1994 All-Howard County Academic Athletic team THE BOYS

June 05, 1994|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer

He took 16 advanced placement or gifted and talented courses while earning a 3.94 grade-point average.

His senior year he played three sports and was All-County first team in soccer as the team he co-captained last fall won a regional title. The year before it had won the school's first state soccer title.

His lacrosse team, on which he played midfield, this spring won its first county championship since 1985.

Chris Schaefer of Glenelg is the Baltimore Sun's Howard County Scholar-Athlete for 1993-1994.

Schaefer won other soccer honors, including being chosen his team's MVP and second-team All-State. And he was recruited to play soccer at Salisbury State next fall.

"Chris is a superb athlete, a highly skilled and intelligent soccer player, and most importantly, a mature, considerate and responsible person," said soccer coach John Bouman.

Schaefer co-captained the indoor track team and ran on three relays, finishing second in the county in the 3,200-meter relay, fifth in the county 1,600 relay and and fourth in the county 800 relay his senior year. He earned eight varsity letters.

An Honorable Mention Maryland Distinguished Scholar, Schaefer earned 1220 on the Scholastic Assessment Test.

Physics teacher and indoor track coach Roger Volrath said: "Chris was an excellent physics student. He understands abstract concepts and can solve problems quickly and efficiently. He can analyze and synthesize new ideas readily, and has excellent insight.

"As a person, Chris is mature and stable, easy to work with, dependable and reliable. He has a good sense of humor and works well with others."

Schaefer also participated in Glenelg drama productions, including "A Christmas Carol" and "Peter Pan" during his senior year.

Other activities include: National Honor Society treasurer, Student Government Association, Howard County Association of Student Councils and Bethesda Huskies Club soccer team.

ADAM SHAIVITZ, ATHOLTON

Class: Senior

GPA: 3.88, SAT: 1230

Sports: Soccer, indoor track, lacrosse

Other activities: Student government class representative, National Honor Society, Lorien Nursing Home volunteer, Maccabi Games participant, prom committee, Special Olympics, math team, youth soccer referee, W. R. Grace club.

Profile: He won first-team All-County honors in soccer and lacrosse, and second-team All-State honors in soccer his senior year. Shaivitz, who earned six varsity letters, has been on the honor roll every quarter while taking 11 advanced placement or gifted and talented courses. And he made time to volunteer at a nursing home, work with Special Olympians and referee youth soccer. Shaivitz was also a member of The Baltimore Sun's 1993 Scholar-Athlete team.

The Columbia Rotary Club selected him as its 1994 Male Scholar-Athlete scholarship winner. He plans to attend Penn State.

"As a person, Adam is even-tempered, outgoing, sincere, intellectual and mature. He has a delightful and engaging personality. Adam values fair play and honesty, and he has a positive outlook on life," said Ophelia Barnes, English department head. "Adam ranks among the highest caliber of students whom I have met in my 30 years of teaching experience."

French teacher Kari Martensen said: "His classmates respect his point of view and this has enabled him to be an effective mediator among his peers. He eagerly anticipates challenge and confronts disappointment realistically."

Soccer coach Reg Hahne said: "His competitiveness and mental determination have often allowed him to succeed in clutch situations over foes who were more skilled."

BOBBY VAN ALLEN, CENTENNIAL

Class: Senior

GPA: 3.63, SAT: 1270

Sports: Cross country, indoor track, outdoor track

Other activities: International Club co-chairman, Student Government Association, Howard County Striders, race volunteer, Maccabi Games participant, French club, Spanish club, National Honor Society.

Profile: Senior cross country captain, Van Allen won first-team All-County honors three times in cross country and was second team All-Metro by The Baltimore Sun. He was also All-County in indoor track and outdoor track. He finished second in the state indoor mile this year. He has earned 10 varsity letters. Van Allen was also a member of The Baltimore Sun's 1993 Scholar-Athlete team.

"There are many individuals who possess a desire to excel," coach Al Dodds said. "But a fewer number are actually willing to do what is necessary to reach their goals. Bobby met his goal of becoming a major force in state distance running. He ranks as one of the hardest-working athletes that I have ever coached, and has become an individual that younger runners will try to emulate."

Physics and math teacher James Rostron said: "Bobby's work reflects a level of insight and a degree of organization that the others at the top of the class lack, and his motivation seems to be based primarily on learning rather than just earning points toward a grade."

JONATHAN BAKST, HOWARD

Class: Senior

GPA: 4.0, SAT: 1170

Sports: Soccer, indoor track, lacrosse

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