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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer | May 22, 1994
With "At the Hop" and "Earth Angel" blasting from a boom box, girls in poodle skirts and pink-ribboned ponytails played hostess to their classmates and parents at the Burger King restaurant in Westminster."
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By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun | November 28, 2013
Da'Quan Alexander has been at Douglass High School only a few months, but everybody knows who he is. The senior running back scored the game-winning touchdown in double overtime Saturday that gave the Ducks a 20-14 win over Edmondson that secured the first regional football championship in school history. Alexander and his teammates draw a lot of attention in the hallways of the West Baltimore school, where orange and blue fever surges as the 12-0 Ducks continue their run toward what they hope will be a state championship on Dec. 7 at M&T Bank Stadium.
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By Cassandra A. Fortin and Cassandra A. Fortin,special to the sun | December 17, 2006
It is not an everyday sight at Fallston High School: a 4-foot mechanized Santa Claus in an orange T-shirt grooving down in the hallway. On top of that, as the Santa began gyrating and singing a Christmas song, three students danced along with the automated decoration. The three seniors -- Christopher Hecker, Nicholas Hess and Joseph Dove -- joined forces to create the display as part of a door-decorating contest begun at the school this year. "We wanted to do something really different," said Dove, 17. "We wanted to create a door that people will stop and notice."
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By David Driver, For The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2013
Josh Pratt hadn't met Tim Stedman until this year, but the two men who share similar athletic and educational backgrounds quickly found they have common ground in other areas as well. They are about the same age and both have young children, and they discovered they lived just a few minutes from each other in Crofton. These days, Pratt takes his young son to watch youth football games in which Stedman's son plays. "It's a small world," says Pratt, 42. "We hit it off. " But those particular mutual interests aren't what brought Stedman, 41, the athletic director at Chesapeake Science Point Public Charter School in Hanover, and Pratt together.
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By Stephen Kiehl and Stephen Kiehl,SUN STAFF | March 10, 2002
Cougars are prowling the classrooms and hallways of Chesapeake High School in Pasadena, teeth bared and backs arched, and turning up in the most unlikely places. The felines lurk along walls, above chalkboards and on desktops. Who let the cats in? Principal Harry Calender did. The 72 cougars are all plywood cutouts -- about 4 feet long, 2 feet tall and almost an inch thick -- decorated by students and teachers. Calender set them loose this month to boost school spirit and celebrate Chesapeake's 25th anniversary.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | March 6, 2005
It was the last chance for Katelyn Mauriello, a senior and cheerleading captain, to show that Reservoir High School possessed as much school spirit as the more-established high schools in Howard County. Then the music stopped - literally - during the competition. The girls continued their routine, but when the performance ended that December evening inside River Hill High School's gymnasium, the squad members bolted into the hallway in confusion and panic. Not Mauriello. She went to a corner of the gym, trying to make sense of an unexplainable snag that could derail the squad's chances of winning.
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By Pat O'Malley and Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF | October 27, 1996
Let's start this sports smorgasbrowse with reaction to last week's Sidelines on school spirit. To refresh your memory, the column basically cited Broadneck as a model for school spirit.The column was geared toward public schools, but Brad Best, St. Mary's football coach and director of boys athletics, rightfully asks that the Saints be included when talking about school spirit."We only have 580 students, and our school spirit is great despite the fact we don't have one central field for our events," said Best.
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By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun | November 28, 2013
Da'Quan Alexander has been at Douglass High School only a few months, but everybody knows who he is. The senior running back scored the game-winning touchdown in double overtime Saturday that gave the Ducks a 20-14 win over Edmondson that secured the first regional football championship in school history. Alexander and his teammates draw a lot of attention in the hallways of the West Baltimore school, where orange and blue fever surges as the 12-0 Ducks continue their run toward what they hope will be a state championship on Dec. 7 at M&T Bank Stadium.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | May 7, 1999
More than 150 donors turned out for a bone marrow drive at South Carroll High School last week, and their names will be placed on a national register."
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By Pat O'Malley and Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF | October 20, 1996
School spirit -- it's a positive thing, but it also seems like a thing of the past, except at Broadneck High, where it's a welcome requirement.Broadneck and Severna Park met in a boys' soccer showdown Thursday at Severna Park. Cheered on by the entire Bruins' football team, Broadneck won the county South Division title by 2-0.By contrast, it's no secret that Severna Park's football and soccer teams don't like each other; you won't see the football team assembled to root for the kickers.Severna Park's field hockey team returned home in the second half of the boys soccer game after a trip and victory at Broadneck.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2012
Howard "Bud" Ritter Jr., a retired Towson High School principal who had a second career as an antique toy and train dealer, died of dementia Monday at the Presbyterian Home of Maryland. The longtime Towson resident was 83. Born in Baltimore and raised in Rodgers Forge and in Stoneleigh, he was a 1946 graduate of Towson High School, where he played basketball and tennis. As a young man, he worked at the Bethlehem Steel Co. and as a Senator Theatre usher. Mr. Ritter enrolled at Towson State Teachers College.
