The Marlborough Country Club has a new food and beverage director. Jeannette Parker, formerly an executive chef and food director in the Virginia Beach area, joined the staff about a month ago.
"She's working on a lot of exciting changes and new menus at the club," said Brett Bennett, general manager at the country club. Bennett says locals should keep an eye out for brunches, parties and happy hours the club will be planning with Parker's help in the near future.
The Mason Singers will celebrate 54 years of gospel singing at the Union United Methodist Church on Sunday, June 27.
A variety of singing groups from the area are also expected to perform. For more information, contact Calvin Mason at 301-627-2122.
College student receives
Upper Marlboro resident Travis Mason received the Excellence in Leadership Award from Syracuse University during an awards ceremony earlier this month. Mason is a junior at Syracuse majoring in political science.
Recipients are judged on their dedication to student organizations and their ability to guide and direct their student organization's members.
Local cheerleading squads
win big in Florida competition
Nine-year-old Upper Marlboro residents Jordan Haythorne and Nathalie Manning were among the young locals who recently traveled to the COA Nationals in Orlando, Florida to compete for the Upper Marlboro Boys and Girls Club Competition Cheerleading Squad.
"For the first time, Upper Marlboro 10-under, 12-under, and 8-under cheerleading squads competed in the COA National Cheerleading competition," said DeAnna Haythorne, Jordan's mother and a Team Mom. "All three of our squads rocked the house and placed during the competition."
The 10 and younger group took home third place trophies. The team members, coached by Debra Coley, Patrice Collins and Sharese Stevens, included Ameria Fair, Asia Freeman, Bria Williams, Deja Leigh, Deja Rice, Endia Porter, Jada Thompkins, Jordan Haythorne, Keyonna Howcott Mary Lloyd, Miana Bryant, Morgan Bray, Morgan Mills, Myia Harris, Nathalie Manning, Nina Butler, Nyah Wilkerson, Rachel Dickerson, Tyler Coble, Bria Brown, Victoria Jones.
And coached by Alecia Bossett and Tamika Blake, the 8 and younger group won a first place trophy.
Among the participants were Marissa Austin, Zarria Blake, Davis Briah, Dominique Mills, Imari Mills, Michaela Scott, Delores Sims and Alexa Wheeler.
"We are so very proud of our girls because they, along with our dedicated coaches, worked really hard to accomplish this," said Haythorne.
wins big on chess team
Ten members of the Chess Club at The Calverton School, Huntingtown, spent a portion of their spring break participating in the National Elementary K-6 Chess Championship in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Almost 2,000 students from 42 states participated, including from 22 schools in Maryland. Among the participants and winners was C.J. Meinhardt, an Upper Marlboro fourth-grader. Meinhardt's team came in 10th place nationally in the rated category.
The Calverton Teams fared well, returning with three national rankings and three impressive trophies, which were taller than several players.
Meinhardt and his team also came in 8th place in a fast-paced blitz tournament.
"The kids were great and really played their hearts out," said Social Studies Teacher Phillip Weiner. "We could not be more proud of them for bringing these honors to Calverton and to the community."
Marlton classes raise big money for medical research
Marlton Elementary congratulated the fifth grade classes of Ms. Colevas and Mr. Goode for raising the most money for Pennies for Patient.
"Between the two classes, they raised $550," said Sandy Bishop, Marlton's school nurse. "Each of them did such a wonderful job, we got pizzas for both classes."
The entire school took part in Pennies for Patients. Students were allowed to bring in coins or donation checks from their parents during the three-week campaign. The school raised slightly over $1,750.
The money raised will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Fashion and talent
show at Phyllis E. Williams
The students at Phyllis E. Williams Academic Center are encouraging the public to come and support their Fashion/Talent Show to be held on Friday, May 28.
The school will also be serving dinner that night from 5 to 7 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 p.m.
The school is located at 9601 Prince Place, Upper Marlboro. For more information, call the school at 301-499-3373.