July 27 (start date) – VOLLEYBALL CAMP-experienced ages 14-18. Thru 7/30, 8am-2:30pm. $100. QAC High School.
July 20 (start date) – VOLLEYBALL CAMP-beginners for ages 12-14. Thru 7/23, 8am-2:30pm. $100. QAC High School.
July 13 (start date) – VOLLEYBALL CAMP-introduction for ages 9-12. Thru 7/16, 8am-2:30pm. $100. QAC High School.
June 7 – 5K RUN/WALK to benefit Compass Regional Hospice. 10am-12N. QAC High School. Compass Regional Hospice, 255 Comet Dr, Centreville. 443-262-4100.
Queen Anne’s County High School is proud to present this year’s spring play: “The Pajama Game,” a musical based on the novel, “7 and a half cents” by Richard Bissell. The story is set at the Sleep Tite pajama factory, and focuses on the life and love of Babe Williams and Sid Sorokin. Sid, the cutting room floor man is determined to make his relationship with Babe, the sweetheart of the local union, successful at any cost. Myron Hasler, the President of the company does everything in his power to squelch the “unnecessary” raise request from the factory workers.
Staged and directed by English and Drama teacher Justin Callahan, vocal direction by Robbin Twilley and choreography by Kristen Tyler, the production features two casts (Green and Gold) each performing two shows. The Green cast features James Schreppler as Sid, Jamie Armstrong as Babe, and the Gold cast featuring Zachary Groseclose as Sid and Gabby Caligiuri as Babe. In addition, both casts include dozens of talented students who bring the story to life and are accompanied by Queen Anne’s County High School’s award winning band students in the Pit Orchestra, led by Director Eric Wright.
Along with an entertaining evening of music and dancing, intermission will feature a variety of gifts, baked goods, and snacks, flowers and messages. All proceeds will benefit the Theatre Department and International Thespian Society student activities.
The talented cast and crew invites the community to join them at QAC High School’s John F. Andrews Performing Arts Center with the Green Cast on Friday, March 1st and Saturday, March 9th for the 7:30 shows. The Gold cast plays on Saturday March 2nd at 7:30 pm and Sunday, March 10th for a 3:00 pm matinee. Tickets are $8 for students (show ID), $10 for adults and for fans who don’t want to miss a show, “Frequent Fan” passes will be sold on opening night for $30 and include a ticket for all four shows.
Support the arts in Queen Anne’s County as you watch the talented students put on an incredible performance.
Favorite Subject: Calculus
Sports Played: Varsity Women’s Cross Country (Captain), Varsity Women’s Lacrosse (Starting Defender), Varsity Weightlifting, Varsity Swimming
Sporting Highlight: I have been blessed that mine, as well as my teammate’s hard work, has paid off. It’s hard to pick between being a member on the National School Girls Oneida Division Championship team (US LACROSSE) and playing for the title of 2A-3A Champion at UMBC this past spring (QA LACROSSE). I have also been in the State Championship Cross Country meet for the past two years. Working with my friends and teammates on and off the field is the best part!
Years Played: Lacrosse 11, Cross Country 4
Person Who influences you & why: My Mother and Father. My parents have instilled an incredible work ethic in me.
Future Plans: Keep giving everything one hundred percent and welcome what comes next!
Six students from Queen Anne’s and Easton High Schools recently returned from a trip to Europe as part of the People to People Student Ambassador Program. Their European Heritage trip gave them insight on how people live in other parts of the world. The students went overseas June 26th- July 15th with a group totaling 47 ambassadors from up and down the East Coast. Susan Walsh and Pam Kidwell were among the delegation leaders and served as chaperones for students from the surrounding Eastern Shore areas.
The four students from Queen Anne’s County High were: Simone Goodman, 16 of Centreville, Sam Hokuf, 16 of Sudlersville, Latia Lewis, 16 of Sudlersville, and Kelsi Ronning, 16 of Queenstown. Representing Easton High School were Courtney Sturgill, 15 of Cordova, and Nolan Muganda, 15 of Easton. Simone, Sam, Latia, Kelsi and Courtney will be juniors and Nolan will be a sophomore in the fall.
As part of their journey, the student ambassadors visited England, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, and Switzerland. The students stayed in hotels for many of their nights but also made friends with German host families during a three day home stay.
