lead U.S. team at
Today, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Women’s Equality Day Observance - McGill
Today-Sunday: Case Lot Sale - Commissary parking lot
Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: “Cooking Matters” grocery tour - Commissary
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Fort Meade Farmers Market - Smallwood Hall lot
Sept. 4, 7 a.m.: Monthly Prayer Breakfast - Club Meade
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for academic success
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Sgt. 1st Class April Boucher, lead vocalist for The Volunteers, completes the final song in the Volunteers’ component during the U.S. Army Field Band’s Summer Concert
Series finalé presented Saturday night at the Fort Meade Pavilion. The annual concert featured all four components of the Field Band as well as the U.S. Army Drill Team.
For the story, see Page 12.
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I have officially been in the seat as the garrison
command sergeant major for two weeks and what
an awesome journey it has been. I have had an
opportunity to meet with many of the garrison
directors and partner organization leaders within
Over this past week, Garrison Commander
Col. Brian P. Foley and I have had the opportu-
nity to visit the three Child Development Centers.
They are continuously providing excellent care to
Congratulations to the staff of CDC III who
have just passed the National Association for the
Education of Young Children five-year accredita-
tion program. It was a team effort that required
the CDC staff and program administrators to
work together to ensure that the crucial compo-
nents of program quality were in place.
The accreditation program certifies that CDC
III is providing top-quality service to the children
and family members who ultimately benefit from
their inspiring work.
There continues to be a lengthy process to hire
more child care providers. However, I thank you
for enduring the process to ensure the quality of
children’s daily experiences in early childhood
We are continuously working diligently to
enhance the quality of life for our service mem-
bers who live on post and are moving forward
with plans to build new housing at Freedom Vil-
lage over the next few years.
Last week Col. Foley and I visited the Airmen
in the barracks, celebrating their monthly “Dorm
Night Out” sponsored by the 70th Intelligence,
Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing Chapel.
They had food, fun, entertainment and fellow-
ship, which helped build the camaraderie with
On Saturday, the U.S. Army Field Band’s Con-
cert Band, Soldiers’ Chorus, Jazz Ambassadors
and The Volunteers, as well as the U.S. Army
Drill Team, performed their grand finale concert
at the Fort Meade Pavilion. It was a phenomenal
celebration in which every component of the U.S.
Army Band received a standing ovation at the end
of the performance.
Col. Foley presented a plaque to the band for
personifying “excellence in action” and for their
faithful service to the community.
As I travel around and make my battlefield
circulation, I see so many service members doing
the right thing and a few not conforming to the
as walking and
talking on the
cell phone when
in uniform, tex-
ting and talking
on the phone
and being incon-
siderate to those
5:30 and 7:30
a.m. by not
decreasing their speed.
If you are driving by someone or a group
of service members running on our installation
roads, please be considerate to slow down while
passing. I’ve also noticed that some drivers yield
instead of stopping at the stop signs, which has
increased the possibility of accidents.
To end this column on a positive note, the
Fort Meade Directorate of Family and Morale,
Welfare and Recreation conducted its quarterly
“Right Arm Night.” The event was fantastic. Ser-
vice members, Department of Army civilians and
family members attended the event and socialized
with other members of the Fort Meade commu-
nity. There was food, games and raffles for prizes
such as an Xbox, two 40-inch TVs, and $50 and
$20 gift cards, and a whole lot of fun.
I look forward to seeing you out in the com-
munity or at one of our special events.
Thanks for being an active member in the com-
munity, I encourage you to get up, get out and do
Capitalize on the time that you’re here in Bal-
Let’s go Team Meade.
Greetings to all
Sgt. maj. Rodwell l. Forbes
Commander’s Open Door
Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley
has an open door policy.
All service members, retirees, government
employees, family members or community
members age 18 or older are invited to address
issues or concerns to the commander directly
by visiting Foley’s office on Mondays from 4
to 6 p.m. at garrison headquarters in Hodges
Hall, Bldg. 4551, Llewellyn Avenue.
Visitors are seen on a first-come, first-
served basis. No appointment is necessary.
For more information, call 301-677-4844.
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By Lisa R. Rhodes
Kendra Piasecki could appreciate
the tips that were shared about buying
inexpensive healthy foods during Fort
Meade’s first Cooking Matters at the
Store tour on Aug. 15.
The goal of the tour is to educate
families about better ways to pre-
pare healthy and affordable meals at
Piasecki, wife of Staff Sgt. Marcin
Piasecki of the 781st Military Intel-
ligence Battalion, is a registered dieti-
tian and participated in the tour with
seven other Fort Meade residents.
“I think everyone needs to learn
about how to eat healthy and save
money,” the Midway Commons resi-
dent said. “Here’s a way to get reliable
information in a way that’s hands-on
Cooking Matters at the Store is a
free, guided grocery tour held at the
Fort Meade Commissary.
The 45-minute tour is sponsored by
Share Our Strength, a nonprofit orga-
nization based in Washington, D.C.,
that works to end childhood hunger.
Share Our Strength is a contractor
for the DoD’s Healthy Base Initia-
tive, a demonstration project at 14
military installations including Fort
Meade that is designed to encourage
healthy and fit alternatives to correct
the trend toward obesity and tobacco
Cooking Matters at the Store is
part of this initiative.
Learning to buy healthy foods on a budget
“We want to empower military
families to be able to stretch their
budget by shopping wiser and making
healthy choices for their family,” said
Nissa Lazenby-Wilson, the Cooking
Matters at the Store coordinator for
During the tour, participants
learned how to distinguish whole
grains, buy fruits and vegetables on a
budget, compare unit prices and read
The tours are led by volunteers.
Each tour ends with a $10 challenge
to encourage participants to apply
what they have learned by purchasing
products for a balanced meal for a
family of four.
On Aug. 15, eight tours of four to
15 people were held between 9 a.m.
and 2 p.m. About 40 people partici-
The next tour will be Friday at the
commissary’s case lot sale. A third
series of tours is scheduled for Sept.
15 during the Army Wellness Center’s
Lazenby-Wilson said the tours will
be held periodically through March
“We want to continue the tours as
long as we can,” she said.
