Wednesday, May 4, the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) and McDaniel College joined together to acknowledge the inaugural group of recipients of the Teachers for Tomorrow (T4T) scholarship.
The cohort of recipients, comprising six male and five female HCPSS students and representing six Howard County schools, was a very diverse and academically successful group.

Before introducing the recipients, Dr. Roger Casey, President of McDaniel College, shared a long list of achievements included in the resumes of these 11 students.

The students were born in six different countries and are fluent in a combined total of six languages – not including English. Additionally, the students represented multiple sports teams, honor societies, clubs, student governments, and more.

“One day, these students are going to help us change tomorrow,” Dr. Renee Foose, Superintendent of Howard County Schools said.

The recipients of the 2016 T4T Scholarship are Nicolette Brookman (Hammond); Austin Metzler (Howard); Dorothee Cadet (Long Reach); Lucero Espinal and Kevin Rockwell (Oakland Mills); Ricardo Loyola, Irma Murhutta, Kory Williams, and Moises Zelaya Caceres (Reservoir); and Philip Bonsu and Daniela Yacobucci Lapaitis (Wilde Lake).

T4T is a program that was developed with the goal of increasing diversity and opportunity within the teaching workforce. In spring of 2015, Foose approached Casey with the idea for this program.

The T4T scholarship program provides 11 Howard County students with a 4-year education at McDaniel College, fully paid for by HCPSS, McDaniel College, and various sponsors, specifically the Kahlert Foundation.

The selected students will receive a free education, with an agreement with HCPSS that, immediately following their graduation in 4 years, they will return to HCPSS to work for a minimum of 3 years.

Candidates for the program had certain requirements they had to meet. The intended group was full of academically successful students with limited resources. All applicants were required to qualify for the Free and Reduced Price Meals Program, as well as a certain academic criteria. Additionally, the recipients applied and were accepted into McDaniel College before being awarded the scholarship.

Forty HCPSS students applied to the T4T program and were accepted into McDaniel College. From that group, 20 were invited to partake in an interview process for selection. In April 2016, 11 students were notified of their success in obtaining the scholarship.

While studying at McDaniel, recipients will be required to maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.75. In addition, they must graduate in four years. Students will have the option to pursue a degree in any subject they choose, but are required to obtain at least a minor in education, and serve as a student teacher.

The goal of the program is to provide every available opportunity for students and open up new ones for students with limited resources.

Karalee Turner-Little, the Coordinator of HCPSS Systemic Initiatives, stated that this was one of the main reasons that the partnership with McDaniel College is so advantageous.

“McDaniel shares our philosophy about really supporting kids individually… [they] ensure that every student has what they need,” she said. “They were really a great match for this kind of partnership.”

Casey stated that he felt this program was a “great vision.” During the ceremony, he took time to congratulate the students and acknowledge the great achievement that winning this scholarship was.

“We had remarkable interest in this program…you should be very proud that you are the first group of people who have been chosen,” he said. “You are a great group of young people.”

During the ceremony, Cadet, a senior at Long Reach, addressed the group and shared who she was and what the scholarship meant to her.

While interviewing before she was chosen for the scholarship, Cadet shared that she feels she is called to serve through teaching.

“I am a proud Haitian and American who seeks to make a difference within her community and her countries,” Cadet said. She also shared her belief that it is “important to be passion driven when going after what you want.”

Cadet shared that she believes T4T will have a positive impact on her future.

“T4T has allowed me an opportunity to build a strong and stable future,” she said.

In addition to Cadet, Loyola, from Reservoir, had a chance to speak to the group about his personal experience, and what the program means to him. Loyola will be the first in his family to attend college, a goal of his since he was young.

“As a child, college was always a dream of mine. As I grew up, I saw [that] my opportunities to further my education declined as my knowledge of the college expense increased,” he said.

Loyola was informed about the T4T scholarship opportunity by his school counselor, and felt that it was the best way for him to obtain his long-time dream. Now, he looks to create a tradition that he hopes his younger brothers will follow.

