ND’s Jerome Thomas receives Kennerly Scholarship
EASTON — Character Counts Mid Shore recently announced the top three finalists of the Annual Laws of Life essay contest.
Middle and high school students from 15 schools in Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot counties submitted 1,215 essays about how they apply the Six Pillars of Character — trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship, — in their lives.
Each school’s winner received a $50 prize, and the student’s teacher also was awarded $50. From the winners, overall middle and high school winners were selected and those winners received an additional $150 prize.
The student with the best essay received the Albert Kennerly Character Counts Laws of Life Scholarship of $2,500. This scholarship was given by Kenneth Kennerly and his family, in memory of Kenneth Kennerly’s late father.
This year’s Kennerly Scholarship recipient was Jerome Thomas, a junior at North Dorchester High School in Hurlock. Thomas wrote about his experience as a community volunteer.
The overall middle school winner was Kathryn Collison, an eighth-grade student at South Dorchester School in Church Creek. Collison discussed her experience following a Lyme disease diagnosis.
Jamie Hetrick, a senior at Caroline Career and Technology Center in Ridgely, was named the overall high school winner. Hetrick wrote about the Six Pillars of Character and how it is important to practice good character.
“This was our 15th year of hosting this essay contest and we are truly thankful to the teachers who participate. Reading the essays submitted by students allows CCMS to have direct feedback on how the youth in the Mid-Shore area are applying the pillars of character in their lives,” said Susan Luby, Character Counts Mid Shore’s executive director.
Character Counts Mid Shore Inc. is a nonprofit, community-based organization, whose mission is to provide and implement a citizen-driven character enrichment program to all citizens in Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot counties. For more information about CCMS, visit www.charactercountsmidshore.com or call 410-819-0386.
Jerome Thomas, left, accepts the $2,500 Albert Kennerly Character Counts Laws of Life Scholarship award from Lollie Walters, president of Character Counts Mid-Shore’s board of trustees.