Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Blaine McGlothlin, a Parkville High School student, will compete for national gold in the Special Olympics Golf National Invitational Tournament.
One Parkville High School student is in for a big weekend as he competes for national gold. Blaine McGlothlin, 19, is headed to the Special Olympics Golf National Invitational Tournament at The Wigwam resort in Phoenix, AZ. McGlothlin, a senior at Parkville High School, has Down syndrome and will compete taking alternating shots on nine holes with his father Rick McGlothlin. The tournament lasts three days, and officials will take the average of each day's score to determine the winner. Blaine qualified for the tournament when he won Special Olympics Maryland gold last September as a competitor in the Cecil County Special Olympics. At the time, he was a Perryville High School student and Havre de Grace resident. "We shot a 58 to win the …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
30 high school seniors received scholarships to help them pay for their college education.
The Parkville Recreation Council continued a long-standing tradition of awarding scholarships to graduating seniors at Tuesday night's meeting when they gave over $3,800 dollars away to 30 graduates. Grads who received scholarships participated in various rec council programs over the course of their academic careers; receiving awards were: Speaking to graduates, their parents and Parkville Rec members, council president Ed Pinder said that giving money to graduates is the riskiest thing the Rec does. "These are not gifts, this is an investment that we as a rec council are making in you," Pinder said. "If we were a bank and we were told we're going to give out x amount of dollars and you won't see anything back for 4-5 years; most bankers …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
More than 300 Parkville High School students finished up their four years on Sunday.
Parkville High School graduated 339 seniors on Sunday during a ceremony at Towson University's Towson Center. Check out these photos courtesy of Parkville High School employee and Parkville-Overlea Patch blogger extraordinaire Lexa Newman. A full list of 2012 Parkville High School graduates follows below. Have a message for a Parkville High School graduate? Leave a note in the comments section. If you are a graduate of the parent of a graduate be sure to share your photos here on Parkville-Overlea Patch and let the community know how proud you are. Parkville High School Class of 2012
Cadet Captain Brandon Besold and Cadet Second Lieutenant James Keefe came up together in Parkville High's JROTC program; now they've made the decision to enlist together in the U.S. Marine Corps.
After Sunday's commencement ceremony many Parkville High School graduates headed to Ocean City to celebrate—at least two, through, stayed behind. James Keefe and Brandon Besold will spend these next two weeks preparing themselves for the rigors of the U.S. Marine Corps boot camp on Parris Island, S.C. The two graduates enlisted in the Marine Corps together on a buddy contract program and will ship out on June 18, they said. Besold and Keefe came up together in the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) program at Parkville High. While there, Besold rose to the rank of cadet captain and Keefe rose to cadet second lieutenant. Although they didn't meet until their sophomore year in the program, the pair have remarkably similar …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The auto dealership group visited Parkville High School last week with games for students.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Dan Keplinger, a famous artist with cerebral palsy, talks about his time at Parkville High School and his forthcoming move back to the community.
After a speaking engagement at Parkville High School Thursday morning Patch sat down with Dan Keplinger to talk about his hometown. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy shortly after his birth, Keplinger lacks fine motor control over his limbs and so he uses his head to paint. Growing up in Parkville and attending Parkville High School before heading to Towson University, he's had his share of naysayers. But he's overcome the odds to become a nationally renowned artist. It all started when he made the transition to Parkville High School—at the time, Keplinger said, Parkville was the only mainstream school that would have him. It also employed an art teacher who believed in him. "I was always into art," Keplinger said. But, in his own words, it …
Dan "King Gimp" Keplinger returned to his alma mater to speak to the sophomore class about his journey as an artist.
Almost 20 years ago at Parkville High School, a student rolled across the stage to receive his diploma. That student would go on to become a renowned artist: he's been featured in a Super Bowl commercial, won an Academy Award in 2000 and his work hangs in private collections between art world giants Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Back then, though, Dan Keplinger was just another Parkville High School student. To check out the Super Bowl commercial featuring Keplinger click on the video attached to this article and check out this gallery of his art here on Patch. On Thursday, Keplinger returned to his alma mater for the first time to speak to the sophomore class about following their dreams. Keplinger developed cerebral palsy at birth …
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Girls lacrosse and boys baseball teams get some help from Loch Raven, Parkville students.
Girls Lacrosse CCBC Essex goalie Leanne Bittner (Loch Raven) was instrumental in the Knights 18-8 victory over Harford Community College last Thursday. She finished that game with 11 saves as the CCBC Essex women's lacrosse team's turnaround season continued. The Knights improved to 7-1 on the season following convinicing wins at Niagara County Community College and Genesee Community College in New York on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. After losing its previous 36 games entering the season, CCBC Essex has quickly turned into one of the top junior college programs in the country. The Knights entered the weeked ranked fifth in the nation in the latest NJCAA poll. CCBC Essex next plays at 4 p.m. Thursday at Howard Community College. The …
Monday, March 12, 2012
A former principal told school alumni that a new scoreboard would bear the name of a former football coach.
A brand new scoreboard stands at the far end of Parkville High School's football field—a boon for the Knights and their visitors. However, the scoreboard, which was erected earlier this school year, has angered some Parkville alums because it doesn't display the name of former football head coach Joseph Yates. They say a former principal said that it would. Parkville-Overlea Patch first caught wind of the story through the Facebook group "You Know You're From Parkville, Md When ... " where Bobby Gartside, a Parkville High alum and former football player, posted the following: "The new scoreboard has been installed at Parkville High School. The Alumni was told that 'Yates Field' would be on it. It is not. In fact 'Parkville High School' is …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Ryan Twentey, a photography and media instructor at Parkville High School was recently named Art Teacher of the Year by the state school system.
At Parkville High School, taking an art class might mean more than drawing or painting — students in Ryan Twentey's classes work with photography and digital media. Twentey, who has taught at Parkville High for the last 11 years, was recently named the Maryland art teacher of the year. "I am extremely honored — for being looked as someone who would even be nominated in the first place," Twentey said of the award. "I think it’s a big deal, especially without a lot of recognition going to the teachers these days, any time we can showcase teachers and what an amazing job they’re doing for their kids." For his part, Twentey isn't exactly sure why he won the award — he doesn't have much of an ego about it. Parkville High art department chair …