White Marsh Elementary 5th Grader Wins Sodexo Future Chef Culinary Competition

TCPS elementary students demonstrated their culinary skills in Sodexo’s 2019 Future Chef Culinary Competition. The event is an exciting and engaging way to encourage students to learn more about healthy food choices by participating in a recipe contest, and is sponsored by Sodexo, provider of TCPS food services.

School districts across the country held Future Chef events this Spring. The winning student from each participating district will be considered for regional finalist awards, and the selected regional finalists will vie to become a national finalist, competing for the public’s vote on a special Future Chefs YouTube channel.

The TCPS Future Chef Culinary competition was held at Easton High School, and the culinary theme this year was “Fiesta Fit”.  Recipes were evaluated based on the following criteria: originality, healthy attributes, ease of preparation, kid appeal, plate presentation, use of featured ingredients, and last but not least, taste!  The panel of judges included Dr. Kelly Griffith, Superintendent of Schools; Michael Garman, Board of Education President;Susan Delean-Botkin and Juanita Hopkins Board Members;and Charles Connolly, TCPS Finance Director. The following TCPS elementary students were finalists with their outstanding recipes:

1st Place – Daniel Schwaninger- 5th Grade, White Marsh Elementary – Fresh Chicken Taco Bowls (photo above)

2nd Place – Brody McDaniel – 5th Grade, St. Michaels Elementary – Brody’s Brilliant Chicken Stuffed Peppers

3rd Place – Elliott Van Skiver- 4th Grade, Tilghman Elementary – Black Bean & Corn Quesadilla

4th Place – TIE

Malaki Moore – 3rd Grade, Chapel District Elementary – Fiesta Cupcakes

Aleah George –4th Grade, St. Michaels Elementary School – Chilaquiles

Daniel Schwaninger was the overall winner with his recipe for Fresh Chicken Taco Bowls.  “The recipes were all amazing,” said Dr. Kelly Griffith, Superintendent.  “I am so impressed with the culinary skills our elementary students demonstrate in in this competition!”

Talbot Mentors Free Infosessions

Summer vacation is just around the corner. There are many school age children who spend summer days at home while a parent, grandparent or guardian works. What better way is there to weave a legacy of caring than by spending time with a child?

Come and find out about mentoring a school age child at our free Infosession presented by Talbot Mentor Executive Director Gerson Martinez. We have an immediate need of mentors for students on our wait list who are identified by Talbot County School personnel and who would benefit from additional adult attention in their lives. Current mentors will be on hand to answer questions about mentoring and its many benefits. Be a mentor, be a friend.

Mark your calendar to attend the next Infosession on 2nd Wednesday of each month, 4:30-5:15 pm at Talbot Mentors office (off Aurora St.), 108 Maryland Ave. Suite #102, Easton or contact us at: (410) 770-5999 or talbotmentors.org.

Easton Middle School Musicians Benefit from Artist-in-Residence Program Returning

This past school year, band students from Easton Middle School (EMS) enjoyed having the University of Maryland’s Mid-Atlantic Brass visit them as part of the Talbot County Art’s Council’s ongoing Artist-in-Residence Program. The brass quintet made four visits to EMS, providing master classes with EMS band students. This year students in four sixth-grade band classes experienced World History with World Music in an effort to show the importance of the arts in societies around the world.  Each visit involved a 45-minute presentation by the quintet, as well as class time to help develop a meaningful relationship between quintet members and the students they mentored. In addition, seventh and eighth-grade band classes received master classes from the visiting artists.

According to Nancy Larson, representing the Talbot County Arts Council, “This latest project was initiated by members of the board of directors of the Talbot County Arts Council who were dismayed by the near total absence of young people attending Mid-Shore Area performances of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, and Chesapeake Music.  A study group concluded that younger people might begin attending if they could be introduced to classical music in various appealing forms at the secondary school level.”

L-R: Mid-Atlantic Brass members Lauren Patin (French horn), Matt Larson (trombone), Jisang Lee (tuba), John Walden (trumpet), and Dylan Rye (trumpet).

Don Buxton adds, “This opportunity enabled Chesapeake Music, who is a partner in the program, to enhance what our organization is already doing in the schools. Chesapeake Music’s YouthReach Program has introduced students to music through school assemblies and one-on-one residencies provided through the organization’s First Strings Program in Talbot County schools for many years. This year, through a generous donor we have been able to offer free tickets to come to concerts which was very well received.”

