Two BCPS Students Place in Library’s Short Horror Story

Baltimore County Public Schools’ students earned second and third places in the Under 21 category of the Baltimore County Public Library’s Tales of the Dead Short Horror Story Contest.

The BCPS student winners are:

• Ella Dengler, a Grade 8 student at Hereford Middle School, who won second place for “Estranged,” about a young woman seeking refuge from a storm at an abandoned, possibly haunted rest stop.

• Maaz Ijaz, a Grade 8 student at Parkville Middle for “Whispers of the Netherrealm: The Haunting of Ravenshade Mansion,” which recounts a young man’s exploration of a haunted mansion.

Baltimore County Public Library challenged writers of all ages to write original horror stories with a “Petrifying Poe” theme.

First, second, and third place winners in the Over 21 and Under 21 categories were selected by a panel of judges including local civic leaders, librarians, and published authors. Criteria for judging included originality, fear factor, quality of writing, and incorporation of the theme.

Dengler and Ijaz will read their stories at a private reception on Friday, October 6, at the library’s Reisterstown Branch. The young winners also receive a prize package including a certificate and gift card.

The Tales of the Dead Short Horror Story Contest started in 2016, inspired by the 1816 ghost story challenge that led to the creation of Frankenstein’s monster and the first modern vampire story.

The contest is held in conjunction with A Toast Among Ghosts, the Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library’s annual Poe-themed outdoor festival. The winning stories will be published on the Foundation’s website later this month.

BCPS Students Named to All-County Honors Dance Ensemble

Thirty-two high school students and 30 middle school students have been selected to
participate in the Baltimore County Public Schools 2022-2023 All-County Honors Dance Ensemble.

The ensemble will rehearse weekly at George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology
throughout the winter and spring. The culminating event for the ensemble will be a gala concert
performance on Monday, June 12, at 7 p.m. at Carver Center.

“A total of 100 students – 50 high school students and 50 middle school students – were nominated by
their teachers to audition for the honors ensemble,” said Darryl Pilate, BCPS dance and theatre resource
teacher. “The adjudicators were impressed by all of the students’ technical and professional skills. The
students accepted for the All-County Honors Dance Ensemble demonstrated not only their technical
ability but also the ability to think ‘on their feet’ and be expressive through the art form while applying

The members of the 2022-2023 All-County Honors Dance Ensemble are:

Franklin High School
Trinity Hicks

George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology
Olivia Anderson; Camila Abrego Argueta; Isabel Armstrong; Annelese Atkinson; Simone Brown; Dante
Campbell; Melody Cole; Jada Daniels; Jaia Dinkins; Jadin Holiday; Sharon Kasibante; Ja’Zara Lane; Devin
Nichelson; Shoshana Paley; Madisyn Rice- Evans; Makenzie Smith; Jase Woolcock

Lansdowne High School
Sa’Ni Betts; Giulia Mendes

Milford Mill Academy
Toimar Allen; Melaya Barker; Jahnai James; Zyaire McMillan; Kyla Randall

Owings Mills High School
Shayla Johnson

Parkville High School
Lyndsey Hoxter; Ariel Parker
Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts
Zarrah Allen; Madison Cosden; Aashyah de Vries; Armani Woods

Deep Creek Middle School
Malia Terry

Deer Park Magnet Middle School
Morgan Clinton; Kendall Davison; Nyiemah Gibbs

Franklin Middle School
Madison Beyer; Elon Bryant; La’Nae Coldin; Bailey Ferrel; Masio Pearson; Jada Sellers

Loch Raven Technical Academy
Joshua Nichols

Middle River Middle School
Madison Cooper; Arianna Hunt; Makayla Ortiz

Pikesville Middle School
London Bailey; Maya Chase; Sophee Fields; Larae Jones; Cydney Polk; Kayden Sorrell

Southwest Academy
Kaleb Jenson; Makyli Williams

Sudbrook Magnet Middle School
Solae Beaman; Shabraya Dennis; Claire Jabaji; Timara Keyes; Ibunkun Ojemuyiwa; Nylah Queen; Jaelyn

Overlea and Parkville Fall in Boys Final 4

-photo courtesy of BCPS Superintendent Dr. Darryl L. Williams-

Overlea and Parkville’s Boys Basketball teams seasons came to an end in their respective State Semifinal games on Wednesday night.

