Winter (feels more like Spring, doesn't it?) Concert II was fantastic! The concert included performances by the Jazz Band, Women's Choir, Men's Choir, Madrigal Singers, and Symphonic Band. The ensembles performed some old favorites and several new pieces ... all wonderful! We were able to take a little video if you want to check it out at hcpss_rhs. Congratulations again to all of our music students on a job well done!
Congratulations also to our three directors, Dr. Greg Knauf, Mr. Colin O'Bryan, and Mr. David Bacon. Finally ... a big thanks to our Music Boosters for their support and efforts in putting together the lovely decorations!
The team celebrated their seniors at the Friday Night Game of the Week with a win of 9 to 7 over Long Reach High School!
In the pre-game ceremony, seniors Brendan Hankins, Jonathan Howe, Stefan Novacic, and Co-Captains Ty Teodori and Chris Moon were honored in a special presentation with their parents.
In the first period, the team took the lead on goals by Cameron Hyder, Alex Shope and Naveed Nekoo, to end the first with a score of 3-0. Long Reach fought back in the second, adding a tally to the board. The goal was answered with three more from the Gators by Alex Shope, senior Chris Moon and Shannon Roarty to end the second period up 6-1. Facing a score of 7-1 and 12:00 minutes left on the clock in the third, the Lightning came back to score six goals in the third period! With support from their fans, our team maintained the lead with three more in the third period by senior, Ty Teodori, Nekoo and Moon. Senior Jonathan Howe was on fire, stopping 48 shots!
Congratulations again the team and to our coaches, Mr. Matty Valvano and Mr. John Perfetto! Thanks to our seniors for their leadership over the years! Special thanks to Ms. Moser, Mr. Jones, Dr. Wolfe, and to the families and friends that came out to cheer on the team!
Sachi represented the Reservoir community as a participant in the Howard County Leadership U Program this past year. Their graduation ceremony was held recently and these fine young men were commended for their outstanding efforts.
Leadership U is a phenomenal skill development program for students in their junior year of high school. Students are matched up with other teenagers from county public and private high schools to learn about leadership philosophy and skills. The students put use those skills to good use in researching a current issue in society and then designing and implementing a related community service project.
Public and private community organizations such as the Howard County Public School System, Howard County Government, Howard County General, Howard Community College, Loyola University, Harkins Builders, The Columbia Bank, Turf Valley, and The Arc of Howard County support this program. Over 70 students from across Howard County participated this year!
Sachi participated as a member of the Pennies for Paws team, working with students from Atholton, Howard, Centennial, and Mt. Hebron. For their project, the students partnered with the Howard County Animal Welfare Society. Through a series of fundraisers, the team raised $725 to help this shelter. With the money they raised, the team bought supplies such as dog and cat food, cat litter, toys, towels, and cleaning supplies. In addition, Pennies for Paws purchased a camera security system so that shelter staff members could remotely monitor the animals and the team also helped paint a recently built cat house that was an extension of their building.
All sophomores here at Reservoir should consider applying for this worthwhile program. The program includes a weeklong camp from August 2-7, 2015. The program's schedule does allow for great flexibility so that students involved in other extracurricular activities can participate in Leadership U too.
You can also find our more information by going to www.leadershiphc.org. You can also use Twitter to follow @LHCLeads. Applications are available in Student Services starting in about two weeks. While there is a cost of $850 involved, financial assistance is available through the program or our school. The deadline for application is usually right around the middle of March.
Once again ... we strongly encourage all sophomores and their families to consider this opportunity. After seeing the results of this leadership development program year after year, we can firmly state that this is one of those opportunities that greatly enhances your skills and strengths and provides experiences that you will remember for a lifetime.
Congratulations again to Sachi for stepping up to take advantage of this wonderful initiative here in Howard County ... Will you be our next Leadership U graduate?
The teams have continued their winning ways on the mat! Over the weekend at the Oakdale Bear Cave Brawl, t two Reservoir wrestlers, Todd Del Tufo at 145 and AJ Strott at 195, won championships! Reese Kilcarr placed 3rd at 106 pounds and Dalton Kleinhen and Connor Tayman placed fourth at 120 and 126 respectively.
Last night here at the Swamp, the Varsity improved to 4-0 for the year, defeating Centennial and Howard. Scoring two individual wins for the Gators were Reese Kilcarr, Dalton Kleinhen, Hayoung Park, Todd Del Tufo, Max Reed, AJ Strott, Shawn Hamilton, and Tyler Ecker. Congrats again to the teams and coaches ... come out to show your support for our wrestlers as they travel to River Hill to take on the Hawks this Thursday!
The Allied Bowling Team bowled two exciting games against Oakland Mills yesterday. The team was led by Demarco Bell who bowled a 204 in his second game. Demarco rolled an amazing 5 strikes in his two games. Other bowlers who had strong games were Becca Quintern with a two game total of 155 and Marcus Grant who finished strong with a 135. Congratulations again to the bowlers and Coach Mueller!
During the week of December 7 – 11, our school participated in the annual Hour of Code with some exciting activities for students that highlighted the areas of computer science and STEM careers. Students from our Principles of Computer Science G/T class were on hand during all lunch shifts Monday and Tuesday to lead their fellow students in coding activities and demonstrated coding projects done by previous classes.
Students were also able to sign up each day to hear guest speakers talk about their own careers in STEM fields and the paths they took to get there. Thanks to Scott Reed / APL, Derek Winkler / Artech Government Services, Rudy Kasprzyk / NSA, Bhavana Singh / CTA, and Brenda Minnich / Howard County Education Federal Credit Union for volunteering as guest speakers ... we appreciate their time and consideration!
On Tuesday December 15, members of our National Technical Honor Society and students from the Advanced Placement Computer Science class assisted during the Fulton Elementary School's Hour of Code Family Night. The evening featured a variety of robotics demonstrations and coding activities. Thanks to Taia Modlin, Liam Engman, Brendan English and Declan Downie for their efforts!
The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. The purpose of the event is designed to demystify code and show that we can all learn the basics of coding. Thanks to Ms. Linda Pchelka for serving as the staff sponsor for these activities!
Ms. Hyde, Spanish Teacher and World Languages Instructional Team Leader, was notified recently that she has achieved National Board Certification! The application process is very challenging and takes more than a year to complete all components. Ms. Hyde is now part of an elite group nationwide who have mastered this certification.
Ms. Hyde joins Ms. Grant, Mr. Valvano, Dr. Knauf, Ms. French, Ms. Li, Ms. Tolson, and Ms. Dellinger as National Board Certified teachers on staff here at Reservoir. Our school has ranked at the top of the school system in number of NBC teachers for several years ... we are very proud to work with these outstanding educators!
Congrats again to Ms. Hyde ... she will be honored at a school system ceremony in January!
Today's Blood Drive has gone extremely well. Over 50 students and staff members have registered to donate, filling all of the time slots! Thanks to everyone for participating in this great cause. Special thanks to Nikhil Gupta, Blood Drive Chair; Ms. Deanna Lee, Red Cross Club Sponsor; and Ms. Julie Frisvold, NHS Chapter Sponsor!