The objective of the program is to provide the student body a rare opportunity to learn from the skill and experience of graduate-level musicians, to both inspire a lifelong love of classical music among the general student body and allow music students to benefit from the skill and enthusiasm of young professional-level musicians, who are qualified as music teachers and who are participating as volunteers.

Donna Ewing, Band Instructor at EMS, comments, “The University of MD graduate students greatly enhanced our program, giving students a chance to hear and learn from accomplished musicians.  Having four sessions allowed The Mid-Atlantic Brass to get to know the students and the students eagerly looked forward to their return.  It was a joy to watch the interaction between our students and the Mid-Atlantic Brass and to hear the musical growth made over the four sessions!”

The Mid-Atlantic Brass asked students about which popular arrangements they would like to hear performed. Among the songs selected included “Star Wars March of the Resistance,” and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Lauren Patin, the French horn player with Mid-Atlantic Brass comments, “We have definitely seen improvement being here all year. It’s been cool to be out of the University of Maryland bubble and be with students who don’t have access to something like this.”

Dylan Rye, trumpet player with Mid-Atlantic Brass, states, “The most rewarding thing was the one-on-one interactions with the kids.”

Trombonist Matthew Larson, adds, “It was fun when they didn’t know the trombone could do some of the things it did musically.”

Trombonist Matt Larson gives lessons to 7th-grade trombone players, L-R, Samuel Rogers, Johnny Galvez-Perez, Jaelynn Ashburn, Caleb Wooters, and Julian Hutchison.

Mid-Atlantic Brass, comprised of students from the University of Maryland (UMD) School of Music, has been performing around the DC metro area for the past two years. Last spring, they were recognized and invited to be a part of the UMD School of Music Honors Chamber Showcase. The University of Maryland portion of the initiative is being managed by Dr. Robert DiLutis, Professor of Clarinet and Director of the Community Engagement Office at the School of Music.

Talbot County Public Schools has been involved through the encouragement of former fine arts supervisor Dr. Marcia Sprankle and her successor, James Redman. The EMS component is managed by band director Donna Ewing with the assistance of chorus director CJ Freeman.  Chesapeake Music has been represented by executive director Donald Buxton and Hanna Woicke, chair of the YouthReach Committee. Participating Talbot County Arts Council board members are Nancy Larson and Bill Peak. Housing during the quintet’s overnight stays in Talbot County has been organized by Chesapeake Music president Courtney Kane, with generous hospitality provided by Hanna and Peter Woicke and Liz Koprowski.

If the pilot program proves successful, it is hoped funding will be found to continue the initiative in future years at Easton Middle School and possibly expand the project to include other local schools. The program is made possible by a grant from the Artistic Insights Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, with funds from an Arts-in-Education grant from the Talbot County Arts Council, using revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council. Carpe Diem Arts also supported the program.

Seven Finalists Named for $50,000 George Washington Prize

Seven books published in 2018 by the country’s most prominent historians have been named finalists for the 2019 George Washington Prize. The annual award recognizes the past year’s best written works on the nation’s founding era, especially those that have the potential to advance broad public understanding of early American history.

“A gifted historian sheds light on the present as well as the past,” says Adam Goodheart, director of Washington College’s Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, one of the prize’s three cosponsors. “Each of these seven authors helps illuminate a nation still struggling to understand and define itself after nearly two and a half centuries. We at Washington College—whose own history goes back to the nation’s founding—are pleased to honor them.”

Created in 2005 by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, and Washington College, the $50,000 George Washington Prize is one of the nation’s largest and most notable literary awards. Written to engage a wide public audience, the books provide a “go-to” reading list for anyone interested in learning more about George Washington, his contemporaries, and the founding of the United States of America.

The 2019 George Washington Prize finalists are:

Colin CallowayThe Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation (Oxford University Press)

Stephen FriedRush: Revolution, Madness, and Benjamin Rush, the Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding Father (Crown)

Catherine KerrisonJefferson’s Daughters: Three Sisters, White and Black, in a Young America (Ballantine Books)

Joyce Lee MalcomThe Tragedy of Benedict Arnold: An American Life (Pegasus Books)

Nathaniel PhilbrickInto the Hurricane’s Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown (Viking)

Russell ShortoRevolution Song: A Story of American Freedom (W.W. Norton & Company)

Peter StarkYoung Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America’s Founding Father (Harper Collins Publishers)

The winner of the 2019 prize will be announced, and all finalists recognized, at a black-tie gala on October 24, 2019, at The Union League Club in New York City. More information about the George Washington Prize is available atwww.mountvernon.org/gwprize.

