Adam A. Olchowski
School: Mount Hebron High
Hometown: Ellicott City
Adam, a graduate of Mount Hebron, was a member of the National Honor Society for two years. He maintained a 3.8 grade-point average in gifted and talented and honors courses. He was on the honor roll four years at Mount Hebron.
He was president of Students Helping Other People and was instrumental in forming the organization at Mount Hebron.
As president, he organized a variety of assistance activities, safety initiatives and abuse awareness activities. Adam helped organize an anti-drunken driving skit in cooperation with the fire department and the state police.
As a member of the National Honor Society, Adam tutored students in math. He also was a member of the Spanish Honor Society.
Adam was a two-sport athlete, playing defense in lacrosse and football. As a freshman and sophomore, he ran the 300 meters and was a shot-putter with the track team. Last fall, Adam was named to the all-county, all-academic football team.
Adam's parents are Dr. Allan and Joann Olchowski. Allison and David are his siblings.
Plans: Adam will attend Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia on a Venable Merit Scholarship. He plans to study engineering through a five-year program in which he attends Hampden-Sydney, then transfers after 3 1/2 years to Virginia Tech or the University of Virginia.
"I haven't really decided on what field of engineering to study," said Adam. "I really enjoy math, and as a kid I liked building things. So, I thought I would put the two together."
On attending Mount Hebron and his activities there, Adam said: "My experiences . . . have been great. Being involved in sports helped me discipline my time. I think that sports actually helped the academics."
"It's been exciting to be involved in beginning the Mount Hebron chapter of SHOP. This is an organization that really helps others in lots of different ways," he said.
"We've collected toys, raised funds and, most importantly, helped kids to realize the dangers of drunk driving. I hope our effort helped to prevent a tragedy. If so,it's been worth it."