Pupil says scholarship a surprise

Student achiever

May 31, 2000

Student achiever: Kevin O'Brien, 10

School: Bryant Woods Elementary School

Special achievement: Winner of the Ben Carson scholarship, based on academics, character and several essays.

What he says about it: "I was kind of surprised because usually mostly Baltimore County students win....I was glad to win but, more important, my father always told me, `Winning is not the high point of the award but deserving it is.' "

What others say about him: "He is a nice young man and especially kind and helpful to the youngest students," Assistant Principal Maria McNelis said.

Favorite sport: "Baseball, which I play now that I left the soccer team."

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