School: Loyola High School at Blakefield in Towson
Chad, a senior, has received first honors every quarter since his freshman year. He maintains a 4.0 grade point average in the honors program and has taken several advanced placement courses. Chad received the Fairfield University Award for outstanding students in his junior year at Loyola High School. He also received honorable mention as a Maryland Distinguished Scholar and was nominated by his school for the Beneficial Hodson Scholarship at Johns Hopkins University.
As a student-athlete at Loyola, Chad has played Junior Varsity baseball for two years and Varsity Baseball his junior and senior years. Last year for the first time, he tried Varsity Ice Hockey and was named Most Improved Player. He is captain this year. Chad shared the Most Valuable Player award on his JV Baseball team.
Chad was host to one exchange student from France and another from Germany. He has also been active as a member of the Students Against Drunk Driving program.
Chad was selected to attend Kairos at Loyola, a religious retreat for students stressing personal goals, community involvement and leadership. In subsequent session, he was made a leader for Kairos.
His volunteer efforts include participation in Loyola's tutoring program and in the Special Olympics. Chad has logged 369 volunteer hours at Prince George's County Hospital in its Emergency Department. He helps to get patients from helicopters, transports patients to hospital rooms, gets needed equipment and is learning about medicine.
Also outside of school, Chad has played baseball for the Yankee Rebels Baseball Club of Baltimore every summer and fall for three years. In 1992 he played in the Continental Amateur Baseball Association World Series in Iowa and in 1994 in the Dizzy Dean League World Series, in Tennessee. Chad plays left field and third base.
Chad is the son of Karen and Charles Peddicord. His younger sister Morgan attends Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson.
Plans: Chad would like to get into medical school and has applied to several universities. He has been accepted at Boston College, Roanoke College and the University of Maryland.
His comments: Chad said his academic achievements aren't easy. "Loyola is a tough school academically," he said.
On selecting a college or university, he said it would depend on "money, baseball and where I feel comfortable. The school has to have a good academic reputation."
Chad has been interested in medicine for years. "I like that kind of work," he said. "It's exciting and challenging. I like helping other people out. I like putting a smile on people's faces."
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