Smooth Skating at the U.S. Nationals

Towson High School student Ting Cui made her debut in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in late January, earning fifth place.

The 16-year-old—who placed third at the 2018 U.S. Championships for Juniors and won the silver medal in the senior ladies’ category at the Tallinn Trophy in Estonia in early December—trained in Colorado Springs in the weeks leading up to the U.S. Nationals, keeping up with her Towson schoolwork through online assignments.

Ting has worked since June with Tom Zakrajsek, who has coached past U.S. Olympians Rachael Flatt and Mirai Nagasu. Ting’s goal, she says, is to represent the U.S. at the 2022 Olympics in Beijing, but she’s pragmatic about the challenges ahead, noting, “It’s just one day at a time.” 

Arboretum Earns Accreditation

Thanks to recent expansion and preservation, the arboretum at Loyola University Maryland has achieved level II accreditation from ArbNet, an international community of arboreta and tree-focused professionals.

The 80-acre Evergreen campus arboretum encompasses more than 2,200 trees that represent at least 114 varieties. Taylor Casalena, sustainability coordinator, says that contributions to the inventory, service learning courses, walking tours, developing an arboretum committee and events over the last three years helped the university achieve this accreditation.

“The Loyola Arboretum directly engaged hundreds of Loyola community members in the vast and critical beauty of biodiversity in just over the last year,” Taylor says. “The arboretum supports Loyola’s Climate Action Plan goal to reimagine the campus landscape to protect biodiversity and inspire environmental stewardship.”

More information about the Loyola Arboretum is available at


‘A Million Ideas’ for the Ivy

The Ivy Bookshop, which has gained a loyal following since it was founded in 2002, has been sold by owners Ed and Ann Berlin to one of its co-owners, Emma Snyder, former executive director of Washington’s PEN/Faulkner Foundation.

“I’ve got a million ideas, but the fundamental thing is to keep the Ivy the same incredibly warm and vibrant place that people have come to treasure,” Emma told The Baltimore Sun. “An anchor bookstore like the Ivy has the potential to develop collaborative projects that help weave books into the social fabric of Baltimore. I’m incredibly excited to explore those possibilities.”

The Ivy, 6080 Falls Road, opened a satellite store inside the Charles Village cafe Bird in Hand in 2016. Currently the independent bookstore has 17 full- and part-time employees and holds about 150 author events a year.

Jefferson Huang Named President of St. Paul’s Schools

Jefferson Huang has been named the inaugural president of the St. Paul’s Schools in Brooklandville. He comes to St. Paul’s from Claremont McKenna College in California, where he is vice president and senior advisor to the president as well as assistant professor of philosophy. He will begin his new role on July 1.

Backed by a newly unified board of trustees at St. Paul’s, the president “will provide strategic and operational oversight to ensure the [St. Paul’s] Schools are making the most of the opportunities presented by unification,” the school announced in a press release. “While working with the Heads to ensure that each school retains its own distinctive culture and gender-appropriate programs, Dr. Huang will assume several important roles: visionary leader, administrative integrator, external ambassador and quality controller.”