Bel Air Mayor Robert Reier said he wasn't trying to put any pressure on the town's latest Student Achievement Award honoree, but he noted that he and the other members of the Board of Town Commissioners find particular satisfaction in bestowing the award "in anticipation of future accomplishments."
This month's recipient, Shannon Williams, a Bel Air High senior, has already achieved plenty, so as Reier presented Shannon with her award at Town Hall Monday night, he said: "I encourage you to continue your commitment to excellence."
Shannon has a 4.06 GPA and is a member of the soccer and lacrosse teams, a team captain and Varsity Club president. She was a member of The Aegis All Harford teams in both sports in 2014.
The town award also takes into account a student's contributions to the community, as well as to his or her school.
Shannon has volunteered her time assisting with the Lions Club's annual Christmas tree sale and with the Bel Air Festival for the Arts and other community organization, according to the proclamation Reier presented her.
"During Shannon's time at Bel Air High School, she has created a legacy that her peers will remember for many years to come," the proclamation reads in part. "We are very proud of Shannon as we watched her grow into a well-rounded individual who truly cares for other people. Her compassion and leadership skills are valuable assets to our community, and will drive her to success in any area she chooses to pursue."
Town Commissioner Patrick Richards also praised Shannon, noting that his daughter played lacrosse with Shannon, whom he called "a great player and great teammate."
"I wish you all the best," Richards said.
Shannon thanked her parents, who were sitting in the audience, for their support.
She told Reier and the other commissioners she will be attending the University of Oregon after she graduates from BAHS this spring.
In addition to honoring Shannon Monday, the town commissioners also approved the appointment of Philip Hosmer to the Board of Appeals.
Reier noted that Hosmer is active in the Ma & Pa Trail Foundation and its ongoing efforts to get the two ends of the trail joined through Bel Air. "I'm sure Phil will do an excellent job," he added.
• Rockfield Manor's celebration open house will be this Saturday, Feb. 21, from 2 to 5 p.m. at 501 E. Churchville Road. Open to the public with no admission charge, the event is an excellent way for folks to learn about Rockfield and its accommodations for weddings and other celebrations or events, town officials noted.
• Chocolate & Candy Movie Night, featuring "Ratatouille," is coming up Friday, Feb. 27, at the Bel Air Reckord Armory, 37 N. Main St., beginning at 7 p.m. Residents are urged to bring their blankets for a family movie night in anticipation of the upcoming Chocolate & Candy Festival. The movie is sponsored by the Bel Air Downtown Alliance.
• And, speaking of the Chocolate and Candy Festival, the popular event returns to the Bel Air Reckord Armory on Saturday, March 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.downtownbelair.com or call 443-823-1797.