Northern High duo selected as state pages
A pair of Calvert County Public Schools students will receive a firsthand look at the inner workings of government and politics after they were selected to be pages for the 2019 Maryland General Assembly in Annapolis.
Thomas Ridenour and Jillian Gray of Northern High School will help represent Calvert County during the legislative session, which begins Jan. 9 and runs through April 8.
Sean Hale, also of Northern High School, was selected as the alternate.
“I’m very excited, especially because I want to go into a government-based job,” said Ridenour, who is also a student member of the Calvert County Board of Education. “This is really interesting to go and see how things work at a different level and see how laws are made at the state level. I think it will be a really cool and fun experience. It will be a really interesting opportunity.”
Attempts to contact Gray on her appointment were unsuccessful.
According to a press release, student pages serve two nonconsecutive weeks in either the House of Delegates or the Senate during the 90-day session. Their duties include distributing materials to members on the floor, running errands, answering the phone, assisting visitors and delivering messages to members.
Begun in 1970 by House Speaker Thomas Hunter Lowe and approved by the Maryland State Board of Education, the program is designed to interest youth in state government, foster leadership and provide students with worthwhile experience in state government.
“We have so many outstanding students that we wish we could send more,” Calvert County Superintendent of
Schools Dan Curry said in the release. “Thomas and Jillian are among the best and we know they will be outstanding representatives of Calvert County.”
The students selected for this prestigious, highly competitive program demonstrate a strong knowledge base, as well as superior communication and problem-solving skills.
“I’ve had a chance to see how the board of education works and they all seem to have the same views of things, and get along,” said Ridenour, who said he will work two one-week sessions in Annapolis, “so I really want to see others get along and work through conflict and just see how things work at the state level. I’m hoping just to get the experience of how things work.”
And was Ridenour eager to be selected?
“Jillian texted me that she made it, but I was at work” at Calvert Library’s Fairview Branch, Ridenour said, “so I called my mom and made her go out to the mailbox to check if they sent it by mail.”
MLK breakfast set for Jan. 21
The Calvert County Chapter of the National Congress of Black Women Inc. will host the 33rd annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at the Rod ‘N’ Reel Restaurant in Chesapeake Beach. This year’s breakfast, “Power, Purpose and a Place at the Table,” is an event to commemorate the birthday of the civil rights leader.
Sponsors are sought for the event. All proceeds help the NCBW’s College of Southern Maryland scholarship fund. Sponsors will receive reserved seating and advertising in the program booklet. For details, email [email protected]cast.net.
Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door. For more information, call Shiela Moore at 240-210-5245, Gladys Jones at 410-586-8305 or Joyce Freeland at 410-535-0413.
Museum closed for renovations
The Calvert Marine Museum closed Jan. 1 for renovations on the mezzanine level of the exhibition hall. Construction to revitalize the museum and expand educational spaces will last through the winter. The museum is expected to open in March, and the project is expected to be completed by May.
During the closure, CHESPAX field trips will continue to take place offsite and the Patuxent Small Craft Guild will continue to operate. According to staff, the otters and most of the other wildlife housed at the museum will not need to be relocated for the renovation work and will continue to be cared for in their current environment. Animals located near the front door or lobby area will be relocated into other living quarters on site.
The project is the second part of a two-phase plan that included the 2014 renovation of the Harms Gallery and lobby. Goals of Phase II include the creation of two large classrooms for educational programming, a new unisex bathroom, improved handicap access to the exhibit area, and expanded work space for education staff, a press release states.
The new classrooms will have the capacity to hold up to 30 students and the dividing wall separating these rooms will be able to fold down and create one large programming space, and have sinks, storage and smartboards.
For more information, go to www.calvertmarinemuseum. com.
CSM to host college prep day
College of Southern Maryland’s Prince Fredrick campus will hold Super Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at 115 J.W. Williams Road in Prince Frederick. The event is for those who have applied for admission to the college to complete tasks for the upcoming semester, including placement tests, meetings with advisors, registering for classes and purchasing of books. Call 301-934-7765, or go towww. csmd.edu/apply-register/credit/super-saturdays/.
Annual comedy night to support Project Graduation
Calvert High School will hold a Comedy Invasion for Project Graduation from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at the school.
Comedians Lucas Bohn, Brittany Carney, Robert Mac, Rob Maher, Jason Weems and Wendy Wroblewski are scheduled to perform at the event, which is sponsored by the Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse Inc. There will also be a silent auction.
Tickets are $45, $35 in advance, and can be purchased at Patuxent, Huntingtown, Northern or Calvert high schools, and at Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse, 30 Duke St. in Prince Frederick.
Nonprofit conference planned next month
College of Southern Maryland will hold its annual Nonprofit Institute Conference from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at the La Plata campus, 8730 Mitchell Road in La Plata.
The theme is innovation, and the keynote speaker will be CSM Entrepreneur and Innovation Institute Director Tommy Luginbill.
Sessions will focus on leadership, strategic planning, management, fundraising and marketing.
The conference will feature local and statewide exhibitors who offer programs, grants and resources for nonprofit organizations.
Time will be set aside after lunch for attendees to meet with exhibitors.
For more information or to register, go to www.csmd.edu/ community/institutes/nonprofit-institute/conference-information/registration.
Student member Thomas Ridenour makes a point during a recent Calvert County Board of Education meeting.