The program is seeking volunteers
to guide the tours. Share Our Strength
provides two to three hours of online
Editor’s note: To volunteer as a tour
guide, call Lazenby-Wilson at 202-594-
3986 or email nwilson @ strength.org.
submitted by nissa lazenby-wilson
Deb Alston (center), a volunteer tour guide for Cooking Matters at the Store, helps two
participants understand the food label on products at the Fort Meade Commissary on
Aug. 15. The tour was the kick-off of Cooking Matters at the Store, a program that
educates the Fort Meade community about how to buy healthy and affordable foods.
It is part of the garrison’s Healthy Base Initiative.
By Installation Management Command
The “Ice Bucket Challenge” is viral on the Inter-
Although raising research funds and aware-
ness for Lou Gehrig’s disease (amyotrophic lateral
sclerosis, or ALS) is a noble effort, this activity is
not to be performed by service members while in
Service members or military units who have
participated in Internet videos of this promotion
while in uniform or acting in an official government
capacity should remove that content from social
media sites immediately.
The Joint Ethics Regulation (JER 3-209) prohib-
its federal activities that imply endorsement or pref-
erential treatment to non-federal organizations.
Military members who support this effort must
do so out of uniform.
The “Ice Bucket Challenge” is a fundraising/
awareness campaign promoted by a nonprofit
organization — and military members are prohib-
ited from endorsing a fundraising campaign in an
There are also a number of hazards associated
with shocking the human body with cold water. The
real danger, however, is the trend of people trying to
“one-up” each other with more and more extreme
deliveries of ice water.
Jumping from elevated surfaces, standing awk-
wardly on ladders or dramatic movements in vehi-
cles are becoming more and more common. Each
presents an unacceptable risk to our force.
Service members and DoD civilians are free to
support fundraising efforts as long as they do so as
a private citizen.
Ice bucket challenge is a no-go when in uniform
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Story and photo by Shari Rosen
Col. David Hater and Air Force Mas-
ter Sgt. Robert Keough may be two of
the most boisterous and outgoing chess
players to compete at this year’s NATO
Defying the introverted chess player
stereotype, Hater, who works as assis-
tant chief of staff at U.S. Army Cyber
Command, and Keough, who is newly
assigned to Fort Meade, view chess as
a highly competitive sport that brings
together international armed forces.
“I started playing when I was very
young,” said Keough, who was part of
the U.S. silver medal NATO team in
2002. “I liked the competitive aspects. I
liked winning tournaments.”
At this year’s NATO Chess Champi-
onship from Sept. 8-13 in Quebec City,
11 countries and 66 competitors will
be present. The U.S. chess team, with a
third-place ranking, plans to medal.
“We’ve got two masters [ranked higher
than 2,200] and four experts [ranked
higher than 2,000], which I think is the
strongest team we’ve ever had,” Hater
Regardless, Hater said that everybody
on the team would have to play the
“tournament of his life” for the U.S. to
“Most years we would have no chance
of beating Germany [the top seed],”
Hater said. “This year we are certainly
not expected to, but it would not be
totally outside the realm of possibility.
I mean it would be an upset, but at least
we can think about an upset.”
The official NATO Chess Champion-
ship began in 1989 with only four coun-
tries, including the U.S., represented at
the tournament. The tournament was
funded by the Department of Defense
until 2011, but due to budgetary con-
straints, the U.S. no longer sponsors a
team, said Hater.
Motivated by his love of chess, Hater
decided to form his own team to repre-
sent the U.S. He worked with representa-
tives of the NATO Chess Championship,
the U.S. Chess Federation military chess
committee and the Army to determine
the proper protocol for creating a team.
“This year, everybody’s traveling on
their own dime,” Hater said. “I worked
Searching for NATO gold
Fort Meade chess enthusiasts prepare for international competition
through the military chess committee and
we came up with a mathematical formula
[for who should be on the NATO Cham-
pionship Team], and it was objective. I
weighted [players’] national ranking the
highest, although there were some other
As a nine-time NATO Chess Cham-
pionship competitor and the U.S. team
captain, Hater wanted to make sure the
process through which he determined the
team was as objective and transparent as
“[Hater] actually put out [an advertise-
ment for the team] on uschess.org, which
is the United States Chess Federation’s
website,” said Keough, a six-time NATO
Chess Championship competitor who
recently placed second in the Atlantic
Open chess tournament in D.C.
“If you’re a military player, you don’t
have to be active duty; you can be
Reserve as well.”
To prepare for the tournament, Hater
and Keough will continue to study the
strategy of top competitors.
“We may want to look at games that
their opponents have played,” Hater said.
“So just like in the NFL where they watch
film of their opponents, we like to do the
same thing if we can get it.”
Hater said that along with preparing
for the tournament, as team captain he
has other responsibilities, such as relay-
ing the nuances of the tournament to
his team and representing his players in
However, Hater said he impresses upon
his team that “they are all ambassadors
of the U.S.” in this tournament.
With the tournament less than two
weeks away, Keough said there are only
so many realistic preparations the team
can make due to the large number of
participants at the tournament.
“We can’t prepare for the [many] play-
ers who are going to be there,” Keough
said. “We don’t even know who we’re
going to play. So what we’ll do to alleviate
that is, every one of us will have a laptop
with chess programs and chess databases.
And we’ll have access to information so
that if we can get a round pairing early
enough when we get an opponent, then
we’ll look up their games and try to find
a weakness in their opening repertoire.
“Our top seed is already looking at
Germany’s top seed,” Hater said. “Every-
Editor’s note: If you are interested in
learning to play chess, email Air Force
Master Sgt. Keough at robkeo@hotmail.
Col. David Hater and Air Force Master Sgt. Robert Keough play a game of chess in preparation for this year’s NATO Chess
Championship that will be held Sept. 8-13 in Quebec City. Over the course of five days, each player on the U.S. team, headed by
Hater, will play seven games of chess. The United States is expected to place third in this year’s competition.
