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1992 Academic-Athletic Team

THE BALTIMORE SUN

JULIE AYERS

Severn

Class: Senior

GPA: 4.19. SAT: 1360.

Sports: Soccer and tennis

Other activities: National Honor Society tutor; Spanish Honor Society and Club; Cum Laude Society; Senior prefect; hostess, Italian Exchange program; Math Team; co-editor yearbook staff; school newspaper reporter; treasurer Z Club (service organization); Ping Pong Club; member, Students Against Drunk Driving.

College: Washington and Lee

Capsule: Ayers was winner of the George Washington University Science Medal, which is presented to the junior with the highest average in math last year. That was just one of several academic awards won by this extremely well-rounded two-sport student-athlete.

She also has won the Yale University Book Award, Loyal Legion Literary honorable mention and the Continental Math League Award. Ayers has taken a place on the Headmasters' List every semester since sixth grade at Severn.

"Julie's academic program is one of the most demanding possible at Severn," wrote Norwood Johnston II, director of college counseling.

"In science, mathematics, Spanish and English, she has advanced to the highest courses we offer. No one in her class has a more demanding curriculum than Julie's."

Her curriculum includes three advanced placement courses and honors physics yet her school, athletic and community involvement is not limited.

"What makes Julie such a stellar candidate for an honor such as this one is the myriad of arenas in which she has achieved not only success, but true excellence," wrote soccer coach Gib Fitzpatrick. Chesapeake

Class: Senior

GPA: 3.70. SAT: 1150

Sports: Soccer and lacrosse

Other activities: National Honor Society; vice president Varsity Club; worked as apprentice to a group of electrical engineers at David Taylor Research Center in Annapolis.

College: Lehigh, athletic scholarship.

Capsule: An All-County performer in soccer and lacrosse as a junior, Cameron was named All-Metro and All-State in soccer last fall. A knee injury in early spring ended his three-year lacrosse career.

His ability in soccer and his academic record earned him an athletic scholarship to the school of engineering at Lehigh.

"His ability to analyze and solve problems is unique for a high school student," wrote Kathryn L. Kubic of Chesapeake's math department. "I believe that he would be successful in any technical field that he chooses."

Chesapeake physics teacher Tom Barnicoat echoed Kubic's remarks and added, "Greg is a leader, and is extremely well-respected and well-liked by both his teachers and peers. Greg's exceptional maturity impresses one immediately." Old Mill

Class: Senior

GPA: 3.80; SAT: 1280.

Sports: Soccer and lacrosse

Other activities: National Honor Society; Senior Class vice president; member, Math, Varsity and Environmental Awareness clubs; Peer Helper; participant in Chesapeake Regional Association Student Council conventions and leadership programs; volunteer, Special Olympics; editor, yearbook; community service volunteer and youth sports coach/official and member, local swim team.

College: University of Delaware, academic scholarship.

Capsule: Half of a set of twins on this year's team, Baker is a bundle of energy and joy. Her involvement goes beyond the academic-athletic realm and reaches into the community.

With her sister Amanda, Alison received a citation from former County Executive O. James Lighthizer and the Office of Community Services for seven years of volunteerism in the Special Olympics and youth sports programs.

"She has also spent many hours, including a portion of her summer vacation, working on our yearbook, Opus," wrote English instructor Sean Swanson, who said Baker has extraordinary writing ability.

"I predict this year's yearbook will be the best in Old Mill history because the staff has an editor like Alison."

Swanson called Baker "the strongest writer I have ever had in my creative writing course" and says her writing "borders on professional."

Soccer coach Bruce Sponsler said Baker's "leadership skills are quite developed for a high school senior." Glen Burnie

Class: Senior

GPA: 3.32. SAT: 1000

Sports: Soccer and tennis

Other activities: National Honor Society; fund-raiser for school PTSA and Soccer Boosters; Anne Arundel County Science and Engineering Fair recipient of the U.S. Army Certificate of Outstanding Achievement in Engineering; part-time sales clerk and assistant manager.

College: Virginia Tech.

Capsule: A member of the school's honor roll since he started at Glen Burnie in 1988, Campbell is ranked No. 31 in a senior class of 320 while playing two varsity sports.

