1994-95 Howard County Scholar-Athletes BOYS PROFILES

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Greg Curtis, The Baltimore Sun's Howard County Male Scholar-Athlete for 1994-95, was a key participant on eight Oakland Mills state championship teams -- three in cross country, three in outdoor track and two in indoor track -- in his career.

He earned 12 varsity letters.

He won the state Class 2A cross country championship by 10 seconds his senior year with the meet's fastest time of 17 minutes, 41 seconds on a 3.1-mile course at Hereford High, and was selected as The Baltimore Sun's Male Cross Country Runner of the Year.

He won 11 of 12 races, including six invitationals and the county and regional championship -- his third regional championship. His only loss was by two seconds in his first race of the season. He was the first Oakland Mills runner since 1987 to win the county cross country title. He won by 24 seconds.

In the Foot Locker Northeast regional meet in New York, he placed 28th out of 258 high school runners -- the top finish among Baltimore-area boys.

A three-time All-County pick, he was second-team All-Metro as a junior, and first-team All-Metro his senior year.

"A lot of times kids are just endowed with God-given talent and don't work hard," Oakland Mills cross country coach Steve Carnahan said. "Greg works as hard or harder than anyone I've coached. He's earned what he's achieved."

In outdoor track this year he won the state Class 2A 1,600 and 3,200 meters and finished second by one second in the 800. He also ran on the winning 4X800 relay.

All three of those individual races represented personal bests, and his 1,600 time of 4:21.1 was 3.4 seconds faster than recorded in any other classification.

It was his second 1,600 state championship to go with three regional titles and two county titles in that event. He was also the county 800 champ this year.

In indoor track he was the county and regional champ in the 800 and 1,600.

He's a lifeguard at Howard Community College, a peer leader at Oakland Mills, senior class SGA student representative, parliamentarian for the National Honor Society and business editor of the school yearbook. He also participated in an Appalachian service project for two years.

Runner-up in the Bob Davidson Scholar-Athlete competition, he has a 3.68 GPA and a 1220 SAT score. He will attend Brown University to study wildlife biology or physical therapy.

"He has always been a highly motivated student who played a positive, active role in all class activities," said Robert Siskind, physics instructor. "His energy and enthusiasm and his willingness to spend the extra time necessary to pursue difficult concepts and problems are truly exceptional."

THE TEAM AT A GLANCE

Jeff Cline, Glenelg

Class: Senior

GPA: 3:94. SAT: 1250

Sports: Soccer, basketball, tennis

Other activities: Grass Roots volunteer, National Honor Society member and tutor, Maryland Distinguished Scholar honorable mention.

Profile: He played three years of varsity soccer and basketball and two years of varsity tennis to earn eight letters. He captained the soccer team his junior and senior years and was first-team All-County both years. He led the county in scoring his senior year and was chosen All-State. His sophomore year the soccer team won a state Class 2A title.

In basketball he was the starting point guard for two seasons, set the school single-season and career steals record and was third in career assists. Glenelg lost in double-overtime at the buzzer in the regional final -- the school's best basketball showing in 22 years.

"He was selected by his peers as Most Valuable Player this past year, and was admired by everyone for his athletic abilities, technical fluency, leadership and decision making on and off the field," said soccer coach John Bouman. "Most importantly, Jeff is a mature, friendly, hard-working and honest individual, who understands the importance of combining and excelling in academics and extracurricular activities."

Chris Folkemer, Howard

Class: Senior

GPA: 3.96. SAT: 1160

Sports: Soccer, indoor track, outdoor track

Other activities: Grassroots volunteer, National Honor Society tutor and treasurer, Latin Club, symphonic band, marching band, Habitat for Humanity, National Security Agency intern.

Profile: He was a proficient and skilled soccer player for four varsity seasons, participated in outdoor track three seasons and indoor track two seasons. He plays the trumpet, and his academic accomplishments are exceptional. He took 15 gifted and talented or advanced placement courses.

"Christopher has proven himself to be one of the brightest students I have taught in my 22 years in the profession," English department chair Linda Storey said.