The Books in Brief

The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation

Colin Calloway tells the fascinating story of Washington’s lifelong engagement with Native America. The book paints a new and, at times, disturbing portrait of the nation’s first president as an untested militia officer on the banks of the Ohio, as a diplomat who gradually learned to work with Indians on their own terms and, during his final years, as a disappointed Indian land speculator. Unusual for a Washington biography, Shingas, Tanaghrisson, Cornplanter, Red Jacket, and Little Turtle, among many other native leaders, play leading roles in Calloway’s account. America’s first inhabitants, the book shows, were as central to the founding of the American republic as the nation’s first president.

Rush: Revolution, Madness, and Benjamin Rush, the Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding Father

Benjamin Rush comes alive in Stephen’s Fried’s biography of this versatile, multi-talented founder. Fried captures Rush’s ambition to better the world by founding hospitals and asylums, calling for the abolition of slavery, and championing public education. As the Continental army’s surgeon general, Rush pushed to reform battlefield medicine during the Revolutionary War, and he played a key role in the creation of the United States’ political system. In Fried’s skillful hands, we learn about Rush’s life as a devoted husband and father, as well as his lasting legacy for so many areas of the early American Republic.

Jefferson’s Daughters: Three Sisters, White and Black, in a Young America

Catherine Kerrison tells the story of Thomas Jefferson’s three daughters, freeborn and enslaved. The first half focuses on the lives of Jefferson’s daughters by his wife, Martha Wayles Jefferson, while the second part chronicles the difficult and precarious life of his third daughter, Harriet, born to his slave, Sally Hemmings. Well documented and powerfully told, Kerrison’s book is as much an account of America’s mixed and often-troubled heritage as it is about three strong women fighting to define their own destinies in a new nation.

The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold: An American Life

Joyce Lee Malcolm writes a bracing account of America’s most famous traitor. Along with Arnold’s well-known frustrations as a Continental army officer, Malcolm recounts the story of his difficult childhood and his father’s descent into alcoholism and bankruptcy, which fed Arnold’s ambition as an adult. The book also takes a fresh look at Arnold’s lifelong hatred of France, dismissed by many scholars as a pretext for switching sides in 1780, but that Malcolm depicts as a genuine expression of attitudes that Arnold first acquired as a teenager in the Connecticut militia during the French and Indian War. Malcolm displays particular sensitivity in her treatment of the women in Arnold’s life: his heroic mother Hannah Waterman, his sister Hannah, and his second wife Peggy Shippen, whose life was destroyed by her husband’s treason.

Into the Hurricane’s Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown

Nathaniel Philbrick’s page-turning narrative describes the last and greatest American victory of the Revolutionary War. Philbrick gives the various global players at Yorktown their due, including the young nation’s French allies, who had their own complicated politics and motives, and the defeated British, but the book’s central character is George Washington. The American general’s insights, leadership, and attentiveness to his allies were instrumental in forcing the British to surrender. So too, the book suggests, was a dose of good fortune. Philbrick sheds new light on the often-misunderstood battle that finally secured American independence.

Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom

Russel Shorto studies the American struggle to define the meaning of individual freedom in his book that takes us to America’s founding and weaves together the stories of six individuals whose very lives test a philosophical idea through the force of action and sometimes violent change. From the story of an African who liberated himself and his family from American slavery, to the exploits of George Washington during and after the American revolt, Revolution Song is a wide-ranging, gripping history of a people trying to define what it means to be free.

Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America’s Founding Father

Peter Stark recounts the drama of George Washington’s formative years during the 1750s fighting the French and their Indian allies in the Ohio Valley. Mortified by his initial encounter with a mixed-race French-Seneca officer in western Pennsylvania, Washington worked to master the ways of his European and native foes, and eventually, Starks shows, of the British soldiers, allied Indians, Tidewater gentry, frontier squatters, and imperial politicians whose help he needed if he was to realize his own ambitions. By the time he married Martha Dandridge Custis in 1759 and moved to Mount Vernon, Washington had perfected the chameleon-like ability to adapt to his surroundings that would define the rest of his storied career. The wilderness, Stark shows, is where Washington became the leader we remember today.