His attributes in athletics obviously carry over into the classroom. Tennis coach Kay Pulford says he is "a self-disciplined individual who possesses many good qualities, such as intelligence and dependability, and is cooperative and courteous."

Physics teacher J. Sean Moore wrote of Campbell, "He is a model student. He has the ability to grasp even the more complex concepts that are required in physics."

Campbell took the Gophers' Most Improved Player Award for soccer last fall and the Most Valuable Player Award in tennis as a junior.

In his leisure time, he enjoys sports statistics, rec sports, reading, art and music by R.E.M. He plans to pursue a career in architectural design. Old Mill

Class: Senior

GPA: 3.93. SAT: 1210.

Sports: Soccer and lacrosse

Other activities: National Honor Society; vice president, Student Government; Chesapeake Region Association Student Councils; representative to Maryland Association Student Councils; member, Math and Varsity clubs; local swim team member; yearbook editor; Special Olympics/community service volunteer.

College: University of North Carolina, academic scholarship.

Capsule: A lot like her twin sister, Alison, Amanda is a well-rounded student-athlete who enjoys the full life of the high school experience. Her expertise is in mathematics.

Math department chairman Stephen Ginaitis wrote, "Her understanding of mathematical structures and consistencies was observed as she moved from work with exponential functions, mathematical inductions, trigonometry and analytical geometry.

"Amanda is intelligent, inquisitive, outgoing and energetic."

You will get no argument from many other teachers and coaches at Old Mill. Baker is held in high esteem as a student-athlete and person.

"Amanda is a very mature, personable and attractive young lady who is highly thought of by fellow students and faculty alike," wrote physics teacher Richard R. Hobbs.

"She takes initiative to be the best she can be." Broadneck

Class: Senior

GPA: 3.83. SAT: 1320

Sports: Soccer and lacrosse

Other activities: National Honor Society; National Merit Scholarship semifinalist; member, Students Against Drunk Driving; referees clinic soccer in Cape St. Claire youth program; participated in the Naval Academy's Summer Seminar Engineering program; representative to student government junior year and has participated in REACH, the county's drug education program.

College: U.S. Naval Academy.

Capsule: One of two unrelated Collinses from the same school on this year's team, Brendan is ranked 10th in a senior class of 335 and has accepted an appointment to the United States Naval Academy.

An All-County soccer player who earned team honors as defensive MVP, Collins is a midfielder on the Bruins' playoff-bound lacrosse team.

"Brendan carries this level [academics] onto the playing field where he is a standout performer in both soccer and lacrosse," wrote Kevin McMullen, athletic director and head soccer coach in a letter of recommendation he wrote to Navy.

"He has consistently demonstrated the type of leadership skills, both on and off the field, that are necessary to succeed at the academies and serve our country."

There is no question that Collins has served and represented his high school well as an involved student-athlete taking advanced- placement courses.

Lucinda Galebach, Spanish teacher and National Honor Society adviser, wrote of Collins, "I know that often a list of outstanding academic credentials does not present a well-rounded individual.

"It is essential that students be diversified and that their interests be many. Brendan does not fall short in this area." Arundel

Class: Senior

GPA: 3.95. SAT: 1160.

Sports: Softball, cheerleading for football and basketball teams

Other activities: National Honor Society; class president, sophomore through senior years; Maryland Distinguished Scholar; volunteer algebra tutor; Maryland Advanced Leadership Seminar; board of directors, Gambrills Teen Club; coach of GORC 8-10-year-old cheerleaders.

College: East Carolina, partial academic scholarship.

Capsule: A very talented and popular young woman, Beauchemin has been a captain in both cheerleading and softball, recipient of the Principal's Leadership and Most Popular Senior awards and was voted by her peers as Miss Arundel 1992, an award that goes to the senior female who is considered to have done the most for Arundel High School.

"Tara shows a maturity beyond her age," wrote cheerleading sponsor Stella C. Marvel.

"She is able to balance a full academic schedule and participate in athletic and non-athletic activities, exceling in all those areas."

Math department chairman Dale D. Rains called Beauchemin "a natural leader," while social studies department chairman William R. Norris Jr. described her as "a very highly motivated academic student."

