Principal's Message from March

Sun, 02/21/2016 - 5:17pm

Dear Parents/Guardians:       


Today, you are receiving several communications from MRHS.  In response to parent requests, we are making changes in the communications that come from our office.  Mrs. Beschner will continue to send out Today’s Topics; however, it will be limited to new events and information.  You will continue to receive a Message from the Principal approximately every two weeks, and I will try to place headings at the top of each acknowledgement allowing you to skip through that which you don’t want to read. The newest edition, which you should have received today, is theBits and Bridle Bulletin. This new Friday communication has a great deal of information; however, it is formatted as a magazine with a Table of Contents and page numbers.  You will be able to peruse the information you have a desire to read.  I hope these communications better serve you, our community and provide you with the information you need to support our school and your children.


Knowing that home-school communication is one cornerstone of student success, I always take time to read the completed surveys at the end of parent conferences.  Thank you to all of the parents who attended the February conferences and provided constructive comments on ways to improve communication.  After noting the low scores on Question 8 of the survey, which refers to students knowing the clubs and activities available to them, we decided to purchase several large bulletin boards.  The bulletin boards will be hung in either the Commons or the auditorium hallway; they will contain information about every club at MRHS.  We are hoping the students will learn that the most current information can be found on those bulletin boards.  Additionally, our Boosters are funding an electronic marquis.  We will be able to provide timely information and change the marquis on a regular basis.  Please join me in thanking our Boosters Executive Board, Mr. Rahnama, and Mr. Brown for working diligently on this project.


Through the use of the electronic marquis, we will celebrate the successful students and programs at MRHS!  Over the past two weeks, I shared many announcements with our student body. When read in their entirety, the enormity of our students’ accomplishments gives us reason to pause and celebrate the success of our young men and women. 



Congratulations to Joshua Varghese, an outstanding student at MRHS.   According to Mrs. Burke, His commitment and dedication to his school work put him at the top of the class.  Josh's participation in class is outstanding; he is a leader in the classroom. Josh is an outstanding helper and athlete on the MRHS Allied Soccer and Softball teams. Josh is a natural leader on the field.  His patience and dedication to helping others succeed provides a wonderful combination of teaching good sportsmanship and allowing other students experience their first field goal.




Delta Scholars:

On February 23, 2016 at 6:00 p.m., Dr. Foose, Mrs. French, and the staff at MRHS welcomed and inducted our 1st MRHS Delta Scholars. At our inaugural celebration, Ms. Tanya Grice, Co-Chair of the Delta Scholars Program and Dr. Kimberly Moran Turner spoke to our young ladies. The Delta Scholars Columbia Alumnae Chapter started in 1971.  The Columbia chapter was the first African-American Greek organization to start a chapter in Howard County, and it has grown to be one of the largest Delta chapters in the nation with over 350 chapter members.  The Chapter serves our Howard County community through its programs and projects based on five principles: physical and mental health, educational development, economic development, international awareness and political awareness and involvement.  Please join me in congratulating our first Delta Scholars: Sikirat "Yomi" Bashorun, Shelby Burton, Maya Cain, Jessica Faulkner, Anne-Marie Fienkeng, Sterling Frank, Cydni Gilliam, Cailyn Hinkle, Micah Meekins, Oluwadamilola "Jola" Olukoya, and Sarah Thorne. I also want to thank our Alpha Achievers and their advisors, Ms. Hawkins and Mr. Williams for assisting with and attending this event. 



World Language Honor Societies Induction Ceremony

On February 23rd at 2:30 p.m., 47 MRHS students were inducted into the French, Spanish, Italian, German, and Latin Honor Societies.  Thanks to the hard work and planning of World Language teachers, Mrs. Gado, Mr. Gnagey, Mrs. Goldszmidt, Mrs. McCabe, Ms. Reier, Ms. Rhodeside, and Mr. Ventosa, our students experienced a well-organized and cultural induction.  Students Lucie Park, Loa Stone, Isabel Stevens, Nishu Hosamane, and Divya Kapoor facilitated the induction ceremonies for each languge.  Ms. Reier handled the Ceremony of Lights, and Mrs. Dawe (culinary science teacher) and her students cooked, baked, and provided delicious refreshments in the Student Services Office.  Congratulations to our French Honor Society inductees: Alana Amballa, Preeti Bairi, Molly Bingham, Oceana Ding, Hannah Frederick, Elissa Huang, Tayylor Huston, Claire Martin, Cooper Turner, and Charmaine Yuan.  Congratulations to our German Honor Society inductees: Carly Fabian, Andrew Harriday, Chris Yyung, Maxwell Mahon, Christopher Mulligan, Noah Nies, Benjamin Skopic, Loa Stone, and Zara Zeeshan. Congratulations to our Italian Honor Society inductee: Erika Wolf and our Latin Honor Society inductees: Elise Ahn, Samuel Dawes, Nishu Hosamane, Justin Mullins, and John Rivers.  And congratulations to our Spanish Honor Society inductees: Christy Ahn, Daniel Ahn, Sophia Bi, Sara Carter, Carolyn Chen, Rhea Chitakki, Sarah Choi, Joseph Chong, Angelica Kim, Eugene Kim, Jimin Kim, Danika (Somin) Lee, Jina Park, Dwarkesh Patel, Aayushi Roy, David Stephens, Haley Suh, Lilly Vazquez, Ashley (Jiwon) Woo, Sarah Yang, Wendy Yang, and Sam Zabaldo.