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Story and photo by Lisa R. Rhodes
Christine DeGuzman, the new princi-
pal at Meade Middle School, was born at
Andrews Air Force Base and began her
teaching career at Meade Middle.
“It feels like a reward coming back
here,” she said. “I am so looking forward
to the start of the school year.”
DeGuzman replaces Michael Lyon,
who served as principal for one school
year and is now an assistant principal at
Old Mill High School in Millersville.
Since assuming the reigns of leadership
at Meade Middle, DeGuzman has focused
on learning about the school’s programs
that provide additional academic and
social supports to children.
Two particular programs — Restor-
ative Practices and ALT One — support
children with emotional and behavioral
“A mentor helps students work through
issues in a more proactive way,” DeGuz-
man said. “They learn to manage their
The school’s ROADS program helps
prepare students for college and a career.
“A lot of ground work has been done
[with this program], and teachers have
been invested and want the program to
flourish,” DeGuzman said.
DeGuzman also met with the school’s
leadership team, which includes school
administrators, teachers, department
chairs and counselors, to discuss how the
faculty can create opportunities for stu-
dents to be exposed to high school, college
and future careers.
“I really feel we need to help students
develop the skills to be successful in school
and in their career, whether it’s academic
support or learning the skills to deal with
different situations,” DeGuzman said.
“We want to find ways of helping kids
find their own strengths and use them.”
In addition, she said the school’s Par-
ent Teacher Student Association has been
DeGuzman is working with the organi-
zation to increase its membership and the
involvement of parents and teachers.
A graduate of Glen Burnie High
School, DeGuzman earned a bachelor’s
in English literature from the University
of Maryland Baltimore County, and a
master’s degree in curriculum and peda-
gogy from McDaniel College in West-
minster. She also earned a certificate in
education administration from Goucher
College in Towson.
Former Meade Middle teacher returns as principal
Christine DeGuzman, the new principal at Meade Middle School, began her teaching career as a language arts teacher at the
school. She replaces Michael Lyons, who served for one academic year and is now an assistant principal at Old Mill High School
“After I got my bachelor’s degree, I
started working here as a language arts
teacher,” DeGuzman said. “I was sur-
prised by how much I loved middle school.
I had so much fun with the kids. I thought
I wanted to teach high school.”
After teaching language arts for six
years, DeGuzman worked for one year
as the school’s performance coach. She
then was the school performance coach at
Annapolis Middle School for two years.
Most recently, DeGuzman served as
an assistant principal at Broadneck High
School for two years and Arundel Middle
School for a year.
One of DeGuzman’s goals is to improve
student achievement by focusing on the
professional development of teachers.
“I’m a great believer in profession-
al development for teachers,” she said.
“Teaching is the toughest job out there. I
see teachers pour their heart and soul into
their work. There are so many stressors,
but it is rewarding to see the kids who are
As she looks forward to the year ahead,
DeGuzman said there is no place she
would rather be than at Meade Middle.
“I keep telling people how excited I am
to be back here,” she said. “It’s kind of
nice to be back here in a different role. It’s
a great school.”
For more stories
on local schools,
see our Back to
School insert in
this week’s issue.
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Story and photo by Shari Rosen
There is no question that Eugene Whit-
ing, MacArthur Middle School’s new prin-
cipal, is a people person.
While running around the main office to
work with his staff on a variety of tasks,
including fixing the broken laminator, the
friendly principal always has a smile on
“The goal is first to learn the commu-
nity, to meet the parents,” said Whiting,
who resides in Baltimore. “I want the
community of MacArthur to be excited
about coming here and also feel comfort-
able coming and visiting our school and
seeing the daily routine that their students
Whiting replaces Stacey Gray, who
served for three years and is now principal
at Brock Bridge Elementary School in
Whiting met with Aretayus Parker,
president of the Parent Teacher Student
Association, to discuss his goals for the
upcoming school year. He will meet with
the rest of the PTSA on Sept. 16.
“Look at all the different types of folks
and diversity that is coming to MacAr-
thur,” Whiting said. “I need for the PTSA
to be a face to represent what my entire
community is like.”
Diversity is nothing new to Whiting.
He said his fourth-grade teacher, Mrs.
Parker, inspired him to become an educa-
tor. As the only African American boy in
his class, Whiting felt out of place. Mrs.
Parker encouraged Whiting to come out of
his shell and feel comfortable and excited
To this day, Whiting follows in his men-
tor’s footsteps. He likes to stand in the hall-
way, call students by their first name and
find out about their favorite hobbies. He
believes that these techniques help students
New principal creates comfort zone at MacArthur Middle
Eugene Whiting, the new principal of MacArthur Middle School, prepares for the start of the school year. Whiting, a former long-
term permanent substitute teacher at Meade High School, plans to create an environment where students, parents and staff feel
comfortable approaching him with any issue.
learn to feel comfortable around him.
“I want [the students] to feel comfort-
able coming to school,” Whiting said. “I
want them to know school is a place where
we care and we will do whatever it takes in
order to have them succeed.”
Born in Lansdale, Pa., Whiting moved to
Maryland when he was in middle school.
He attended Annapolis Junior High and
graduated from Annapolis High School,
where he would later serve as assistant
principal from 2007 to 2013.
After graduating from Western Mary-
land College in 1991 with a degree in
English and a minor in education, Whit-
ing joined the Peace Corps and lived in
Kenya for three years. He then taught
high school and summer school in Anne
Whiting resigned from the school system
to earn a graduate degree from the Harvard
Graduate School of Education in 1991,
then taught in Boston for a year before
returning to Anne Arundel County.
“This is where I’m from; this is where I
grew up,” Whiting said. “I got a fabulous
education here [in Anne Arundel County]
and I want to give back to the community
I was raised in.”
Whiting said that his most rewarding
experience as an educator occurred when
the young man cutting his hair at the
barbershop recognized him. The barber
recalled that Whiting had taught him at
Meade High School more than 10 years
ago as a long-term permanent substitute
teacher and asked Whiting if he still lis-
tened to the Fugees.
“I made a connection,” Whiting said. “I
established a relationship with this kid. It
was really exciting.”
