By Blair Ames, firstname.lastname@example.org
2:40 PM EDT, May 10, 2013
Westminster High School students Andrew DiDio and Alexis Ross were recently recognized as "Unsung Heroes" by the Northrop Real Estate Team for contributions to their community.
The Unsung Hero program recognizes students who stand out for their personal character demonstrated through selflessness, strength and resilience during difficult times, volunteer service, and commitment to their community.
DiDio and Ross, both honor students, were were selected as two of 12 finalists from hundreds of nominees from high schools in Carroll, Howard and Montgomery counties. Westminster High was the only school to have two students selected as finalists.
DiDio, a senior, is a member of the National Honor Society, historian for the National Art Honor Society and a tutor in the honor society's peer tutoring program.
Outside of school, he has accumulated more 1,000 hours of volunteer service through his church, both in the community and abroad. DiDio plans to major in business and perhaps combine a career in business with his mission work.
He was nominated by social studies teacher Clay Matthews, who said in a statement, "Andrew is an exceptional student who shows a high degree of character, leadership, and scholarship and who has made significant contributions through his community service."
Ross founded her own nonprofit organization, "Live, Hope, Laugh," which benefits teenagers and children in Carroll County who have chronic illnesses. She runs the organization with the help of her family and volunteers.
The organization provides special wishes to sick children, and Ross personally delivers packages to children to make their hospital stay a little more comfortable.
Ross was nominated by school nurse Amanda Griffin-Zonin, who said in a statement "Alexis is the most accomplished and compassionate young lady I have ever met."
The Unsung Hero awards were presented during an April 17 ceremony.