ND’s Jerome Thomas re­ceives Ken­nerly Schol­ar­ship

Dorchester Star - - Regional -

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.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

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.

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