4 Mount Hebron High graduates already making their mark

June 03, 1994|By Sherry Joe | Sherry Joe,Sun Staff Writer

One graduating senior is bound for the Juilliard School to study clarinet. Another got a four-year scholarship to Morgan State University. One learned to edit and compose stories on videotape, and another discovered he had strong artistic talents.

They were among 290 seniors who graduated from Mount Hebron High School yesterday at an afternoon ceremony at Merriweather Post Pavilion.

Guidance counselor Jane Scott described Mount Hebron's Class of 1994 as "very solid. They consistently earned high grades."

About 85 percent of the class plans to attend a two-year or four-year college, she said. Many received academic and athletic scholarships, including six students who received full scholarships to the University of Maryland at College Park, Morgan State University and the Johns Hopkins University.

"We did get some very fine scholarships," Ms. Scott said. "We're really proud."

At yesterday's ceremony, Dr. Joan M. Palmer, former associate superintendent of curriculum and supervision for Howard County schools, urged the graduates to take responsibility for their actions and take control of their lives.

"If it is important, worth doing, then find a way or make one," said Dr. Palmer, who is now a deputy state school superintendent. "Resist the urge to find a scapegoat. Find a way to control your life. Find a way to control the world."

Some graduates already have begun to make a mark on the world.

Austin Mosley received a four-year scholarship to Morgan State University, where he plans to study engineering. He will begin VTC his studies this summer, working a computer science assistant at AAI Corp., a defense contractor in Cockeysville.

He transferred to Mount Hebron two years ago when his family moved to Ellicott City from Randallstown. While at Mount Hebron, Austin participated in the Black Student Achievement Program and the African American Awareness Association. He served on the school's Senior Board, a group of class officers, and on a 15-member school committee that helped draft a plan to give the school greater autonomy.

Participating on the committee was a big responsibility, Austin said. "I had to present all their views," he said of his classmates. "It prepared me for leadership roles in college."

Andrew Farrell received a two-year scholarship to the Juilliard School, where he will study clarinet. He had competed against 300 applicants for one of two seats in the music school.

He began studying clarinet eight years ago, and during high school played on the Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Peabody Sinfonia Orchestra. In November, he earned a honorable mention in the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts.

"It's a great way of expressing your emotions," Andrew said of playing music. "It's very honest, very pure."

Esther Han used her skills as a video camera operator to tape boys' basketball games, girls' lacrosse matches and a variety of productions for broadcast over the school's closed-circuit television system.

"I'm really proud I can share these things with other people," she said of her videotapes. "Just watching people enjoy watching it makes me proud that I can do something."

Esther will attend the University of Maryland at Baltimore County, where she plans to study visual arts and mass communications.

Geoffrey Teague discovered his interest in art while a freshman. His abstract self-portraits earned him third prize in the Howard County Performing Arts competition this year, as well as a place at the Kansas City Art Institute this fall.

For his senior art thesis, he created five self-portraits using techniques of several artists, including French painter Paul Gauguin, who used bright colors in his artwork.

"I've always liked looking at art," he said. "I like experimenting with a lot of different things."

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