A busy year is six weeks away from a "bittersweet" end for Mackenzie Underwood.
In addition to a myriad of other duties and responsibilities, Underwood is closing out her reign as Miss Maryland Agriculture while spending her last days as a 4-H member.
Underwood is a Junior Cecil County Fair board member. The junior fair board is instrumental in assisting with the fair's Children's Day. They have already stuffed 500 goodie bags and judge a team-building skills competition involving goats.
by Lisa Tome
After being disappointed twice by not making the school's basketball team, Perryville High School junior Jack Duff finally had his day.
Duff nailed nine free throws in under a minute, besting Greg Riley who is a member of the basketball team.
"He (Duff) won," said Riley. But both teens said it was more about the fundraising than the friendly competition.
by Lisa Tome
Everybody should have a friend like Ron Blankenship.
After Blankenship's friend Jakob Campbell earned the top award in a state contest, Blankenship is helping Campbell prepare for the next level of competition, the nationals.
The pair competed in the Maryland Skills USA Industrial Motor Control Competition at CAT-North in Severn on April 29.
Campbell won the gold medal and Blankenship earned the silver. Both are graduates of the Cecil County School of Technology's Heavy Industrial Maintenance program and they will graduate from North East High in less than a month.
by Lisa Tome
John Artinger's wife Glennda doesn't like to go shopping with her husband.
Mostly because her husband stops to chat with former and current students and basketball players during the trip and she ends up doing the chore alone.
In the coming months, the Artingers will be relocating to a place where that won’t happen as often. Artinger, who began working for Cecil County Public Schools in 1985, is retiring from his post as an assistant principal at North East High. The couple will move to Florida.
If David Foye skips school on a Friday, everybody notices.
Foye, principal at North East High School, appears every Friday on closed circuit television for the school's morning announcements. The segment, Fridays with Foye, has a huge following. Students and staff gather around the building's televisions to watch the principal.
Jesse Calabio II found himself seated in the office at North East High School last week, trying to figure out where he'd gone wrong.
Calabio, a freshman, was sent to the office and was seated next to students who, like him, were to see an administrator due to behavior.
But Calabio's situation was different.
He was sent to the office for good behavior.
With weeks to go until holiday gatherings, North East High is already in a giving mood.
The school's National Honor Society recently held a food drive, explained honor society advisor Sylvia Soltis.
Evan Tart, a senior, and president of the society, explained that it's a long standing tradition that the school hold a food drive to help those in need. This year, they collected from October 24 until November 4 and then donated the items to the Cecil County Help Center.
"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery."
For months, Kelly Sengstock has driven in the Elkton area and seen the ribbons, billboard, and other items promoting Elkton High School.
"The purple and gold is everywhere. It's a good idea," said Sengstock.
Emily Gillis was barely a teenager when she decided she wanted to be a lawyer.
"I was in ninth grade and it was in Dr. Armstrong's class (at North East High.) It was Intro to Law class and it spoke to me," said Gillis. "This is something that I needed to do."
by Lisa Tome
Ernie Miller has worked to get kids hooked on fishing.
Miller, a teacher and coach at North East High School, is leading the school's newly formed Fishing Club and Team.
"In the beginning of the year we had a Club Day and this got a huge response," said Miller.