"Chris is a very competitive individual who develops high goals XTC for both himself and those around him," said his club team soccer coach Jim Carlan. "He is a team player who always gives a 100 percent effort and maintains a positive attitude."

5) He will attend Franklin and Marshall.

Chris Lehmann, Glenelg Country

Class: Senior

GPA: 4.0, SAT: 1280

Sports: Soccer, basketball, lacrosse

Other activities: Yearbook, choir, school newspaper, Adventure club, Special Olympics volunteer, Community Service club.

Profile: He earned 12 varsity letters in soccer, basketball and lacrosse and was co-captain in all three sports his senior year when he was also team MVP in soccer. He was honorable mention in the Maryland Distinguished Scholar competition and first scholar (highest GPA in class) his sophomore year.

"Rarely do I encounter students with the intellectual curiosity of Chris Lehmann," said humanities teacher David Weeks.

Athletic director R. Dean Gregg said: "Chris' dedication to team play, superb attitude and excellent work ethic have been most instrumental in the development of athletic growth during Glenelg Country School's short history. Chris' play this year on three varsity teams helped establish school records for wins in each season."

Lehmann plans to attend either St. Mary's College or Haverford College and to pursue biological sciences or pre-med.

Kevin O'Connor, Centennial

Class: Senior

GPA: 3.8. SAT: 1210

Sports: Football, basketball, baseball

Other activities: SGA representative, spring musical, sports editor of yearbook, Cedar Lane school summer volunteer, Lorien Nursing Home volunteer, Grassroots Crisis Center volunteer, National Honor Society.

Profile: A three-time first-team All-County football player and four-year starter, O'Connor earned All-State Honorable Mention at tight end his senior year and was his school's National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete. He played three years of varsity basketball and was co-captain his junior and senior years. And he played three years of varsity baseball and was co-captain his senior year. He earned 10 varsity letters.

"Kevin O'Connor is the most honest, gentle, humble All-American kid that I've ever known," said math teacher Alan Coe.

Assistant baseball coach Glenn Babcock said: "He is a self-motivated, intense competitor with fire in his eyes when engaged in athletic competition. Off the field, he is the consummate gentleman, a conscientious student and a genuinely caring individual."

Said Spanish teacher Joseph Wieczorek: "Kevin stands out among his peers both academically and personally. His work is always superlative, always on time, and consistently executed with pride. Kevin's conscientiousness, organizational skills and self-discipline are evident in all that he undertakes. In 15 years of teaching I have rarely come across a student as thirsty for knowledge as Kevin. His moral fiber is of the finest quality I have ever known."

O'Connor will attend the University of Notre Dame where he will attempt to walk on as the long snapper for the football team.

Zach Tropf, Atholton

Class: Junior

GPA: 3.92. SAT: 1440

Sports: Cross country, indoor track, outdoor track

Other activities: Eagle scout, It's Academic and Math teams, National Honor Society, W.R. Grace Club, Spanish Club, Howard County Striders, Scouting for Food, Adopt-A-Highway.

Profile: He won first-team All-County honors from the Baltimore Sun in cross country and indoor track this year and has earned five varsity letters. He was the state champion in the Class 1A-2A indoor 1,600 (4:35) as his team won a state title. In cross country he finished fifth in the county, fourth in the region and 11th in the state. In outdoor track he finished second in the 3,200 and third in the 1,600 at the county championships, which his team won, and second in both events at the state 2A championships, which Atholton lost by a point.

He has taken seven gifted and talented or advanced placement courses and is in the science mentor program at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. He was one of 30 Maryland students to present a paper at the fourth annual University of Maryland Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.

"Zach is very bright with strong math and problem-solving skills," said Jean Martin, gifted and talented physics teacher. "He is generally among the top two or three scorers on every test in his class, and he is in a very bright class indeed."

"Zach is highly self-motivated and very conscientious regarding all assignments," social studies teacher James Wright said. "All requested tasks are completed on time and well done."

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