Student achiever: Kevin O'Brien, 10
School: Bryant Woods Elementary School
Special achievement: Winner of the Ben Carson scholarship, based on academics, character and several essays.
What he says about it: "I was kind of surprised because usually mostly Baltimore County students win....I was glad to win but, more important, my father always told me, 'Winning is not the high point of the award but deserving it is.' "
What others say about him: "He is a nice young man and especially kind and helpful to the youngest students," Assistant Principal Maria McNelis said.
Favorite sport: "Baseball, which I play now that I left the soccer team."