Emily Yi Becomes Miss Maryland Outstanding Teen
Rising Urbana High senior Emily Yi became Miss Maryland Outstanding Teen 2019 on Saturday, June 22 night at The Historic Maryland Theater in Hagerstown. With this win, Yi earned both cash and in-kind scholarships to colleges throughout the U.S. She will represent Maryland at Miss America’s Outstanding Teen next month in Orlando, Florida. UHS rising senior Bridget O’Brien was second runner up in the competition.
Vacation Bible School a Mane Event
Vacation Bible School weeks are being held at area churches with a “Roar! Life is wild. God is good.” theme. Here is a sampling, but be sure to look at offerings at congregations near you.
Wesley Chapel, 3519 Urbana Pike, July 8-12, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
This epic African adventure, “Roar! Life is wild. God is good.” engages the whole herd. At “Roar,” kids explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life.
VBS at Wesley Chapel is a combined effort of three Urbana-area churches (Faith Point, Living Grace and Wesley Chapel). Wesley Chapel will be transformed into an amazing space of love and growth for the children attending VBS and for the people who volunteer to help make it happen. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot.
There is no charge for participation but donations are accepted during the week of VBS or through a secure online donation
website. (Choose Vacation Bible School in the pull-down menu for funds.)
Registration is available here: vbspro.events/p/events/1844f7/sessions/39299/participants/new. A link to the event information is available on the Living Grace Facebook page.
Bush Creek Church of the Brethren, 4821A Green Valley Road, Monrovia, July 8-12
Two “ROAR – Life Is Wild – God Is Good!” VBS programs are available, a preschool program for ages 3-4 and an elementary program for kindergarten through age 11. Enjoy a light meal (free) at 5:30 p.m. and VBS from 6 to 8:15 p.m. Register @ firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301.663.3025.
UHS Class Officers Elected
Rising seniors and juniors at Urbana High School recently ran for class office. The results of the election are senior class officers Tera Sackey, president; Jack Walker, vice president; Sneh Gandhi, secretary; Christian Melean, treasurer, and junior class officers Sarah Sackey, president; Natalie Voorhees, vice president; Cathryn Diaz, secretary; and Dylan Jones, treasurer.
School Administration Changes
According to a Frederick County Public Schools press release, Kemptown and Centerville Elementary Schools will have new principals, effective July 1, and current Centerville Principal Tracy Hilliard will serve as planning principal for the new Urbana Elementary School, opening in fall 2020. Tess Blumenthal remains principal of Urbana at Sugarloaf Elementary.
Karen Hopson will be principal of Centerville Elementary. Hopson transfers from Middletown Primary, where she has been principal since 2011. She began her career with FCPS teaching fourth grade at Spring Ridge and transferred to Oakdale Elementary to teach third grade in 2001. Ms. Hopson was promoted in 2002 to assistant principal at Valley Elementary, and transferred to Deer Crossing in 2005. She became principal there in 2008. Ms. Hopson also served as co-principal for the FCPS Summer Success Program. In 2011, she transferred to Middletown Primary School. Ms. Hopson earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Frostburg University and master’s in educational leadership from Hood College.
Kathryn Golightly will be principal of Kemptown Elementary. Golightly transfers from Lincoln Elementary, where she has been principal since 2014. She began her career as a teacher at North Frederick Elementary in 1994, and became the reading specialist at Waverley Elementary in 2000. She was promoted to assistant principal of North Frederick Elementary in 2002. She transferred to Hillcrest Elementary in 2003 and then to Ballenger Creek Elementary in 2006. In 2009, Ms. Golightly earned promotion to principal of Emmitsburg Elementary, remaining there until her transfer to Lincoln Elementary in 2014. Ms. Golightly earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Frostburg State University in 1990 and master’s degree in reading and administration certification from Western Maryland College in 2000.
Jo Ann Branham will be assistant principal at Windsor Knolls Middle. Branham was most recently Ballenger Creek Middle math specialist.
Hannah Feldman returns from leave as assistant principal at Green Valley Elementary.