Name: Jacob A. Gunther
Honored by The Carroll County Sun for: Winning first place in the state for his entry in the Maryland International Reading Association Council's Young Author's writing contest; heread his entry, "Food Fighters," at the council's luncheon March 1
Residence; hometown: Sykesville
Education: Fourth-grade student at Carrolltowne Elementary
Family: Father: Jacob, scientist with the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, Howard County; mother: Vicki, scientist with W. R. Grace Co., Howard County; half-brother: Jimmy, 20
Activities/hobbies: Likes playing baseball and video games; enjoys reading mystery and adventure stories and writing stories
Recipient's comments: "I am real proud about winning a state contest. The only scary part was when I had to go on stage and read my story for everybody. I got a certificate and a tote bag for that, though."