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30 Howard County students named 2021 Carson Scholars

Thirty Howard County students who have “demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and humanitarianism” were named 2021 Carson Scholars last week, the public school system announced.

The Carsons Scholars Fund Inc. was founded in 1994 by Dr. Ben Carson and his wife, Candy. Carson, a former neurosurgeon, ran for president in the 2016 Republican primary and then served under President Donald Trump as the secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


A dozen students were acknowledged as first-time Carson Scholars, while 18 students were named “recognized” Carson Scholars, according to a news release from the school system.

Recognized Carson Scholars are renewing their status by “maintaining high academic standards and continuing to show strong commitment to their communities,” according to a news release from the school system.


To receive the award, students must have a grade-point average above 3.75 and demonstrate their humanitarian qualities through community service. Each scholar receives a $1,000 college scholarship award.

The students will be honored during a regional celebration in the fall, per the system’s release.

First-time Carson Scholars

  • Riley Elizabeth Adams, Jeffers Hill Elementary School
  • Juliana Blackman, Talbott Springs Elementary School
  • Hannah Fang, Centennial High School
  • Sidney Fecteau, Hollifield Station Elementary School
  • Rahul Goyal, Lime Kiln Middle School
  • Jasmine Henderson, Reservoir High School
  • Ayla McCoy, Hammond Elementary School
  • Brock Miller, Bushy Park Elementary School
  • Adam Silverstein, Folly Quarter Middle School
  • Tiffany Smith, Homewood Center
  • Nicholas Taber, Atholton High School
  • Charlotte Ward, Atholton Elementary School

Recognized Carson Scholars

  • Olivia Calkins, Howard High School
  • Abigail Conrad, Centennial High School
  • Jake Favero, Lake Elkhorn Middle School
  • Serena Goyal, River Hill High School
  • Xander Hartgrove, Atholton High School
  • Cambel Howard, Reservoir High School
  • Samantha Kidwell, Hammond Middle School
  • Naomi Ling, River Hill High School
  • Georgia Martin, Atholton High School
  • Mary Michele, Glenelg High School
  • Haley Miller, Mount Hebron High School
  • Emmeline Murphy, Centennial High School
  • Gabrielle Olibris, Wilde Lake High School
  • Lily Peng, River Hill High School
  • Hala Silverstein, Glenelg High School
  • Philip Wang, Centennial High School
  • Natalie Wenzel, Glenelg High School
  • Kailey Young, Long Reach High School