As Whiting undertakes his new role at
MacArthur Middle School, he plans to
draw upon his years of experience as an
administrator. He discussed the impor-
tance of taking it slow when confronted
with difficult situations.
“Remember to take a breath and it’s OK
to say ‘You know what? I’m not sure yet;
I don’t know. Let me get back to you,’ ”
With school preparations underway,
Whiting and the main office staff are busy
answering phone calls and receiving visits
from both eager and concerned parents.
Whiting welcomes these inquiries.
“I’m here to establish relationships,”
Whiting said. “I want [parents and stu-
dents] to feel comfortable coming to the
school that serves their community.”
‘I want the community of
MacArthur to be excited
about coming here and also
feel comfortable coming and
visiting our school.’
Eugene Whiting, principal
MacArthur Middle School
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teers, the U.S. Army’s premiere rock band,
performed popular songs like Neil Young’s
“Born to Run”and Stealers Wheel’s “Stuck
in the Middle With You.”
Staff Sgt. Randall Wight, lead singer
for The Volunteers, held his microphone
out to audience members so they could
Vocalist Sgt. 1st Class April Boucher
sang a number of country songs from
“That’s What I Like About You” to
“Mama’s Broken Heart.”
“I wrote this song [Mama’s Broken
Heart] with Miranda Lambert,” Boucher
said to the audience. “But I stay in the
Army because I like being a Soldier.”
The Volunteers also called up former
Field Band member Sgt. 1st Class Sarah
Eckman McIver to perform a flute solo.
“It’s always a blast to play with The
Volunteers,”McIver said after the program.
“It’s a really good time.”
Midway through the concert, four mem-
bers of the U.S. Army Drill Team per-
formed a number of skills such as throwing
their bayonet-tipped rifles close to their
drillmaster’s face, leaving the audience in
The Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus
joined together for the final set of the con-
cert with instrumental pieces that included
“Liberty Bell” by John Philip Sousa and
both choral and instrumental pieces such
as “A Foggy Day” by George and Ira
Just before the finale´, the Field Band
played the “Armed Forces Salute” and
asked service members to stand when their
branch was recognized.
“[My favorite part] was when they played
all the Army, Air Force and Soldier songs,”
audience member Milkem Hernandez said.
“I was in the Army, my daughter is in the
Air Force and my son is in the Marines.”
The concert culminated in the “Overture
1812” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky with
prerecorded cannon fire exploding in the
background. Audience members rose to
their feet and applauded for more than a
“It was great,” said Rick Kiwus, who is
retired from the Army. “Wonderful.”
By Shari Rosen
From light jazz and popular rock to
Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” the U.S.
Army Field Band provided a smorgasbord
of musical genres in its Summer Concert
All four components of the Field Band
performed including the Concert Band,
Soldiers’ Chorus, Jazz Ambassadors and
“We really enjoyed the concert,”said Jeff
Sacco, a civilian accompanied by his wife.
“Our favorite part — that’s a tough one
because [it all] was really good.”
Families gathered Saturday inside the
Pavilion, due to an earlier rain, to enjoy
an evening of music and entertainment
featuring returning alumni from across
the United States and performers from the
U.S. Army Drill Team (3rd U.S. Infantry
Some audience members even brought
their own chairs and blankets to recreate
the feeling of being outside.
The 90-minute concert began with Gar-
rison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley
presenting Col. Timothy J. Holtan, com-
mander of the U.S. Army Field Band, with
a plaque on behalf of Fort Meade for an
outstanding performance of this year’s
Summer Concert Series.
In addition to performing on Fort
Meade, the Field Band tours the United
“It’s nice to see the country,” said Sgt.
Maj. Darrin Blume, who works operations
for the Field Band. “It’s nice to reach out
across the country. We do it more than any
other military band, so it’s great to have the
ability to do so.”
After the presentation, the Jazz Ambas-
sadors took the stage to play the instru-
mental piece “Big Dipper.” Master Sgt.
Andrew Layton on saxophone and Master
Sgt. Michael Johnston on trumpet both
played solos in this piece that demonstrated
the true range of their abilities.
At the end of each solo, the instrumen-
talists received thunderous applause.
Vocalist Master Sgt. Marva Lewis was
invited to the stage to sing with the Jazz
Ambassadors, riffing more recognizable
songs such as “Hello Dolly” and “Save
Your Love for Me.” The band was given a
While technicians changed the set, the
Jazz Ambassadors’ Dixie Land Band
played light, upbeat music to keep audi-
ence members amused.
The concert genre soon changed from
jazz to rock and country as The Volun-
Summer Concert Series
goes out with a bang
Sgt. Maj. Jeff Lopez plays bass for the
Jazz Ambassadors during the band’s
performance, which featured favorite jazz
standards. The annual concert included all
four components of the Field Band as well
as the U.S. Army Drill Team.
Photos by Daniel Kucin Jr.
Staff Sgt. Randall Wight, a vocalist for The Volunteers, encourages retired Col. Bert
Rice to sing along during the U.S. Army Field Band’s Summer Concert Series finalé
presented Saturday night at the Fort Meade Pavilion.
ABOVE: Master Sgt. Robert McIver (right) and Staff Sgt. Heidi Ackerman perform a duet
while the Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus support their leading vocals.
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The Volunteers’ guitarist Staff Sgt. John Brandon Boron completes a song during their
summer concert finalé at Fort Meade.
LEFT: The U.S. Army Drill Team (3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment) performs daring skills with
their bayonet-tipped rifles, entertaining the audience midway through the concert.
Left photo courtesy U.S. Army Field Band
Trombonists with the Jazz Ambassadors perform during Fort Meade’s Summer
Concert Series finalé.
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Run Series takes off
The Fort Meade Run Series returns Sept. 30 with the Football
FanFair 5K/10K Run at 8 a.m. at Constitution Park.
Other themed runs include the Ghost, Ghouls Goblins 5K on
Oct. 25 at the Fort Meade Pavilion, the Turkey Trot on Nov. 22
at Murphy Field House and the Reindeer Run 5K on Dec. 13 at
Murphy Field House.