Beauchemin, ranked third in a class of 352, said, "I consider cheerleading a sport." She approaches that and everything else with extraordinary enthusiasm and personality.

Speaking for the faculty, softball coach and arts teacher Donald Banks wrote, "I have seen her mature and will miss her tremendously. I'll always be proud of her." Broadneck

Class: Senior

GPA: 3.90. SAT: 1240

Sports: Cross country, indoor track and baseball.

Other activities: Treasurer, National Honor Society; Maryland Distinguished Scholar semifinalist; member of Students Against Drunk Driving; sportswriter for yearbook staff; Key Club; member county Junior Olympic volleyball team; participated in Mentorship program, U.S. Naval Academy.

College: Western Maryland, academic scholarship.

Capsule: Former Bruins' athletic director Tim McMullen calls Collins "one of the most unique student-athletes I have ever encountered."

All-County in cross country and as a middle-distance runner in indoor track, Collins is also an outstanding baseball player. His leadership qualities are evident. Collins has been a team captain in all three sports, while ranking fifth in a class of 335.

"Tim is goal-oriented, determined and a cornerstone of our athletic program," wrote Bruins athletic director Kevin McMullen. "Yes, he is for real."

McMullen was referring to Collins' meticulous approach to everything he does. His application that arrived in a thick binder is indicative of Collins' determination to be the best he can at everything he tries.

That opinion is shared by a host of faculty members who took the time to write recommendation letters for Collins.

"Beyond his involvement in Broadneck High, he has a vision and definite goals for his future," wrote Jane Daugherty, music department chairman.

"Tim is one of those students who has made his high school years a real opportunity to prepare for his future. I am confident that he will have a smooth transition to life after high school." Broadneck

Class: Senior

GPA: 3.62. SAT: 1000.

Sports: Field hockey and basketball

Other activities: National Honor Society; blood donor, American Red Cross; Who's Who in High School; Student Government Association representative; works part-time as hostess at Deep Creek Restaurant.

College: University of Vermont, athletic scholarship.

Capsule: Former athletic director Tim McMullen in his recommendation letter cited Chapman as "taking average ability" and turning it into "above average." The result of her hard work in basketball and in the classroom (ranked 23rd in class of 335) is a full scholarship to play Division I hoops at the University of Vermont.

"Jen has climbed the long road to the top of the mountain of success in basketball," wrote McMullen. "As a sophomore, Jen was slow and not very smooth. Hours and hours of practice and independent work produced a very talented player with a superior mental attitude."

Mary Medicus, who teaches advanced composition, admires Chapman's high motivation.

"Jennifer doesn't view sports and academics as two separate entities competing for her time and attention," wrote Medicus. "To her, they are part and parcel of the same dynamic school experience. The skills learned on the field find very practical use in the classroom."

Broadneck boys basketball coach Ken Kazmarek, Athletic Director Kevin McMullen and field hockey coach Phoebe Kelly agree that this is a caring, unselfish young woman.

"In an era where many are more concerned with 'what's in it for me?' Jennifer is concerned more about her team," wrote Kelly. Severna Park

Class: Senior

GPA: 3.86. SAT: 980

Sports: Cross country, indoor and outdoor track

Other activities: National Honor Society, chairman Social Committee; news editor school newspaper, Talon; volunteer coach in track and soccer for Green Hornets; volunteer math tutor for grades 10 and 11; crew trainer at McDonald's.

College: James Madison.

Capsule: A three-season runner for the Falcons, Kaupa is ranked 13th in his senior class of 411 and has been on the honor roll every semester of high school.

"Athletics has given Brian great inner strength and ability," wrote C. Michael May, advanced placement biology teacher.

"He is never content to complete a task at the minimal level. Nothing that I have ever seen Brian attempt or complete is ever done at a low level of completion or attention."

In the county cross country championships, Kaupa collapsed with about 10 meters to go.

"He crawled past the finish line and collapsed again, still in good enough position [fourth] to become first-team All-County and give us a team championship," wrote track coach Scott R. Baker, pointing to Kaupa's determination to succeed.

