Barber wins highest Toastmasters honor
Toastmasters International President Dilip Abayasekara recently awarded Col. Jesse Barber, project manager for Alternative Technologies with the U.S. Army's Chemical Materials Agency at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, with the highest Toastmasters honor at the District 18 Conference held in Emmitsburg.
The award is given to Toastmasters who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and communication skills to help others in their self-development.
Barber received Advanced Toastmaster Silver and Advanced Toastmaster Gold designations this year and has won club, area division and district trophies in speech competitions during the past two years.
He is president of the Gunpowder Club and served as Area Governor and Division B Governor.
Strawbridge earns Eagle Scout Award
Stanley Eugene Strawbridge, son of Steven and Susan Strawbridge of Forest Hill, recently received his Eagle Scout Award.
Stanley is a member of Troop 811 in Pylesville and has been in scouting since first grade.
A junior at the John Carroll School, Stanley conducted his Eagle Project at Archbishop Borders School in Baltimore. With his family, friends and Troops 811 and 411, he refurbished the school library.
Stanley raised funds for his project by sponsoring a book sale at John Carroll and collecting books for the library.
Majorettes move on to national contest
Caroline King and Leah Hamlin recently competed in Maryland's Miss Majorette Pageant, the state's twirling competition held at Mount St. Mary's College.
Caroline, an eighth-grader at Bel Air Middle School, won "Beginner Junior Miss Majorette of Maryland 2006." Leah, a fourth-grader at Hickory Elementary, won "Intermediate Juvenile Miss Majorette of Maryland 2006."
The girls will compete this month at the National Miss Majorette of America at the University of Notre Dame.
Both are members of Applause of Bel Air, a baton corps part of Bel Air Parks and Recreation.