The pre-registration cost for individuals is $15. Cost on the day of
the run is $25. The pre-registration cost for groups of seven to 10
is $75. The pre-registration cost is $45 for a family of three to six
people. On the day of the event, the cost is $60 per family.
All pre-registered runners will receive a T-shirt.
For more information, call 301-677-7916.
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Appointments for school/
sports physicals are now available
for enrollees of Kimbrough
Ambulatory Care Center.
A number of Saturday
appointments also are available.
To schedule an appointment,
call the Appointment Line
between 6 and 6:30 a.m. at 301-
677-8800 or 1-866-511-8748.
Glen Mar Family
The Glen Mar Family 5K and
1-Mile Walk will be held Oct. 11
at 9 a.m.
Participants will meet at Glen
Mar United Methodist Church,
4701 New Cut Road, Ellicott City.
Registration is by Oct. 9.
Cost for either course is $25 for
those who register on or before
Sept. 15 and $30 after Sept. 15.
5K registrants can sign up to
participate as individuals or in
teams of three or more.
The event will benefit the How-
ard County Food Bank. Partici-
pants are asked to bring nonperish-
able food to the event.
To register, go to www.active.
For more information, call Con-
nie Ballenger at 410-796-0290.
Registration for fall sports
is underway at Parent Central
Services, 1900 Reece Road.
Fall sports include football,
soccer, cheerleading, swim team
and flag football.
Participants can register at the
CYSS Central Registration Office
at 1900 Reece Road or online at
For more information, call 301-
677-1149 or 1156.
For more Fort Meade sports, visit
Finally, Jabber Nation has made it to
By the time you read this, I will have
finished drafting my first fantasy foot-
ball championship team, and we will
only be two days away from Michigan
starting its run toward a Big Ten Title.
Before I get into our annual NFC
predictions, I would be remiss if I
didn’t address this whole “Ice Bucket”
The DoD has been clear that service
members, while in uniform, cannot
participate or endorse the challenge.
But that doesn’t mean I can’t endorse
the epic fails this craze has caused. bit.
On to the NFC.
Best Offensive Player: Aaron Rodg-
ers, QB, Green Bay and Calvin John-
son, WR, Detroit
It has taken me awhile to get on the
Rodgers bandwagon, but the Packers
are a completely different animal when
Rodgers is on the field. Speaking of dif-
ferent animals, “Megatron” is a whole
new species of human. bit.ly/1ph0cd4
Best Defensive Player: Ndamukong
Suh, DT, Detroit
The boy named Suh has turned
into a bad, bad man. on.nfl.com/
If Nick Fairley does his job, next to
Suh, Detroit’s pass rush may be enough
to overcome its porous secondary.
Best unit: Chicago Bears receivers
Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jef-
fery are beasts, so if QB Jay Cutler
stays healthy, the Bears will make cubs
out of opposing secondaries. (Yes, I
stole that line from my father who once
said that while instigating a fight with
a former Bears punter-turned-trailer
Worst Unit: Detroit Lions second-
They were the worst unit last year,
and currently their starting cornerbacks
are Rashean Mathis and Darius Slay
Biggest Addition: Julius Peppers, DL,
I have never thought Peppers was as
great as everyone said he was, but he
has a lot to prove this year after moving
from Chicago to the Packers, so don’t
be surprised if he and Clay Matthews
cause havoc on quarterbacks this year.
Final Standings: Detroit Lions 11-5;
Chicago 9-7; Green Bay Packers 8-8;
Best Offensive Player: Drew Brees,
QB, New Orleans
Simply put, he is one of the best QBs
in the League.
Best Defensive Player: Gerald McCoy,
DT, Tampa Bay
You may not have heard of Mr.
McCoy, but offenses around the league
have. on.nfl.com/1qh2YwW Carolina’s
linebacker Luke Kuechly is right there
as well. on.nfl.com/VQBGSJ
Best unit: New Orleans’ offense
Brees and coach Sean Payton will
score at least 30 points per game.
Worst Unit: Tampa Bay’s quarter-
Tampa has made a lot of good moves,
but Josh McCown and Mike Glennon
are not going to get it done.
Biggest Addition: Lovie Smith,
Tampa Bay head coach
Getting a coach who has been to the
Super Bowl on your sidelines is usually
a good thing. Tampa grabbing pro bowl
offensive lineman Logan Mankins isn’t
Final Standings: New Orleans 10-6;
Tampa Bay 7-9; Atlanta 6-10; Carolina
Best Offensive Player: LeSean
McCoy, RB, Philadelphia
The man known as “Shady” leaves
jocks on the ground, and Chip Kelly
knows how to get him the ball. on.nfl.
Best unit: Dallas Cowboys Offensive
The group mauled teams last year,
and now with everyone back and a
sound offensive scheme, the Boys O
should be well protected.
Worst Unit: Dallas Cowboys
The Boys were all-time bad last year,
and they got even worse.
Biggest Addition: DeSean Jackson,
if RG III and
new coach Jay
Gruden can get
him the ball, he
will be produc-
tive in Washing-
ings: Dallas 10-
10-6 (Wildcard) Washington 7-9; New
York Giants 6-10
Best Offensive Player: Larry Fitzger-
ald, WR, Arizona
Russell Wilson and Colin Kaeper-
nick are nice, and “Beast Mode” Mar-
shawn Lynch is on the verge of being
an all-time great, but Fitzgerald is still
a game changer and there is a reason
why last year he became the young-
est player in league history to get 800
receptions and 11,000 receiving yards.
Best Defensive Player: Richard Sher-
man, CB, Seattle
It is good to be the king, and even
though the NFC West is one of the
best defensive conferences in recent
memory, Richard Sherman is the man.
Best unit: Seattle Defense
They proved last year that defense
still wins championships.
Worst Unit: St. Louis Rams offense
Sam Bradford is out, and he wasn’t
that good to begin with.
Biggest Addition: Percy Harvin, WR,
I know he was on the team last year,
but now he is finally healthy.