“Being given the opportunity to stay with a German family was probably the most exciting thing about the trip”, says Courtney. “It gave us insight into a completely different culture and we made new friends that we will remember for years to come.”
Simone said, “I enjoyed going to the top of the Eiffel Tower and seeing all of Paris. I also loved staying with a family from Germany for three nights. I learned a lot from them and was able to experience their everyday life, instead of just being a tourist.”
Other exciting adventures included: Seeing the Olympic Rings on the Tower Bridge in London, riding The London Eye, seeing Big Ben, meeting with a member of the British Parliament, seeing a live performance of Wicked in a theater in the West End, visiting The Eiffel Tower, visiting the Anne Frank House, watching how Belgium Chocolate was made, tracing heroic footsteps along the beaches of Normandy, going behind the scenes to explore European cathedrals and mysterious castles, seeing how Cuckoo Clocks are made, challenging white- water rafting through the beautiful gorges in Scuol, Switzerland as well as many historic sites.
Latia’s favorite part of the journey was, “visiting the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. Experiencing firsthand the hardships of being Jewish during the holocaust reinforced my belief of how important it is to have the People to People Ambassador Programs to achieve peace through understanding.”
Sam stated, “It was the best trip I’ve ever been on. I learned so much seeing things I’ll probably never see again. The best part was seeing Normandy Beach because I like that kind of stuff so being there made it more real to me. Also the Swiss Alps were really pretty and I would love to go back to see them again.”
Kelsi said, “I enjoyed going to Paris, France and seeing the Eiffel Tower. It was nothing like I could have ever imagined. I also really enjoyed going white water rafting in the Swiss Alps, although the water was freezing cold. I just jumped in and swam.”
The People to People International Student Ambassador Program was founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, and since then, students have visited 40 countries on seven continents. People to People describes itself as an organization aiming “to enhance international understanding and friendship through educational, cultural and humanitarian activities involving the exchange of ideas and experiences directly among peoples of different countries and diverse cultures.”
Nolan said, “The trip to Europe is and will most likely remain one of my highlights. I enjoyed every moment of the trip: from the home stays, to the new friends, to the Eiffel tower, to the drama, to white water rafting. The German family I stayed with was incredibly awesome and hospitable. By far the best part was waking up with people who I’ve grown close and living with each other. Even though it was less than a month, these bonds will last a lifetime. I’d definitely recommend this trip to anyone who’s on the borderline of going and not going. It’ll change your life for the better.”
Students are nominated for the program and if they’re picked, they raise funds for their travel through sponsorships and family donations. Information on the Students Ambassador Program and other trips are available online: www.studentambassadors.org.
“Ambassador Programs are important because they promote peace and understanding between countries” says Courtney.
In photo: The 6 local ambassadors on a riverboat on The Rhine River while in Germany. This was definitely a trip of a lifetime for these high school students. Standing in the back: Sam Hokuf and Nolan Magunda; Front: Latia Lewis, Kelsi Ronning, Courtney Sturgill and Simone Goodman
By Avra Sullivan
You have to pay to play. As adults we understand this concept to mean the hard work we must put in order to acquire the things we want to have or do. But in the age of budget cuts, and economical shoe-stringing, this can take a very literal sense for many high school kids in our area who want to participate in sports or after school activities. Unbeknownst to many, for a high school student to play a sport it costs $100 per student, per sport. A little math can show how a family with two kids and two or more sports per year can incur a hefty bill.
The Richard Downey Foundation is a new, non-profit organization that is trying to help curve the cost of high school athletics by providing the financial resources needed for kids to play. Started in honor of Richard Downey who passed away last August, the group of “ just a few guys who were involved and influenced” by sports, is already beginning to make a difference. “You really get your first taste of being an adult, on the sports field,” says Chris Downey, founder and brother of Richard. “You learn so much about team work, hardship, and perseverance. These are skills that can also be taken into the workplace.” The RDF’s first event last April was a huge success, bringing over 200 people and raising $3,200 dollars. That may seem like just a number, but when dissected, is a huge impact. The money was split evenly between Kent Island High and Queen Anne’s County High Schools, and then split evenly between male and female athletes. Bottom line, this fall 32 students in these two schools will be able to participate in a sport or after school activity, when they may not have been able to before. “Richard was such a charismatic person,” says his brother Chris. “He could walk into a bar, where he knew all but one guy. By the end of that night, he’s that guy’s best friend.” While still in the early stages of development, the RDF is receiving great support from the board of education, the athletic departments, coaches and the community. “So many people want to do so much”, says Chris. “It has been very positive, and something Richard would be proud of.”
