The student: Charles Morris, 16.
School: Howard High School.
Special achievement: Charles won first place and a $500 scholarship in the Black History Month High School Senior Essay contest sponsored by the African American Republican Club in Howard County. The theme of the contest was "Achieving the American Dream."
What are your dreams for your future? "I would like to be a diplomat," Charles said. "I like studying about different cultures and languages, and I like traveling."
Say something about yourself that most people would find surprising: "I think most people would be surprised to know that I will only be 16 when I graduate from high school."
Who has been an inspiration? "My grandmother, because she raised four children by herself, working as a nurse's assistant. I think if she can do that, there's really nothing I can't accomplish if I put my mind to it."