TEEN-AGER Wendy Scholfield will be visiting Glen Burnie Mall on Thursday - but not for shopping or hanging out with friends. Instead, the Crofton resident will be picking up a check for $1,500 toward her college education.
Wendy, who graduated in May from Arundel High School, is one of a select group of students nationwide to receive a Simon Youth Foundation Community Scholarship. The foundation is a not-for-profit organization established by the Simon Group, owner of properties including Glen Burnie Mall, to support the academic endeavors of promising young people.
"We are pleased that Wendy has been selected as a recipient of the Simon Youth Fellowship, exemplifying excellence in scholarship, leadership and volunteerism," said Adrienne Brown, Glen Burnie Mall's marketing director, who will present the award to Wendy.
During her four years at Arundel, Wendy was always busy - a member of Students Against Drunk Driving. the student newspaper, field hockey team and Key Club. She also was a member of a summer swimming team and her church's youth group. In addition, she worked in the high school guidance office and is assistant manager of Crofton Village Swim Club.
A smiling, somewhat quiet person, Wendy is known as a dedicated volunteer who can be counted on to do what has to be done.
Dan Scholfield, Wendy's father, recalls as an example of her volunteer spirit one Saturday in May when Jim McGuire, helping to organize an Armed Forces Day Parade, called early in the morning. He needed help directing the cars forming up for the parade. Could Dan find a volunteer?
Wendy didn't have to work until 11 a.m., and her father didn't hesitate to ask her. She rolled out of bed, put on her safety vest, directed the start of the parade, then went off to work. There was no complaining. Wendy saw a job that had to be done.
Kristin McBreen, president of Arundel High's Key Club, a Kiwanis Club-sponsored service group, saw the same quality in Wendy, who served two years as the Key Club's secretary of records. Whenever Kristin had a question about how something should be done, she could count on Wendy to help find the answer.
Kristin adds that Wendy "always makes me laugh." The girls shared a limousine with friends for their senior prom. Kristin said she loved the way that Wendy added even more sparkle and laughter to the evening.
Jim Cratty, the Crofton Kiwanis sponsor of Arundel's Key Club, calls Wendy "one of the most delightful young adults I've ever met." He points out that Wendy received the honored designation of "distinguished" secretary during both years in the job. As a junior, Wendy was named "outstanding secretary" of the Capital District Key Clubs, taking first place from among 230 groups in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Cratty enjoyed working with Wendy on such projects as organizing a "Breakfast with Santa" event and mentoring students in Crofton Middle School's Builders Club - the Kiwanis-sponsored service club for younger children.
Arundel's student newspaper, the Spectrum, was another of Wendy's favorite activities. She wrote articles for two years, and as a senior served as business manager and page editor.
In addition to the Simon Youth Foundation award, Wendy has been recognized by other groups. She was awarded the 33rd District scholarship by Del. David G. Boschert, a scholarship from the Ladies of the Glen Burnie Elks, the Mabel Parker Past Principal's Scholarship for Future Teachers and the Crofton Kiwanis Key Club Scholarship. She was also recognized by the Odenton Kiwanis Club for her leadership skills and was named to "Who's Who Among American High School Students."
Wendy plans to attend Anne Arundel Community College in September, majoring in English. After a year at the community college, she hopes to take part in a five-year program at Salisbury State University, leading to a master's degree in English and secondary education.
Seton parish directory
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Crofton, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary in September, is preparing a new pictorial parishioner directory.
One of my favorite reference sources has been the old directory. It's fun to look through the pictures and refresh my memory when I know a face but not a name. But it's time for an update. Many of the toddlers we see in the old pictures are now taller than their parents.
The Roman Catholic parish is hoping to have every member represented in the directory. Registration for photography sittings is taking place before and after weekend Masses.
The sittings - which will begin later this month -are free, and each participant will receive a free picture and directory.
Information: Peggy Cecil at 410-451-0874.