Show Choir Competes in Martinsburg
For the first time, Urbana High School’s Soaring Sensations competed in the prestigious Martinsburg Concert & Show Choir Festival, held March 23 at Martinsburg High School. This 36th annual event drew show choirs from the Mid-Atlantic and beyond. The Soaring Sensations joined 12 other high school show choirs for the all-day competition.
A first and second term class at Urbana High School, The Soaring Sensations reorganized to continue as a competition group under the direction of Alicia Cosby. Evening rehearsals prepared the group for its first show choir competition. Tyler Crean and Zharia Hall received “Star Performers” awards.
Kindness Rocks at Goddard
Throughout March, the Goddard School of Urbana’s Elephants classroom led a Kindness Rocks project in support of their year of “Rocking in Our Kindness Shoes.” All Goddard students decorated a rock with bright colors, kind words and lots of love. Elephant teachers will spread them throughout the community.
Goddard hopes that Urbana residents will go out and find the rocks. Please take a photo when you do and share it to the Goddard Facebook page with #GoddardSchoolUrbanaKindness.
UHS Mini-THON Basketball Game Is Win-Win
Students won the UHS Mini-THON Student vs. Staff Basketball Game. 57-64, held on March 15 at Urbana High. The game raised more than $2,000 for pediatric cancer research.
Fourth Annual Helping Hoops Supports Food Bank
Last year, Centerville Elementary School (CES) collected 5,000 items for the Greater Urbana Area Food Bank at their Helping Hoops basketball game. This year’s event on Wednesday, March 13 at Urbana High, which featured staff playing fifth grade students, collected 5,811 items for the food bank. Admission to the game was one food donation per person.
Urbana Singers Selected for ACDA Honors Chorus
Two young singers from The Frederick Children’s Chorus (FCC) were selected by the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) to participate in its prestigious Honors Chorus. Arno Carrera, a fifth grader at Ijamsville’s Friends Meeting School, and Spencer Whims, an Urbana High School ninth-grader, underwent a strenuous audition process to earn the honor of performing alongside some of the best singers in their age division from across the country at the ACDA National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri, held Feb. 27 through March 2.
Carrera and Whims were nominated by Judy DuBose, FCC founder and artistic director. “We are all very proud to have Arno and Spencer representing our chorus and the Frederick community at the National Honor Choirs,” she said.
For the past seven years, Carrera has taken part in the Friends Meeting School Community Play performances at both the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick and the Maryland Theater in Hagerstown. This year he is Chip’s little brother “Chipper” in the school production of “Beauty and the Beast.” Arno also skates on the Sparkler’s Synchronized Skating Team at the pre-juvenile level.
Whims is a freshman at Urbana High School, where he sings in the Chamber Ensemble, Concert Choir and Show Choir. He has been singing with The Frederick Children’s Chorus for three years, and he also sings in the Strathmore Young Men’s Chorus. Whims recently performed as Marius in “Les Misérables” at the Strathmore Music Center in Bethesda.
Goddard 10-Year Anniversary Open House Planned
Everyone is invited to The Goddard School’s 10-Year Anniversary Open House on Saturday, March 30, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy pony rides, a moon bounce, DJ music, glitter stickers, balloon animals, birthday cake and more. Goddard is located at 3825 Carriage Hill Dr. near Centerville Elementary School. Visit www.goddardschool.com/washington/urbana-carriage-hill-drive-md for more information.
Kiddie Academy Offers ‘Music & More’
Everyone is invited to Music & More at Kiddie Academy, 3401-D Urbana Pike, on Saturday, April 6, 10 a.m. This free community program offers age-appropriate dance, art and music activities. Parents and children can explore two classes. Laugh & Learn combines preschoolers’ natural love of music, storytelling and imaginative play with age-appropriate group activities for kids that introduce early music concepts and foster independence, social and emotional skills, language growth, and self-control. Move & Groove, designed for four- and five-year-olds, takes early literacy, phonemic awareness, music, and pre-mathematics to the next step with music and movement activities.