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EDITORIAL FROM THE AEGIS | June 5, 2012
To a building, the high schools in Harford County that have been built, rebuilt or wholly refurbished over the past several years are fine examples of modern institutions of learning. Though the various construction projects were accomplished with varying degrees of difficulty, some self-inflicted and some unforeseen, the results have been commendable. The new Bel Air High School is as nice as any of the new schools, and a lot more flashy than most schools anywhere in the region, a reality belied by the spartan sign for the school at its main entrance.
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By Todd Karpovich, Special to The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2012
Kaya Kelly knew she wasn't only playing for her Institute of Notre Dame teammates Friday night against Mercy. She was also playing for generations of former players in the Towson Center stands who took part in a rivalry that is so revered it is simply known as "The Game. " Despite those circumstances, Kelly stayed focused sank a pair of free throws in the closing seconds to seal the Penguins' 33-32 victory in the 46th edition of the matchup before an estimated and sometimes deafening crowd of 4,000.
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By Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2011
Oriole Park at Camden Yards was the site Saturday of a contest waged not with bats, balls and gloves but test scores, curriculum overviews and student testimonials. It was the annual school choice fair for Baltimore City public schools. Students and staff from 64 middle schools and high schools set up shop to woo fifth- and eighth-graders who will soon choose where to attend next year. School officials said that nearly 15,000 people came to the event on the stadium's club-level concourse, triple the number of attendees last year.
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September 6, 2011
As new school years go, the start of this one in Harford County has been as strange and eventful as any in recent memory. As per tradition, the superintendent rode the bus to school with a select group of students, this year those from Deerfield Elementary in Edgewood. The trip into Deerfield, on the same campus as Edgewood Middle and High schools, was emblematic insofar as one student had eyes filled with tears as the challenge of a new academic year became reality, while other students maintained a cavalier attitude.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2010
A small-town school in Harford County made the big time Tuesday, when the popular band from a Nickelodeon TV show played the gym at St. Margaret's School in Bel Air. The event had all the trappings of a rock concert — enthusiastic fans, infectious music and Big Time Rush, a Minnesota-based pop group with four-part harmonies and energetic dance moves that have made them the darlings of the pre-teen set. The students won a contest to host the...
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By Rosemary Armao Fostering school spirit | May 3, 1998
Looking back, aheadTHREE MEN walk into the Pasadena office of The Sun. They think an event they're helping to plan merits publicity: the 50th Anniversary Reunion Celebration for the Class of 1948 (and 1949) of Glen Burnie High School on Oct. 2-4 at the Rose Restaurant in Linthicum.The editor agreed with them. "Whoa. 50th. That's a big one." "Oh yeah," said Ed Collison. "We figure this will be our last one. The next one will be at Glenhaven Cemetery." AS A WAY to stem the bomb threats at Lothian Elementary -- which has received more than its share -- a handful of students have been turned into ambassadors, serving as student representatives to their classes with the charge of raising school spirit.
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September 6, 2011
As new school years go, the start of this one in Harford County has been as strange and eventful as any in recent memory. As per tradition, the superintendent rode the bus to school with a select group of students, this year those from Deerfield Elementary in Edgewood. The trip into Deerfield, on the same campus as Edgewood Middle and High schools, was emblematic insofar as one student had eyes filled with tears as the challenge of a new academic year became reality, while other students maintained a cavalier attitude.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2010
The coffee table in the lobby at Rodgers Forge Elementary boasts a built-in conversation piece, one deeply rooted in the history of the school and its surrounding community. The glass and steel table, built by a Rodgers Forge alumnus who is a blacksmith, surrounds a 200-year-old ironwork from the long gone forge that lent its name to the Baltimore County neighborhood and school. "This piece speaks to the strength of this community and its school," said Susan Deise, Rodgers Forge principal.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2010
As Principal Amanda Rice of George Washington Elementary School air-dried after facing off with her students in a dunk tank Friday afternoon, she described how rising from the pool of water represented her vision for the school's future. Last week, her Baltimore school was the focus of unwanted attention after school system officials announced that tampering had taken place on students' 2008 Maryland State Assessment tests. "It's like washing it all away," Rice said. "It's new leadership.
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