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(L to R) Bridget O’Brien, Mackenzie Ford, Seth Hajzus, Natalie Mixon, JoAnnie Shia and Spencer Whims are called back on stage as the winners of the 19th annual UHS Talent Show.

(L to R) Bridget O’Brien, Mackenzie Ford, Seth Hajzus, Natalie Mixon, JoAnnie Shia and Spencer Whims are called back on stage as the winners of the 19th annual UHS Talent Show.

Urbana’s Got Talent Features Audience Voting

The 19th annual UHS Talent Show on Nov. 27 incorporated live audience voting for the first time. Judges Jack Sclar, Pam McCarthey, Amy Deavers, Lisa Matthews and Matt Kopp narrowed 17 talented acts down to five finalists, and then the audience voted. Winners were first place Natalie Mixon, second place Mackenzie Ford and Seth Hajzus, third place Spencer Whims, fourth place Bridget O’Brien, and fifth place JoAnnie Shia. The UHS Talent Show was a fundraiser for the choral program.

Photo | Pam Schipper The UHS Show Choir completes its six-number competition set with “I’m Still Standing” at the Dec. 12 gala.

Photo | Pam Schipper
The UHS Show Choir completes its six-number competition set with “I’m Still Standing” at the Dec. 12 gala.

Show Choir Gala Raises Funds for Choral Program

The first annual Urbana High School Show Choir Gala on Dec. 12 featured the school’s Chamber Ensemble and Show Choir singing music prepared for adjudication, student vocal soloists, and the Show Choir performing its competition set “Life Is A Circus: Learning To Be Free To Be Me.” The gala was a fundraiser for the UHS choral program.

UHS Music Groups All Superior

The Chamber Ensemble, Show Choir and UHS Orchestra all achieved superior ratings in the FCPS Secondary Music  Adjudication on Dec. 7.

Winter Wonderland Brings North Pole Magic

The UHS gym and cafeteria were transformed with North Pole magic for Winter Wonderland 2018, presented for a 25th year by the Urbana High School Marching Band Booster Club. Parents and children queued up for the kids’ holiday market. After check-in, each parent and child pair were given matching clothespins. Then each child was escorted through the market by his or her own personal elf (an Urbana High student volunteer). Elves helped children select items within their budgets and then
wrap them, Booster member Suzanne Voss explained.

While children shopped in their own market, parents were free to browse some 40 vendors.

When children were done shopping, they were reunited with their parents in an activity area that featured story time, face painting and cookie decorating. In addition to lunch items like pizza and tacos, visitors were able to purchase sweet treats from the bake sale.

On the way out, children could have their photos taken with Santa.

Committee members work all year to create this holiday magic, said Kristen Braun, president of the UHS Marching Band Boosters. Ten committee members meet once a month to plan for Winter Wonderland, which has grown immensely since the beginning when it was held in the UHS auditorium lobby.

Snow Much Fun Happens at Centerville Elementary

Baltimore meteorologist Justin Berk visited Centerville Elementary on Dec. 12 to talk to the school’s 900-plus students about snow. A SnowStix is now on site so students can measure snowfall all winter.

Photo | Submitted Julien Mouton, member of Troop 733, achieved Eagle Scout for his community service for Taylorsville United Methodist Church.

Photo | Submitted
Julien Mouton, member of Troop 733, achieved
Eagle Scout for his community service for
Taylorsville United Methodist Church.

Julien Mouton Achieves Eagle Scout

Julien X.R. Mouton, son of Dominique and Jessica Mouton of Mount Airy, has achieved Boy Scouting’s highest rank, that of Eagle Scout on July 6, 2018.

Mouton, 18, is a member of Boy Scout Troop 733, sponsored by the Winfield Volunteer Fire Department in Sykesville and under the leadership of Scoutmaster Devin S. Flagler.

Julien began his scouting career as a Wolf Cub with Pack 369 in Monrovia and continued through Cub Scouting to achieve the highest award, the Arrow of Light.

As a member of Troop 733, Julien has held numerous leadership positions, earned 28 merit badges, an Eagle Palm and completed a community service project for Taylorsville United Methodist Church in Taylorsville. For his Eagle project, a portable sign was constructed to give the church a medium to spread messages and advertise events to the public. In addition, a permanent sign was designed to communicate service hours and the church’s website address.

Julien is a 2018 graduate of Urbana High School in Ijamsville. He is currently a freshman at Towson University majoring in secondary education and minoring in music performance.

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