Towson High Literary Magazine Earns National Award

Colophon, the literary magazine of Towson High School, has earned top honors from the National Council of Teachers of English for the ninth consecutive year.

In February, student editors learned that Colophon had once again been awarded REALM First Class in the Recognizing Excellence in Art and Literary Magazines (REALM) Program of the National Council of Teachers of English, the top honor in the nationwide contest.

“The honored 2018 Colophon issue titled ‘If You Hadn’t Been’ is an outstanding collaboration of design, writing and art,” says Nicholas Busselman, one of the publication’s three faculty advisers. “Under the management of student editors Hannah Weinstein, Oscar Harris and Shayna Blinkoff, Colophon is not only a visually stunning and emotionally powerful magazine, but it again shined as the finest literary and arts magazine in the state of Maryland, and again distinguished itself as among the best student-run arts publications in the nation.”

New Offerings at Green Spring Station

Sassanova, a coveted woman’s fashion boutique, will open its first Baltimore County location at Green Spring Station later this spring in the Joppa Concourse of Green Spring Station. The boutique will fill the former Becket Hitch space and stock a carefully curated collection of designer clothing, accessories and gifts.

Sassanova will offer “women in the county … a conveniently located and accessible alternative to the big-box department stores—an intimate shopping option that offers a personalized, comfortable and memorable customer experience,” notes boutique owner Angela Tandy.

Becket Hitch, Baltimore’s go-to store for stylish gifts, accessories and home goods, has nearly doubled its square footage by moving into a brand-new, custom-designed store in the Joppa Concourse just steps from its original store.

“Our customers appreciate the personalized, comfortable and memorable shopping experience where we really do know so many of their names,” says Kohli Flick, Becket Hitch owner. “This new store will offer more of the Becket Hitch experience within a bigger space, including new programming and special events.”

Reichelt Honored with Teaching Award

For the third consecutive year, the National Catholic Educational Association has honored a Notre Dame Preparatory School educator for outstanding teaching.

English teacher Marianne Reichelt has received NCEA’s Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award. The award honors those teachers who demonstrate strong Catholic educational philosophy as well as exceptional ability, skills and results. A parishioner at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Baltimore City, Marianne will receive the award at NCEA’s Annual Convention in April in Chicago.

“Whether it is in the classroom, on a retreat or presenting professional development to the faculty and staff, Mrs. Reichelt exemplifies all that this special award represents,” says Sister Patricia McCarron, headmistress. “We are deeply grateful to have someone in our midst who is so passionate about teaching and committed to her students’ learning.”

A Record-Breaking Swimmer

At the 2019 Speedo Winter Invitational in New Jersey, 10-year-old Daniel Branon took down Michael Phelps’ 1995 10&U 50-fly meet record, which the swimming superstar set five years before he swam in his first Olympics.

Daniel, who trains at the same North Baltimore Aquatic Club where Phelps grew up swimming, was entered with a 32.89 in the 50 fly psych sheets. He went on win the event with a time of 31.42, which surpasses the 24-year-old record of 32.39.

Daniel was also victorious in the 200 IM, winning in a personal best of 2:45.57. His winning time just nipped at the 2007 meet record of 2:44.29.

Sunnyfields Cabinetry Earns Top Honor

Sunnyfields Cabinetry received the grand award for Best Showroom Design in February at the (National) Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas. Sunnyfields Cabinetry, a 1,600-square-foot kitchen and bath showroom designed by Brian Swanson, Design Five, caters to clients looking to remodel any space within their home that needs custom cabinetry, including kitchens, baths, laundry rooms and wine rooms.

“It is an honor and thrill to be recognized nationally for our showroom design by the National Kitchen and Bath Association,” says Brandon Jones, president and co-owner of Sunnyfields Cabinetry.