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Annual Art Show Now Honors Delaplaine Co-Founder

March is Frederick County Youth Art Month and, as in recent years, the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center in downtown Frederick displayed more than 300 artistic creations by students from all Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS). One, two and three-dimensional works in various media, including painting, drawing, sculpture and photography were chosen by FCPS art teachers to highlight the talents of area students.

Frederick lost a major arts patron last year, and the Delaplaine Center has created a student award in her honor. Elizabeth B. “Bettie” Delaplaine, who with her husband, George, Jr., was a community philanthropist, helped to launch the Delaplaine Center in 1986. She died in October at the age of 84.

The “Bettie Award” was created to celebrate Mrs. Delaplaine’s passion for the arts and will be awarded to one student artist in Frederick County each year. “She was not an artist herself; she was just one who really enjoyed it,” said Bettie’s husband, George. “She did whatever she could to make sure the Delaplaine was successful and kept on going.”

On March 7, the opening night of the event, 10 student finalists were selected from more than 60 submissions and received certificates. Kirsten Jock is one of two Urbana High School student finalists, along with classmate Cara Hotaling. Jock’s submission was a black and white photograph of a silo in Frederick County. “I have always wanted to photograph abandoned structures,” Jock said. “I’ve driven past this silo several times and wanted to take a picture of it. While driving friends home after homecoming I stopped, grabbed my camera, and dragged my friends along through the brush to take some photos.”

“After I got home and looked at my photos on my computer I noticed that once I turned it black and white the light on the trees and the shadows added an effect on the silo that made it look like a drawing rather than a photo. This is by far my favorite photo I have ever taken and possibly the best.”

Jock plans to use her skills next year at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, toward a degree in architecture and design.

The winner of the Bettie Awards was announced Saturday, March 21, after this paper went to press, and will receive a check for $1,000. For more information, visit

Monocacy Community Lions Club Grows and Gives Back

The Monocacy Community Lions Club enjoyed a successful inaugural year in its efforts to give back to the southern Frederick County community. According to club president Laura Hauns, the club recently wrapped up a winter coat drive: Several dozen coats were collected at V.eye.P.eyecare in Urbana and donated to the Frederick Rescue Mission.

The group also held a Peace Poster competition recently through the Urbana Middle School (UMS) art and social studies programs. Social studies department chair Ellen Georgi coordinated the program. Hauns said she was impressed with the entries. “The students produced an unbelievable number of wonderful and surprisingly insightful art,” Hauns said. “Great job and thank you to all of you who participated. We look forward to more art again this fall!”

UMS student Eileen Zheng won the prize for her drawing and is now entered into the national competition.

The Lions Club will hold a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5 at the Urbana Library’s upstairs conference room. Anyone is welcome to attend and enjoy the festivities while learning more about the Lions Club’s charitable goals and activities. For more information or to RSVP to the Fiesta, contact the club at

After a challenging start and a few adjustments with a mostly new coaching staff, the Urbana High School Swim and Diving teams ended the season with the highest placement in a state championship since 2011. At the 2015 Maryland State Swim Championship meet (class 3A/2A/1A) in Prince Georges County on Feb. 27, UHS was the highest placing team in Frederick County and the girl’s team placed third among competitors across the state.

The season began with many new faces on the coaching staff. Head Coach Jim Kinsey retired from coaching, swim coach Brooke Hontz was promoted to assistant principal at Middletown High School and diving coach Mike Diver had to resign due to scheduling conflicts with his full time job.

Sue Lake was the only returning coach and accepted the position of head swim coach for the girl’s team. Joining her for the 2014-2015 season were boys head swim coach Steve Howard, assistant swim coach Megan Morris, assistant swim coach Meaghan Holahan and head diving coach Caroline Baker.

“Coach Kinsey and Coach Hontz left behind a legacy of excellence,” said Lake. “During their tenure as coaches from 2002 to 2014, they had several undefeated dual meet seasons both girls and boys, six county championships, five regional titles and three state titles. Their presence on the deck was definitely missed.”

The 2014-2015 boys team finished the season with three wins and four losses, and the girls had two wins and five losses, but they shone in the post season. Kevin Lin was a two-time boys champion in the 500 Free and 200 IM at county, regional and state competitions. Jessie Williams was a one-time girls champion in the 200 IM at county and regional competitions. The regional and state qualifiers included Edward Abel, Erin Besch, Ann Coleman, Kimmy Cummings, Nathan Davis, Ryan Davis, Carly Dingee, Jake Drumheller, Sam Drumheller, Will Hewitt, Kevin Lin, Kallie Majka, Marissa Markellos, Adrianna Morris, Kevin Nam, Ayla Nickerson, Jessie Williams and Ryan Zhang.


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