The RDF is planning its first annual Crab Feast Fundraiser, set for September 8th from 1-6pm. Being held at the Kent Island Yacht Club there will be all you can eat crabs, all you can drink beer and wine, a silent auction, door prizes, lots of BBQ style food, 50/50 raffle and great music by popular band Johnny Bling. Donations for the silent auction are being accepted and business can contact them about sponsorship opportunities. For ticket information you can call 1-855-ROCK-RDF or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check out their Facebook page under the Richard Downey Foundation. The proceeds go directly to provide funding for kids to be able to play sports, while learning the lessons only a football huddle can teach.
In photo from left to right: John Downey – Richard’s Father, Faye Downey – Richards Mother, Mark Reed, Joey Blodgett, Jason Gessford, Michael Downey – Brother, Chris Downey – Brother, Trevor Hicks
The Wells Fargo Wagon is a – comin’ to Queen Anne’s County High School!
Performing Arts Students are proud to present Meredith Willson’s The Music Man opening on March 2nd at 7:30 pm, at QAC High School’s John F. Andrews Performing Arts Center.
The Music Man classic story features con man Harold Hill, who poses as a boys’ band organizer and sells musical instruments and uniforms to naive townsfolk before skipping town with the cash. In River City, Iowa, prim librarian and piano teacher Marian Paroo sees through him, but when Hill helps her younger brother overcome his fear of social interactions due to his lisp, Marian begins to fall in love with Harold. Harold, in turn falling for Marian, risks being caught to win her affection.
In this hilarious production of quick dialog, entertaining and catchy music and dancing numbers, Queen Anne’s County talent shines. Staged and directed by English and Drama teacher Kelsy Long, vocal direction by Robbin Twilley and choreography by Kristen Tyler, the production features two casts (Green and Gold) each performing two shows. The Green cast features Ely Vance as Harold Hill, Mikayla Cowan as Marion Paroo, Joe Stack as Mayor Shinn, Jamie Armstrong as Eulalie Shinn, and 4th grader Josh Hansen as Winthrop. The Gold cast includes Devin King as Harold Hill, Gabby Caligiuri as Marion, Jesse Lynn as the Mayor, Carter Clabaugh as Eulalie, and 3rd grader, Cullen Williams as Winthrop. Both casts include dozens of talented students who bring the story to life and are accompanied by Queen Anne’s County High School’s award winning band students in the Pit Orchestra, led by Director Eric Wright.
Along with an entertaining evening of music and dancing, intermission will feature a variety of gifts, baked goods, and snacks, “Fudge Puppies” and giveaways by the Commerce Street Creamery, and flowers and messages. All proceeds will benefit the Theatre Department and International Thespian Society student activities.
The talented cast and crew invites the community to join them with the Green Cast on Friday, March 2nd and Saturday ,March 10th for the 7:30 shows. The Gold cast plays on Saturday March 3rd at 7:30 pm and Sunday, March 11th for a 3:00 pm matinee. Tickets are $8 for students (show ID), $10 for adults and for fans who don’t want to miss a show, “Frequent Fan” passes will be sold on opening night for $30 and include a ticket for all four shows.
Queen Anne’s County High School Drama Department is thrilled to premiere the spring musical You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. Director Shelagh H. Grasso along with Vocal Director Robbin Twilley, Musical Director Eric Wright and Choreographer Kristen Tyler have spent the last few months preparing for the huge annual theatrical event, along with the many students in the cast, crew and band.
Principals in the cast include: Kyle Lindenberger, Sarah Day, Shannon Whitaker, Colin Graves, Ely Vance, Donald Roderick, Devin King, Erin Murray, Mikayla Cowan, and Daniel Meeks.
Dates of the performance are Friday, March 5 and Saturday, March 6, at 7:30 pm, Saturday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday March 14 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors.