While all Maryland students are required to complete at least 75 service-learning hours before graduation, many Baltimore County Public Schools students far exceed this minimum requirement — earning as many as 7,500 hours.
Among those students who earned the commendable distinction of being the top service-learning leaders at their schools are Sasha Maraj, Dulaney High School; David Gleyzer, George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology; Amanda Becker, Loch Raven High School; Jasmine McNeill, Overlea High School; and Madeline Stiso, Towson High School.
At upcoming BCPS commencement exercises, the 10 students at each county public high school who have accumulated the most hours will receive the Governor's Volunteer Service Award along with a gold honor cord. In addition, these students are honored at senior award events at their schools.
The service-learning leaders have earned hours completing activities that include environmental restoration projects; rebuilding schools in the Dominican Republic; serving with local volunteer fire departments; assisting with therapeutic horseback riding camps; and serving as summer camp counselors for younger children.