Century High graduate nets scholarship for work with special needs students

Christina Antolick of Sykesville, a 2012 graduate of Century High School, has been named by The Arc of Carroll County as the recipient of the fourth annual Timothy J. Atkinson Memorial Scholarship.

The $1,000 scholarship is presented each year to help one Carroll County student as they pursue a career in a field that will assist or advocate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Antolick served as a student volunteer at the Carroll County Public School Augmentative Communication Summer Camp, where she was a one-on-one peer assistant for a student with autism and a developmental disability, and who is also non-verbal.

She used assistive technology to communicate with the student to create a connection while encouraging success in the classroom. She volunteered additional hours to actually program the augmentative communication devices for children.

Antolick has assisted at birthday parties for children with Down Syndrome and plans to work over the summer at the Carroll Springs School as an assistant with students with disabilities.

She plans to attend Towson University in the fall with a major of family studies and human services.

The scholarship was created in honor of Tim Atkinson, former executive director of The Arc Carroll County, who died in November 2008.

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