1998 All-Anne Arundel County academic/athletic teams

June 05, 1998|By Pat O'Malley


Jonathan Eser, Chesapeake

Class: Senior

GPA: 4.33

SAT: 1,450

College: Cornell

Sports: Football, Indoor track, lacrosse

Other activities: National Honor Society; president, Interact Club; Sportsmanship Committee; School Improvement Committee; Varsity Club; Peer Tutoring; Habitat for Humanity; DECA Club; exchange student in Freiburg, Germany.

Profile: A Maryland Distinguished Scholar, National Merit Commended Student and AP Scholar (excellence on AP exams), Eser ran the gamut of high school activities, including three varsity sports (captain in each). He will play lacrosse at Cornell. Winning numerous academic awards while, Eser also found time to get involved in such community activities as neighborhood clean-ups and school beautification. Ranked No. 2 in his class of 400, Eser scored all A's in every course in his high school career, taking mostly AP and honors courses. Eser's counselor at Chesapeake, Raymond W. Johnston, wrote: "This young man is the most outstanding individual I have come across in my 30 years in education. I have never said that before."

Michael Gallant-Gardner, Arundel

Class: Senior

GPA: 4.08

SAT: 1,550

College: University of Maryland

Sports: Cross country, indoor and outdoor track

Other Activities: National Honor Society; editor, Spectrum, school newspaper; VP Key Club; junior assistant Boy Scoutmaster; member "It's Academic" team, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Youth Group; swimming instructor.

Profile: Gardner had the second highest SAT score among the boys as well as a high grade-point average. A National Merit Scholarship semifinalist, Gardner also earned an "outstanding achievement award in mathematics" from the county public schools and is an Eagle Scout. Gardner is active in his church as a lector and Eucharistic minister, is 13th in a class of 410, and works as a lifeguard. As school paper editor, Gardner has been not only an outstanding writer but also taken on page layout and design. "Michael has excelled as editor. The best words I can use to describe him are quietly efficient," wrote English/ journalism teacher Wanda Trimnal.

Jonathan Higdon, South River

Class: Senior

GPA: 3.80

SAT: 1,280

College: U.S. Naval Academy

Sports: Soccer, indoor track and lacrosse.

Other Activities: National Honor Society; member Physics Olympics and Science Bowl teams, Student Government Association and marching, jazz and concert bands; group leader, South River Leadership Conference; youth soccer coach; peer tutor.

Profile: A standout in three sports, Higdon is ranked sixth in his class of 228 and was a high school Heisman nominee. "His course of study has included the most arduous curriculum we can offer," wrote South River athletic director Jim Haluck. Higdon has excelled in biology, chemistry and pre-engineering honors courses and A.P. physics. His rigorous academic and athletic schedule has not prevented him from participating in Maryland Boys State, American Cancer Society programs, the Maryland Summer Center for the Arts at Goucher College and church musical performances at local nursing homes.

Alex Iliff, Gilman

Class: Senior

GPA: 4.00

SAT: 1,560

College: Princeton

Sports: Cross country, swimming, indoor track and baseball.

Other Activities: Debate Club; newspaper staff; Senior Speech Club; tetrathlon (a four-phase horse-riding event, including stadium jumping, target shooting, swimming and cross country); member Combined Training Association.

Profile: Boasting the highest SAT score on the boys' team, Iliff was inducted into the Cum Laude Society and is a Maryland Distinguished Scholar finalist, an AP Scholar with Honor and a Merit Finalist. He has also won awards in Latin and math. "Alex has intellectual discipline, not just intelligence," wrote college counseling director Ivana Turner. Despite 90 minutes of daily commuting from Arnold to Gilman in Baltimore, Iliff has competed in three varsity sports and won the Greyhounds' Triple Threat Award the last two years. In the grueling tetrathlon, Iliff has displayed remarkable endurance and dedication to training. He will participate in cross country and track at Princeton.

Jason King, Archbishop Spalding

Class: Senior

GPA: 4.43

SAT: 1,510

College: Davidson

Sports: Soccer, indoor track, tennis

Other Activities: Member Student Government, Tri-M Honors Society, Leadership Conference and Public Relations Club; Retreat Leader; first-chair saxophone, Symphonic Band; tutor, Eucharistic minister; youth soccer coach.

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