“I’ll be showing them that hard work really does pay off,” he said.

To Bonsu, a senior at Wilde Lake, this scholarship means everything.

“We [my family] came from Ghana and we really didn’t have that much. And then to receive this opportunity is one of the best moments of my life right now,” he said.

The idea of becoming a teacher is new to Bonsu, but he is looking forward to being able to give back to the community using this opportunity.

“It’s kind of new to me right now, but when I really thought about it, I was like ‘You know, I can do this,’” he said. “I can actually help people out, like future students.”

Though teaching may not have been Bonsu’s original plan, he is extremely grateful for the opportunity he has been given, and looks to make the best of it.

“I’m glad I received it, and I really want to help out [in the future] with HCPSS,” he said.

The students themselves are not the only ones affected by this opportunity. One mother had the chance to share just how deeply this opportunity has affected her, her child, and their family.

Tanisha Rowe, mother of Kory Williams, who also attends Reservoir, shared with the group what the scholarship means to her and her family. In addition to sharing Williams’ story, and the hardships he has overcome, she spoke about how proud she was of her son, and how deeply the scholarship opportunity has affected their family.

“I [told] Corey from the time he was about three or four – he was destined for greatness,” she said. “You can see what a proud Mom I am…I set the tone, he followed. And he didn’t have to.”

Additionally, Rowe took time to acknowledge the success of her son, and the initiative he has taken in his endeavors.

“Everything you’ve seen from him – the words that he’s written for his opening speeches – are all Kory. We are extremely proud of him,” she said.

Both HCPSS and McDaniel College look forward to many more celebrations of this type to come.

“We definitely look to continue this every year,” Turner-Little said. “This is a huge endeavor for HCPSS and McDaniel College, and it will take a lot of people’s efforts and financial resources and commitment, but we do hope to have scholarship recipients every year.”

Aside from being a huge opportunity for a free education, this program provides a chance for Howard County students to give back to the school system they were brought up in, and have an effect on the futures of many students.

“Today we are beginning the first day to changing what tomorrow looks like,” Foose stated. “It’s normally a sad time when we see students leaving…but this isn’t such a sad day; this is a happy day because I’m going to see them back here in just a few years working for us in our classrooms, making a difference.”

For more information about the T4T scholarship program, contact your school principal or guidance counselor, and visit the HCPSS (www.hcpss.org) and/or McDaniel College (www.mcdaniel.edu) websites.

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The Girls’ Basketball Team Advances in Playoffs

Words: Giana Han

On Friday, Feb. 28, the Lady Eagles won their first playoff game of the year against the Long Reach Lightning, 49-26.

The Lady Eagles are now 3-0 against Long Reach, but this win was much more decisive than the previous 34-31 and 56-44 wins.

“They played us to overtime twice, so that was something that mentally we kind of had to overcome, that this team could definitely beat us and I thought that made us come out harder,” said coach Robert Macheel.

Junior Anna Mitchell put the first points on the board for the Lady Eagles with a foul shot. After that, the Lady Eagles never lost their lead. They were up at the half by 14 points, 26-12.

“I think the first half was the high point of our game and where we extended the lead the most,” said Mitchell who scored 15 of her 17 points in the first half. “Our offense was disciplined, as well as our defense.”

The scoring was wide-spread, with eight players putting up points. Junior Kimmy Eads had nine points for the night, and seniors Brittany Anderson and Sara Downing had seven and six points, respectively. However, defense was also key.

“Long Reach has a really strong point guard who is always difficult to guard,” said Mitchell.

“I thought Sara did a great job defending number one [the point guard] the whole game. She’s a great player, and Sara did great defending her shots,” said Macheel.

Outrebounding the Lightning, the Lady Eagles had 34 rebounds for the night. Mitchell contributed eight, and Eads had ten.

The game ended in a 49-26 victory for the Lady Eagles. From here, they look to improve in order to get ready for the next playoff game.

“[We need to work on] just stopping the middle penetration,” stated Mitchell. “Long Reach got lots of easy buckets from us not stopping them in the middle. That’s how they scored most of their points.”