The Sponsors of the George Washington Prize

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Founded in 1994 by visionaries and lifelong proponents of American history education Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is the leading American history nonprofit organization dedicated to K-12 education. With a focus on primary sources, the Gilder Lehrman Institute illuminates the stories, people and moments that inspire students of all ages and backgrounds to learn and understand more about history. Through a diverse portfolio of education programs, including the acclaimed Hamilton Education Program, the Gilder Lehrman Institute provides opportunities for nearly two million students, 30,000 teachers and 16,000 schools worldwide. Learn more at gilderlehrman.org

George Washington’s Mount Vernon
Since 1860, more than 85 million visitors have made George Washington’s Mount Vernon the most popular historic home in America. Through thought-provoking tours, entertaining events, and stimulating educational programs on the estate and in classrooms across the nation, Mount Vernon strives to preserve George Washington’s place in history as “First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of His Countrymen.” Mount Vernon is owned and operated by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, America’s oldest national preservation organization, founded in 1853. In 2013, Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association opened the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, which safeguards original books and manuscripts and serves as a center for research, scholarship, and leadership development.  Learn more at mountvernon.org

Washington College
Washington College was founded in 1782 as the first institution of higher learning established in the new republic. George Washington was not only a principal donor to the college, but also a member of its original governing board. He received an honorary degree from the college in June 1789, two months after assuming the presidency. The College’s Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience explores the American experience in all its diversity and complexity, seeks creative approaches to illuminating the past, and inspires thoughtful conversation informed by history. Learn more at www.washcoll.edu.

18th Annual Chrome City Ride scheduled for Sunday, July 28th

The Benedictine campus in Ridgely, Md., welcomes motorcycles, street rods, classic and custom cars to campus Sunday, July 28th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the organization’s 18th Annual Chrome City Ride to benefit kids with disabilities.

The $35 per-person fee includes an official ride t-shirt, a BBQ lunch and a day of fun for a great cause. Participants may register online before the event or at registration and rally starting point locations including: Outback Steakhouse in Annapolis, Md., CPR Porsche Restoration (next to Paul T. Ewing, Inc.) in Easton, Md., Old Glory Harley Davidson in Laurel, Md., Hitchcock Autoworks in Owings, Md., or on campus in Ridgely, Md.

Bikes roared onto the Benedictine campus in Ridgely, Md., during last year’s Chrome City Ride. (Photo by Devon Bistarkey)

As one of the state’s largest rides, the annual car and motorcycle event draws more than 1,000 riders and raises much-needed funds each year to expand educational resources for children and with developmental disabilities as well as autism and support opportunities for adults with disabilities to work and live in the community.

This year, a donated signed Paul Reed Smith guitar will be sold through an online auction with all proceeds going to support Benedictine. Returning event favorites include “Rockin’ Elvis” and Big Daddy P with DJ Chris, motorcycle demonstrators, door prizes and auction items. For more information join the Facebook event page @ChromeCityRideforBenedictine or visit https://www.benschool.org/support-benedictine/special-events/chrome-city-ride/

Benedictine Announces Appointment of Cheryl Keamy to Board of Trustees

Cheryl Keamy

Benedictine, an organization that cares for nearly 200 children and adults with developmental disabilities,  announced the appointment of Cheryl Keamy to its Foundation Board of Trustees.

Keamy, of Vienna, Va., is the owner of Innovative Concepts Unlimited, Inc., and has over 25 years of experience with market research and preparation of marketing proposals and implementation.

She is an American University and Wheaton College alumna with degrees in Public Policy and Government and Economics. Keamy currently serves on the boards of Wheaton College, The Wendt Center, Chords of Courage, and Women in the Arts. Before becoming a business owner in 1987, Keamy was the Director of Marketing for AARP.

The Benedictine Foundation supports priority projects including expanding educational resources and vocational training for students and adults.  The Foundation’s Board of Trustees oversees the Foundation’s mission, planning and assets. All members of the Board are volunteers with valuable expertise in educational, legal, public policy, corporate, marketing and other arenas.

“We are extremely happy and grateful that Ms. Keamy has joined our Board.  All of the professionals who have accepted the call to serve in these volunteer positions on our Board, are distinguished in their fields. We greatly appreciate their willingness to participate in the continued success of our organization as we strive to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities.” stated Charles Mills, President of Benedictine’s Board of Trustees.