Math Exam

Congratulations to Yoshi Saito and Davin Park for scoring high enough on the AMC math test to compete in the American Invitational Mathematics Examination. Additionally, Davin Park placed 2nd overall in the Johns Hopkins Math Tournament this past Saturday! Congratulations Davin.



Music News:

Congratulations to our All-State Band, Orchestra, and Chorus students for their outstanding performances at the Maryland Music Educators Association State Music Conference in Baltimore this past weekend. Marriotts Ridge was well represented in the following groups: The All-State Junior Band (grades 7-9), All-State Senior Band (grades 10-12), All-State Senior Orchestra (grades 10-12), All-State Senior Chorus (grades 10-12), and the All-State Treble Chorus (grades 10-12). Coming up in next few weeks we will have students perform in the All-State Junior Chorus festival (grades 7-9) and All-State Junior Orchestra festival (grades 7-9). Overall, Marriotts Ridge had a state leading 50 students selected to All-State ensembles. Go Mustangs! 




Our POMS competed on Saturday, February 20 at Charles Flowers H.S.  Congratulations; they placed 2nd in the Short Pom category.  We are proud of our POMS and thank sponsors Mrs. Scott and Ms. Hawkins for their time and dedication.  I look forward to seeing a POMS competition in the near future.



Art News:

MRHS students entered the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition; this is a national competition for your artists and writers.  The entries are first judged by region and the regional Gold Key winners move on to the national competition.  Our region is very competitive; therefore, it gives me great pleasure to congratulate Sofia Pagan and Angela Zhu; both young ladies received the Gold Key.  Congratulations are also in order for the following Silver Key winners: Isolina Alva, Kayla Bae, Mindy Kang, Sophia Kim, and Katie Park.  Additionally, 15 MRHS students received Honorable Mention.  Congratulations to our students and their art teachers, Mrs. Miers-Bond and Mr. Sinn.



University of Md. School of Engineering Accolades:

 I recently received a letter from the University of Maryland, Dean and Favardin Profession of Aerospace Engineering at the A. James Clark School of Engineering.  Marriotts Ridge High School has been recognized as a 2015-2016 University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering Top 25 Source School.  This honor is valuable to our school community and MRHS students who apply to the school of Engineering.  For more information on this program, you can visit the website at: 



Women in Engineering Day:

The following students attended a Women In Engineering Workshop on February 24th.  The day consisted of activities and seminars at the Applied Research Laboratory.  If you want more information, feel free to ask any of the following students about their day: Olivia Amaral, Nadia Bensarghin, Tracy Cha, Erin Cooke, Ashley Fisher, Emma Grayson, Jamie Kim, Mia Krakovsky, Claire Meininger        , Allie Polinsky, Aly Wagner, and Ashley Wilhelm.  Thank you to Mr. Rodis, Technology Education teacher for facilitating their attendance.




Congratulations to Mrs. Lather and our String Orchestra students who were selected to perform on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage on Wednesday, April 20, 2016.  As part of the Kennedy Center’s continued commitment to showcasing young artists in local schools, students from three schools in Virginia will perform along with MRHS students. 



Congratulations to Chris Spano and Jacob Hejeebu. They are Howard County Wrestling champions after their commanding victories at the Howard County Wrestling Tournament at River Hill last Saturday night.  Chris won by pin and Jacob dominated his match 14-3. Coach Conley is extremely proud of these two young men.


Congratulations to the following Indoor Track students who participated in the State Track Meet on Monday, February 22: Matt Blango, Ibrahim Jirdeh, Vince Marchionni, Micah Meekins, Bailey Murtha, Marley Scott, Abby Starts, Caroline Underwood, Liam Yee, and Christine Yuan.

Congratulations to Micah Meekins who is the 2A State Champion in the 300 meter dash!



Science Olympiad:

Science Olympiad Coaches David Hong and Karen Lunewski had a great experience with their Science Olympiad students on Saturday, February 20.   The Maryland Science Olympiad is a "hands-on" K-12 science program including rigorous academic interscholastic tournaments.  Tournament events are well-balanced between life science, earth & space science, chemistry, physics, technology, and inquiry.  The placements for the 2016 Central Maryland Regional Tournament at the University of Maryland:
Isuru Herath, Joshua Cooksey, and Jenny Luo placed 1st in Experimental Design.
Isuru Herath and Sasvi Kulasinghe placed 1st in Anatomy & Physiology
Yoshihiro Saito and Jenny Luo placed 1st Cell Biology
Taylor Woodhead and Keonwoo Kim placed 2nd in Wright Stuff
Taylor Woodhead and John Kim placed 3rd in It's About Time