Joseph Dunn of the math department related Kaupa's "extra effort and drive" in the classroom to what he does on the race course.

Other teachers and coaches who wrote recommendation letters cited Kaupa's volunteer work with the Green Hornets youth programs and his involvement in community and school.

"Mr. Brian Kaupa possesses all the qualities of the all-around student," wrote Walter G. Guzik, Severna Park faculty member. Archbishop Spalding

Class: Senior

GPA: 3.87. SAT: 1060.

Sports: Soccer and softball

Other activities: National Honor Society; Maryland Distinguished Scholar; Who's Who Among American High School Students; vice president, Class Council; chairman Junior Ring Liturgy and Dance Committee; volunteer at St. Jane Frances Church; Maryland Girls State representative to American Legion Post No. 133; tutor.

College: Mount St. Mary's, academic scholarship.

Capsule: A recipient of the school's Merit Letter for extracurricular participation, including public relations, Councilman has been a key varsity contributor in two sports for four years while achieving academic success.

All-County in soccer and softball, Councilman was named Most Valuable Player of last fall's Cavalier soccer team. At the same time, she has received academic awards in Spanish, chemistry and keyboarding.

"Amy excels in the classroom because of her work ethic, her competitiveness to succeed and her general enjoyment of learning," wrote social science instructor and softball coach Jim Nemeth.

"As her softball coach, Amy has been the epitome of the student-athlete for me. She possesses a tenacious mentality in everything she does."

Councilman received academic scholarships to Western Maryland, the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Virginia Wesleyan College (Norfolk, Va.), St. Francis College (Loretto, Pa.), Elon College (N.C.), Greensboro College (N.C.) and an athletic grant-in-aid to UMBC before settling on Mount St. Mary's in Emmitsburg. St. Mary's

Class: Senior

GPA: 3.70. SAT: 1110

Sports: Football and wrestling

Other activities: Writer for school newspaper, the Crabnet; Council of Student Affairs representative; member of school chapter of Students Against Drunk Driving; member of Annapolis Freestyle Wrestling Club; volunteer for Special Olympics; has worked part-time as busboy and lifeguard.

College: United States Air Force Academy.

Capsule: Veteran St. Mary's athletic director Carmine Blades says MacWilliams is "an outstanding example for his teammates."

The example set by this two-sport student-athlete, who is ranked 25th in a class of 130, is exemplary. Not only has he been an outstanding athlete (ranked No. 2 in the state in wrestling at 130 pounds), but he also has been an outstanding representative of the St. Mary's education.

MacWilliams has been selected to represent Maryland as a Congressional Scholar at the National Young Leaders' Conference in Washington; to be an usher at Gov. William Donald Schaefer's bill-signing ceremony in May 1991; to attend Boys' State; to be the Saints' Scholar-Athlete at the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Awards banquet.

In addition, the Saints senior, whose brother Mac (now attending Northwestern) was a member of last year's team, was named to the Maryland State Wrestling Association All-Academic Team and received the prestigious McEwan Coaches' Award for Outstanding Leadership and Excellence in Wrestling. Arundel

Class: Senior

GPA: 3.64. SAT: 1100.

Sports: Volleyball, basketball and tennis

Other activities: National Honor Society treasurer; vice president Senior Class; recording secretary and former president Gambrills Teen Club; Student Government and Chesapeake Region Association of Student Councils representative; member, Future Business Leaders of America and Key Club.

College: Catholic University or Towson State.

Capsule: A three-sport standout, Fannon successfully combines her extracurricular activities with her academic load.

Physical education instructor Lee Rogers, who is volleyball and basketball coach, is amazed that Fannon does so much.

"While playing sports, she has taken challenging classes to become a more proficient student-athlete," wrote Rogers.

"She has been a class officer since her sophomore year, is involved in numerous clubs and organizations, and still manages to perform with proficiency."

Rogers credits his two-sport team captain for "the rise of the volleyball and basketball teams" over the last couple of seasons. Fannon has been a Most Valuable Player in both sports.

Linda Phipps, adviser to the Gambrills Teen Club, pointed out that during Fannon's tenure as president, the club received a governor's citation for its healthy environment and community charity work.

