Porter, 17, wins essay contest

Student achiever

April 25, 2001

The student: Marshall Porter, 17

School: Hammond High School

Special achievement: Marshall was awarded a $300 scholarship by the African American Republican Club in Howard County for his entry in the Black History Month High School Senior Essay contest. The theme of the contest was "Achieving the American Dream." Participants wrote essays honoring the contributions of Howard County resident Wayman Scott Jr. to children's education and civil rights.

What did you learn while writing the essay? "I learned that anybody can make a difference."

Do you have a hero? "Yes, my father, because he's always been there for me. He's helped shape me into the person I am now. He is very assertive and organized, and has all his priorities straight. He helps me manage my time."

Extracurricular interests: Marshall is on the wrestling team. This year, he placed second in the county in his weight class. He also enjoys drawing and painting.

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