Final Standings: Seattle 13-3; San
Francisco 11-5 (Wildcard); Arizona 9-
7; St. Louis 4-12
NFC Championship game: Seattle vs.
We will have the AFC and Super
Bowl predictions next week.
Until then, if you have comments on
this or anything to do with sports, con-
tact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or
hit me up on twitter @ctjibber.
If you disagree, hit me up on Twitter
NFC 2014: Here we go
Chad T. Jones,
Jibber Jabber - Opinion
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Community News Notes
The deadline for Soundoff! community
“News and Notes” is Friday at noon.
All submissions are posted at the editor’s
discretion and may be edited for space and
grammar. Look for additional community
events on the Fort Meade website at www.
ftmeade.army.mil and the Fort Meade
Facebook page at facebook.com/ftmeade.
For more information or to submit an
announcement, email Philip Jones at philip.
email@example.com or call 301-677-5602.
Kimbrough holiday closure
The Kimbrough Ambulatory Care
Center will be closed Friday for a
training holiday and on Monday for
Corvias Military Life and USAA are
sponsoring Field Excercise Battle Buddies,
an event designed to empower military
spouses, on Sept. 18 from 5-9 p.m. and Sept.
19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Potomac Place
Neighborhood Center, 4998 Second Corps
The event will feature military-life
survival tips, speed-meeting activities, a
networking opportunity, complimentary
Mexican buffet of chicken and beef, dessert,
gift bags and giveaways.
Limited free child care is available
through Corvias’ event sponsorship.
Beginning Tuesday, child care reservations
may be made by calling 410-672-4033. Ask
for Camille Torres. Reservations will be
accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Online registration is required.
Registration begins Monday at 8 p.m.
during AWN’s talk radio show.
For details, go to AWN’s Facebook page
To register, go to Army WifeNetwork.
com and click dropdown EVENTS then
REGISTER FOR FIELD EXERCISE.
Retiree Appreciation Day
The 39th Annual Retiree Appreciation
Day will be held Sept. 26 from 8 a.m. to
3 p.m. at McGill Training Center, 8452
Retiree Appreciation Day is conducted
by the installation Retirement Services
Office to keep retired Soldiers and their
families up-to-date on changes in their
retirement rights, benefits and privileges,
and to foster goodwill between the retired
and active-duty communities.
women’s equality day todayThe 704th Military Intelligence Brigade and the Fort Meade garrison
command are hosting the annual Women’s Equality Day observance today
from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McGill Training Center, 8542 Zimborski Ave.
Admission is free and open to the public.
The theme is “Women: Back to the Future.”
The event will feature a musical performance by Kate Campbell-Stevenson,
who was named to the list of Maryland’s Top 100 Women in 2012.
Maj. (P) Jacqueline Barcomb, deputy commanding officer, 704th MI, will give
All Fort Meade service members and civilian employees are encouraged to
attend with supervisory approval and without charge to annual leave. Adminis-
trative leave is authorized.
For more information, call Master Sgt. Tuthill-Rusinko at 301-677-7419 or Sgt.
1st Class Torey Palmore at 301-677-6687.
The event will feature information booths
and medical screenings from 8-11:45 a.m.
Flu shots will be provided from 8 a.m. to
Lunch at the Freedom Inn Dining Facil-
ity will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost
is $4.65. A shuttle will be provided starting
at 11:30 a.m.
The afternoon session will feature a
benefits symposium of speakers from the
Department of Veteran Affairs, Social
Security Administration and Army Com-
For more information, call 301-677-
Square Dance Club
The Swinging Squares Square Dance
Club dances the first and third Saturday
of the month from September to the end
of May at Meade Middle School.
The first dance of the season will be
Sept. 20 from 7:30-10 p.m.
Admission is $6. Square dance attire is
For fun, fellowship and exercise, try this
modern, Western square-dancing.
Dance classes are offered Thursday
nights at 7:30 p.m. at Meade Middle
School beginning Sept. 25.
Each class costs $6. The first two classes
For more information, call Darlene at
410-519-2536 or Carl at 410-271-8776.
Anne Arundel County will conduct
a Raccoon Oral Rabies Vaccination,
or ORV, campaign across the county,
including at Fort Meade.
From Wednesday through the end of
the month, two types of rabies bait will be
dropped via ground and air.
Pet owners should keep their pets
confined or on a leash during the baiting
campaign and for two weeks after. Any
animal that eats the bait is not assumed to
A common side effect is diarrhea due to
the bait’s high fat content.
including those with a history of
exfoliative skin conditions, children and
pregnant women should avoid handling
Any instances where a person or animal
is exposed to the bait should be reported
to the Anne Arundel County Department
of Health at 410-222-0056, ext. 3025.
Reports also can be faxed to 410-222-
The Fort Meade Farmers Market
is held every Wednesday from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. through Nov. 12 in the
Smallwood Hall parking lot, across from
McGlachlin Parade Field.
For more information, go to
Social media workshop
The Army Community Service Employ-
ment Readiness Team, Rose Holland and
Ana Brown, have created a workshop
encompassing a variety of social media
platforms geared toward military families.
The workshop will be conducted Sept. 4
from 9 a.m. to noon at ACS, 830 Chisholm
The workshop will cover creating
strong, professional profiles; searching for
jobs using various platforms; researching
companies; and improving your online
visibility and presence while maintaining
your safety and security.
To register, go to www.ftmeademwr.
com/acs/erp.php or call ACS at 301-677-
Lunch and Learn!
The Parent Support Program is
hosting “Lunch Learn!” on Sept.
12 from 11 a.m. to noon at Army
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Community Service, 830 Chisholm Ave.
Registration is required. Bring your
own brown bag lunch.
Join psychologists from the Kennedy
Krieger Institute in Baltimore as they
introduce MFIN (Military Family
Interactive Network), a web-based tool
designed to provide active-duty military
families with guidance on child behavior
by connecting them with a behavioral
health professional from the privacy of
The Behavioral Psychology
Department at Kennedy Krieger
Institute is staffed by licensed
psychologists who are specifically
trained to understand and serve the
unique needs of military families.
