North County High graduates win honors, grants, scholarships


June 07, 1998|By Cynthia Kammann | Cynthia Kammann,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

CONGRATULATIONS to the 385 students who graduated from North County High School last week. Larger than last year's class by 62 students, the Class of 1998 has collectively garnered more than $1 million in grants and scholarships, and the money is still coming in.

"This is a very, very talented class," said Principal Patricia Gronkiewicz. "Students have made artistic and musical as well as academic and athletic accomplishments."

Valedictorian Ivy Liu achieved a 4.447 grade-point average when her advanced placement grades are counted and is headed for the University of Maryland to study chemical engineering. Salutatorian David Olds Jr. achieved a grade-point average of 4.25 and is headed for Loyola College to study business. During the graduation ceremonies, Chalia Belt was surprised with a Superintendent's Recognition Award, earned for perfect attendance for her school career.

With a 4.14 GPA, Wendy Slicker's award from the American Academy of Achievement got her a trip to the West Coast to attend a Salute to Excellence program, where she met her

sponsor, the author Tom Clancy.

Led by the junior varsity girls lacrosse team's overall grade-point average of 3.37, the overall spring semester grade-point average of the students participating in athletics was an impressive 3.0. Noting that the minimum GPA required to participate in sports is 2.0., Gronkiewicz pointed out that these student-athletes "attended practice, played games, had very little time and used it wisely."

About 60 percent of the class plan to continue their education, with 30 percent going to four-year schools, about 25 percent a two-year schools and about 10 percent trade or vocational schools.

Students recognized for their achievements at a senior awards assembly May 20 were W T Aye, top ranking in the Maryland State Wrestling Association 152-pound class; Shawn Bakis, a Maryland House of Delegates scholarship; Edward Ballard, Greenberg Jewelers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. scholarship; Richard Barnes, an athletic scholarship to Catonsville Community College; Chalia Belt, George Cromwell Elementary School PTA Evelyn Noyes Memorial scholarship, University of Maryland Eastern Shore Women of Color scholarship; Aaron Boehm, North Arundel Parent Booster Club scholarship; Brian Bolly, Parent Booster Club scholarship, University of Miami School of Music scholarship, Ball State University scholarship, University of Harford music scholarship; music department award; Shaun Bonds, Belle Grove Elementary PTA scholarship; and Angela Brown, Presidential Educational Scholarship Award, Maryland Scholastic Merit Award, Parent Booster Club scholarship, Women's Club of Linthicum Heights Outstanding Female Senior Plaque, Peer Helper/Peer Mediation Certificate of Commendation, Shenandoah University Academic scholarship.

Also, Rachel Brown, music department award; William Cartee, Presidential Educational Achievement Award, Maryland Scholastic Merit Award, Women's Club of Linthicum Heights scholarship, Army Reserve National Scholar Athlete Award, state senatorial scholarship, University of Maryland, College Park Dean's scholarship, Fort Meade NCO Wives Club scholarship and Athletic Scholar, Maryland House of Delegates scholarship; Katherine Collins, Peer Helper/Peer Mediation Certificate of Commendation, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Presidents scholarship, and Stephanie Comegys, Mount St. Mary's College Merit grant.

Also, Elias Cossis, Women's Club of Linthicum Heights scholarship, Peer Helper/Peer Mediation Certificate of Commendation, UMBC President's scholarship, Hellenic Club scholarship, Maryland House of Delegates scholarship; Priyank Doshi, Randolph-Macon College Distinguished Achievement Award; Lauren Dunnock, Hilltop Elementary PTA Dr. Mae Gordon Mace scholarship, Robert Griffith Memorial scholarship; Lorraine

Eakin, PTSA scholarship, Foreign Language Department Advanced Placement German Award, It's Academic Award; Kevin Ebersole, Presidential Educational Achievement Award, Maryland Scholastic Merit Award, The Jonothan Ausby III Memorial scholarship, Robert Griffith Memorial scholarship, Roland Terrace Democratic Club Inc. scholarship; and Shayn Evans, Marvin J. Greenberg scholarship.

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