Football, swimming, baseball
On many weekdays, Hunter Cox will be up by 6 a.m. to get to the Meade weight room for an hour of weightlifting. Then, it's out to the Mustangs' stadium for an hour of 7-on-7 practice. Then, he spends an hour speed training. After that, it's off to the Russett Community Pool in Laurel, where he spends the next 10 hours as a lifeguard.
Cox, 16, will also attend a handful of football camps. Youngstown State, Cornell, Lehigh and Fairmont State are all on his schedule as he looks for not only the right fit for his football skills but also the right fit for his educational aspirations. He plans to become a civil engineer.
"I just love watching things come together and being able to build them. Someday, I'd like to design a bridge or some other major project," he said.
With a 4.31 GPA, Cox has several other Ivy League schools, including Harvard, on his radar.
In addition to the camps, and several 7-on-7 events, Cox competes for the Russett swim team. Although he has been a lifeguard for only a few weeks, he has always been comfortable around the water.
"My mom is the swim coach [at Russett] and I've been able to swim 25 yards since I was 2," he said. "This is my first year as a lifeguard. I needed a job, and I guess this was the best thing to do. All my friends are lifeguards. It's a fun experience; you get your first job and you pretty much protect people from drowning."
Danielle Hogarth, Bryn Mawr
Danielle Hogarth, a rising junior at Bryn Mawr, has found an ideal way to help in Haiti, her father's native country. It starts with sharing her love of soccer.
The All-Metro second-team midfielder and her family will spend the first week of August in Haiti, bringing some Freestate Soccer Club teammates to run a soccer clinic. Her father, Jean-Max, is an anesthesiologist who will provide medical assistance as the country continues to recover from the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake in January 2010. The trip is in conjunction with Community Coalition for Haiti.
Hogarth has also started a drive to collect athletic apparel to bring for the people in the country.
"I've always wanted to give back to what soccer has given me, and this is a great way to do that," said Hogarth, who has helped Bryn Mawr to victory in the past two Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference championships. "I'm really looking forward to seeing the country and helping the kids and people affected by the earthquake."
Bel Air defender Caroline Lozzi, who will be a junior in the fall, and Archbishop Spalding midfielder Gracyn Bryant, a senior, also will make the trip.
Brianna Mellerson, Randallstown
Brianna Mellerson has wanted a puppy for her entire life, but she and her three siblings haven't been able to persuade their father to adopt a pet. So she found the next best thing — volunteering at the Baltimore Humane Society in Reisterstown.
Mellerson, 14, who will be a sophomore at Randallstown in the fall, cares for the cats, kittens and rabbits at the complex. She isn't old enough to work with the dogs, but she plans to stick around until she can.