Benedictine mission is to help children and adults with developmental disabilities achieve their greatest potential. For more information please call 410-634-2112 or visit online at www.benschool.org.

Thad Bench of Benchworks Appointed to Washington College Board

Thad Bench, CEO of the Chestertown-based international marketing and branding firm Benchworks, will be the newest member of Washington College’s Board of Visitors and Governors. Bench was nominated in May to Governor Larry Hogan for designation to one of the 12 governor-appointed seats on the 36-member board.

Bench, whose daughter Morgan graduated Washington College in 2018 with a double major in environmental studies and art and art history, has had a long relationship with the College, with many of its students getting hands-on experience as interns at Benchworks and alums signing on as full time employees, including Melissa Johnston ’98, Benchworks’ president.

As CEO of Benchworks, Inc., a family of companies that specializes in the health care and pharmaceutical industry, Bench is a seasoned executive with extensive experience in marketing, brand positioning, and product launch management. Under his leadership, Benchworks has grown sixfold since 2014 and has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies for the last four years.

Bench was named one of the 2016 ELITE 100 in the Entrepreneur category by PM360 magazine, an honor given to the 100 most influential people in the health care industry. He has managed hundreds of large-scale marketing initiatives for Fortune 500 companies with a particular emphasis in the pharmaceutical industry, including nine product launches. He has owned and continues to own a number of closely held family businesses, including manufacturing and distribution operations and commercial real estate holdings.

Bench graduated from Elmira College in 1984 and lives with his wife Renee in Chestertown.

Wye River Upper School Announces New Director of Development

Lauren Kay Weber

Wye River Upper School is delighted to announce that Lauren Kay Weber has accepted the position of WRUS Director of Development.

Lauren brings over a decade of leadership experience as a major fundraiser for a range of organizations.  She most recently served as the volunteer President of her children’s school where she raised over $200,000 in cash and goods in just eight months. In her role as Communications and Development Manager for Leadership Arlington, Lauren communicated their mission to great success and launched an impactful marketing and grant-writing campaign. As a Project Manager for an Educational Software Implementation, Lauren was named Employee of the year by the Brigham Young University Center for Teaching and Learning.

Lauren’s expertise in developing community relationships and involvement through authentic, mission-aligned storytelling, is a tremendous asset to the School. Wye River is thrilled that she has dedicated her talents to their mission and will enable a greater impact on the students and families they serve.

WRUS Mission: Students who learn differently discover with innovation, develop with rigor, and celebrate their strengths at Wye River Upper School while preparing for success in college, career and life.

Wye River accepts students on a rolling admissions basis. Students who attend Wye River come from several Maryland counties including Queen Anne’s, Anne Arundel, Talbot, Dorchester, Caroline and Kent. For more info about the school, visit www.wyeriverupperschool.org or contact Kimberleigh Garcia at 410-758-2922.

Chautauqua Summer Series Returns to St. Michaels July 8-10

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., will once again host Maryland Humanities’ Chautauqua Summer Series this year on July 8-10. These live, waterfront performances will be focused on the theme of Making Waves, with all performances taking place from 7-8:30pm on CBMM’s Fogg’s Landing. All performances are free and open to the public.

Chautauqua performances are historical dramatizations featuring individuals who are part scholar, part actor. Each performance has three acts: the first, where the performer represents the historical figure in the first person; the second, where they invite audience questions; and the final act, where the performer steps out of character in order to answer questions that the historical figure would not have been able to answer.

Photo Courtesy of Tom Chalkley

The 2019 Chautauqua Summer Series at CBMM is generously sponsored by Karen and Langley Shook, and is funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council, with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council, Talbot County, and the towns of Easton, Oxford, and St. Michaels.

The series will begin on Monday, July 8, with Matthew Henson, a polar explorer, author, and craftsman, who was the first African-American to reach the North Pole. Keith Henley, a historic interpreter and actor, will portray the Maryland native.

On Tuesday, July 9, the series continues with Jacques Cousteau, an oceanographer, filmmaker, and scientist known for deep-sea exploration and his invention of the aqua-lung, which is responsible for the development of SCUBA diving. Cousteau was famous in the United States for his long-running television series revealing the underwater world, but deserves recognition for his roles as a French naval officer and resistance spy during WWII as well. He also is partially responsible for the modern tradition of environmental advocacy. He will be portrayed by Doug Mishler, an independent scholar and veteran Chautauquan.

