Loch Raven Column: Calvert Hall had a date with the Ravens for opening day

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  • Members of the Calvert Hall College High School Peer Ministry group attended the Baltimore Ravens' opening day game on Sept. 10. Students included, from left, (Left to right) Daniel Fetcho, Greg Carter, John Brooks, David Gately, Darryle Edwards, Joe Baker, Sherill Sen and Michael Seicke.
Members of the Calvert Hall College High School Peer Ministry… (Photo courtesy Calvert…)
September 25, 2012|By Sue Van Essen

Students from Calvert Hall College High School's Peer Ministry group were honored at the Ravens' season opener on Sept. 10, and received free tickets to the game, T-shirts, a pre-game on field visit and recognition on the "Ravensvision" screens.

The Honor Row award, given by the Baltimore Ravens, M&T Bank and the Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism, honors "youth groups or organizations which provide outstanding service to their communities."

Calvert Hall's Peer Ministry group was selected for the award by a panel including representatives from the Office on Service and Volunteerism, the Ravens and M&T Bank.

At the same game, Calvert Hall junior quarterback Colar Kuhns, with senior receivers Logan Kurek and Kyle Levere, participated in the Quarterback Challenge sponsored by the Ravens, Toyota and the Maryland Football Coaches Association.

During Ravens home games, two high school quarterbacks in Maryland are given two chances to throw passes to a receiver, with the longest completion winning. Calvert Hall complete two passes, with the longest being a 46-yard strike. Alas, Gilman senior quarterback Shane Cockerille hit a pass for 47 yards, edging Calvert Hall.

For competing, Calvert Hall's football team received tickets to the game and both quarterbacks received a football autographed by a Baltimore Raven. The winning quarterback received a $500 Russell Athletic gift card for his school's athletic department.

The school with the longest throw throughout the entire season will win new jerseys for their entire team courtesy of Russell Athletics.

Meanwhile, at the elementary level, students at Pleasant Plains Elementary are participating in the school's fifth annual kick-punt-pass fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the school, 8300 Pleasant Plains Road.

All participants will receive free giveaways and the chance to win a trophy. From 9 a.m. to noon on the same day, the community is invited to the school's flea market.

Loch Raven United Methodist Church has a new organist, Li-Zao Wang, who officially begins at the church on Oct. 1.

She is currently a second year student at Peabody Institute of Music at the Johns Hopkins University, where she is pursuing a graduate performance diploma in organ performance with plans to pursue a master's degree.

Sam Chin, director of music at the church, uses the word "pioneer" to describe Wang. She recently came to the U.S. leaving behind all that was familiar to her in her native China — family, friends, language and culture — to pursue a field of study that is unusual in her country, namely the pipe organ. Wang said there are approximately 10 pipe organs in her country, and fewer organists qualified to play them.

Chin said, "we are truly blessed to have Li-Zao share her musical talents with us each Sunday."

Arnolia United Methodist Church invites the community to their blessing of pets service Sunday, Oct. 14, at 11am in Wilson Hall of the church, 1776 E. Joppa Road. Pets need to be on leashes, in cages (or in bowls).

They also extend an invitation to their other worship services: the 9 a.m. contemporary, or 11 a.m. traditional, with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. for all ages. Bible study groups on Tuesday and Wednesdays.

Also at Arnolia, bargain seekers can shop the church's fall flea market on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendor spaces may still be available; call 410-665-7005.

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