Kennedy Krieger Institute is a partner
with Johns Hopkins Medicine.
To register or for more information,
call Colaina Townsend or Michelle
Pineda of ACS at 301-677-5590.
The Navy Fleet and Family Support
Center offers a variety of classes at its
new facility at 2212 Chisholm Ave.
The free classes are open to DoD
identification cardholders including
active-duty service members, retirees
and their family members, DoD civilian
employees and contractors.
Registration is required for each class.
• Stress Management: Sept. 4, 9-11
• Resume Workshop: Sept. 9, 9 a.m.
This workshop will provide tips on
• Effective communication: Sept. 10,
• Anger Management: Sept. 11, 9-11
• Medical Record Review: Have
your medical records reviewed by an
AMVETS representative. Appointment
To register or for more information,
call 301-677-9017 or 301-677-9018.
CID recruiting brief
Monthly recruiting briefings are
conducted by the Criminal Investigation
Division on the first Tuesday of every
month at 1 p.m. at the Fort Meade CID
Office, 855 Chisholm Ave.
The next recruiting briefing is
For more information, call Sgt. 1st
Class Matthew Allen at 301-677-1687 or
go to cid.army.mil.
• The Maryland State Fair runs through
Monday at the state fairgrounds, 2200 York
Road, Timonium, rain or shine.
Admission is $3-$8 and free for ages 6
The event features rides, concerts, pig
races, an arm-wrestling competition, a milk-
it clinic, sausage-eating contests, agricultural
fair tours and an antique/classic vehicle
For more information or a complete
schedule, call 410-252-0200 or go
• The Maryland Renaissance Festival
runs weekends through Oct. 10 and on
Labor Day (Monday) at 1821 Crownsville
Gates are open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tickets cost $8 to $22. Admission is free
for children ages 6 and younger. Admission
is free on Labor Day for seniors age 62 and
Multiday discounts are available. Active-
duty service members with photo ID can
purchase tickets at the group discount rate.
For more information, call 410-266-7304
or go to rennfest.com.
• Join the Chesapeake Chorale for its
34th season. An open rehearsal will be
held Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Christian
Community Presbyterian Church, 3120
Belair Drive, Bowie.
Membership is by audition. For more
information, go to chesapeakechorale.org.
• The Bowie Baysox Fan Appreciation
Weekend will be held Saturday and Sunday
at Prince George’s Stadium.
On Saturday, Kids Appreciation Night
begins at 6:35 p.m. when the Baysox take on
the Altoona Curve. The first 500 children,
ages 3-12, will receive a free Youth Baysox
The event also will feature fireworks
and a Kids Halloween Party. Children are
encouraged to dress in costume for trick-or-
treating before the game.
On Sunday, Fan Appreciation Day
will be celebrated as the Baysox take on
the Rock Cats at 2:05 p.m. Gates open at
12:30 p.m. Players and coaches will sign
autographs and pose for photos between
12:30 and 1:15 p.m.
After the game, children ages 12 and
under will be invited onto the field for the
Baysox Helicopter Candy Drop of 150
pounds of candy.
Tickets are available online at baysox.com
or by calling the box office at 301-464-4865.
• Fort Meade Officers’ Spouses’ Club is
starting its new season with a Super Sign-
Up today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Potomac Place
Neighborhood Center. Join in some fun,
and meet the board.
The OSC supports the spouses of Fort
Meade and the Fort Meade community.
The board has planned new luncheons
including a murder mystery, winter luau and
a party hosting, as well as bingo and annual
photo by shari rosen
Roaring for ReadingChildren gathered Friday afternoon at Kuhn Hall for “It’s A Zoo In Here!” a zoo-themed Storytime and stuffed
animal sleepover. Youngsters enjoyed enthusiastic readings of animal books and singalongs to songs about
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Membership is from June to May, and is
open to spouses of active-duty and Reserve
officers and warrant officers of the U.S.
Armed Services as well as retiree spouses
of the same ranks. Associate membership is
open to DoD civilians GS-9 and above.
• Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club is
sponsoring its opening brunch on Tuesday
at 11 a.m. at Club Meade. As part of its
opening program, the ROWC will feature
information from other clubs, community
organizations and the garrison commander’s
office. Cost of brunch is $20. Reservations
are required by today at noon. Call your
area representative or Betty Wade at 410-
• Monthly Prayer Breakfast, hosted by
the Garrison Chaplain’s Office, is held the
first Thursday of every month at 7 a.m. at
The next prayer breakfast is Sept. 4.
There is no cost for the buffet; donations
are optional. All Fort Meade employees,
family members, and civilian and military
personnel are invited.
For more information, call 301-677-6703.
• Meade Rod and Gun Club meets the
first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at
Perry’s Restaurant and Odie’s Pub at 1210
Annapolis Road, Odenton, in the banquet
hall in back of the building. The next
meeting is Sept. 4. Dinner is served at 6 p.m.
For more information, call 410-674-4000.
• National Alliance on Mental Illness of
Anne Arundel County offers a free support
group for families with a loved one suffering
from mental illness on the first Thursday
of every month at 7 p.m. at the Odenton
(West County) Library, 1325 Annapolis
Road. The next meeting is Sept. 4. For more
information, visit namiaac.org.
• Calling All Dads meets the second and
fourth Monday of every month from 4 to
5 p.m. at Potomac Place Neighborhood
Center, 4998 2nd Corps Blvd. The next
meeting is Sept. 8.
The group is for expecting fathers, and
fathers with children of all ages. Children
welcome. For more information, call 301-
677-5590 or email colaina.townsend.ctr@
• Marriage Enrichment Group, sponsored
by Army Community Service, meets the
second and fourth Monday of every
month from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Community
Readiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave.
The next meeting is Sept. 8. For more
information, call Celena Flowers or Jessica
Hobgood at 301-677-5590.
