Competition to laud youths whose efforts go unnoticed

March 28, 2003|By Deitrich Curry | Deitrich Curry,SUN STAFF

It's not uncommon to see the best athlete, the valedictorian or the class president recognized for his or her many achievements. But the student who inspires other youth, overcomes great obstacles or goes beyond expectation frequently goes unnoticed and unrecognized.

A competition recognizing "Unsung Heroes" is being started in Howard County to spotlight the talents and efforts of students whose achievements previously have been unacknowledged. The award will recognize 12 "Unsung Heroes" from grades six through 12 in the county's schools.

Creig Northrop & The Northrop Team of Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. is sponsoring the contest.

"I'm looking for those students with heart. It's not that there is anything wrong with the valedictorian and student athletes but our community already respects them. I'm looking for those students who no one knows about," said Creig Northrop.

When interviewing juniors as part of an educational partnership with the county schools, Northrop said, he found that he was more impressed with students who visited nursing homes after school than those who made straight A's.

His organization will honor the 12 "unsung heroes" at a reception where the grand-prize winner will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship and trophy. Second- and third-place runner-ups will be presented with a plaque and a check for $100 while the remaining nine students will be presented with $100 checks.

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