The student: Micah Hawkins, 17
School: Wilde Lake High School
Special achievement: Member of team that won first prize at the National Society of Black Engineers Conference Quiz Bowl at the University of Maryland.
What he says about it: "Winning really wasn't of paramount importance to me. What I really enjoyed was the fact that while participating in the conference, I got the opportunity to network and meet other individuals like myself."
What motivates him: "I am motivated by an understanding of what individuals have done before me so I could reach this point. Therefore, it is necessary for me to do my best to really feel good about myself."