Dorch­ester Re­tired Ed­u­ca­tors Ac­cosi­ca­tion awards schol­ar­ships

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE vwingate@ches­pub.com

SEC­RE­TARY — The Dorch­ester Re­tired Ed­u­ca­tors As­so­ci­a­tion held its an­nual schol­ar­ship award din­ner Thurs­day, May 12.

Se­niors Ju­lia Wel­don of Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High School and Brad Wilson of North Dorch­ester High School each re­ceived a $1,000 schol­ar­ship to pur­sue ed­u­ca­tion stud­ies.

Wel­don will at­tend Vir­ginia Com­mon­wealth Univer­sity to study Art Ed­u­ca­tion and Art His­tory. She is the daugh­ter of Laura and Lee Wel­don.

Wilson plans to study His­tory at West Ch­ester Univer­sity in Penn­syl­va­nia. He is the son of Gail and Richard Wilson.

DREA also rec­og­nized the re­cently named Dorch­ester County Pub­lic Schools Teacher of the Year Jen­nifer Win­gate and DCPS First Class Teacher of the Year Amy Stoops. The two

shared words of en­cour­age­ment to the schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents and fu­ture teach­ers.

“Teach­ing is not for the faint of heart. You have to be ded­i­cated, pas­sion­ate, pa­tient, flex­i­ble and will­ing to put your heart and soul into what you do. It’s def­i­nitely not a nine-to-five job. It’s a life­long ded­i­ca­tion,” said Win­gate.

“The next four years will fly by, so make sure you take the time to learn ev­ery­thing you can, vol­un­teer, do it all,” said Stoops. “You’re go­ing to hear con­stant hor­ror sto­ries about your first year of teach­ing, but I prom­ise you it will be okay. It’s not as bad as they make it seem.”

For the past 20 years, the DREA has pre­sented a schol­ar­ship to a se­nior from each of the county’s high schools. Many of the re­cip­i­ents have re­turned to Dorch­ester to teach.

“I see them when I go into the schools, and it al­ways warms my heart to see that we made good choices, and that these peo­ple have cho­sen to come back to our county to teach. Those are the teach­ers we are go­ing to re­tain, and the ones that will make their home here,” said DREA Schol­ar­ship Chair­woman Con­nie Wilson.

The schol­ar­ships are awarded on the ba­sis of aca­demic his­tory, in­volve­ment in ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties, qual­ity of the sub­mit­ted es­say, fi­nan­cial need and the dec­la­ra­tion of an ed­u­ca­tion-based ma­jor.

PHOTO BY VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High School re­cip­i­ent for the Dorch­ester Re­tired Ed­u­ca­tors As­so­ci­a­tion schol­ar­ship Ju­lia Wel­son, right, ac­cepts her cer­tifi­cate from DREA Pres­i­dent Laura Lay­ton and Schol­ar­ship Chair­per­son Con­nie Wilson.

BY VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE/VWINGATE@CHES­PUB.COM

The North Dorch­ester High School re­cip­i­ent for the Dorch­ester Re­tired Ed­u­ca­tors As­so­ci­a­tion schol­ar­ship Brad Wilson, mid­dle, ac­cepts his cer­tifi­cate from DREA Pres­i­dent Laura Lay­ton and Schol­ar­ship Chair­per­son Con­nie Wilson.

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