The Arundel senior has been honored by the Kiwanis Club for her outstanding achievements in academics and community service. Severn

Class: Senior

GPA: 4.00. SAT: 1340

Sports: Soccer, basketball and lacrosse.

Other activities: National Honor Society; Cum Laude Society; Maryland Distinguished Scholar semifinalist; commended National Merit Scholar; Ping Pong Club.

College: Yale University

Capsule: In what is an extraordinary senior class of overachievers at Severn, Moran is a shining light. A three-sport standout, with lacrosse, his best sport, Moran is an impeccable student-athlete.

"Jason is known for his driving ambition, his keen, analytical mind and his robust, competitive spirit, on and off the playing fields," wrote Norwood Johnston II, director of college counseling.

"He strives to excel at whatever he does, and what he does is considerable by any standards."

Lacrosse coach Rob White noted that Moran has maintained academic excellence "while taking the most difficult courses that Severn offers."

Moran has earned 11 varsity letters at Severn, playing four varsity years each in basketball and lacrosse.

"This accomplishment is unprecedented at Severn, where most of the male athletes compete in two sports, and it is very rare for freshmen to compete at the varsity level," White said.

Admirals basketball coach Jim Doyle said that in 20 years of coaching, from recreation to high school, he never has known any athlete to possess the intensity of Moran.

"No one even comes close to the level Jason Moran plays at day in and day out," wrote Doyle. St. Mary's

Class: Senior

GPA: 4.38. SAT: 1130.

Sports: Soccer and lacrosse

Other activities: National Honor Society; Junior Civitan, Ski and Yearbook clubs; member, Students Against Drunk Driving; campus ministry retreat leader for freshmen; math tutor; competitive sailor; indoor soccer; volunteer, Special Olympics; sailing instructor for underprivileged children.

College: Holy Cross, Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps scholarship.

Capsule: A truly special young woman, Haslup is ranked second in her class of 119, attaining such a gaudy GPA by virtue of honors and advanced courses.

She was chosen for the Freedom Foundation Leadership Conference last year and has received the Presidential Academic Fitness Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement.

Haslup is outstanding in algebra, geometry and pre-calculus, all courses that she tutors.

"Meg is a quality individual, quiet but effective," wrote Saints soccer coach Jerry Tobin. "She is well-liked and respected by her peers, her teachers, other adults and, especially, by her soccer coach."

Tobin called Haslup one of the top soccer players (sixth all-time leading scorer) he has ever coached, but she also shines on the water where she has copped several sailing awards and competed in national and international regattas, starting in 1984.

"Meg's experience on the water is a unique asset that should be of particular interest and value to the Navy," wrote Isaac C. Kidd III, captain USNR and vice commodore of the Annapolis Yacht Club about Haslup's NROTC scholarship to Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. North County

Class: Junior

GPA: 4.00; SAT: 1000.

Sports: Soccer, basketball and lacrosse.

Other activities: National Honor Society; National Honor Society math team member; Drama Club; Hugh O'Brian Alumni Association; Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils; Student Government representative; nominee to participate in foundation for Student Teaching Economics; worker for North County Yearbook promotion; volunteer youth soccer coach.

Capsule: Last year, Moyer became the first sophomore to make the Anne Arundel County Sun All-County Academic-Athletic Team, and now he is back as a junior. Around North County High, teachers and coaches agree that it seems like this exceptional three-sport student-athlete has been around forever.

"If I were coaching any male team, he would be my first pick," wrote veteran assistant soccer coach and history instructor Dan Krimmelbein, adding, "If I were teaching a class, he would also be one of my first picks."

This extraordinary young man is ranked No. 1 in his class of 418 and is captain of all three teams on which he plays. That is a true rarity for an underclassman, but this is no ordinary underclassman.

"As captain of the lacrosse team, Shawn is perhaps one of the most adept captains who has ever played for me," wrote 15-year head coach Paul Shea.

"His leadership ability is second to none. Shawn is assertive, yet he is fair by demanding of others only what he demands of himself." North County

Class: Senior

GPA: 3.98. SAT: 1150.