Yoshihiro Saito placed 3rd in Astronomy
Joshua Cooksey placed 3rd in Disease Detectives
Nishu Hosamane and Michelle Yu placed 3rd in Write to Do It
John Kim placed 4th in Wind Power

Greta Li and Danny Choi placed 6th in Dynamic Planet


Congratulations to the Speech & Debate Team on their last regular local league tournament!   
They won all but one tournament this year, competing against 20 Baltimore area schools and  

this last Saturday, Marriotts Ridge had several medal winners:

Congratulations to 

Quinn Crawford, gold in Lincoln Douglas Debate

Audrey Hager & Lauren Shen - bronze in Public Forum Debate

Mindy Kang - gold in declamation & Sarah Yang, silver

David Polefrone & Kush Tiwary both earned silver in Extemporaneous speaking

The Duo team of Evin Moody and Julia Mann took silver

Nikhil Mehta &David Polefrone both earned silver in Impromptu Speaking

Sophia Bi& Julia Mann both took silver in Poetry/ Prose

Julia Mann earned Gold in Dramatic Performance as well as GOLD in the triathlon - which is excelling in 3 events.


The sponsors, parents, and staff members are so proud of all the Speech and Debate Team members who competed in the regular season.  


During the weekend of February 13, the Marriotts Ridge Speech and Debate Team attended a debate tournament at the University of Pennsylvania.  As an Ivy League tournament, U. Penn is one of the larger tournaments held each year and draws the top competitors from all over the US.   In the face of this competition, Marriotts Ridge again showed that it is one of the top speech and debate teams in the US.  Julia Mann was the star of the tournament as she made the finals in three different speech categories – unheard of in an Ivy League tournament!  She finished second in dramatic performance, 4th in oral interpretation, and finished 5th in duo interpretation with Evan Moody.  Julia’s results this year place her among the elite in the United States in speech.  David Polefrone was a semi-finalist in extemporaneous speaking.  Sophia Bi was a quarterfinalist in original oratory.  Rachel Yu and Yixuan Liu were octo-finalists in LD debate.  Quinn Crawford was 9th speaker in LD debate, and Sivanne Bachrachwas an octo-finalist in novice  LD debate.  With eight different people winning top awards at an Ivy League tournament, Marriotts Ridge further cemented its reputation as one of the top programs competing on the national circuit.


Non-School Sponsored-Ice Hockey

The MRHS Ice Hockey team is the first hockey team in Howard County history to be invited to participate in USA Hockey Nationals. This is a great honor. They will be playing against the best high school teams from across the nation.  The team is led by leading scorer and Captain Eric Winik and Coaches Armando Difernando, Chip Sheehan, Tom Serio and MRHS alumnus Jacob Beschner.   This is a first for Howard County and the team is looking forward to represent MRHS as well as Howard County in a national tournament. 


The Silver Mustang Award Goes from Mrs. Wichmann to Mrs. Miers-Bond:

Mrs. Wichmann wrote, Even though Henry David Thoreau is known more for writing than painting, he knows the foundation of art is “not what you look at … it’s what you see.” The recipient of the Silver Mustang is a teacher who encourages students to do the same: don’t just look, but see, envision, create. She’s a keeper. She keeps the Marriotts Ridge community healthy as our go-to Virgin Pulse point of contact. She keeps the Marriotts Ridge campus earth-healthy with her incentive to reduce waste with hand-painted, reusable mugs, plates, and bowls. She keeps the students’ learning and creating at the center of all her classes.  Thank you, LaVerne Miers-Bond, for keeping this campus not only healthy, but also beautiful.  Congratulations!


Technology Education Field Trip

As a part of Career Exploration at Marriott’s Ridge High School, the Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) class will be taking a field trip to Harley Davidson Manufacturing Plant, in York Pennsylvania.  The purpose of the trip is to equate the application of classroom lessons into real world situations. The final goal of CIM is for students to mass produce a product using CNC machines, workers, and robots.  This field trip will demonstrate to students the processes of how to program machines to work within a system to create a finished project.  This experience will provide students with an understanding of troubleshooting and experimentation in the problem solving process.



Upcoming Events:

  1. The HCPSS History Day Competition is on Saturday, March 12th at Reservoir High School.  Judging is from 9:15 – 12:30 p.m.  There is an open house for the public from 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. and the Awards Presentation is at 2:30 p.m.  All are welcome.
  2. “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown” is on March 17, 18, 19, and 20th.  The art department sponsors a Tea on Sunday before the performance.  Join in the fun and support our fine arts!
  3. Souper Sunday is on March 13 from 11:00 – 2:00 at Wilde Lake High School.  Proceeds go to the Grass Roots Crisis Center; entrance is $20.00 for adults and $5.00 for students under 12.  Get your own bowl and enjoy an unlimited amount of soup and ice cream from Howard County’s BEST restaurants.  Music and entertainment is provided for children.


Have a wonderful weekend!



Addie Kaufman, Principal