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  • SPHS’s Alyssa Panzer Starts Cosmetics Firm

    Severna Park High School senior Alyssa Panzer stumbled on her latent entrepreneurial talent at a time when she was just trying to save some money by making her own gift baskets of bath bombs. “I saw people giving them away as gifts, but they were really pricey,” recalled Panzer, whose...
  • Community Remembers Bruce Blackman

    Over the course of his 38-year teaching career at Severna Park High School, Bruce Blackman left an indelible mark on not only countless students but also countless parents and colleagues, and never was that more evident than in the wake of the beloved educator’s passing on September 15, when...
  • Meet National Merit Scholar Semifinalist Clifford Jamieson

    SPHS Senior Is One Of The Highest Scoring Entrants In Maryland From a pool of 50,000 high-scoring test takers in the United States, only 16,000 are chosen as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists, and senior Clifford Jamieson is one of them. According to the National Merit Scholarship...
  • Parents Respond To Later School Start Times

    For years, a group of advocates made up of parents and pediatricians called on Anne Arundel County Public Schools to change start times, saying that 7:17am was too early for sleep-deprived teenagers to be starting class. Following months of public forums and surveys, the Anne Arundel County Board...
  • Students Raise Environmental Awareness With Collaborative Mural

    Take 592 artistic and environmentally conscious elementary school students, give them sketch books, paint and brushes, and a palette as large as the side of a building. Add an award-winning local mural artist and enthusiastic faculty ready to beautify the Cape St. Claire Elementary School courtyard...
  • Tri-M Society Impresses With “Severna Park Idol” Fundraiser

    From screen to stage, Severna Park High School put its own twist on “American Idol” with “SP Idol” to raise money for the Tri-M society charity, Music for Memory. “Music for Memory Foundation is a group that is doing research on how music affects patients with...
  • Students Establish And Lead Girls Bible Study Group

    Eight years ago, a small group of students at Severna Park High School began to host Girls Bible Study, commonly referred to as GBS. GBS is linked to YoungLife, a non-denominational program based on Christian values and principles, but GBS is more independent and student-based; there are no...
  • Question Of The Month: Folger McKinsey

    Each month, the Severna Park Voice poses a question to a local fifth-grade class. This month, students from Ms. Ross’ class at Folger McKinsey Elementary answered the question: What is something that you used to be afraid of and why?   I used to be afraid of heights, but I'm not...
  • Power Of The Matriarch: Go To The Funeral

    Brené Brown, in her new book, “Braving the Wilderness,” is emphatic about attending funerals. When my father died, I will always remember attendees and no-shows. People shocked me with their “conflicting plans.” But even beyond attendance, I remember exactly who gave...
  • Karen Stevens Tri Challenges Young Athletes

    The Severna Park Community Center held its ninth annual Karen Stevens Memorial Kids Triathlon on Saturday, September 23, drawing a group of competitive youth to swim, cycle and run against others in their age groups. Among the participants was Court Barrett, who placed second in the 9-10 age...
  • A Fresh Take On The New School

    A Review Of The New School From Those Who Never Knew The Old One Because the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Severna Park High School was held less than a year ago, last January, comparisons to the old school are bound to come up. Some students complain about the lack of cell service, and...
  • Bands By The Bay Will March Into Broadneck High On October 7Exclusive

    Feel the excitement – more than 19 of the best marching bands from Maryland, North Carolina and New York are gathering at Broadneck High School (1265 Green Holly Drive in Annapolis) on October 7 for the annual Bands by the Bay show. Gates will open at 1:30pm, with the first band stepping off...
  • The Separation Of School And Society

    How Schools Decide To Intervene In Personal Matters Or Bring Current Events Into The Classroom When the Netflix TV series “13 Reasons Why” was introduced in March 2017, parents and teachers had to scramble as they learned that the program contained more than just entertainment. The...
  • Lindsay Reflects On Five Years Of Leading Community College

    Dr. Dawn Lindsay stepped into the role of president of Anne Arundel Community College in late summer 2012, and in the five years since becoming a leader of the nationally ranked school, Lindsay has immersed herself not only in the culture of the college but also in that of the greater Anne Arundel...
  • SPHS Junior Returns From Year Of Study In France

    Through an American Field Service (AFS) youth exchange study abroad program, Severna Park High School junior Emily Shoults spent her sophomore year living with a host family in the small town of La Roche-sur-Foron in southeastern France. She arrived last August, speaking only a couple of words of...
  • Ben Oursler Earns Eagle Rank While Giving Back To Faith Community

    When deciding on a single Eagle Scout project that will leave a lasting impact, it may seem as if adolescents have many options to consider. But for Ben Oursler of Troop 450, located at St. John the Evangelist Church, his list never included more than one location. A lifelong parishioner of St....
  • Education Now And Then: How Classroom Learning Has Changed

    When Severna Park Middle School eighth-grade math teacher Mary White was a student in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, calculators were not used and all material was presented via a chalkboard or overhead projector. “There was no discovery learning, no collaboration with other...
  • Parenting For A Different World Announces Seminar Set For Oct. 10

    Parenting for a Different World, a group bringing educational programs to the community, will hold “Authentic Success: Raising Children And Adolescents Who Are Prepared To Thrive In A Challenging World” on Tuesday, October 10, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Severna Park Community Center....
  • Memorial Fund Provides Free Swim Lessons For Special Needs Children

    When beloved swim instructor Karen Stevens passed away in 2009, her husband, Chris Stevens — along with Severna Park Community Center’s then-director of aquatics, Maureen Kogut, and volunteer David Ensor — wanted to honor her, so they set up a memorial fund in her memory. Each...
  • The Power Of The Matriarch: Saving Wonder Woman With Radical Self-Care

    I just attended an annual women’s retreat in the beautiful Berkshires in Massachusetts. Each morning, crisp air greeted my cheeks, and each evening, the Tanglewood symphony sang me to sleep. This year’s Kripalu yoga retreat was led by Joan Borysenko, a Harvard-trained expert on the mind...
  • AACPS Surpasses State Average In 13 Of 14 Areas On PARCC Assessments

    The percentage of Anne Arundel County Public Schools students who reached the level designated as College and Career Ready on their respective PARCC assessments surpassed the state average in 13 of 14 assessed areas, according to data released by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)....
  • Start The School Year Smarter

    A sensational summer has drawn to a close. It’s now time to go back to school. For students who are returning to their school, it is a time of excitement to meet a new teacher and see old friends. For students who are transitioning to middle or high school, it can be a time of uncertainty as...
  • What To Know About The Karen Stevens Kids Triathlon

    The Severna Park Community Center is hosting the ninth annual Karen Stevens Memorial Kids Triathlon on Saturday, September 23. Race check-in begins at 7:00am, the race begins at 7:30am and the Junior Tri-It begins at 8:30am. Registration closes September 21 and costs $45 per individual, $70 per...
  • How To Handle High School

    Seniors Offer Advice For Incoming Freshmen Every high-schooler wants the perfect balance between school and extracurricular activities, to maintain the desired grade point average while excelling at a sport or activity. However, it is not easy to obtain that balance. It takes much deliberation...
  • Happy First Day Of School!Exclusive

    These kids don't seem too sad to see summer vacation come to an end. On Tuesday, September 5, youngsters from all over Severna Park were thrilled to reunite with friends and teachers as they headed back to school. Over at SPHS, freshmen spent the day navigating their new terrain, while a few...


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