1999 All-Anne Arundel County Academic-Athletic teams

June 03, 1999|By PAT O'MALLEY


Dustin Abey, Chesapeake

Class: Senior


SAT: 1,020

College: St. Mary's College (Md)

Sports: Soccer, lacrosse

Other activities: National Honor Society, student government, Varsity Club, community clean-up and Christmas luminaria committees, volunteer coach and referee youth soccer.

Profile: The All-Metro forward and county Player of the Year on the Cougars' Class 4A state champion soccer team ranks 49th in his class of 369. He was named the school's Wendy's Heisman Award representative and the Varsity Club team rep "Dustin has developed good time-management skills," wrote Virginia Barnicoat, advanced-placement science teacher. Veteran Cougars soccer coach Earl Eckhardt not only praised Abey's athletic prowess but also wrote "In my honors American Government class, Dustin was a leader in discussions, well-versed in current events and one I could always count on to answer the difficult questions" Abey wrote that "high school athletics are blown a little out of proportion. Coaches are glorified, as well as star athletes, and teachers are extremely overlooked.

Marc Caplan, Old Mill

Class: Senior

GPA: 3.82

SAT: 1,180

College: University of Maryland, College Park

Sports: Tennis, wrestling

Other activities: National Honor Society, president, student government, Chesapeake Regional Association Student Councils, executive staff, Key Club, school aavisory, homecoming and Patriot Pride committees, one of two students on the school-improvement team.

Profile: Tennis is his main sport after also wrestling his first couple years and keeping statistics in volleyball. AP physics teacher/tennis coach Richard Hobbs wrote that Caplan has "outstanding personal traits and integrity and the willingness to work and achieve." A recipient of the Eagle Award. Caplan has also learned to deal with the aging of his grandmother and aunt in their close-knit Jewish family. Caplan visits both in an assisted-living home, because "it is important to relish every moment I have with them and thank God I still have this precious time left with them."

George Chmiel Jr., St. Mary's

Class: Senior

GPA: 4.04

SAT: 1,250

College: Boston College

Sports: Basketball, baseball

Other activities: Fellowship of Christian Athletes; co-sports editor and feature writer for school newspaper, member Wall Street Wizards Club, Salvation Army volunteer, senior graduation committees, part-time manager of small store at Annapolis City Dock.

Profile: A Maryland Distinguished and Parvis (continuous 4.0 GPA) Scholar ranked 23rd in his class of 148, Chmiel was the Saints' center fielder, captain and leadoff hitter for three years and played two seasons of JV basketball Joe Sanchez, a 20-year teacher-coach (St Mary's baseball, Navy womens' basketbal) wrote that "the qualities of caring for others confidence and attitude toward life flourish in him." Major William C. Meeks, Salvation Army chaplain said that Chmiel has "given many volunteer hours to us for the past three years in our Feedmore program." The Feedmore is a mobile kitchen for the homeless. Merrill Lynch's Richard Crabtree said that Chmiel, a volunteer intern, "has a phenomenal work ethic."

Kraig "Bo" Danton, Chesapeake

Class: Junior

GPA: 4.12

SAT: 1,060

Sports: Football, basketball, baseball

Other activities: National Honor Society, peer mediator, Varsity Club, Concert Choir and Men's Chorus, sportsmanship committee rep, church youth puppet ministry and youth mission Group; Lake Shore youth basketball referee.

Profile: Juniors rarely make this prestigious team but Danton is an exceptional 11th-grader as a strater in three varsity sports and classroom standout. He was the Cougars' Scholar-Athlete in football and basketball - quarterback in the fall, forward-guard during the winter - as well as a second-team All-County center fielder in spring. He took second in the district Veterans of Foreign Wars "Voice of Democracy" essay contest and won a bronze in a Russian essay contest. Football coach Tom Kraning wrote that Danton "is a sponge ready to absorb positive information and has a passion for success in life." Basketball coach John Spinnenweber said that "no one personifies the qualities of student-athlete more than Bo."

Nick DeAngells, Severna Park

Class: Senior

GPA: 3.60

SAT: 1,230

College: U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Sports: Golf, wrestling, baseball

Other activities: National Honor Society, student government, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, represented Maryland in the Junior Olympics at Fort Myers. Fla, Eagle Scout, Baltimore Sun commercial distributor.

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