Raider Nation News

Week of February 17, 2020

Black History Program This Week

Dear Ahtolton Families,

I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend. Believe it or not, we are about to enter our SPRING SPORTS season. As our winter sports teams enter the playoffs, let’s wish them the best! Next week, Mr. Senisi and our coaches will host a “Turn It In” night. On February 25 from 6pm - 7:30pm, you can receive assistance with registering your son or daughter on-line or turn in hard copies of your spring athletic forms. The event will take place in the cafeteria. Those students who participated in a Fall and/or Winter sport this year only need to turn in a new Athletic Participation form and a recent Residency Bill (dated on or after January 15, 2020). Students must meet the Academic Eligibility requirements of at least a 2.0 with no more than 1 “E” in the 2nd qtr. Students playing a sport for the first time this year need to have all paperwork turned in order to try-out on Saturday, February 29th. Forms can be found at

Last week, senior Stephanie Lee delivered an outstanding presentation to the entire Atholton staff on creating a better learning environment for students with hearing disabilities. It takes a lot of courage to stand before teachers and advocate for a more inclusive environment for herself and her peers. Teachers were impressed with Stephanie’s presentation and are equipped to make the learning environment better for all students. Thank you Stephanie for your advocacy!

This week, our Black Student Union will present their Black History Month Assembly to the school and community. The evening program, this Thursday, February 21 at 6:30pm will feature remarks from Kweisi Mfume. Our BSU students have been working hard to prepare for this program and I hope you make time in your schedule to come out and see the fruits of their labor this Thursday evening.

Several members of our boys basketball program served as referees at Howard County Special Olympics. Kudos to Jack Anderson, Deven Daniel, and Ian Swartz from our varsity team and Nico Mazzei-Williams from our junior varsity team. We are so proud of our student athletes and their efforts to be inclusive of all. Keep up the great work!

Lastly, I am thrilled to report that the National Merit Scholarship Program has now determined which of the 16,000 Semifinalists named in September have advanced to Finalist standing in the competition. Atholton High School has NINE National Merit Finalists! Congratulations to:

  1. Elizabeth Ake

  2. Ethan Fan

  3. Benjamin Guo

  4. Daniel Osheroff

  5. Benjamin Recht

  6. Annabel Smoot

  7. Bill Tong

  8. Rohan Uttamsingh

  9. Jessica Wu

We wish you the best of luck as you continue in the National Merit Scholarship selection process!

Have a fantastic week!


Robert A. Motley


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Important Information

Mark Your Calendar

February 21 -- Black History Month Program (6:30pm)

February 25 -- Spring Sports "Turn It In" Night