The Harford County Chamber of Commerce hosted their Annual Education & Scholarship Presentation virtually on June 12. The event celebrates the Harford Chamber Education Foundation scholarship recipients and Harford County Public Schools Teacher of the Year.
Furthermore, this is a chance for the business community to come together and network with future leaders, while showing their support for the educational development in Harford County.
Through the Harford Chamber Education Foundation, scholarships are awarded annually to deserving high school seniors, returning adults and returning veterans in Harford County. As a business association, the Harford Chamber is proud to offer these scholarships for the education of our young adults, with the hope that they will become contributing members of our local business community. This year, 10 scholarships were awarded in seven categories.
The Harford County Public Schools Teacher of the Year, Elizabeth White, addressed attendees. White is a social studies teacher at Harford Technical High School.
She remarked that often times when she asks her students, “Why is it important to learn history?” many students respond, “because history repeats itself.” But a colleague introduced her to a better phrase — “history doesn’t repeat itself, it rhymes.” She continued, “No matter the rhymes that you’ve been hearing in today’s news, there is one common chorus — and that is that we are determined to make change and we are resilient.”
She was honored for excellence in the teaching profession with The Golden Apple Award, sponsored by Freedom Federal Credit Union and Lee Tayson, Liberty Mutual Insurance Agent.
The 2020 scholarship recipients are:
Continuing Education Scholarship: James Wentworth. James is currently enrolled at Harford Community College for Business Administration. He currently works for the Mental Health Association of Maryland as a Program Coordinator. In addition, James is the House Manager at Harvest House, a transitional residence for men recovering from substance abuse. James involves himself in our community and dedicated to taking the critical steps to further himself through education.
Technology/Trade Scholarship: Addison Lash. Addison is currently enrolled at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy earning a degree in maritime transportation. Addison’s plan is to graduate MMA with a USCG Third Mate Unlimited Tonnage License, Mate of Tug License, and a Tankerman Person-In-Charge Credential. Addison’s long-term plan is to gain enough necessary training and on-the-water experience to ultimately become a Chesapeake Bay Harbor Pilot. Addison is an Eagle Scout and has completed two of three Sea Terms aboard the 540-foot T.S. Kennedy.
Business, Finance, and Information Technology Scholarship: Olivia White. Olivia graduated from Edgewood High School in the International Baccalaureate Program. In addition to numerous extracurricular activities and athletics, Olivia was a National Academy of Finance student and Presidential Education Award recipient. Her goal is to study business at a four-year university to ultimately attain a M.B.A. in international business. Olivia will be attending University of South Carolina in the Fall.
Business, Finance, and Information Technology Scholarship: Christian Walker. Christian is a recent graduate of C. Milton Wright High School and will be attending University of Georgia in the Fall. Christian already has vast experience in leadership acting as the Harford County Public Schools’ Student Member on the Board of Education, the Harford County Chamber of Commerce’s C.O.N.E.C.T. liaison, the Co-Founder & Lead Coordinator of Harford County Student Mental Health Council, and Founder of C. Milton Wright’s Principal’s Action Committee. Christian plans to earn a Business degree in Information Technology with a concentration in Data Analytics. He hopes to use the skills he’ll learn in business and analytics to make community services and social programs more effective and inspire a new generation of impassioned leaders.
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Health & Human Services: Casey Walker. Casey graduated from Harford Technical High School in the Nursing program. Casey plans to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and ultimately securing her Master’s Degree as a Nurse Practitioner. Casey is a CNA-Certified Nursing Assistant. Casey will be attending University of Maryland in the Fall.
Dr. William B. Seccuro Teacher Education Scholarship: Kaylee Siler. Kaylee is a recent graduate of Harford Technical High School in Floral Design. In her senior year, Kaylee served as President of both SADD and FFA. Kaylee plans to earn her degree in Early Childhood Education and ultimately secure a Master’s degree in Education. This scholarship is incredibly fitting for Kaylee as her father was offered his first teaching job at Harford Tech from Dr. Seccurro many years ago. Kaylee will be attending Harford Community College in the Fall.
Business, Finance, & Information Technology Scholarship in Honor of Charles “Chuck” Jacobs: Mary Anne Moubarak. Mary Ann graduated from Edgewood High School in the International Baccalaureate Program. In addition to many community activities, Mary Anne has received the PNC Student Achiever Recognition Award, as well as the NCA Individual Leadership Award. Mary Anne plans to attain her Bachelor’s degree in International Business, a Master’s in Business Administration, then a Law degree. Her ultimate goal is to become a United State’s Delegate representing our country in foreign affairs. She aspires to become a US Ambassador who is stationed in a Middle Eastern country to strengthen relations. Mary Anne will be attending Davenport University in the Fall.
Arts, Health, and Communications Scholarship in Honor of Bob Bloom: Camden Doherty. Camden recently graduated from C. Milton Wright High School. He served as a Page for two weeks during the 2020 Maryland General Assembly Session and Juror for Harford County’s Teen Court. Additionally, Camden is an AP Scholar with Distinction. Camden plans to secure a degree in Journalism and will be attending Missouri University in the Fall. Camden served as a Page for two weeks during the 2020 Maryland General Assembly Session and Juror for Harford County’s Teen Court. Additionally, Camden is an AP Scholar with Distinction. Camden plans to secure a degree in Journalism and will be attending Missouri University in the Fall.
Science, Technology, Mathematics, & Engineering Scholarship: Hufsa Khan. Hufsa is a recent graduate of Edgewood High School in the International Baccalaureate Program. Hufsa plans to become a surgeon possibly specializing in pediatrics, securing a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and completing the Certified Nursing Assistant’s program. Hufsa’s long-term plans include traveling to countries in need of improved medical care. Additionally, Hufsa wants to become an advocate for underrepresented groups, including women and those affected by racial discrimination. Hufsa will be attending Towson University in the Fall.
Science, Technology, Mathematics, & Engineering Scholarship: Lauren Thomas. Lauren graduated from Patterson Mill High School. Lauren received the Judith Resnik Award for Math & Science, as well as, the Naval Sea Cadets Achievement Ribbon. Lauren desire is to serve in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot. During summers in middle and high school, Lauren spent time at the Naval Academy STEM program and the GEMS program at Aberdeen Proving Ground. Lauren plans to earn her Master’s degree in Aerospace engineering and enlist in the Air National Guard. Lauren will be attending the University of Lynchburg in the Fall.
The Education and Scholarship Presentation was sponsored by Harford Community College and Towson University of Northeastern Maryland. The Harford Chamber would like to thank their scholarship sponsors, Harford County Public Library, Harford Bank, Freedom Federal Credit Union, APG Federal Credit Union, and the Harford County Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation. The Chamber’s virtual Mini Golf Event also raised funds through sponsor contributions. Thank you to our Mini Golf sponsors: Weyrich, Cronin, and Sorra; Harford Community College; Towson University Northeastern Maryland; Maryland Resource Network; Harford County Public Library; Freedom Federal Credit Union; The Kelly Group; Merrill Lynch David Johnson; First National Bank; Blue Eye Technology; MediaWise, Inc.; Jarrettsville Federal; Chesapeake Bank of Maryland; Island Spice Grille & Lounge; T-N-T Construction Group; and Harford Mutual Insurance.