Northeast High tackles challenging courses to become valedictorian

Noah Whiteman is valedictorian at Northeast High School. He will attend the University of Maryland, College Park in the fall.
Noah Whiteman is valedictorian at Northeast High School. He will attend the University of Maryland, College Park in the fall. (courtesy photo / HANDOUT)

As Noah Whiteman entered Northeast High School four years ago, he had one goal — to become valedictorian of his 2018 class.

After four years of striving for academic excellence, Whiteman achieved his goal, earning the coveted valedictorian title of his class. With a 4.0 GPA, he overcame the challenges of music theory, calculus, and physics.


The 18-year-old says music theory was the most difficult class he took at Northeast because he enrolled in the class before he could read music.

"(Music theory) kind of kicked my butt," he joked. However, he was able to improve his C to an A by the end of the class.


When he needed help with calculus or physics, he turned to the Internet for help.

From first through eighth grades, Whiteman was homeschooled — along with his four younger sibling — by his mother who was an aerospace engineer. His homeschooling experience wasn't strictly regimented, school work could be finished during the day or evening.

He says academic excellence has been instilled in him by his parents, both college graduates, who always encourage him and his siblings to do their best in school.

Whiteman's family moved to Pasadena in 2007 from New Hampshire; prior to that they lived in Massachusetts. The family moved to Pasadena because Whiteman's father was hired to help with a political campaign in the area.

Aside from typical high school classes, Whiteman is also president of the Student Government Association and vice president of the National Honor Society. He ran for student government because other students often look to him for answers.

Although he doesn't play in the band at Northeast, he knows how to play piano, guitar, and ukulele. Neither of his parents are musicians; however, his grandfather plays taps on the bugle during military funerals.

Overcoming stage fright, Whiteman performed on stage for the first time in Northeast's winter musical "Grease." He played the supporting role of "Roger" in the production.

Whiteman ran track and cross-country. He prefers long-distance running and ran a mile in 5 minutes, 4 seconds during his sophomore year.

Whiteman has been swimming competitively for 10 years at the Severna Park Racquetball & Fitness Club.

Incorporating his aptitude for swimming with a desire for work, Whiteman became a lifeguard at a pool in Glen Burnie.

Whiteman's plans for the summer are straightforward--he'll be working as a lifeguard 40 hours per week.

At summer's end, he will move into one of the campus dormitories at the University of Maryland, College Park. With a $32,000 Presidential Scholarship under his belt, Whiteman says he chose College Park because "the price was right."


While in college, he plans to earn a double major in mechanical and aerospace engineering. Although he isn't focused on where he will end up after college, he wants to volunteer with Engineers Without Borders. The organization volunteers all over the world helping to solve engineering feats for people in need.

Quilt exhibit

Team members and visitors of Hospice of the Chesapeake are feeling the comfort and caring of an annual exhibit of a meticulous and generous art form by a special group of people in the community.

Gallery 90, located throughout the nonprofit’s administrative building on the John & Cathy Belcher Campus, 90 Ritchie Hwy., will feature “Wrapped in Love,” an exhibit of some of the many lap quilts created and donated by individuals and guilds to bring comfort to patients in Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties.

Local quilting circles have provided hundreds of quilts with a patriotic theme to give to veterans as part of Hospice of the Chesapeake’s Honor Salutes over the past several years. They also have crafted quilts for patients, including pediatric patients.

A quilters’ reception will take place 9 a.m.-noon June 8. To register for the reception, or to schedule a private, docent-led tour of the exhibit, contact Renate Little at 443-837-1512 or rlittle@hospicechesapeake.org.

Strawberry festivals

Community United Methodist Church, 8680 Fort Smallwood Road, is holding a strawberry festival 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

The festival will have food, games and entertainment for the whole family. Food items for sale include homemade crab cakes, grilled chicken, hot dogs and strawberry dessert bar. Guests may create their own dessert at the bar or purchase one already prepared.

For details, call the church at 410-255-1506.

  • Jenkins Memorial Church, 133 Riviera Dr., is also holding its annual strawberry festival and flea market 7 a.m.-1 p.m. June 9. Breakfast sandwiches will be available from 7 a.m., while supplies last. The flea market begins at 7 a.m. Spaces are available for purchase, $7 for no table or $10 table provided. Lunch starts at 10 a.m. Menu includes homemade crab cakes, hot dogs, barbeque, cake, ice cream, strawberries and more.

Contact Sherry Kruger at 410-437-7861 to reserve a flea market space.

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