“We’re playing a great team next in Poly, and so they’re very big and well-coached, so we’ll have to play as a team defensively, especially boxing out and making sure we’re fronting the post because they have a couple very good inside players,” said Macheel.

The Boys’ Basketball Team Wins Senior Night Game

Words: Giana Han

The Centennial boys’ basketball team celebrated Senior Night with a 60-40 win over Long Reach High School on Feb. 19.

Five seniors – Chase Conley, Walter Fletcher, Logan Tignall, Matt Ung, and Robert Wilkin – were able win their final home game at Centennial. “We came out more intense,” said Fletcher.  “It was our last game, we wanted to end with a bang.”

The Eagles held the lead for the majority of the game and were in front at the end of each quarter.  Although the Eagles were up at the end of the first half, they only had a lead of nine points.  However, they came out of the half-time break even stronger than before.

“In the second half, we were able to get out and score and transition,” said head coach Chad Hollwedel.  “They were playing a fairly tight zone. We opened it up to get shots. We made a concentrated effort on getting inside shots.”

By the end of the game, the Eagles extended their lead to an overwhelming 20 points.

Conley put up eight points, two blocks, and two steals for his last home game of the season, while sophomore Tom Brown contributed 11 points and nine rebounds.  Juniors Chad Strothers and Isaiah White led the team in scoring with 14 and 15 points, respectively. Every member of the team contributed, with at least two minutes of playing time for each player.

The gym was decorated to say goodbye to the seniors and celebrate their season. “It was a nice feeling to have my poster there and to walk out with my family. It was a special game,” said Wilkin.

The team was close, according to both Fletcher and Wilkin, and they will both miss their teammates the most out of everything about the season.

“This group of seniors was a hard working group. One through five of these players came to practice with a positive attitude,” said Hollwedel. “They enjoy being around each other and it shows.”

Eagles Football Defeats the Lightning

Words: Giana Han

On Oct. 4, the Centennial Eagles came back from their loss against the River Hill Hawks last week to beat the Long Reach Lightning 34-7.

The game started slow, and neither team scored during the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the pace picked up a bit. Chase Conley scored the first points of the game with an 80-yard pick six.  The score became 14-0 when Walter Fletcher had a 35-yard rushing touchdown.

Long Reach got the ball back and made it down to Centennial’s one yard line.  The Eagles held them for three downs, but the Lightning decided to go for the touchdown on their fourth down and scored with 22.5 seconds left on the clock in the second quarter. The half ended with the Eagles up 14-7.

The Eagles came out of their half time break strong. Tyler Morris passed the ball 35 yards to Conley for another touchdown.  A missed extra point left the score at 20-7.

Two more touchdowns were scored, one by Fletcher and one by Morris.  The Lightning did not score at all in the second half.  The final score was 34-7.

The Eagles played extremely well, with many terrific plays throughout the game.  Connor Marcinek, John Kolp, and Sean Donohue all had fumble recoveries.  Damon Reaves and Patrick Mckinnis each had an interception, and Fletcher rushed for a total of 188 yards.

“We knew if we didn’t make a statement this week, then teams in the county would start to be able to beat up on us if we didn’t come out on fire and do what we did,” said Conley who had two interceptions and two touchdowns. “I just knew I had to have a big game coming back so I just went out there and did what I had to do.”

One player put up his first points of the season.  With Nick Cooper out, the team needed a replacement kicker and Sam Reichenthal filled that spot, making four of his extra point kicks.

“Coop [Cooper] was out.  He was hurt and they needed a kicker, so I stepped up,” said Reichenthal.

Friday’s game signaled something bigger than a rebound from the River Hill game.  It was the game that officially made this year’s record better than last year’s, and it prepares them for their homecoming game.  The Eagles are currently 4-1, and they have the Homecoming game to look forward to this Saturday, Oct. 12.

“It gives us a lot of momentum for homecoming.  This [Atholton] is coach Kriner’s old team.  We want nothing more to get a W on homecoming,” said Conley.