Andrea BedingfieldSchool: Glenelg High SchoolHometown...

STUDENT STANDOUT

March 26, 1995|By Jill L. Kubatko

Andrea Bedingfield

School: Glenelg High School

Hometown: Woodbine

Age: 17

Andrea, a senior at Glenelg, has a 4.0 grade point average. She is secretary of the National Honor Society and a member of the math team and mock trial team.

She has been involved with the Girl Scouts for nine years and is a candidate for the Gold Award, the highest award in scouting. Andrea has been working since July on a leader's handbook that encompasses the "global village."

Andrea has been on the varsity tennis team at school for four years and the varsity golf team for two years.

Her love of golf brought her into the political arena when she and others tried to get the county to build more golf courses. She also was involved in the fight to save golf as a sport in the schools. She gave a presentation to the County Council and the Board of Education and convinced the school board to let students pay their way for the sport. She was appointed to the county executive's Golf Users Advisory Group.

"Andrea must be given significant credit for persuading a reluctant political system to build public golf facilities in the county," said Donald Dunn, president of the Howard County Golfers Association.

Andrea has taken foreign language classes since seventh grade. This summer she will travel to Spain for two weeks and then a Spanish student will stay with her family for two weeks through an exchange program sponsored by the Columbia Association.

She is very involved in St. Michael Roman Catholic Church's Youth Group Core Team, an organization at the Poplar Springs church.

Plans: She has been accepted at St. Joseph's College in Philadelphia, the University of Maryland, College Park, and Loyola College. She is considering international business or foreign language as majors.

Her comments: On golf: "My parents started me young at age 5, hitting the ball around the back yard. When the school cut golf from its sports program, I got interested in the dollar aspect. We researched it and found out that the golf coach's salary was the only expense. To keep it, it is now funded by students.

"I wish it could be a varsity sport to get a letter or pin, but it's still nice to play," she said.

Send nominations to Jill L. Kubatko, Student Standout, The Su for Howard County, 5570 Sterrett Place, Suite 300, Columbia 21044. Please enclose a brief description of the student's activities and a phone number for the student.

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