Next month, Mahr will get a valuable opportunity to add to her leadership skills as she was selected a Maryland delegate to the National Federation of State High School Associations Leadership Conference in Indianapolis. The four-day conference, set for July 15-18, will include workshops, guest speakers and community service work.

"I am really grateful to be chosen and for the opportunity. I'm just going to absorb everything I possibly can and hope to come out with a lot of ideas to bring back and share with my school to become a more comfortable leader," she said.

Mahr, who maintains a 4.0 grade-point average, is considering Alvernia or Duquesne with plans to study sports management or marketing.

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Cici Palmer, Annapolis Area Christian School


Before she heads back to the basketball court for her senior year, Palmer, who will turn 17 in August, is traveling to Poznan, Poland, next month on a mission with International Messengers, an evangelical interdenominational mission's organization.

For 12 days beginning July 21, Palmer will be teaching English and conducting Bible studies for families there. To raise money for the trip, Palmer and the group have organized fundraising events, with a car wash next on the list. Teammate Eleanor Grammas will be joining her on the mission.

"I'm really excited. I've always wanted to do a mission's trip, and this is a perfect opportunity. I just think it will help broaden my knowledge of other cultures, and I've always been a caring person, so it brings me joy to help other people — especially with God's work," Palmer said.

Tyler Smith, Western Tech

Golf and baseball

When asked about his summer plans, Smith, who was the school's top golfer and a team captain on the junior varsity baseball team as a freshman, rattles off all the things he'll be doing and places he'll be going.

There's golf to be played in Ocean City, a baseball tournament in Reading, Pa., a golf camp at Fox Hollow Golf Course, and a second family trip to Ocean City "to relax and, yeah, probably play more golf," he says.

In between ventures, he will be volunteering his time at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Great Strides program in Glen Burnie.

He laughs: "Yeah, I got a lot going on this summer."

To cap a fine freshman year, Smith was chosen this month as the recipient of The Baltimore Sun's third-annual Hayley Milbourn Award for Integrity for his inspiring battle with the disease.

As we head into the first summer holiday weekend, and local high school and college athletes and coaches, plus the Ravens, have had a break since their respective seasons and practice sessions ended, we asked what they planned to do, or have already done, this summer.

Each day this week we'll run their answers and hopefully give you some ideas to cure the summertime blues. No matter what you decide to do, have a safe, and most importantly, fun summer.

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