Name: Matt Laczkowski
Honored by The Carroll County Sun for: Winning the Maryland You Are Beautiful essay contest in Carroll County
Residence; hometown: Westminster
Education: Currently in the eighth grade at West Middle School; graduate of Robert Moton Elementary School
Family: Father: Ron, assistant principal at Westminster High School; mother: Sherry, teacher at Robert Moton Elementary; brother: Scott
Place of worship: St. John's Catholic Church in Westminster
Activities/hobbies: Enjoys playing in rec league sports, including basketball and baseball; also likes to play golf
Recipient's comments: "The essay was an assignment in my English class. I was happy when I got a letter from the county telling me I won. I wrote about how kids today get false heroes and how their heroes should really be ordinary people who help )) others or athletes who don't have their goals mixed up. I wrote out some notes by hand, then turned them into an essay on our computer."
Nominations: Call 876-8771, 857-0550 or (800) 829-8000, Ext. 6595, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays; you also can FAX your information to 876-0233.