July 10’s performance will feature Grace O’Malley, a 16th century Irish Pirate Queen. O’Malley commanded ships, men, and the respect of Queen Elizabeth I during her rule on the seas. Known as the Sea Queen of Connaught and the Pirate Queen of Ireland, she commanded the West coast of Ireland and an entire fleet of ships during the 1500s. O’Malley proved herself a capable sailor and worker in the family business at a young age and so inherited ships, land, and cattle, wealth which she enlarged through trade, marriage, and piracy. She even faced down Queen Elizabeth I of England to defend her family and country. Mary Ann Jung will portray this daring woman.

“Chautauqua” was the name for the Chautauqua Lake area in Upstate New York. This region was the original home of the movement, beginning in 1874 as a Methodist summer retreat. The wide range of religious lectures and educational programs attracted a huge following. The Chautauqua movement evolved from there, presenting the latest in thinking in politics, economics, literature, science, and religion. Maryland Humanities launched the modern Chautauqua program in Maryland in 1995.

The Chautauqua Summer Series at CBMM invites guests to bring carry-on food and beverages, along with their own chairs and blankets for seating. All performances are held on the lawn of Fogg’s Landing near CBMM’s Steamboat Building, with convenient entry adjacent to parking. In the event of rain, performances will be held in the Van Lennep Auditorium, with space limited. No registration is required.

For more information, visit cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916. Additional information about the Chautauqua Summer Series can be found at mdhumanities.org.

Easton Student Graduates College before High School

Shelby Simpkins, 18, of Easton was recently named 2019 Outstanding Dual Enrollment Student at Chesapeake College.  The outstanding student credits her lifelong drive to excel academically for her high school accomplishments.

Ms. Simpkins said that drive took her beyond the college prep curriculum of upper level and Advanced Placement classes to the fast track for a college degree. Less than a month before her graduation from Easton High School in June, Ms. Simpkins earned an associate’s degree at Chesapeake College.

Each year, high school students across the Mid-Shore get a head start on college through Chesapeake’s Dual Enrollment program. High school juniors and seniors earn college credits in classes in offered in the schools, at the college or online.

“I wanted to do something different that would really challenge me. Knowing at the end of the semester that I had made it through a true college class was motivating for me and made me want push ahead,” she said. “Dual Enrollment gave me the chance to test myself and see how I would do in a college setting. I really enjoyed the challenge.” named to the Dean’s List each semester.

Chesapeake College President Cliff Coppersmith presents Shelby Simpkins with the Dual Enrollment Student of the Year Award for 2019.

At Chesapeake, Ms. Simpkins maintained a 3.75 Grade Point Average and was with the 59 credits she is transferring from Chesapeake to Salisbury University, Ms.  Simpkins could potentially finish her bachelor’s degree when she is just 20 years old.

That accelerated pace, she says, gives her the time to earn additional emergency certifications and eventually a master’s degree. She plans to major in nursing at SU, and hopes to be a shock trauma nurse in the future.

“I’ve always enjoyed helping people. It’s amazing to see how medical technology and skill can bring someone back from their lowest point to a full recovery,”Ms. Simpkins said. “I knew that I wanted to make a career of helping people.”

Ms. Simpkins volunteers with Talbot Hospice and earned nearly 200 service learning hours. She holds two jobs, including a file clerk position at an Easton law firm.  She is a member of National Honor Society and the Key Club. As a student at EHS, Ms. Simpkins also participated in the Unified Bocce Ball team.

“From day one, Shelby was a focused, determined young lady with a definite plan. She is hard working, organized and mature beyond her years,” said Easton High School Guidance Counselor Debra McQuaid. “Shelby will excel in any career she pursues.  She was a delight to work with.  I’d wish her luck, but she doesn’t need any.”

In addition to her academic achievements, Ms. Simpkins has also earned accolades as Miss Easton Fire Prevention, Miss Maryland Fire Prevention and Miss DelMarVa Fire Prevention.

For more information about Chesapeake’s Dual Enrollment program for high school students, please visit www.chesapeake.edu or email Angela DenHerder at adenherder@chesapeake.edu

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