Daring to dream earns local pupils scholarships, prizes


Three Harford County public school pupils have been awarded $5,000 college scholarships from BrainstormUSA.

Timothy Butler, a second-grader, and Henry Baumgart Jr., a fifth-grader, both enrolled at William Paca/Old Post Road Elementary School in Abingdon, along with Allison Bredder, a fifth-grader at Forest Lakes Elementary School in Forest Hill, won the BrainstormUSA "Dare to Dream ... Expect to Succeed" scholarship. BrainstormUSA is an Atlanta-based marketer of educational software, videos and computers.

Fourteen pupils won software or computers for their efforts. Timothy's winning entry was a model of an ROTC program demonstrating his desire to become a soldier and military mechanic. Henry's winning entry was a collage expressing his dream to be a teacher. The projects were chosen from among hundreds of entries.

Allison demonstrated her desire to become an architectural engineer by submitting a model of an office building.

William Paca/Old Post Road Elementary had 10 other winners besides Henry and Timothy. Third-grader Christopher Klinemade, who aspires to become an Army tank driver, made a model of a battle scene.

Jordan Ferguson, a fifth-grader, used Popsicle sticks to hone her engineering skills to make a roller coaster. Jennifer Peters, a fifth-grader, made a model of an office that she hopes will look like the one she will have as a veterinarian, and fifth-grader Samantha Soul used a poster and booklet to depict the same profession.

Regis Buchanan, also a fifth-grader, submitted drawings and a poster to show his dream of becoming a Japanese anime cartoonist. Each pupil was awarded a computer with educational software for his or her efforts.

Aureil Cofield, a fourth-grader, made a model of a pediatrician's office to express her dream. Asea Hill, a second-grader, constructed a classroom to depict the teaching profession.

Andrew Garczynski, a first-grader, made a model of a factory burning and a timeline with images of the World Trade Center attacks to express his desire to be a firefighter or police officer. Walter Garnor, a first-grader, submitted a model of a robot made of recyclable materials to show his desire to become a scientist. John Enriquez, a fourth-grader, made a diorama expressing his dream of becoming a marine biologist. Each pupil won a bundle of software.

Another Forest Lakes pupil, Megan Compton, made a collage as a tribute to veterinarians. For her efforts, she received a bundle of software. At Churchville Elementary School, Kodi Rupe, a second-grader, and Michael Polanowski, a third-grader, won computers with educational software. Kodi's dream is to become an astronaut, which he showed by creating a model of an astronaut in space. Michael dream is to build a spaceship like the Enterprise on the TV show Star Trek. He demonstrated the ambition to do so by creating a model of the ship. Micah Jaffe, a fourth-grader, won a bundle of software for his model of a house made of Popsicle sticks to express his desire to become an architect.

The competition is open nationwide to students in kindergarten through high school. Entries are judged based on the child's age and the merits of the project. Each student is asked to describe a personal goal and how he or she hopes to achieve it. Any medium can be used - such as prose, poetry, photography, collage or painting - depending on the interest and talent of the child.

Along with the student entry, parents are also asked to describe how they will support their child's efforts. The intent is to increase communication in the family, as well as the parents' commitment to helping their children achieve their goals.

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