Daughter of Gerald and Sally Sommer of...

REBECCA SOMMER, 17,

March 14, 1994

REBECCA SOMMER, 17, daughter of Gerald and Sally Sommer of Bartholow Road in Eldersburg.

School: Senior at Liberty High School.

Honored for: Being selected as one of 1,500 semifinalists out of 110,000 applicants nationwide in the Coca-Cola Scholars Program.

Rebecca was not selected as one of the 150 finalists in that program, but she has won a scholarship to Western Maryland College.

Editor of the school yearbook and co-valedictorian of her class with Brian Trone, Rebecca maintains a 4.0 grade-point average. She also plays French horn in the Maryland Youth Symphony and takes lessons in piano and violin.

Goals: "I would like to be a deaf-education teacher for early childhood or elementary school."

Comments: "I've been baby-sitting since I was in seventh grade, and I have been working in a day-care center for two years. I always loved kids, and I always wanted to get into elementary education, but I hadn't thought about specializing.

"When I was 13 or 14, we found out my baby cousin was profoundly hearing-impaired," Rebecca said.

Because her uncle and his family lived in the Philippines at the time her cousin Carl was born, Rebecca's parents helped look into resources for the family and the boy's education.

"I started to learn a lot about it; I would hear them talking about it," Rebecca said. "Western Maryland College has such a good [deaf-education] program, and it's so close."

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