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The Calvert Skate JAM 2012 held Oct. 14 was a successful fundraising event for Southern Maryland College Access Network (SoMD CAN). SoMD CAN is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase the college-going rate among high school graduates in Southern Maryland. The competition was originally scheduled for Oct. 7, but the cold and rain forced us to reschedule to the following weekend. We had beautiful fall weather, great live music, a healthy competition and a park full of happy skateboarders. Our competitors showed off their skills all day to fellow skaters and spectators. Thank you to them and the impartial judges for making the event so successful.

I would like to express my sincere appreciation to Joe Smialek at Aggro Joe’s Skate Shop in Prince Frederick for running the competition and being our partnering sponsor. Many thanks to the talented local bands that provided the day’s entertainment: Krooked Alliance, Soulful Aggression and Greenhouse. Thank you to our sponsors: Signs By Tomorrow-Annapolis, Educational Systems Federal Credit Union, Garrett Music Academy, SK Wagner & Associates, First Mariner Mortgage-Craig Gough, College of Southern Maryland, Adam’s the Place for Ribs, Career Puppy and Elevator Technologies Inc. Special thanks to Tommy Buckmaster, Jennifer Smialek, Tracy Hance, Chad Smialek, Laura Shatuck, Kaitlyn Thompson, Elizabeth Conty, Dana Langley, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office and Calvert County Parks and Recreation for volunteering your time, expertise and facilities.

Shelby Potts, Sunderland

The writer is the executive director of Southern Maryland College Access Network.