Sports: Soccer, basketball and softball

Other activities: National Honor Society president; secretary, Student Government; Chesapeake Region Association Student Councils; Knights PA announcer; Math Club captain; Operation Prom, Homecoming Decoration, Senior Class, "Giving to the Needy," Blood Drive, Nursing Home Christmas Caroling, Beans and Bread Volunteer committees; substitute fourth-grade teacher, United Brethren Sunday School; club soccer player.

College: Academic scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania.

Capsule: Dan Krimmelbein, a 17-year veteran teacher and coach wrote of Kolodziejski, "I have taught many gifted and talented students.

"Without hesitation, I can honestly say that Tonya is the most promising and outstanding student I have instructed and observed in my teaching career. She is a special person who brings many gifts to life. She is the finest student and person I have ever observed."

You need only spend some time reading her glowing portfolio, engage in conversation with her or watch her perform athletically to understand what Krimmelbein is saying.

"Tonya is the type of person that when you are having a bad day or feeling down will lift your spirits with her enthusiastic personality," wrote North County principal William P. Wentworth Jr.

"Tonya is the total student, involved in every aspect of school life."

Her portfolio more than says that about the only junior on last year's team, now back for her senior year after lifting her GPA one point to 3.98. Old Mill

Class: Senior

GPA: 3.83; SAT: 1320.

Sports: Soccer, indoor and outdoor track

Other activities: National Honor Society; Maryland Distinguished and Commended National Merit Scholar; delegate to the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference; editor-in-chief of school newspaper, the Patriot Echo; member and Sunday School teacher at Severna Park United Methodist Church; summer tour guide for Historic Annapolis Foundation.

College: Washington College, $10,000 academic scholarship per year.

Capsule: As Old Mill's Scholar Athlete nine times in nine sports seasons, Murray truly has distinguished himself as a student-athlete.

Murray turned down a Presidential Scholarship (full tuition) to Towson State and a partial to Pitt to attend Washington College, and is ranked ninth in his class of 465.

"He is truly in the top 1 percent of special students, special people and life," wrote Old Mill counselor Joseph Kozik.

"Matthew cares and contributes to the betterment of his fellow man, be it in the classroom, on the athletic fields or in the game of life."

Leon K. Walters, veteran assistant track coach, pointed to Murray's leadership qualities in supervising workouts for the younger kids.

"We have large track teams at Old Mill, and I have often asked Matt to supervise the younger kids," wrote Walters. "His reliability in this and in all other tasks he undertakes is outstanding." Severna Park

Class: Senior

GPA: 3.91. SAT: 1280.

Sports: Basketball and soccer

Other activities: Maryland Distinguished Scholar; member, Winning on Wellness, which educates young people on the dangers of drugs and alcohol; Latin Honor Society; part-time veterinary assistant at Benfield Animal Hospital.

College: Millersville University (Pa.), academic scholarship.

Capsule: Among her outstanding accomplishments, Natwick has earned a Medal Scholarship to Millersville University, where she will pursue a bachelor's degree in marine biology in the school's honors program.

Ranked 10th in her class of 411, Natwick was captain of the girls basketball team and is starting catcher on the softball team.

"She has been on the Principal's Honor Roll 11 out of 14 marking periods and is finishing her senior year taking AP [advanced placement] courses in English and physics, Latin I and marine biology," wrote Kevin McGrath, Falcons girls basketball coach.

C. Michael May, advanced- placement biology teacher, wrote, "Jill has achieved a lot academically and socially during her time at Severna Park and yet is not content to remain at this stage. She strives to achieve at higher levels of performance and understanding." St. Mary's

Class: Senior

GPA: 4.08; SAT: 1150.

Sports: Soccer and lacrosse

Other activities: National Honor Society; volunteer fund-raiser for St. Mary's; member Students Against Drunk Driving; lifeguard.

College: Notre Dame

Capsule: This young man's record speaks for itself. His GPA is over 4.00 on St. Mary's weighted scale. He is ranked No. 12 in his class of 119 and is captain of two varsity teams.

"There is no question Rob has been highly motivated to achieve the most from his intellectual ability," wrote assistant principal and head lacrosse coach Jim Moorhead. Meade

Class: Senior

GPA: 3.95. SAT: 1300.

