Steven John O'Malley
School: Mount Hebron High School
Hometown: Ellicott City
Steven, a senior, is a member of the National Honor Society and took honorable mention in Maryland's Distinguished Scholar program. He has been on the honor roll and the Principal's Honor Roll for four years. In the first and second quarters of this school year, Steven had a 4.0 grade point average. Cumulative through his junior year, his GPA is 3.889.
Steven is president of Students for Environmental Action and initiated and starred in an assembly at Waverly Elementary School in a program entitled "An Earth Day Carol." Written by SEA students, it borrows the plot of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" to deal with environmental issues.
He is president of the French Club and vice president of Students Helping Other People.
As a member of the National Honor Society, Steven is involved in a tutoring program. He also volunteers for Adopt-A-Family and does child home visits.
He is assistant class representative for the Student Government Association, involved in the peer mediation and peer mentor programs, and is a member of the American Field Service.
Steven volunteers at the Church of the Resurrection in Ellicott City and as a bereavement contact in the Seasons Community Group in Lutherville. This support group is for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one through suicide.
He helped collect donations through his employer, Kmart, for flood and earthquake relief and muscular dystrophy. He also is a volunteer at the Howard County Health Department, doing office work,
His hobbies include hiking, cooking, film making, writing, drawing and photography.
Steven's parents are John and Margaret O'Malley.
Plans: Steven would like to attend a four-year college. He has been accepted to the honors program at the University of Maryland College Park and the University of Maryland Baltimore County and Virginia Tech and is waiting to hear from Bucknell and Johns Hopkins universities and the University of Virginia.
"I plan to major in engineering, acquire a master's degree of HTC science and possibly a doctorate," Steven said. "Also, I plan to pursue a career in some field of engineering and work on countering the environmental problems facing the world today."
His comments: Steven said he has been interested in improving the Earth's environment for several years. "I felt strongly about it. I was listening when people came to school and reading the papers, and it soaked in. I don't know where I am going with it. But I am interested in chemical engineering as a way to help clean up the water or help with chemical clean-ups."
Send nominations to Jill L. Kubatko, Student Standout, The Sun for Howard County, 5570 Sterrett Place, Suite 300, Columbia 21044. Please enclose a brief description of the student's activities and a phone number for the student.