Damascus senior Scottie Obendorfer, a Class 4A-3A state champion and runner-up the past two seasons, verbally committed to wrestle at NCAA power Penn State University. A three-time county and regional champion who placed first and second during the past two Class 4A-3A state tournaments, Obendorfer led last year’s Swarmin’ Hornets to their second straight and fifth overall state tournament crown, an unprecedented fifth straight state dual meet championship and their 14th county tournament title. “We’ve gone to their team camps for the past three years and gotten to know the coaches and the team pretty well,” said Obendorfer. “The atmosphere is similar to what it is at our high school. I don’t think the transition will be as difficult because of that, given the similarities between the environments. But this will be on a much larger scale.”Read more
An example of artwork created by modernist painter Stuart Davis, from the "Stuart Davis: In Full Swing" exhibit at the National Gallery of Art. COURTESY PHOTO WASHINGTON – An exhibit of the early 20th century American modernist painter Stuart Davis just opened to the public at the National Gallery of Art. Entitled “In Full Swing”, this exhibit is a comprehensive examination of Davis’ career, including 5 rooms of his artwork and a short documentary created by the museum. Davis, as described in the background summary adorning the entrance, was born to artists in New Jersey and dropped out of high school to study painting in Manhattan under Robert Henri. Henri, among other things, encouraged his students to “find their own voices.”
Wildlife photographer Ken Conger displays his work at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. PHOTO BY REECE LINDENMAYER GAITHERSBURG – Ken Conger, wildlife photographer and author of the new book, “Wildlife’s Greatest Connection: A Mother and Her Young”, recently attended the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds to display his work. Conger is from New Kent County, a small county in Virginia 20 miles west of Williamsburg. This was Conger’s fourth visit to the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. “[The festival] has been great, today’s weather is blowy and cold, but we have a nice turnout,” said Conger. Conger showed affection for every natural place that he has visited. “Every place is special for different reasons. I love the big cats in Africa, I love the big bears in Alaska, I love the jaguars in the Amazon, and I love the tiger in India.” “But if I had to choose, I would...
GAITHERSBURG – Watkins Mill High School Theater’s “The Laramie Project” closed Saturday after a run in which students portrayed the stories about a tragic, real-life murder in Wyoming. They told the dramatic story of a gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, who was beaten and killed in the small town of Laramie, Wyo. in 1998, before most of the Watkins Mill students were born. The play is a series of vignettes based on hundreds of interviews following the murder, exploring the culture of the town and the nature of the murder, which was denounced as a hate crime. Scott Tarzwell, one of the two theater directors at Watkins Mill offered his perspective on directing high school students for a play with mature themes. “I like this play because it’s a true story, it’s about real people, and I like that it’s not a simple plot: it’s little vignettes,” said Tarzwell.