Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Whether your child is attending a summer camp or you have the kids at home, here are some ideas to get you through summer.
Summer break is right around the corner, and many parents have been planning for the break from school since January, when camps opened enrollment. Some of the local camps are competitive to get into; Greenbelt Creative Kids Camp typically fills up fast. Thankfully there are so many summer camp options in our area that are based on the interest of the child; the hardest part is deciding which one to attend. Art, Robotics and Science at Friends Community School Math, Arabic and Sports at Dar-Us-Salaam Gymnastics for boys and girls; Gymkana at University of Maryland My oldest son, L, goes to a wonderful program for high functioning autistic children with a focus on social skills. The adult-to-child ratio is low, they go on field trips, play…
Monday, April 16, 2012
One Gymkana athlete talks about how AGT has impacted the troupe, and what we can expect from this weekend's homeshow.
The University of Maryland's Gymkana is prepping for its 66th homeshow this coming weekend, but it's the first since the acrobatics and gymnastics troupe performed on America's Got Talent. Gymkana's reality television stint ended after one athlete tangled with a ring of fire in the semifinals. But the troupe hopes the exposure on AGT will attract its biggest crowd yet for the homeshow, troupe athlete Andrew Waldron said. You can catch the show at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the Comcast Center. Tickets are sold at the door. Find more information here. Patch asked Waldron a few more questions to learn what we can expect during the homeshow, how Gymkana has been doing since AGT, and why he joined the troupe. Waldron, a resident of…
Friday, November 4, 2011
The student athletes say they've learned from the experience of 'America's Got Talent,' they're getting bigger gigs, and are taken more seriously.
Friday, November 4, 2011
By Zack Cohen Capital News Service Nearly two months after a failed front flip through a hoop of fire dashed their dream of winning ABC's "America's Got Talent," the University of Maryland's Gymkana team is dealing with the after-effects of their brush with stardom. Despite being bounced in the semi-final round of the television competition, the highflying acrobatics team has attracted a slew of local and national attention since returning home. "The fact that 14 million more people know who we are now — just by us being on this TV show twice — changed everything immediately," Gymkana director and head coach Scott Welsh said. Because of the publicity, Gymkana members said they are recognized a lot more and taken more seriously by people in…
Sunday, September 4, 2011
News highlights from Aug. 28 to Sept. 2.
Last week can be summarized in by a couple words: Irene and Pepco. If you haven't checked it out yet, your local Patches kept up a live blog Sunday morning as details of Hurricane Irene aftermath unfolded. There were many downed trees -- some on houses -- and lots of power outages. Local public safety officials reported that there were no serious injuries in College Park, however. Throughout the week, Patch followed as power surged, or trickled, back for College Park customers following the storm. Sunday morning, college students woke up to no restaurants open for breakfast, and businesses that were losing foot traffic because of the power outage. The afternoon following the storm, Pepco said it didn't know when power would be restored to …
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Mini-bites of news to start your morning.
1. Gymkana After a ring of fire misstep in Tuesday night's America's Got Talent semifinals, the University of Maryland's Gymkana troupe was eliminated from the competition in Wednesday's results show. 2. Pepco Power Outages Pepco announced on its website Wednesday that nearly all customers have had their power restored following Hurricane Irene. As of midnight, the Pepco outage map showed there were still 20 customers in the College Park, Riverdale Park and Greenbelt areas reporting outages. The electric company maintains that all power will be restored by the end of the day Thursday. 3. Civil War On this day in 1864, Atlanta fell to Union forces in one of the most decisive battles of the Civil War. 4. The Jerk Pit Today's Featured …
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
After ring of fire mishap, the University of Maryland's Gymkana troupe is out of the running for America's Got Talent.
Update: It was announced tonight in the results show that the University of Maryland's Gymkana troupe is not voted through to the next round. Here are the top 10 remaining contestants: Lys Agnes, POPLYFE, Team iLuminate, Miami All Stars, West Springfield Dance, Landon Swank, Anna Graceman, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., Silhouettes and the Smage Bros. Riding Show. Original story, 6:30 p.m.: In Tuesday night's America's Got Talent semifinal, an acrobatics and gymnastics athlete tangled with a ring of fire, possibly ending the Gymkana troupe's chances in the reality television competition. Gasps filled the lecture hall where the rest of the University of Maryland Gymkana troupe members watched the semifinals during a viewing party. "At this stage…
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Gymkana is one of 17 remaining teams in America's Got Talent.
Updated 10:18 p.m. The last of the video clips from the team and coach is over, and the viewing party has fizzled out to a few dozen people, so I'm going to duck out. Information on voting for AGT teams is available on the show's website. Thanks for following along for tonight's America's Got Talent semifinals. Updated 9:58 p.m. Gymkana member Lizzy Mclellan, a junior and three-year member, said that the troupe members here at the viewing party were on the edge of their seats as the 15 members performed live tonight on AGT. "It's really hard ... We know how much precision goes into this," Mclellan said. She said that throughout the competition, the troupe tried to avoid a division between those who competed at AGT, and those who did not. "…
Mini-bites of news to start your morning.
1. While power has been coming back to several houses and businesses in Maryland, Pepco said it could be until Thursday before power is 100 percent restored. 2. Expect more sunny skies today with a high near 84 degrees. 3. On this day in 1967, Thurgood Marshall was confirmed as the first African-American to the Supreme Court. 4. Today's Facebook Page belongs to Gymkana, the acrobatics and gymnastics troupe with the University of Maryland that is competing in America's Got Talent. The troupe only started making wall posts on Aug. 11, and already the Facebook page has 774 followers. They must have some fans ... 5. Gymkana is the Facebook page of the day, because the troupe is performing live in the AGT semi-finals at 9 p.m. tonight on NBC.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Twitter world seems to like the act.
"Precision" is how Examiner writer Jodi Jill described Tuesday night's performance by the University of Maryland's Gymkana Troupe on America's Got Talent. If the rest of the country agrees, the aerobatic group could move on to the next round. Those four of 12 remaining performances will be revealed during Wednesday evening's show airing at 9 p.m. on NBC. Watch the video for the troupe's performance from Tuesday. There's no sound with the video due to copyright limitations (so stop wasting time trying to fix the volume on your computer like I did). Here are a couple of Tweets Patch found searching for "Gymkana" after the show: hothotpotat: Gymkana: The first truly impressive act of the night! It was slick and polished and very entertaining…