Sports: Soccer, indoor and outdoor track.

Other activities: National Honor Society; National Merit Commended and Maryland Distinguished Scholar; represented state at National Young Leaders Conference; intern at GW University/Department of Defense Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program.

College: George Washington University, academic and athletic scholarship.

Capsule: Simmons is the county's all-time leading soccer scorer (80 career goals) and a four-year varsity star for the Mustangs. She has earned varsity letters all four years in indoor and outdoor track, which means she will graduate with 12 varsity letters.

Academically, Simmons is not far from perfection with her 3.95 GPA and No. 4 ranking in her senior class of 302.

"Amanda takes a great deal of pride in herself, her school and her teammates," wrote veteran track coach Jay Cuthbert. "She has indeed been an inspiration to her fellow teammates."

Meade girls soccer coach and teacher John O'Neill wrote of his team captain, "As a student, she is conscientious, courteous, diligent and obviously intelligent."

Theresa Cepaitis, math instructor, is impressed with Simmons and calls her "one of the top students I have encountered in my 18 years of teaching. Amanda has a superior math ability." Severn

Class: Senior

GPA: 3.70. SAT: 1060.

Sports: Football and lacrosse

Other activities: National Honor Society; Ping Pong Club; Community Service Club; sky diving, snow skiing and water skiing.

College: University of North Carolina, athletic scholarship.

Capsule: Wade has played two demanding varsity sports -- football and lacrosse -- since his sophomore year and maintained academic excellence all the while. He has been named All-County in both sports and now All-County in academics.

"In the 5 1/2 years that Jason has been at Severn [he started in middle school] he has proven himself to be a most capable student, an outstanding athlete and, most importantly, a good citizen of the school," wrote Joel K. Madden, science department chairman and assistant college counselor.

Wade won first prize last year with a paper he wrote on Abraham Lincoln in a contest sponsored by the Loyal Legion Society. As a result of his statewide award, he got to meet Vice President Dan Quayle and presented his essay at the annual Lincoln's Birthday ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial. Severna Park

Class: Senior

GPA: 4.00. SAT: 1460.

Sports: Cross country, indoor and outdoor track.

Other activities: National Honor Society; chairman, National Honor Society Tutoring Committee; Maryland Distinguished Scholar Finalist; National Merit Finalist; member, county's first-place math team for three years; writer for school magazine; Math and French clubs; part-time baby-sitter.

College: University of Maryland, full academic scholarship.

Capsule: The year-round long-distance runner for the Falcons, also has covered the extra mile in the classroom, where she is ranked No. 1 in her class of 411. Her specialty is French, and last year she placed second in a national French contest.

"Cynthia is one of the most outstanding foreign language students I have ever taught in my 25 years of teaching," wrote Helen Hamerstrom, department chairman for foreign languages.

Symancyk was awarded a prestigious grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study Voltaire and Rousseau last summer, not to mention that she has completed five years of Spanish in two years.

"Cynthia has demonstrated tremendous self-discipline and the ability to manage her time wisely," wrote math teacher Patricia A. Lanham.

"She is a delightful person to have around, cheerful, helpful, dependable and considerate of others. Scholarship funds awarded to Cynthia would be returned to the community many-fold in her contributions in the years to come." Severn

Class: Senior.

GPA: 3.79. SAT: 1330.

Sports: Football, basketball and lacrosse

Other activities: National Honor Society; National Merit and Maryland Distinguished Scholar; Student Council Treasurer; school newspaper staff; secretary, Key Club; Ping Pong Club.

College: Dartmouth.

Capsule: A well-rounded student-athlete, Webb is another rare three-sport standout at Severn who also achieves in the classroom.

Webb took first place in an essay contest sponsored by the Federated Garden Clubs of America -- just another example of his diversity.

"Andrew has always accepted the challenges of a demanding academic program," wrote Norwood Johnston II, director of college counseling.

"He will be the only senior to graduate with AP [advanced placement] U.S. history and AP European history. Quite simply, Andrew is a top student at Severn, a respected member of our school community who has donated freely of his time to our service organizations and made a significant contribution to our athletic program."

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