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Top 5 Stories: Strayed Christmas List, Romanian Orphans

Here's a quick look back at the five most popular articles from last week.

No. 1—Teen’s Suicide Moves Southern High to Create Portrait
After learning about a 15-year-old's tragic story of bullying and suicide, students at Southern High dedicated themselves to creating a memorial painting. The head of the school's art department, Mike Bell, and Principal Marc Procaccini even got a message from the teen's mother, expressing her gratitude to the school. Read the story here.

No. 2—Woman Finds Christmas Wish Attached to Balloon in Davidsonville
A woman found a Christmas wish list tied to a balloon in Davidsonville after she saw what appeared to be a piece of trash floating around her farm, according to The CapitalNo address was found on the wish list, but Cook decided she wanted to play Santa this year, as she now hopes to find Ricardo and make some of his wishes come true. Read the story here.

No. 3—25% of County Employees Receive Pay Raises
About 25 percent of Anne Arundel County's employees will receive pay raises for the first time in four years thanks to a unanimous vote by the County Council on Monday. Read the full story here.

No. 4—6 Local Students Perform Alongside BSO Musicians
Six students from South River and Southern high schools performed alongside the world-class musicians from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) in a special one-day concert on Thursday. South River High had five students playing, while Southern had one—the lone tuba player. Read the story here.

No. 5—Senior Citizens Craft Scarves for Romanian Orphans
Senior citizens residing at Brightview in South River recently crafted scarves and collected other warm clothing items for orphans in Romania to help one of its employees on a mission trip to the eastern European nation. Using their knitting skills, the women made scarves to go along with other donated hats, mittens and gloves to keep the orphans warm in Romania’s bitter cold weather. Read the story here.

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