DREA awards scholarships to students
— The Dorchester Retired Educators Association awarded two scholarships to Dorchester County students at its annual dinner ceremony on Thursday, May 11.
Arion Askins from Cambridge-South Dorchester High School and Cloe Jackson from North Dorchester High School, both seniors, each received the Otis Trice Memorial Scholarship, an award in the amount of $1,500 to contribute to their college education.
In the fall, Askins will study Spanish at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He has excelled as a student at CSDHS, and has been very active in the community. He took AP and dual-enrollment courses, maintained a part-time job, participated in Maryland Boy’s State, was a member of the Interact Club, Recycling Club, and Journalism Club in school, and volunteered with Best Buddies, NAACP, Eagleman and Ironman.
Jackson will study secondary education with a focus in English at Towson University. She was an honors student and a member of the National Honor Society, a varsity cheerleader, a graduate of the Teacher Academy of Maryland at Dorchester Career and Technology Center and a volunteer with Eagleman, Ironman and Alex’s Lemonade Stand.
The Dorchester County Teacher of the Year Sean Reincke and First Class Teacher of the Year Amber Aaron were also recognized for their recently received honors, and they thanked the DREA for their support of education in Dorchester County.
“You do a lot for education in Dorchester County, and we appreciate you,” Aaron said. “Between coaching and teaching, I love it all, and I’m excited that I’ll be doing this for 29 more years.”
Reincke shared that being honored as Dorchester County’s Teacher of the Year has made him stop to think about how far he has come since he began his career at CSD in 1999.
“I truly believe that the only reason I’m here speaking to you is because I was lucky enough to be mentored by about 50 amazing teachers for about 10 years,” he said. “They all had different strengths that made them pillars of the school, and I was a sponge. The only thing I knew was that I didn’t know. I’m so very thankful that I was placed at CSD. Thank you for everything that you did, and continue to do to support us. We’re still in the trenches, and you didn’t forget about us. “
DREA was excited this year to be able to increase the scholarship amount from $1,000 to $1,500. The organization awards the scholarships annually to one graduating senior from each of the county’s high schools, and has done so for more than 20 years.
The Otis Trice Memorial Scholarship was established in 1996 in memory of Trice, who was a principal at the old Hurlock High School and Cambridge High School. DREA has awarded scholarships to 44 students under this program.
The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic history, involvement in extra-curricular activities, quality of the submitted essay, financial need and the declaration of an educationbased major.
North Dorchester High School senior Cloe Jackson received a $1,500 scholarship from the Dorchester Retired Educators Association, presented by Scholarship Chairwoman Connie Wilson.
Cambridge-South Dorchester High School senior Arion Askins received a $1,500 scholarship from the Dorchester Retired Educators Association, presented by Scholarship Chairwoman Connie Wilson.