Hammond diplomas come with roses

June 02, 1993|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff Writer

When Gregory Seward picked up his high school diploma last night, he ended an academic career that featured straight A's, quarterbacking the football team and playing on the school's lacrosse team with his younger brother.

The 17-year-old athlete and honor student was one of 216 seniors who graduated from Hammond High School in Columbia during a ceremony at the Merriweather Post Pavilion.

"I enjoyed high school a lot but I'm ready to move on," said Greg, the son of Arthur and Gay Seward of King's Contrivance. "I think high school has given me a good base to go out in the world and be able to adapt in a new situation."

During the ceremony, seniors accepted a diploma and a rose from school officials to the cheers of about 2,500 relatives, friends and teachers.

Kerri Ruttenberg, the senior class speaker, urged her classmates to maintain the values given them by their parents and pass them on to future generations.

"We've grown from learning how to count to learning what counts," she said. "As our character develops, we are also indirectly molding the character of future generations."

For Greg, the future means attending the University of Virginia this fall. The university awarded him a Jefferson Scholarship, which will cover his tuition plus room and board during his four years at college. The scholarship is one of many honors and accolades Greg received during high school.

He was one of five regional winners of the annual Scholar-Athlete Awards sponsored by the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the National Football Foundation. He also was a finalist for a National Merit Scholarship and the Maryland Distinguished Scholars program.

The president of Hammond's chapter of the National Honor Society, Greg graduated with a 4.0 grade-point average.

He started the football season playing quarterback for Hammond's Golden Bears, but later switched to free safety. He also was captain of the lacrosse team.

Greg says he's "almost positive" he wants to be a physician but is also interested in law and political science.

One of his favorite memories is of a lacrosse game against Oakland Mills High School in which he helped his younger brother, sophomore Eric Seward, score his first goal.

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