Overlea fell to 52-41 to Westlake in the 2A MPSSAA State Semifinals at Montgomery Blair High School. The Falcons made it back to the state semifinals for the first time in 30 years.

Dr. Darryl L. Williams, BCPS Superintendent, attended Overlea’s game on Wednesday and said he was proud of the team’s effort.

“I returned to Blair HS and watched Overlea Boys Basketball team play a great game,” Williams posted on Twitter.
“Thank you to the Overlea community, students, staff, and alumni for supporting our athletic program, our coaches and our student athletes. Proud of you.”

Parkville’s perfect season came to an end with a 59 to 57 loss to Roosevelt in the 2A MPSSAA State Semifinals at North Point High School in Waldorf.

The Knights made it to the State Semifinals in 2020 but never got the chance to finish the season as the final two games were canceled after the COVID-19 outbreak.

The team released a statement after the game.

“The journey for the Boys Varsity Knights basketball team ended tonight with a loss of 57-59. Boys I’m sure you are disappointed but all your fellow Knights are so proud of you. You had an epic season coming off the craziness of the last 2 years. Hold your heads high because you are Knights and we are strong. Congratulations on all you accomplished this season.”

Parkville & Overlea Boys Basketball Teams in Final Fours

photo courtesy of Parkville HS Athletic Boosters Club

Eastern Baltimore County has been well represented in the state high school boys basketball playoffs. Three area teams made it to the their State Quarterfinals in three of the four classifications.

Parkville and Overlea basketball teams have advanced to the semifinals of their respective classifications. Kenwood fell in their quarterfinal game.

Parkville improved to 23-0 after an 84-40 win over Duval in the 4A Boys Basketball State Quarterfinals. The Knights returned to their second straight 4A State Semifinals. Parkville did not get an opportunity to play for the state title in 2020 as the semifinals were canceled during the COVID-19 outbreak. The full 2021 basketball playoffs were canceled.

Overlea advanced to their first state semifinals since 1992 with a 70-66 over Williamsport High School from Washington County in the 2A Boys Basketball State Quarterfinals. Overlea is now 19-4 on the year.

The Falcons defeated 77-22 Sparrows Point in the 2A Regional Semifinals and defeated Carver of Baltimore City 55-36.

The season came to an end for Kenwood as the Bluebirds lost to Atholton 62-55. The Bluebirds finished the season with a 18-5 record.

They defeated Edgewood 52-51 in 3A Regional Semifinals and defeated CM Wright by 1 point 55-54 in the Regional Finals.


Parkville and Overlea Advance to Boys Regional Finals

– photo courtesy of Overlea Falcons MBasketball Facebook page-

Parkville and Overlea are in the boys basketball regional finals as they defeated two local schools to get to the finals of their regions.

The Knights improved to 22-0 with an 89 to 65 win over Dundalk in the 4A playoffs. Parkville recently won the Baltimore County title last week.

Also Overlea defeated Sparrows Point in the 2A Regional Semifinals 77 to 22 on Monday.

Parkville will play the winner of Catonsville/Dulaney on Wednesday and the Falcons will host the winner of Carver Vo-Tech/Dunbar also on March 2.

Parkville Boys Win County Basketball Title

-photo courtesy of Parkville HS Athletic Boosters Club-

The Parkville Knights Boys Basketball team won the Baltimore County Championship last week.

The Knights defeated Randallstown 80-72 on Feb. 22 to become county champions.

This is the first county title for Parkville since 1991.

Parkville is improved to 21-0 on the year and the team is playing in the 2022 MPSSAA Basketball Tournament.

The Knights made it to the state semifinals in 2020, but the rest of the tournament was cancelled as a result of COVID. There was no basketball season in 2021.

Marks to Host Zoom Public Safety Town Hall

Baltimore County Councilman David Marks announced that his office will hold an online town hall meeting to discuss crime control and public safety.

He will be joined by the three police captains from the Fifth District and States Attorney Scott Shellenberger.

The town hall meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 18 at 7 p.m. Zoom information is below:

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“Public safety is my top concern, and the major issue for most of the constituents I speak with,” Councilman Marks commented. “It’s why I have pushed for more police officers, expanded neighborhood watch programs, and not retreating on tough policies to punish criminals. I thank our police captains and States Attorney for participating in this important forum.”

Since there is a limit to the number of users, the session will be recorded for those who cannot participate.