• New Spouse Connection meets the
second Monday of every month from 7
to 8:30 p.m. at the Community Readiness
Center, 830 Chisholm Ave. The next
meeting is Sept. 8. The program provides
an opportunity for all spouses new to the
military or to Fort Meade to meet and get
connected. For more information, contact
Pia Morales at firstname.lastname@example.org
• Fort Meade TOP III Association meets
the second Wednesday of each month at
3 p.m. at the Courses. The next meeting
is Sept. 10. The association is open to all
Air Force active-duty and retired senior
noncommissioned officers. For more
information, call Master Sgt. Jonathan
Jacob at 443-479-0616 or email jajacob@
• Women’s Empowerment Group meets
Wednesdays from 2 to 3:30 p.m. to provide
a safe, confidential arena for the support,
education and empowerment of women
who have experienced past or present family
Location is only disclosed to participants.
To register, call Samantha Herring, victim
advocate, at 301-677-4124 or Katherine
Lamourt, victim advocate, at 301-677-4117.
• Moms Walking Group, sponsored
by Parent Support, meets Thursdays
from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. at Potomac Place
Neighborhood Center. To register, call
Colaina Townsend or Michelle Pineda at
• Project Healing Waters meets Thursdays
from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Soldiers and Family
Assistance Center, 2462 85th Medical
The project is dedicated to the physical
and emotional rehabilitation of wounded
warriors and veterans through fly fishing, fly
tying and outings.
For more information, call Larry Vawter,
program leader, at 443-535-5074 or email
• Dancing with the Heroes, free ballroom
dance lessons for the Warrior Transition
Unit, meets Thursdays at 6 p.m. at Argonne
Hills Chapel Center in the seminar room.
Participants should wear loose clothing,
comfortable shoes with leather soles. No
super high heels or flip-flops.
• Spanish Christian Service is conducted
Sundays at 1 p.m. at the Cavalry Chapel
located at 8465 Simonds St. and 6th
Armored Cavalry Road.
For more information, call Elias Mendez
at 301-677-7314 or 407-350-8749.
• Cub Scout Pack 377 invites boys in
first through fifth grades, or ages 7 to 10,
to attend its weekly Monday meetings at 6
p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center.
For more information, email Cubmaster
Christopher Lassiter at pack377_cm@
yahoo.com or Committee Chairperson
Marco Cilibert at email@example.com.
• Boy Scout Troop 379 meets Mondays
at 7 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel
Center on Rockenbach Road. The troop
is actively recruiting boys ages 11 to
18. For more information, email Lisa
Yetman, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Wendall Lawrence, Scoutmaster, at
• Military Council for Catholic Women
is open to all women ages 18 and older
for prayer, faith, fellowship and service
at Argonne Hills Chapel Center, 7100
Rockenbach Road. The Catholic Women
of the Chapel meets Tuesdays from 9:45
a.m. to noon when Anne Arundel County
schools are in session. Monthly programs
are held Mondays from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
For more information, email Loretta
Endres at email@example.com.
• American Legion Post 276 is open to
veterans and active-duty service members
at 8068 Quarterfield Road in Severn.
Breakfast may be purchased beginning at 9
a.m. Lunches may be purchased from 11:30
a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Happy Hour is from 4 to
6 p.m. Dinner may be purchased at 6 p.m.
on Fridays and the fourth Sunday of every
Membership discounts are offered
for active-duty military. For more
information, call 410-969-8028 or visit
• Odenton Masonic Center, located at
1206 Stehlik Drive, invites the community,
local military, fire/emergency services and
local businesses to enjoy its reasonably
priced breakfast and specialty dinners.
The center offers a fundraising “all-you-
can-eat” breakfast every second Sunday
from 7-11 a.m. Fundraising specialty
dinners are held the third Friday of the
month from 5-7 p.m.
Menus vary and are listed on the center’s
website at odentonlodge209.net.
• Fort Meade E9 Association meets the
second Friday of every month at 7 a.m. in
the Pin Deck Cafe at the Lanes. The next
meeting is Sept. 12. The association is open
to active, retired, Reserve and National
Guard E9s of any uniformed service. All
E9s in this area are invited to attend a
breakfast and meet the membership. For
more information, go to e9association.org.
• Meade Branch 212 of the Fleet Reserve
Association meets the second Saturday of
each month at 10 a.m. at VFW Post 160,
2597 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie. The next
meeting is Sept. 13. Active-duty, Reserve
and retired members of the U.S. Navy,
Marine Corps and Coast Guard are invited.
For more information, call 443-604-2474
• Families Dealing with Deployment meets
the first and third Monday of every month
from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Meuse Forest
Neighborhood Center. Children welcome.
The next meeting is Sept. 15. For more
information, call 301-677-5590 or email
Community News Notes
The movie schedule is subject to change. For
a recorded announcement of showings, call 301-
677-5324. Further listings are available on the
Army and Air Force Exchange Service website
Movies start Fridays and Saturdays at 6:30
p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. (The Fort Meade
Theater will no longer be open on Wednesdays
PRICES: Tickets are $5.50 for adults (12
and older) and $3 for children. 3D Movies:
$7.50 adults, $5 children.
Today through Sept. 14
Aug. 29 30: “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
(PG-13). In the wake of a disaster that changed
the world, the growing and genetically evolving
apes find themselves at a critical point with the
human race. With Gary Oldman, Keri Russell,
Aug. 31: “Sex Tape” (R). A married couple wake
up to discover that the sex tape they made the
evening before has gone missing, leading to a
frantic search for its whereabouts. With Jason
Segel, Cameron Diaz, Rob Corddry.
his legendary 12 labors, Hercules, the Greek
demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested
when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek
his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord. With
Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt, Ian McShane.
Sept. 6: Studio Appreciation – Free Screening.
Tickets available at the Exchange Food Court.
Seating open to non-ticket holders 30 minutes
prior to showtime.
Sept. 7: “Lucy” (R). A woman, accidentally
caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her
captors and transforms into a merciless war-
rior evolved beyond human logic. With Scarlett
Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi.
Sept. 12: “Step Up All In” (PG-13). All-stars
from the previous “Step Up” installments come
together in glittering Las Vegas, battling for a
victory that could define their dreams and their
careers. With Ryan Guzman, Briana Evigan,
Adam G. Sevani.