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Top 5 Stories: A Tiger, An Orphan, A Nation

A recap of the week's biggest news to hit Edgewater-Davidsonville Patch.

No. 1—
South River High students duped part of the community and a national news website by convincing them that a fully grown tiger was loose inside the school on Thursday. Using Tumblr, students created a fake news website called “Anne Arundel County News and Alerts.” On the site, they created a completely false report, describing the circumstances surrounding the "tiger incident" on Thursday, including quotes from students.

No. 2—Young Engineers Make Life Easier for Brightview Residents
Over the past few months, local students from the FIRST Lego League “Brick Hawks” engineering team “adopted” senior citizens living at Brightview Senior Living Center as they sought to resolve problems facing the elderly throughout the region. As part of their project, the young engineers created an easy-to-use system so the elderly can get on and off their busy as easy as possible.

No. 3—Last week, a Harwood couple picked up an 11-year-old Colombian orphan girl from Dulles Airport in hopes of finding her a permanent home in America. The two residents spreading the word about their short-term visitor, hoping that a U.S. family will consider adopting the young girl. The big catch to all this? Dianna has no idea.

No. 4—Three Seahawks Named to All-State Field Hockey Team
Two South River High field hockey athletes were selected to the first-team All-State squad last week, the second most of any Maryland school, and one was named on the honorable mention squad. Abbey Lawrence and Taylor Bresnahan both earned first-team honors for their play in attack and defense respectively. Midfielder Anna Wagner made it to the honorable mention squad too. 

No. 5—Anne Arundel Police Heighten School Security After Connecticut Shooting
In the wake of news that a gunman reportedly shot and killed 27 people at an elementary school in Connecticut, Anne Arundel County police boosted security at all public schools Friday afternoon prior to dismissal. According to Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) spokesman Bob Mosier, a county police officer was stationed at every school during dismissal. He also said security will remain heightened as children arrive at their schools Monday morning.

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