Police Arrest 8 Members of Violent Outlaw Motorcycle Gang

The Baltimore County Police Department recently concluded a month-long investigation into members of a violent Outlaw Motorcycle Gang operating in the Baltimore Metropolitan Region. Police arrested eight members of the organization for violent crimes and other felony charges. Police seized twelve firearms including three “ghost guns” related to the case. The Harford County Sheriff’s Office and Prince George’s County Police Department supported this operation.

The Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network (MCIN), which focuses on criminal networks that impact multiple jurisdictions, funded the investigation. “The Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network is an example of the continued collaboration with our law enforcement partners throughout the State of Maryland,” said Police Chief Melissa Hyatt. “I applaud the members of the Baltimore County Police Department along with our law enforcement partners who worked tirelessly to remove these dangerous individuals from the community.”

Defendants arrested:

Shaun A. Grazuties, (42) of Parkville
Dylan M. Conley, (23) of College Park
Joseph Liam, (36)
Mitchell B. Frost, (33) of Nottingham
Tyler E. Dejonge, (32) of Middle River
Lawrence E. Sabin, (51) of Harford County
Joseph R. Liggett, (31) of Howard County
Michail D. Nikolettos, (29) of Harford County

Dundalk Advances to Football State Quarterfinals

Kenwood, Parkville, Sparrows Point & Perry Hall’s Seasons End

– photo courtesy of Dundalk Football-

The Dundalk Owls are in the football state quarterfinals as they defeated Kenwood 35 to 0 last night. The Owls were only up 7-0 at halftime. Then Dundalk took control of Kenwood in the second half.

According to Dundalk HS Athletics Twitter page, Owl Quarterback Calvin Stokes had a touchdown run and threw a touchdown to Antonio Brown. Running back Jordan Fiorenza also had a touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Dundalk football released a statement after the game.

“Final here at the nest! Hard fought win. Respect to a hard nosed Kenwood team,” said the team statement

Dundalk will now play next week in the 4A/3A quarterfinals. Their opponent has not been announced as MPSSAA does reseeding for the quarterfinals. It does appear that Dundalk should be ranked high enough to receive another home game for next week.

The Owls are the only local football team to advance as four other area schools has their seasons ended last night.

In addition to Kenwood losing, Parkville lost at Broadneck 45 to 0. Perry Hall lost to Mervo 42 to 3. Sparrows Point dream season came to an end as the Pointers lost 38 to 30 against Largo.

Parkville Retiree Wins $50,000 from Lottery

Article & photo by Maryland Lottery

A 67-year-old Parkville retiree from Johns Hopkins Hospital is now $50,000 richer from the Maryland Lottery.

“Midnight,” which is the nickname the anonymous winner selected for publicity, says she’s “living the dream.” She retired in February and then, on Nov. 5, found out she won $50,000 playing Bonus Match 5 for the first time.

On Nov. 5, “Midnight” was doing what she normally does since retiring. She was out, enjoying the day, stress free with no worries. On a whim, she stopped in Cork & Bottle located at 4305 Ridge Road in Mt. Airy and purchased a $6 quick-pick Bonus Match 5 ticket.

“I’ve played Pick 3 in the past, but I’ve never played Bonus Match 5,” she said. “I just had a hunch that I should try it.”

The mother of three sons purchased her ticket and went on about her lovely day. Later, she gave the ticket to one of her sons for safe keeping while she went out of town for the weekend. Her son, who accompanied her to claim the prize at Lottery headquarters, said he scanned the ticket on the Lottery App on his phone after the evening drawing and was blown away at what he saw.

He had to scan the ticket five or six times just to make sure he wasn’t seeing things.

“I texted her the picture of the message on my phone and called her,” said the son. “I said, ‘Ma, you have a winning ticket, look at your phone!’”

“Midnight” said she looked at her phone that night in shock. “It’s funny, I was just telling my son we were going to win.”

The lucky player stayed calm and enjoyed her weekend. She came home on Sunday and stopped at her son’s house to retrieve her lucky ticket. “Midnight” told Lottery officials that she is engaged and will use some of the winnings toward a small, intimate wedding. She also plans to take a vacation and will save the rest of her windfall.

The store that sold her the lucky ticket, Cork & Bottle, earned a $500 bonus from the Lottery for selling the top-prize winning ticket in the game. The Lottery has sold 40 top-prize winning Bonus Match 5 tickets so far in 2021.