Kelly Naylor's Milky Way is more than stars. Hers is the "Amateur Athletic Union/Mars Milky Way High School All American Award," which she earned through dedication and hard work.
Kelly, an Oakland Mills High School senior, is one of two Maryland Regional recipients and one of eight national recipients chosen by a panel of Olympians, educators and community service achievers.
Kelly, her parents, Kathleen and Richard, and a representative from Oakland Mills will be present when she will receive a $10,000 college scholarship at ceremonies in New York City, April 24. But wait, it can get better.
During that event, two national recipients, a young woman and a young man, will be named as national recipients and will be awarded $40,000 scholarships.
Kelly won her award by being an outstanding student and athlete. Scholastically, she ranks first in her class of 237. She is a National Merit Commended Student, Hugh O'Brien Leader, Maryland Distinguished Scholar, president of the Student Government Association and National Honor Society member, and has been on the school's Gold Honor Roll for three years.
An accomplished athlete, she plays field hockey (1993 Junior Olympics Alternate), ice hockey (the only female on the team) and lacrosse (All-County First Team All-Academic).
Kelly finds time for community service, too.
She is student coordinator for Grassroots Coalition Environmental and Economic Justice, president of the Explorer Search & Rescue Post 616 and community service chairwoman for Howard County Association of Student Councils.
It would seem that she also is a prime example of the AAU/Mars Milky Way program, which recognizes student achievers and encourages academic advancement through higher education.
Meredith O'Connor, a junior at Mount de Sales Academy in Catonsville, is another East Columbian recipient of high school accolades.
She was chosen one of 350 students nationwide to attend last month's National Young Leaders Conference.
Sponsored by the Congressional Youth Leadership Conference, the young people met with Washington political leaders and representatives of the diplomatic corps and media.
Among the kudos, I want to acknowledge East Columbia musicians who attend Howard County public schools. They have been selected to perform in the All-State Music Ensembles Friday through Sunday at the Maryland Music Educators Association Conference in Ocean City.
Junior Band members are Gary Obenski, Hammond High School and Katie Lee, Hammond Middle School (alternate).
Junior Orchestra members are Celia Bargeron and Alan Chen, Oakland Mills Middle School.
Mike Reynolds, Hammond Middle and Christopher Graves, Owen Brown Middle are Junior Chorus members; Mandy Lamb, Ruthie Michener and John Bartley, Oakland Mills High are in the Senior Chorus.
Senior Orchestra members are Vasili Frankos, Hammond High; Aaron Nelson, and Adam Gold, Oakland Mills High.
Teachers are being acknowledged, too.
Roger Plunkett, assistant principal at Hammond High School, is a finalist for the Chamber of Commerce's "Educator of the Year" award next month.
Jason Abramowitz's art is on display in the permanent art collection at the Muscular Dystrophy Association's headquarters in Tucson, Ariz.
Jason, a third-grader at Stevens Forest Elementary School, created a decorative mask during a workshop at the National Museum of American Art last fall that was chosen for the collection.
Raymond Bartlett's poster won the grand prize in Ford Motor Credit Co.'s recent essay and poster contest, "Credit Drives America," aimed at promoting the wise use of credit as well as maintaining good credit.
The Oakland Mills High School junior received a $2,000 college scholarship and $500 Columbia Mall gift certificate.
Entries from junior and senior students enrolled at seven Howard County High Schools were judged by Marion Knott, First National Bank; Richard Story, Howard County Department of Economic Development; Brenda Allen, Howard County public schools; Rose Vaughn, TRW Corp.; and Ken Spires, Ford Credit.
Oakland Mills Nursery School at the Thunder Hill Neighborhood Center reports an opening for one 4-year-old.
Interested parents should call 313-8239.